Playing with Distress Inks and Wink of Stella

Distress Ink, Wink of Stella, and my secret stash of paper
I love, love hanging out with my crafty cohorts Barbara and Anne.  They are just both so talented and clever and oozing with inspiration.  We got together and one of the many things we did was ink blending.  I took a big scrap of watercolor paper and just  put different inks that appealed to me all over it.  I'll list the different colors at the end of this post if you are interested.
 I experimented with  ink lifting through stencils. This is a simple technique that I adore.   I used a water brush and very lightly "painted" with the stencil.  I was careful not to use to much water or it would squish under the stencil and make a blob. The distress ink reacted with the water and lightened ever so subtly.

About this time Barbara pulled out her Wink of Stella pens. She had clear, silver, and gold; and I just had to play with them.   The subtle shimmer of these pens are  stunning.  I used my same stencil which I will list below, (but I'm sure this technique would work with your stencils, too) and painted just like I did with the water brush.

I was expecting some ink lifting with the pens, but that is not what happened. The Wink of Stella sat on top of the ink and if there was a reaction it was well hidden under the ink from the pen.  I was amazed and impressed with myself at the results.  If genius crafty person already figured this all out, break it to me slowly.

I used my Big Shot to cut a 4 1/2 by 3 1/2 panel using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles.  This is hands down my go to die set. With my paper trimmer, I cut an 80# Finch Bright White  4 3/4 by 3 3/4  piece to back the inked panel.  After that I broke out my very special vintage gold card stock  I found a box of this in an old building.  I have a very limited supply of it and I'm hoarding most of it--but for fun I put 5 sets of 12 on and when that goes it's gone.  (Unless I'm a very lucky girl and find more.) All of those pieces adhered to a Neenah Kraft cover card base.

I white embossed a sentiment from a Stamping' Up set a friend gave me a long time ago.  All I know about it is it is from 2005.  An oldie, but a goodie for sure.

I still have a swath of inked watercolor paper to make cards with.  So fun!


Materials:  some are affiliate links

Vintage Gold Card Stock

Ranger Collage Glue
The Crafters' Workshop Retro Starburst Stencil
Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
Peacock Feathers Distress Ink
Dusty Concord Distress Ink
Picked Raspberry Distress Ink
Ranger White Embossing Powder
Zig Wink of Stella Pen