Adding Color with Distress Crayons

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By Card Making and Paper Crafts Contributor Heidi. Follow Heidi on her blog Blue Scallop Creations and on Instagram @bluescallopcreations.

I love to find different ways to color floral stamps on my cards.  Alcohol inks are my top pick because of the ability to blend and create shadows as well as the control factor.  I do love the freeform look of watercolor, but controlling the color can sometimes be difficult.  Tim Holtz Distress Crayons can be a great option to get that watercolor look with a little more control on your project.

For my card today, I used these pretty pastel colors from Set 5 of the Tim Holtz Distress Crayon collection along with an empty water brush and water for coloring.  I like using a water brush because you get more control with the larger handle, however, I don’t fill it with water, I just dip in in water as needed.

To start, I stamped flowers from Avery Elle’s Hummingbird stamp set and a sentiment from Floating Wishes onto a panel of Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock.  I used Versafine Onyx black ink which does not smudge with watercolors.  To make it even easier to stay in the lines, you could heat emboss some clear embossing powder on top to create a resist.

I added color directly from the crayons onto my stamped images in the middle so I could blend out with water.

Using my water brush dipped in a small amount of water, I blended out the crayon using small strokes adding water or more crayon as needed.

For the smaller images like the stems, I colored the crayon onto an acrylic block and blended a little water onto the block to get the color from there.

I trimmed down the panel and adhered it to a kraft colored note card using some foam tape.  I added a few more painted flowers and leaves I trimmed out and adhered using foam squares.

I love the highly pigmented look you get with the Distress Crayons.  Perfect for adding spring colors to all your cards!  Thanks so much for joining me today!

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