Playing with ink and water!

This week I was playing around with my Ranger Inks and a watercolor pencil. I wan’t sure exactly what would become of it, but it didn’t come out too terribly 🙂

I stamped my trees with brushed corduroy distress ink, then used a green watercolor pencil for the grass. After brushing out the colors a bit with water, I added a little bit of fired brick distress ink on my trees also.

Next, I dried the images and cut them out, then inked the edges of each square with the brushed corduroy. It was a fun experiment! You can see the details below in the video 🙂


Need some ideas for using your Ranger Distress Inks?

Ranger Distress Inks are so versatile, but sometimes it’s hard to know exactly how to use them. The thing I love most about them is that they react with water. So when you spray water on the inks, they will spread and run, creating interesting effects.

One thing I like to do is make faux “old paper”. I’ve found that this technique works great on most paper, but especially smooth paper and my most favorite, the parchment papers. I think I got mine at Michael’s craft store.

First, cut the size of paper you want and then wrinkle it up. Moosh it up, whatever you need to do to get it all nice and wrinkled! Then smooth it out a bit and tap a Ranger Distress Ink Pad all over it. You will notice that of course the mountains (wrinkles) get inked and the valleys do not.

Now take a mini mister and lightly spritz with water so the ink runs all over. The last step is to iron the paper dry. I use a craft iron with no holes in the bottom. You can use any old iron that you don’t use for clothes any more. Voila….great looking “old paper” for your project!Here’s the inside of a card that I did with the Peeled Paint Distress Ink Pad.