Monday, June 30, 2014

Share the Love Week Featuring Distress Inks | Day 1

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Hello, hello, hello!  Welcome to the first day of our Share the Love Week featuring Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger!  This is a week-long love fest where we focus on a company or product we adore and show how smitten we are by using our featured love with w&w products!

Tim Holtz Distress Ink are a fabulous product line brought to you by Ranger and the incomparable Tim Holtz.  They have unique properties which make them a terrific tool for creating fantastic projects.  We will be showing you a few ways to play with your Distress Inks this week, but by no means are they all of the wonders possible.  We recommend, if you haven't already, stalking following Tim Holtz's site and Ranger's site for more information and inspiration.

This time around we want you...yes, you...to participate with us for a chance to win some awesome prizes.

Our first day kicks off with what will surely be a very popular challenge: Watercolor/Watercolour!

Before we get to how you can participate to win, let's see what Julie, Shay and The Talent have made.

Julie

It's Share the LOVE week {insert huge smiley face here}!  Are you ready to get inky???  I love to get inky, especially with Distress Inks!  Today I am sharing a really fun way to get a water-colored background using Distress Inks and lots and lots of water! If you haven't tried this, you are in for a treat!

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These are cards for my One Little Word project (a la Ali Edwards) and I wanted to hand write short statements on a cute and subtle background.  Distress Inks to the rescue!  I took several of my favorite w&w stamps and inked them with Versamark Ink and embossed them with clear EP on watercolor paper. (This technique does not require watercolor paper, but I knew I would be adding a lot of water, and I wanted my project to hold up to all of the spritzing that was about to happen.)

Cards 1 & 2 - flowers from The Write Stuff:  Leave it to Mom and confetti dots from Scenery: Big Bang Confetti

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Cards 3 through 6 -  more Scenery: Big Bang Confetti (stars, circles and sci fi stars) and hearts from The Write Stuff: Love Story and You've Got Love Mail.

Once the embossed areas were cool, I inked up my my craft sheet with distress inks, just tapping the colors on the sheet randomly in an area just slightly larger than my paper.  I sprayed water over the ink until the water look like medium sized beads.  I then put my paper down on the watery ink and pressed and "smooshed" (you know it is a technical term) until I felt the card was sufficiently covered.  I turned it over and dried it with my heat tool.  If one area looked muddy, I used a paper towel to dab the excess. If an area needed more color, I either put the dried paper back into the ink again, or used a brush to add ink from the mat to the areas of the card that needed more color, and then dried again with the heat tool.  I love the look of the pooled ink inside the shapes.  It there wasn't enough color there, I definitely added more.

The soft blended backgrounds and the cute border accents on these cards are perfect for my personal journaling.  I think I will make more of these for my other albums too, and maybe try it on some Bristol paper as well.  It can definitely handle the excess water.  This technique is quick and easy, and yields some fantastic results.  I hope you liked this one and decide to get inky with us!!!

Shay

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I began by stamping the frame from The Write Stuff: Leave it to Dad in black ink on a journaling card by Studio Calico.  I made a mask of the frame and then filled the inside in with the flowers and leaves from The Big, the Bold and Extras.  I made a mask of each the flower so I could have some depth in how the flowers stamped.  I then painted in the flowers with a water brush and Distress Ink that I smeared upon my non-stick craft sheet by Ranger.  Distress Inks are wonderful for watercoloring and blend wonderfully.  In the yellow family I used squeezed lemonade, mustard seed and wild honey.  In the pink family I used spun sugar, worn lipstick and festive berries.  In the green family I used iced spruce, evergreen bough and mowed lawn.  The blue inside the frame is stormy sky.  The frame is painted in with tumbled glass, broken china and chipped sapphire.

The outline banner from The Big, the Bold and Extras is painted in with the yellows listed above.  The sentiment is from Bubble Talk.  After cutting out the banner I edged it with a black Sharpie.  I attached the banner using dimensional foam adhesive.

