Mama Carrie Makes

Friday Craft, Galaxy Background

This is my first galaxy using Distress Inks. I watched a few tutorials on You Tube before giving it a try and it was quite easy. I used a blending tool to make patches of Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber, Peacock Feathers, and Seedless Preserves. The cardstock in the photo above is nothing special, just bargain stuff you can find in the office supply store.

Then I blended Faded Jeans and Black Soot on top and around the patches of color until I was happy with the look.

You can use droplets of water to create the faded patches, and splatters of white paint for stars. I’m really happy with this first effort. I’ve already made another and plan on doing a large one to use for a pop-up box card.

Stay tuned for cute astronaut action!



Friday Craft, Watercolor Dahlias

Orange Watercolor Dahlias

Ahhh. So relaxing and so easy to do. Stamp your favorite image (these are flowers from Stampendous called Flower Garden). Smoosh your distress ink colors onto a palette (I use a laminated piece of cardstock. Any non-porous surface will do), get your paintbrush wet and go. I used yellow to underpaint before adding color to the blooms and really love how they seem to be glowing.

Orange Watercolor Dahlias

You really could apply any sentiment to this card. A little fishtail and your done. Easy peasy.


Friday Craft, Art Journal 08


Another art journal page using Distress Ink. For this piece I used the star stamp from Lawn Fawn‘s Starry Backdrops, with some embossing ink and powder. I stamped that several times to cover about 2/3 of the page. Then I used a blending tool to spread on the inks.

I also used the Make a Wish sentiment from the same stamp set, embossed again. It didn’t show up as well as I wanted once I applied the green, so I added a bit of brown around it for contrast.

This page was a simple one to get the creative mojo flowing and to use my new stamp set (bought on clearance!) It also serves as the first page in my next art journal.

I think this would be a great background technique for a card or art piece, although the blending tool (also on clearance) doesn’t blend the ink as well as I was hoping. I know why they were on sale, because the newer versions are better. But for now, I will use what I have.


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Friday Craft, Art Journal 07


Made with mini Distress Inks, a Hero Arts stamp and some hand-me-down watercolor paper that is way too nice for me to afford. This piece measures 7.5″ x 5.25″, so a bit too big for a standard card. I’m thinking I’ll mount it onto chipboard and hang it in the craft cave.

This technique is nothing new, but I really enjoyed it. I’ve got about 20 tiny Distress Ink pads, at least 1 or 2 shades of each color. You’ll also need an acrylic block, or some kind of non-porous surface for a palette. Just tap the ink pad onto the palette to leave some ink behind, then use a wet brush to pick up the color and start painting.

I like this method of painting more than watercolor, because it’s so much easier to control the amount of color on your brush. I had tried to color this image using some Tombow dual brush markers, but the color was too concentrated and did not move on the page the way I wanted it to.


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