DISTRESS INK

I often get questions about Distress Ink colouring, so I thought I would share some tip here.
I am not an expert, but I will tell you how I do it:)

1. Papers: I use water colour paper 300g (Canson). The thicker the paper is the better;) I have also started using The Langton -Extra Smooth (Hot pressed) Grain Satine paper.

2. I use syntetic brushes, often in sizes 00, 0. But it depends, it is not easy to find the perfect brush, so you probably have to try some:) The brand I use now is called Italieri.

3. Ink to stamp the images with: Archival Ink-Jet Black or Memento-Rich Cocoa (brun).

4. Tip for colouring Digi Stamps: When I print out images, the ink used to bleed. But I got this great tip from Rachel Jakes. Use the heat gun to heat up the image several times. Then the ink stays on the paper, even if it gets wet.

5. I use the Distress Ink, Reinkers. It is the refillers which you buy in small bottles. When I use my Ink pads, it is for inking up the paper edges. Then I usually use Walnut Stain. Before that I used Vintage Photo. The difference is that Walnut Stain is a bit darker. HERE is a storage tip for you:)

6. Colours:
- Skin: Vintage photo, Tattered Rose
- Cheeks: Tattered Rose, Aged Mahogany. But for a more pinkish look, use a mix of Tattered Rose and Worn Lipstick.
- Hair: Antique Linen, Walnut Stain.
- For darker areas on the image: Black Soot, Walnut Stain or Pumice Stone. Don't use all on the image, choose one. Like if my image (like Tilda's dress) is blue, I use Black Soot for colouring. Bit if the image is pink, I use Walnut Stain for the shadows. If you want a lighter shadowing, use Pumice Stone.
- My favourite colours: Victorian Velvet, Weathered Wood, Walnut Stain.

7. How I colour: View my tutorial HERE.

8. Here is a video of me when I am coloring.


If you have some more questions about my colouring, just send me an e-mail (cstoen@hotmail.com) and I will try to answer it, and put the answer here.