Friday, September 26, 2014

Paint Splatter Distress Ink Technique

Do you ever have one of those days where you walk into your crafting room, inhale the fumes of magic, and create the perfect card in like 10 minutes? Almost never for me, but apparently tonight was the night! 

I guess that's what you get from having some great inspiration. I stopped by the Fusion challenge this week and was immediately inspired to play along with this:

I decided to use both sketch and the image because I just received the most amazing sunflower stamp from STAMPlorations Blooms and Sketches set and haven't gotten the chance to show it off yet. Since they are having a new "Anything Goes" challenge that's a never-ending chance to win great prizes, I'm so happy that Fusion gave me a chance to ink it up. 

Distress splatter painting makes any card feel graphic and interesting, and I chose to incorporate that technique in my background. To achieve the technique, first create a base. I started by rubbing a paper with some Old Paper Distress Ink and embossed a saying from Tim Holtz's "The Journey" set. 

To get the splatter effect, squish some Distress Inks onto a craft mat and spray generously with water. I used Bundled Sage and Wild Honey.  Take a paintbrush and dip in the water and then flick the brush above the paper. (Make sure you're prepared to get some paint outside the edges!!) In order to achieve a really nice splatter effect, flick your brush from different angles and sides of the paper. 

My paintbrush apparently had some blue perfect pearls on it, and so a happy accident was formed. The tones from the blue mixed with some of the wild honey and just added another color to love.

To finish the card, I used some burlap I won from Simon Says Stamp's October blog hop. WOOHOO! I really like the effect. They also sent me some washi tape, which I'd never used before but now am in love with. I always thought it was kind of silly to tape up your card, but it just creates an amazing texture. 

I colored the flower with Spectrum Noir Markers and added some tiny little wooden hearts. 

All in all, I completely love the way this card turned out. I did a little happy dance and forced my boyfriend to ooh and aaah over it. :)

I'm also going to enter Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.

All your comments are very much appreciated and loved!


  1. What a wonderful background you created - love the added texture of the burlap behind the sunflower! thanks so much for joining us in the Fusion Challenge Becca!

  2. This is so pretty. Can't believe how fast you made it. That never happens for me, even when I am so sure it will.

  3. This is cool, Becca. Love the splatters and your sunflower looks so real.

  4. Thank you for your comment, really like how you made the background and how the whole card looks so cool!

  5. Love how you did the background and the sunflower is awesome!

  6. Love your mixed media approach and all those cool textures! Thanks so much for playing with us at STAMPlorations. I hope to see you there next time, too! Hugs, Cornelia DT

  7. Your splatters look very cool!! What a really fun idea for your background!! Love it!! :) Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*
    My Blog: Stamp Smiles

  8. Your card turned out awesome Becca. Love the splatters

  9. Oooh & aaah worthy, for sure, Becca! Love everything about your creation--gorgeous work! PS--Bleach doesn't hurt rubber stamps as long as you immediately clean the stamp. I've never used clear stamps--not so sure they could take it.

  10. Absolutely stunning design - love the colours - very Autumnal.
    Thanks for joining in at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  11. Wow! Your card is incredible. Love every last detail. Thanks so much for playing with us at Fusion!

  12. Wow, that's a lot to get through in 10 minutes! It turned out so well. I especially love the spatters and text on the background. Thanks so much for joining the Fusion Challenge.

  13. ADORE your distress!!! Thanks for joining us at FUSION, so HAPPY you did Yahoo! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  14. Sounds like you have the boyfriend well trained. Love this. Great colours and textures. Hugz

  15. Awesome card..and that within 10 minutes..that never happens with me..Thanks for the technique..