Today I’m taking you on an inky journey with the Reveal It Mats from Stamp It II and then showing you how you can create your own Distressed Background.
Since the launch of Stamp It II and the amazing Reveal Its – there has been a flurry of questions and requests relating to how to use the Reveal It mats. So let’s run through a few then you can start creating your own ‘arty’ cards.
We’re doing more of a visual tutorial today and I really hope that you like it…
Materials used: Altenew Inks, Momento Inks, Distress Inks, Gelatos, Spectrum Noirs, ProMarkers, Tsukineko Neon Pigment Inks, Distress Crayons, Kuretake Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Watercolour Brush Pens, Lindy’s Stamp Gang Ink Magicals Flat Set Hawaiian Islands, Colourcraft Brusho Crystal Colour and I’ve even thrown in some Colour Cloud Inks – PHEW!
- Brusho. I quite liked this effect but was worred too much water would damage the Reveal It Mats so left it gritty looking. 2. The Magicals went on really really well and was pleased with the blendability. 3. Clean Colour Brush Pens were hard work and didn’t blend too well, however they looked vibrant and could easily be used under a topper. 4. The Gelatos surprised me and blended really well. I shall be using these again and again as the colours I have are bright and look fab. 5. The Spectrum Noirs were a disaster. They do not blend AT ALL and streak and leave an ugly mess. Avoid.
6. Although the Tsukineko Neon Pigment Inks look messy the outcome was wonderful. The Pigment inks have a lot of colour and what a dream to blend. If you get some blue roll or tissue, rub the Mats to wipe away excess ink. You’re left with a great background mat. Repeat for a more vivid colour.
7. Having failed with the SN’s I was happy to see that the ProMarkers worked really well! They needed a good rub and a few layers to blend but I think the colour is beautiful. 8. The Altenew Inks were an absolute dream to use and blend. Again, I was surprised at how easy they were to use and I would definitely recommend these. 9. I’ve thrown in some Cosmic Shimmer Colouor Cloud that I found in ny desk drawer (oops! haha). It glided on, however a LOT of ink came off and didn’t blend too well. As you can see, it just covered up the yellow and left two slightly different shades of blue instead! If you’re going for single colour this is the ink to use as it literally took seconds, otherwise don’t bother as you’ll end up with one colur any way.
10. I was expecting the Momento Inks to blend better than they did. It was an awful lot of hard work to get the colours blended, which is why I’ve taken so many pictres for you to see. The end result was ok but not worth the 10 mins it took! Compare that witht he Cosmic Shimmer above (I know it’s a different shade) that only took 10 seconds and you can see why I wouldn’t use these again.
11. Distress Inks were amazing for colour, coverage and blendability. Highly recommended and my go to inks for the Reveal Its Mats.
12. last but certainly not least were the Distress Crayons. I didn’t think they would work as they are water activated and thought they would turn into a puddle of mess. I sprayed each area carefully with a little water and gently rubbed in a circular motion with some soft tissue and this worked a treat! I went in a couple more times in localised areas and this time didn’t spritz, just rubbed with tissue and this enhanced the colour even more. The finish was perfectly blended and you can add layers of colour for a more intense look if you want. Another winner and highly recommended.
But wait, there’s more!
Both Stamp It and Stamp It II Collections had Distress It Mats but what if you wanted to make your own? Let me show you how easy it is…
To start I grabbed some Distress and Momento Inks, lightest first and used CWC Plain white card stock cut 5.25″ x 5.25″. With my Mini Ink Blending Tool, I began inking the card in a circular motion in the exact same way as number 11 above, slowly building up the colours.
Once dry, I took a small watercolour brush and dipped it in clean water and flicked over the inked card. You can let dry naturally or use a heat gun. I repeated this 4 times and then inked the edges again for the final finish.
My distressed background on the left; Craftwork Cards Distress It Mat on the right.
I didn’t want to duplicate the CWC Distress It Mat exactly but think I’ve shown how easy it is to make.
So, now that I’ve answered a heap of your questions it’s over to you – have a stab at some of the inky examples shown today.
Time to get your ink on, ladies! I’d be over the moon if you left me a litle note to say that you enjoyed this post – or if you had any additional questions just hit me up! Get makin’ and don’t forget to share your beautiful projects. I NEED to see them all 😉
Have a super day and happy crafting!
Lots of love xx