The note is from The Write Stuff: Love Story and is colored in with evergreen bough and mowed lawn.

On the white card base I stamped the large and medium solid faceted sequins from Scenery: Big Bang Bling.  I attached the journaling card with washi.  And there you have the card.

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Now that you have seen what Julie and I have created, wait until you see the glory that The Talent has made today!  We hope you take the challenge and play along.  Keep on reading to see how you can join in and win!

The Talent

Gayatri_Mr.-&-Mrs.-card CLICK HERE to see more about Gayatri's project.

Laura_IMG_3924 CLICK HERE to see more about Laura's project.

Mayuri_WWSTL_DIST_WATER CLICK HERE to see more about Mayuri's project.

Vanessa_watercolorwedding CLICK HERE to see more about Vanessa's project.

>>>THE CHALLENGE<<<

Want to win a care package by Ranger?  Ranger has generously donated a prize of a mini ink blending tool, replacement foam and two (2) sets of Distress Ink minis.  Wow, that is awesome!

You have two (2) ways you can win:
  1. You can comment once on this post; and/or
  2. You can create a new watercolor/watercolour project using Distress Inks + at least one (1) w&w product (this can include stamps, cut files, digital products and/or one of our freebies found on our website or for our Facebook fans) and add it to the Link-up tool found below. You may enter as many times as you wish while the challenge remains open.
We will randomly pick a winner from the comments and challenge entries that are entered by Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 11:55 p.m. CST.



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66 comments:

  1. Ranger/Tim Distress...you're talking my language!
    Is it the usual unlimited entries? or ??
    Thanks for another fun challenge, I'll try to squeeze this into my summer schedule...after all a girl's got to play and get inky!

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  2. How FUN! LOVE the inspiration!

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  3. wow thanks for the inspiration.. all of these are fabulous..

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  4. This is a great combo to celebrate and I love the creativity of WInnie & Walter with Ranger Distress Inks!

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  5. I love W&W and Distress Inks!! I can't wait to play along! Looking forward to the rest of this week!!

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  6. Beautiful projects. Love the distresses/water color look. So pretty and colorful.

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  7. Gorgeous cards from the DT, love the pretty colors...

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  8. Really beautiful cards, ladies! Love the soft colors ♥ TFS!

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  9. Gorgeous cards! I love my distress inks. They're used more than any other inks I own, especially with my W&W stamps.

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  10. Superb projects, I am so inspired by these :)

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  11. I love to watercolor with distress inks - it couldn't be easier! Your designers gave us some beautiful eye candy today.....Looking forward to what you have planned the rest of the week!

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  12. Great pairing to share the love! Love my distress inks. Tim Holtz is one crafty brilliant man and I am constantly amazed by seeing what uses he comes up with.

    Beautiful distress ink watercolour inspiration projects ladies! Have to say thanks to W&W for showing inclusivity and global sense by using both spellings of watercolor/watercolour. Way to go!;)

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  13. What lovely works from your DT today!! Love the watercolor/distress inks! Beautiful.

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  14. Love all the beautiful cards made with your beautiful stamps.

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  15. Oh what isn't to love...distress inks, watercolor and Winnie & Walter

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  16. Such gorgeous inspiration ... love using DI to make watercolour backgrounds ... those from Julie are awesome! Anita :)

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  17. Beautiful creations with Winnie&Walter and Ranger!

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  19. Love your watercolor ideas! Distress inks are some of my favorite! I'm going to find time to play along!

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  20. Wonderful water colour projects!!

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  21. Watercoloring with distress inks + Winnie & Walter = FUN!
    Hoping to play along with this challenge!

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  22. Fabulous inspiration from these watercolor projects, love them!!!

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  23. Fabulous cards today. I just love the amazing things that you can do with distress inks! Thanks so much for sharing! Happy crafting!

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  24. Awesome projects! I love watercolors especially with Tim Holtz products!

