Friday, April 29, 2016

The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store - Happy Birthday Water Droplet Ombre Card with Distress Inks

Hello blogging friends!  
Today, is my day to post for The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.   I have a beautiful ombre card using Tim Holtz Distress Ink and a sentiment from one of the  Stamp Simply Clear Stamps to share with you. 

Here is the card I designed.  I love the ombre look and believe it or not this card was pretty quick easy to create.

I started with a piece of heavy white cardstock.  Since I wasn't going to be applying a lot of water I didn't use any watercolor or specialty paper.  I created the ombre look using Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Twisted CitronCracked PistachioBroken ChinaPeacock FeathersMermaid Lagoon.   I used cotton balls to apply all of the ink.  I rubbed some ink on the cotton ball and then rubbed the cotton ball onto the craft mat.  Then I started applying ink to the paper going in a circular motion to get a nice soft and blended look.  I wanted the color to be more intense on the right side so that is where I started applying the ink.  As I was working my way over to the left side of the paper I used a softer touch and applied less ink.  

I used a paint brush and clear water to add water droplet to the paper.  I let the droplets sit for a few seconds and then I blotted them up with a paper towel.  I applied the water droplets a few times until I achieved the desired look.  I used a heat tool to dry the paper in between the layers of water droplets.

Here is a close up.  Once I was done with the water droplets and the paper was dry I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Stamp Simply Clear Stamps SS-Sent003 Birthday Blessings set.  I used all of the same colors of the Tim Holtz Distress Inks to stamp the sentiments along the left side of the card where the ink was lighter.  Then I added some May Arts 1/4'' White Silk Ribbon and created a bow.  To finish off the card I added some flowers from the Prima Laraine Blue Lagoon Flowers and Sequins - Crystal Iridescent - 5 mm.  I added some Therm-O-Web Foam Squares in between the card front and card base for some dimension.  The card is an A2 top folding card size.

Thank you so much for joining me today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Please be sure to check out The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store for all of the fantastic paper crafting products and the Blog for inspiration from the Design Team.

Hugs & Smiles,


Paper:  Cardstock - White
Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon
Ribbon:  May Arts 1/4'' White Silk Ribbon
Accessories:  Sequins - Crystal Iridescent - 5 mm, Prima Laraine Blue Lagoon Flowers, Glossy Accents, Therm-O-Web Foam Squares, Scor-Tape, Water, Paintbrush, Paper Towel, Heat Tool


  1. Absolutely beautiful! Love the colors, flowers and the sweet sequins!

  2. I too, love the colors and everything you placed on this card, Heidi! I don't have all of the distress ink colors, but I am going to try this technique!

  3. This is an eye popper from the start! I am always attracted to the dramatic colors which all together these are. Reminds me of the good old days of ballet costumes...always theatrical and gorgeous!

  4. This is beautiful Heidi. I love the colours you've used, its just stunning!

  5. fabulous card Heidi. can't imagine what you'll show us next!!! (gail)


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