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Show Product Love March 2017- Distress

Long time no see! I took December off and worked early this year on revitalizing my Etsy shop! It’s now up and running and I’m back to blogging. This weeks product love is being shown to my very neglected Distress Markers! Here are all of the markers I have sorted into color families I’ll be using today! At the end of the post will be a photo of all of the finished backgrounds! Now let’s get to it.

I decided to use these markers and make some backgrounds for future cards. I did all of this on my handmade watercolor pad with the pages at 7.5 X 5.5 inches and a 12 round brush, along with water in a cup and spray bottle. I started the first background by layering walnut stain, ripe persimmon, dried marigold and squeezed lemonade  in harsh stripes from darkest to lightest. To blend I sprayed the paper with a TON of water and just let it blend itself. I really wanted the lines of the markers to still show and look very painted and striped. After letting it blend I blasted it with my heat tool to fully dry it!

The piece before it was sprayed with water. Finished photo will be at the bottom!

For the second background I did much the same as the first, just put the color at more of an angle. This time I used my round brush and water to control the water and blend, which is hard to do with the spray bottle

The piece half-finished, with blending just on the bottom right

For the third background I decided to play around with a dot background. Starting from darkest to lightest I made varying sizes of circles all around for a pattern and colored in some circles wherever i felt needed a bit more color. Finally I just sprayed it with a medium amount of water to get the circles and dots to splatter and bleed out.

Dot background with the right side sprayed with water

The final background is probably my favorite one I created! I made stripes of the three remaining colors all over the paper and sprayed it with water. I moved my brush back and forth to blend but I wasn’t really liking it. I decided to dry it and add flicks of water from my brush, let it sit for a minute or so and blot it up with some paper towels. I did this a couple more times to build up the droplets all over the background and make it as even as I could.


That is all for this post! If you liked it or want to see more just let me know in the comments below! Happy Friday eve and have a wonderful weekend!

<3, Em

Finished Backgrounds
Posted in Crafts, Inspiration, Product Love

Show some product love

Hi everyone! This is the first post in a monthly series called product love! I realized that some things in my stash have gone without use for awhile. I wanted to make an effort to really use those products, and figured a post a month on my blog highlighting that product would encourage me to show more products love, and maybe encourage others to do the same! All products that I used will be listed at the bottom of the post! So let’s start with this month’s product: my Martha Stewart punches! On a whim during a spring shopping trip I bought 4 of the small frame cartridges on sale at TJMAXX for about $5. It was the first kind of punch set I ever bought and I was excited to use them! It took a TON of research to figure out what punch would actually fit the cartridges and I bought the right one…or so I thought. Turns out, it was a starter kit for ANOTHER set of cartridges, not the ones I bought on sale. Booooooo, but I am an engineer’s daughter! I was determined to somehow make it work with the starter kid and after trial and error, finally figured out a method!

From top to bottom, left to right: Deco Fan, Blossom, Diamond Lattice, Leaf Bud, and Eyelet Doily


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