Saturday 7 November 2009

My first attempt with Distress Inks


This week our wonderful Diva Lacey had the fabulous below sketch for you to follow over at the High Hopes Challenge blog. This sketch was so fun to work with - thank you Lacey!

The random winner of this weeks challenge will receive the stamp "Fishing Santa".

If you are looking to purchase High Hopes stamps I have a great selection over in my store Bunny Zoe's Crafts. I ship worldwide too!!!

You may notice something a little different about my colouring today? Well I have stepped totally out of my comfort zone and swapped a pencil for a brush. This is my first attempt at watercolouring with distress inks so please be kind! I have to say that I LOVE them so much.. still need lots of practice blending but I am quite chuffed with my first effort.

A HUGE thank you to my friend Jacqui for sharing her wonderful tutorials... I recommend anyone wanting to try watercolouring to check them out!!! You can find them linked in the top right of her blog.

Here is a little about the products used today - Papers are from Basic Grey Pads Perhaps and Indian Summer. The cute angel is High Hopes Herald Angel and sentiment "Let Heaven and Nature Sing!" My image is stamped in Stazon onto Fabriano 300g/140lb Watercolour paper. My sentiment is stamped in Versafine. The edges of my image and paper are distressed using VersaMagic Jumbo Java. I cut the sentiment out using the SU Word Window punch.

I used pretty white lace and my new baby pink 4mm half back pearls. The Snowflake Punch is Martha Stewart Artic Snowflake. This punch is currently sold out but I do have more on order.

Tim Holtz Distress inks:
Skin: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
Cheeks: Worn Lipstick
Hair: Antique Linen, frayed Burlap and brushed corduroy
Dress: Worn Lipstick
Bugle: Scattered Straw and brushed corduroy
Stars: Spiced Marmalade
Wings: Broken China

I finished with some extra sparkles using Distress Stickles Broken China and Golden Rod Stickles.

Be sure to check out the teams gorgeous cards over at the High Hopes blog for your inspiration.

Have a wonderful Sunday... we're off for a little stroll into town this morning to start some Christmas shopping - can't wait (not!).




Nannieflash said...

Morning Nikkie, wow love youve done good, its brilliant love your shading and it looks beautiful. The card is gorgeous with all those lovely details. Well done with love and hugs Shirleyxxxx

Marion said...

Wow! This is totally gorgeous.

Agnes van Hensbergen - agnesstampcards said...

Fabulous card,great coloring with the distress inkt.
Big hugs from Holland,have a nice sunday.

Neenie said...

Beautiful card, Nikki! I really love this image (yet another to add to the list) and your colouring's gorgeous. Fab layout too! Good luck with the Xmas shopping - I'm buying most of mine online, then I don't have to face the crowds.x :)

Chrisd said...

She is a beauty and your shading is great!

Jane Wetzel said...

this is just absolutely adorable and I LOVE the favs for sure! wow..tfs!

Tasha said...

Ah Nikki thiscard is wonderful! Love the image and your colouring - you did anawesome job! Love the BG papers you used too
love tasha xx

Jills Scrappy Daze said...

Hi Nikki
Great card I would never have guessed that this was your first attempt at distressing, youre a natural. Love the image and the papers.
Hope you are all ok
Jill x x

Joey said...

Hiya Nikki

WOW your colourwork with the distress inks is just as beautiful as that you do with the pencils! gorgeous card love the colours, quite different for a christmassy card.

Tracey said...

WOW Nikki! This is stunning!! xx

Marja Sch said...

What a gorgeous card your first attempt to colour with distress inkt is fabulous. Hugs Marja

Lacey said...

Wow! You did a fabulous job on the watercoloring!! Isn't it so much fun? I love all of the elements on your card and the lace is just gorgeous!

Michelle said...

What? You've never colored with distress inks before? You're like like your pencils, lol! No matter what I color with, pencils will always be my favorite!! But you did a fantastic job with the inks! And I love the colors you used!

Christine said...

Your work is amazing Nikki. I can't believe this is your first try. It look perfect to me. Thanks for information concerning the materials you used. I always wondered what paper would be the best for watercoloring. Maybe one day I will try my hand at it. Until then I will just admire your work. :)
xoxo, Christine

Georgia said...

This is soooo gorgeous Nikki! I love the lace and ribbon and those flowers look stunning! Beautiful papers and I love your fab colouring! :)
Love, Georgia xx

Renata van Miltenburg said...

We used the same pretty papers today :) Love your colouring, couldn't tell it was the first time watercoloring!! Also love the pretty snowflakes and the gorgeous lace.

Liefs, Renata

Linda . J said...

Gorgeous card Nikki and love the design and detail, the colours are beautiful.
Hugs Linda

Lorraine said...

Your first attempt is absolutely fantastic. I purchased some distress inks of you recently to try this technique and unfortunately it didn't turn out half as good as yours.I will persevere lol.

christelle said...

Your first attemp with Distress Ink is gorgeous!!
Your card is fab!!
I love Basic grey papers and your sketch's interpretation!!
Have a great evening,
Love to you all,
Big hugs,

Kelly Schelske said...

This is absolutely fabulous Nikki! I will definitely have to give it a go!

Mina said...

and thats your first Nikki amazing colouring hope your enjoying them Im totally addicted to them, would love the fabulous Tim Holtz to bring out more colours though...stunning card, what a great idea to use a flower with the snowflake works brilliantly
Mina xxx

Danni said...

You did a fab job on the coloring! Wonderful card!

Heather Huggins said...

Fabulous job for being your first try!! Your going to love them!!

debby4000 said...

Oh this is adorable, beautiful colouring and sweet image too.

cats whiskers said...

Wow Nikki hun this is just fantastic you would never believe it was your first attempt,I am so pleased you like using the inks, just wish we had a few more colours to choose. Love this gorgeous image too
Hugs Jacqui x

Monique said...

Your card is absolutely adorable Nikki !! I love it. And your colouring is gorgious :)).

Hugs Monique

Mel said...

Wonderful Nikki and your colour is fab ~ Mel x

Maria said...

Fantastic Nikki! Your first attempt you say ~ WOW ~ amazing colouring with the distress inks. Hugs, Maria

Danielle said...

Great job on this card Nikki - your first attempt at colouring with distress inks is fantastic! A gorgeous card!
Hugs, Danielle

Marley said...

Amazing card!! I love the colouring of the image.. Lovely papers and the sentiment matches perfectly!! xx hugs Marley

Karen said...

Wow Nikki, this is gorgeous and what a lovely image and sentiment - your colouring is just perfect.
Karen x

Joy said...

great job on your coloring! I love how you colored your angel with distressed ink...way to go! love the sketch challenge...great pick from Lacey. love the flowers, snowflakes and added bling! pretty DP too! hope you have a great Monday!

dpkennedy said...

You did a fantastic job Nikki! This is just gorgeous!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Wow Nikki!! I love your use of the distress inks!! Gorgeous take on the sketch!! Your card is beautiful!!

Nilla said...

Well done, Nikki!! Hugs Nilla

Debbie said...

A gorgeous card Nikki and your colouring with the distress inks is stunning! Debbie x

Paula said...

Wow Nikki this is beautiful and the image is coloured to perfection.
Paula xxxx

Sirpaliina said...

Nikki, your card is super hyper Gorgeous and colouring is so beautiful.

Kimberly Gajewski said...

What a beautiful card Nikki! Love that image! You've colored it up wonderfully (as always)! Terrific papers too! Hugs, Kimberly :D