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  25. Brilliant inspiration from all the participants. Who doesn't love watercolor?

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  26. So much fabulous inspiration from the DT...Beautiful cards and ideas! I'm going to try to play along!

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  27. I will most definitely participate in this challenge ...

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  28. Oh...love distress inks! Hope I have a chance to play along. Great cards and inspiration ladies!

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  29. Awesome samples from everyone. I'll be pulling out my Distress Inks and W&W stamps and do some creating for sure.

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  30. LOVE, LOVE Distress Inks & Winnie & Walter!!!

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  31. Great watercolor inspiration! Maybe I will have the time to join your challenge...

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  32. Thanks so much... I'd do anything to have more Distress in my life =] W&W you are my fave, by far!

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  33. i love your motivational notes!

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  34. Love all the cards especially Vanessa's gray watercolor !

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  35. Distress Inks and watercoloring definitely go hand in hand. Thanks for all the great inspiration!

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  36. Love all the inspiration today!

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  37. Fabulous designs, ladies! I'm so inspired to try this fun challenge!

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  38. WONDERFUL watercolour cards FULL of WOW!!!
    LOTS of DELIGHTFUL techniques for me to try ... dare I confess that I have all of two distress inks and they are almost the same colour ... looks like I'll be needing a rainbow of them now :)
    THANK YOU for the CREATIVE INSPIRATION :)

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  39. wow these are beautiful!!! I LOVE this technique too! Gorgeous ladies!

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  40. Lovely! Winnie and Walter is on my wish list. There is no better big and bold words than yours. Love the fonts and love the large number of sentiments.

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  41. Such beautiful and fun cards!!!! This technique is always on the top of my play list when I want to have lots of inky fun!!!

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  42. I love watercolor, and the DT examples are just fabulous! But I don't own any Distress Ink pads yet...can I still join in these challenges using other inks?
    <3 Emily L.

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  43. I am such a fan of your "Big Bold" Stamps and the matching Cut Files....and just love how some of the cards were designed with those amazing stamps on the fantastic water-colored backgrounds! I am hoping to play along too....IF I can find some time to actually sit down and create this week....PHEW has it been crazy...

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  44. Love these beautiful watercolor creations!! I'm planning to try out some of these ideas when I get back home from vacation :)

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  45. Wonderful cards! I just love the watercolor trend and the Distress Inks are so fun to play with! Love my W&W stamps and have another on the way to play with!

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  46. Such beauties! Time to get to work!

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  47. These project are all STUNNING! Thanks for sharing!

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  48. Fabulous designs by the DT! I love my Distress Inks AND my W&W stamps, so I'll be playing along! :))

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  49. I do a ton of watercoloring with Ranger products! Will definitely be playing along!

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  50. The watercolour technique is so fun...it can take so many forms. Love what the DT came up with.

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  51. Walter & Winnie + distress inks + watercolor = LOVE!!!

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  52. I only have Big Bang Confetti so far but I will still try to make a card for every day. Love W&W and love Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks!

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  54. Time to watercolor! So much inspiration...love the cards!

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  55. Beautiful cards! I love the watercolor look, and thanks for sharing the techniques!

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  56. I recently got some of the minis! Excited to try them out!

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  57. Love the watercolor look, it's so versatile!

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  58. the team has showcased the stamps well. Love the watercolor technique with the stamps

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  59. I feel like I was too early to the party... posted all my watercolor and Distress Inks in the Join in to Win gallery last month :) Such gorgeous cards - Mayuri, that card is ethereal. Thanks for the giveaways. I would love to try out the new round applicator tool. Seems so practical. And you can even make bokeh with it. How cool.

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  60. Beautiful! Loving the watercolor technique.

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  61. Love Tim Holtz Distress Inks!!! These projects are gorgeous!! Have been a little hesitant to try watercoloring but I think I'll give it a whirl after seeing how beautiful everyone's cards came out!!

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