Easy Distress Ink Watercoloring Featuring Birch

Hi guys!!  I’m back with another card featuring the ADORABLE Birch from Purple Onion Designs.  I think I’m in love..  with Birch, that is.  He’s just so stinkin cute.  I could make cards for days using him!!!

Well this card was super easy to make.  I used the same distress ink colors to color him as I did on my previous card, which were Antique Linen and  Vintage Photo. I also used Tattered Rose for his ears and cheeks.  I colored his beanie with Wilted Violet.  I stamped him on some Strathmore Ready Cut Watercolor Paper. The 3 images on the left I heat embossed with Wow Black Embossing Powder and the 3 images on the right I stamped using Archival Jet Black ink.


I’m still using one of my all time favorite paint brushes which is the Black Velvet Silver Script Liner 1.  It’s a really great brush for smaller images like this one.   After he was all colored and dried, I used a Sakura Silver Gel Pen to add some silver stripes to his purple beanie.  I really like this silver metallic gel pen.  It’s especially great on Christmas cards to add just that little bit of extra sparkle.


For my card front I used Lawn Fawn’s Simple Stitched Hillside Borders die.  I knew I wanted a portion of the card front to be removed so that some color could show through.  As always I’m using Neenah Solar White 110 lb. card stock for my card base and Neenah Solar White 80 lb. card stock for my card front.



I used my Clarity Brushes to brush on some of the Wilted Violet.  I was a little concerned because my brush was still wet from the previous card I had made.  I wasn’t sure what that was going to do to how much color came off the brush.  Usually, you get a really nice, light layer of color, but with it being a little wet, the color was a little more intense.  So I just brushed it on super light and super slow so that I didn’t end up with too much color and have to start all over again.


I really like these Clarity Brushes.  I love ink blending, but I always end up with one side (where my sponge first makes contact with the paper) being waaaay too dark.  That doesn’t happen with the Clarity Brushes.  You can start smack in the middle of your card and no one would ever know.  With ink blending you usually start off of the page and work your way on, but we don’t always want the color to come in from the side.  And no matter how hard I try, I always end up with a dark spot, where my sponge first touches the paper.  I’ve seen people start right on the card stock with the ink blending tool and have no problems.  No darks spots, no weird circles, just a nice even blend of color.  But then there’s some of us that just can’t do that.  This is the category that I fall into.  So I’m very pleased with the Clarity Brushes.

Once I had some color on my background, I kept using the card front as a guide to see how much color I wanted showing and how dark I wanted it.


I definitely wanted a light layer of color, almost pastel-like.  I planned on adding my sentiment to the bottom so I also had to pay attention to how far down my coloring was going.

Once I was happy with the amount of color I had down, I used my EK Success  Powder Tool across the bottom of the card where I wanted my sentiment to go.  It’s important to use an anti static tool, especially when you’ve already added color, so that the embossing powder doesn’t stick all over the place.  Sometimes your ink might not feel wet or look wet, but if it is, your embossing powder will stick all over that wet ink.  It’s best just to make sure the ink is completely dry before adding any embossing powder.


After I used the powder tool, I inked up my stamp with Versa Mark Ink and stamped my sentiment across the bottom of my card.  The sentiment I used is from a stamp set by Simon Says Stamp called Friendship Messages.  It has some really great basic sentiments that are perfect to have on hand.  I used Ranger Silver Embossing Powder which I think looks beautiful with the light purple.


Once I had the sentiment heat embossed, I basically just had to bring it all together.  I decided to add some craft foam to the back of the card front to give it a little dimension.


I just took a scrap piece of craft foam and using the same stitched hillside border, I cut the craft foam and added some Be Creative double sided adhesive to either side of it.


It felt like the top of the card was missing something so I added a bow using some white and silver twine.  It’s one of my go to twine’s, I really like it. It looks good with just about anything.  I purchased the twine from Target, but it’s no longer available.  You can find silver twine on Amazon or many other places though, I’m sure.  I added a Tiny Glue Dot to the back of the bow to keep it from moving.


