This is the Week 1 Part 3 video of the Thinking Inking Series with Jennifer McGuire and 2 Peas In A Bucket – Watercolour backgrounds with distress inks.

You will need:

  • punched circles in ivory cardstock
  • distress inks
  • stamp
  • mini mister (any spray bottle with a fine mist)
  • ranger craft mat (non-stick and heat resistant)
  • Perfect pearls

Basic Watercolour Background:

  • using the distress ink, press some ink onto the craft mat in your desired colours (doesn’t really matter as they all blend well together and any combination of colours will look great)
  • spray the ink with the mini mister until they form little droplets of colour
  • now press a circle into the ink – use a dabbing motion to pick up the colour (a swiping motion will give you a muddy effect as the colours will just mix together)
  • you can then dry with a heat tool
  • you can dab into colour and dry as many times as you like (as it will continue to add colour) until you achieve your desired result

Pearl Backgrounds:

  • give a sheen to the watercolour background
  • use the same technique as above for applying the ink to the craft mat
  • Jennifer then uses the perfect pearls large brush to sprinkle some of the mica powder onto the inks
  • spritz with water, dab cardstock and dry with the heat tool until happy with the result
  • a variation on this is to use a glimmer mist (instead of mini mister and perfect pearls) to hydrate the inks and add sheen
  • again, different inks, perfect pearls and/or glimmer sprays will give you many different effects

Watercolour Stamping:

  • ink up your stamp with distress ink
  • you can use multiple colours on the one stamp
  • spritz the stamp with water (or glimmer spray)
  • stamp – will give you a wet image that will absorb into the cardstock to give the appearance of a hand painted watercolour image – even more so, if you use watercolour paper


  • use up the left over ink on some scrap punched shapes or flowers (to use later on cards and/or scrapbooking)
  • just use a stamp cleaner if you want to remove ink from your acrylic block – ultra clean or staz-on cleaner. If it is distress ink, just spritz with water and wipe off.
  • to ensure acrylic text stamps are straight, lay it on a piece of paper and then lower the block onto it. Some acrylic blocks also have a grid lines on them to help e.g. Tim Holtz grid blocks
  • use the same stamp on the envelope make a set

Click on the link to get the PDF created by Jennifer and 2 Peas In A Bucket. You can also click on this link to see more Thinking Inking videos.


K xoxo

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