Sizzix Tutorial- Distress Ink Watercolor Resist

Hello Friends! Happy Monday!

Today I have a card and tutorial to share with you featuring Distress watercoloring with an emboss resist, using some favorite dies and products from Tim Holtz and Sizzix.

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This sweet floral birthday card features the beautiful Flower Garden stamp set by Tim Holtz and Stamper’s Anonymous, along with my new favorite Sizzix die set by Tim Holtz called Stitched Rectangle Thinlits. This set is part of Tim’s new April release with Sizzix, and if you like the look of stitching on your die cuts, you are going to love this set.

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The Stitched Rectangles Thinlits set comes with five stack-able rectangle shapes, and two stitched borders, and is a really fabulous basic shape set that can be used over and over on so many types of projects. Love that you can nestle the dies together to create frames, or use them alone to create small or large focal panels on cards, layouts, mixed media, and more.

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I used the largest Stitched Rectangle for my watercolor resist floral panel here, and then used one of the stitched borders to create some interest along the bottom edge of the card. The flowers have been heat embossed and watercolored using my Distress Inks. I added a stamped birthday sentiment from one of my all time favorite Sizzix clear stamp sets. And finally finished off with some scattered 28 Lilac Lane seed beads for a little extra detail and shine.

I’ve got a tutorial to share with you, so let’s take a closer look.

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Begin by die cutting the largest Stitched Rectangle die from watercolor paper. I used Ranger watercolor paper, with the smooth side facing up. As always when die cutting with Thinlits or Framelits dies, we recommend using the Magnetic Platform and this standard Sizzix die cutting sandwich: Magnetic Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, paper, die (cutting side down), Standard Cutting Pad.

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Here’s a peek at all the dies in this set, along with the watercolor panel with those cool die cut edges. One thing that’s super fun about this set is that the stitched lines are irregular, which give them a great hand-stitched look. And all the detail that you see is die cut all the way through, so you can actually hand stitched thread or twine through the framework, if you so chose.

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The floral panel has two large blossoms in the bottom right corner that are stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. And since the flowers are overlapped slightly, and leaves are added in afterwards, you’ll need to do some masking. First, stamp the top open blossom in Versamark, and heat emboss with white embossing powder. It doesn’t photograph well, but if you look closely, you can see the first flower already embossed here.

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Create a mask for that flower using masking paper or a post-it note, like I’ve done here. Cover the flower with the mask, and then stamp the second blossom in Versamark ink to the left and slightly lower than the first flower, overlapping them slightly. Remove the mask, cover the ink with white embossing powder, and heat set using an embossing tool.  Repeat the process of creating a mask for the new flower, applying both masks to the embossed flowers, and adding in leaves. Make masks for the leaves, as needed, and heat set each image as you go.

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Once you have all the images added and embossed, watercolor the design, one section at a time, using Distress Inks, a cup of clean clear water, and a wet paintbrush.

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Continue to color the leaves and both flowers, working in small sections at a time. Once finished, I went around each image with grey to create a drop shadow, and finally finished off with a wash of blue on the background.

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Once the image was completely dry, I added a stamped sentiment from the Sizzix Birthday Clear Stamp Set to the top left corner in crisp black ink. If your watercolor panel has warped a bit from the coloring, try holding the panel flat with a bit of low-tack or washi tape before stamping.

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Ink the edges of the panel with an ink blending tool. Cover the flowers back up with the masks you created, and add some splatters of ink to the background.

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Wrap twine around the bottom of the panel, tying into a bow on the right side. Then scatter a few seed beads around the image, securing with small dots of Ranger Multi Medium Matte. I used a mixture of beads from the New Leaf Embellishment Kit from 28 Lilac Lane.

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To create a bit of interest on the bottom of the card, cut a piece of black cardstock the size of your card base. Both of the stitched border dies from the set create the same beautiful hand-stitched look as the rectangles, with stitched piercings along the edges and a cutting line down the center. So I placed the edge of my cardstock up against that center cutting line, holding it in place with a bit of washi tape before running it through my Big Shot.

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Look at that great bottom border! Love that extra little detail! Adhere the black cardstock to the card base. And finally, adhere the watercolor panel to another piece of cardstock before adding the panel to the card base using foam tape for dimension.

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I hope you enjoy! Thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you all a happy week ahead!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:
Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Ranger Surfaces BLACK CARDSTOCK ISB42105*Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps FLOWER GARDEN cms215Sizzix Clear Stamps BIRTHDAY 659798RESERVE Tim Holtz Sizzix STITCHED RECTANGLES Thinlits Die 661189Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD Watermark VM-001Ranger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK AIP31468Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad SCATTERED STRAW Ranger TIM21483Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad WILD HONEY Ranger TIM27201Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad MOWED LAWN Ranger Summer TIM35008Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TWISTED CITRON Ranger TIM43294Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PUMICE STONE Ranger TIM27140Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TUMBLED GLASS Ranger TIM27188Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BRUSHED CORDUROY Ranger TIM21421Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TATTERED ROSE Ranger TIM20240Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad SPUN SUGAR Ranger TIM27164Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad ABANDONED CORAL TIM43188Doodlebug BEETLE BLACK Doodle TwineRanger Embossing Powder SUPER FINE WHITE EPJ36678Sizzix BIG SHOT MACHINE Gray And White 660425Sizzix MAGNETIC PLATFORM FOR WAFER-THIN DIES Accessory 656499Sizzix Big Shot Kick STANDARD CUTTING PADS 1 Pair 655093Ranger 4 Oz. MULTI MEDIUM MATTE Paint Glue INK41535Ranger Studio Paint ARTIST BRUSHES Brush BRU40842Ranger US HEAT IT CRAFT TOOL United States Use HIT00471

28 Lilac Lane: New Leaf Embellishment Kit
Stampin’Up: Cameo Coral Cardstock (retired)

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17 thoughts on “Sizzix Tutorial- Distress Ink Watercolor Resist

  1. What a beautiful card Audrey. Love the colors you chose along with the dies. I haven’t used the Stitched Rectangle yet so maybe I better get it out because this looks great! Thanks for tutorial – it really helps to see how all the masking was done. Appreciate the time it takes to photograph and write it up.

  2. What a gorgeous card! I love the colors and textures. Thanks for the great tutorial. I have been wanting to try watercolors with embossing but I never seem to get motivated enough to pull out my embossing stuff. Well, you have motivated me to do just that. TFS

  3. A very lovely water colored card, Audrey! Those flowers are so pretty! Lots of awesome texture with the dies, twine, and seed beads! A fabulous creation as always! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  4. My oh my. I feel like I have a garden right here on my screen. Those flowers look amazing and that is some super detail on those dies. Beautifully done. Hugs!

  5. Oh wow. This is gorgeous Audrey! I love the whole composition….everything just works well together. Those watercoloured blooms are soooooo pretty!

  6. What a fabulous tutorial! I always love your watercolor projects. That drop shadow truly makes all the difference – it gives so much dimension to this card. I thought I didn’t like these new flower stamps, but you have proven me wrong 🙂

  7. I just saw this on Pinterest Audrey, it is gorgeous! I cannot wait to get the dies now… Thank you so much for sharing how you created this beautiful card.

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