So that cute little Birch didn’t look like he was floating in mid air, I added a little ground/shadow using my copic markers.  I used some warm grays W00, W0 and W1.


Once I had somewhere to place Birch, I used my Ranger Multi Medium Matte to glue him in place.  That way I’d have a little wiggle room before he dried.  I love using Multi Matte simply because it dries clear.



And that’s all there is to it!!!  Wasn’t that easy?  I could use this little bunny every single day and never grow tired of him.  Well, I hope you liked my card.  If you have any questions or just wanna say hello, please leave me a comment below and as always if you’d like to see me making this card, please check out my YouTube video by clicking here.  Thank you so much ladies for your support.  I just love hearing from you.  Until next time…





9 thoughts on “Easy Distress Ink Watercoloring Featuring Birch

  1. Hi Misty! Good to see you again and thank you for visiting me! I love all Purple Onion and little Birch is one of the cutest! You have showcased him brilliantly with your design! And I am really impressed with (and appreciate) how much time and effort you put into your posts describing the process and publishing the photos! You’re a great teacher!!

    The only thing I noticed is that you are replying to your comments here on your blog. My experience, both personally and in talking with others, is that most people don’t have time to go back to the blogs they have visited to see if the person replied to their comment. It is better to just visit their blog in return and comment there, unless you are answering a specific question that you might want someone coming along afterwards to see. Perhaps you do both, comment on other blogs AND answer here for all I know, but doing it here for a lot of us means you are just wasting time that you could be spending making another fabulous card! I hope you don’t mind the observation! You left such a sweet comment for Petra, but I’m concerned that she won’t ever see it!

    Happy New Year!! Hugs, Darnell


    1. Hi!! Glad to see you back!! (since I accidentally deleted your last comment 😦 Yes!! Check out the clarity brushes. They’re a little pricey, but well worth it when you think about all the ink blending you can do with them. And unlike the ink blending sponges, you can simply wash these out and reuse them!! Well, I guess you can do that with the sponges too, but I don’t think they’d work as good. Anyway, good to hear from you again. ❤

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  2. Hi, Misty – don’t know if you would remember me – it’s been ages since I visited the last time!!!! I came to your blog from Darnell and subscribed to e-mail notifications for your posts!!!!! I haven’t been around in Blogland for quite a long time and that’s why you haven’t heard from me since my last visit!!!!!! I’ve enjoyed looking at all the lovely cards that you’ve made since I’ve been around the last time!!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to do the photo tutorials and the videos on how you make your gorgeous cards!!!! You are so good at colouring your images!!! And who can not be in love with the little Birch – he is just the sweetest fella, hey!!!!! Love your very sweet card and I really like that clarity brush!!!! I thought I was the only one who struggles to do smooth blending with my DI’s – I also end up with dark patches all over the place!!!!
    All of the best for 2017 and happy crafting!!!
    Have a great week!!!!

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    1. Hi Petra!! Yes!! Of course I remember you!! I can totally relate.. I haven’t been around blogland either. Life has just been way too chaotic. On top of that, I’ve been dealing with some health issues the past few months. In fact, these are the 1st 2 blog posts/videos that I’ve done in ages. I miss it like crazy though. I haven’t been keeping up on my crafty friends’ blogs either so I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things now. Thank you so much for the oh so sweet comment. You really made me happy. I’m soooo glad you like my photo tutorials. I’ve been thinking a lot about them lately and I’ve been wondering if I should continue to blog that way or if I should simplify it like most other people do… I’m really torn. It would be a time saver to simplify it, but it’s what I like to see in blogs so that’s why I do it that way. I like to give anyone who is interested as much info. as possible if they were to want to make it themselves. And you commenting on that specifically makes me happy to hear that someone is enjoying my tutorials. So thank you so much for your comment. Hahaha, you are not alone on the distress inks. I’m so envious of people that can put this light layer of color right in the middle of their card. There’s NO way I’d be able to do that. But thanks to these clarity brushes, I can actually do just that now. I do love DI’s, they just don’t love me… 😉 Well I’m so happy to see you back in blogland!! Let’s keep in touch, ok? Happy New Year to you as well. Hugs ~


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