Instant 35% off 150+ stamps -- no code needed! - sale ends 10/31
Grab Christmas in the Air Kit #2 and #3 at 34% off
NEW! Paper Goods Subscription - Get 4 paper goods products ($28 value) starting at just $17 + free shipping!
Enter the store giveaway for a chance to win a $15 prize code
Subscribe to our store's mailing list for a chance to win a $25 prize code
SIMPLY SPLENDED thin metal die is free with every purchase of at least $21 (ends 10/31 or while supplies last)
Comment on all posts published in October for a chance to win one of ten (10) $7 prize codes. - comment by November 8

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

{Spotlight Project} Shirley Drips Distress Inks

For the LOTUS LOVE Special Stamp Release + Mini Blog Hop post, click here.

Hi there! Today I'm playing with the new stamp club set, Floral Bliss. I decided to see if I could create a drip effect as if all the colour was running out of the flower.

I stamped the helenium onto mixed media card, smoothed some Distress Ink minis onto an acrylic block, and gave the background area a very faint wash of Iced Spruce. Then I added Wild Honey to the flower centre, and several blobs onto the edges of some petals, stood the card up and kept tapping it on the table to force the ink to drip down.

I did the same thing with the Aged Mahogany, then decided the drips were too harsh, so I shielded the flower and misted the drips.

I stamped the sentiment from Fond Expressions 2, and added some splatters of both colours - couldn't stop myself. I mounted the panel onto maroon textured card - here's another look.

While I still had all the inks on the block, I made another version, this time wetting the paper under the flower before dropping in the colours.

This gives a much more subtle blending of the colours. I added a sentiment from Fond Expressions 2, and managed to refrain from splattering on this one. Mounted it onto yellow card, and it's done.

Products Shirley used in today's project:


Floral Bliss (August/September 2015) is one of the premium 5x7 sets offered in the STAMPlorations stamp club! We've got lots of perks, including free worldwide shipping, a free 4" by 6" stamp set sent every 3rd shipment (or immediately after signing up for the semi-annual subscription), 2 personal discount coupon codes, and choice of 2 ARTplorations stencils ($10 value) in every stamp club package mailed out to subscribers! For more info and to sign up, click here.

Prize alert! Leave a comment in this post for an entry to our Spotlight Projects random drawing for August. We'll pick ONE (1) commenter to win a $10 gift certificate or her choice of 1 ARTplorations stencil. We'll announce the winner on the first week of September!


  1. Both lovely. Splatt envy here. Great splatts. Love the yellow background. Very uplifting. Hugz

  2. Whoa, Nellie!! This is so beautiful and such a way fun and cool technique!!

  3. Gorgeous card Shirley..the drips with distress is an amazing technique! :)
    Suchi xx

  4. I loved the dripping artsy look..Thanks for the tutorial !

  5. Love this effect - but I must admit the first card appeals to me the most.

  6. Love the drip effect you created. Makes the colors so unique. Thank you for the inspiration:)

  7. Great idea. I also like that you explain how to improve things when the initial effect isn't what you had in mind. Helps the rest of us who experiment with new techniques!

  8. Love this effect. I'm going to steal, er, CASE it.

  9. Love this effect. I'm going to steal, er, CASE it.

  10. I love both versions of your dripping watercoloring, but think the 2nd is my favorite. TFS Shirley

  11. This is a cool technique! Great card!!

  12. Such a cool effect. I think your 2nd card is my favourite.


Apologies to our regular followers and readers. We've put commenting on moderation because we have a couple of spammers in our midst. We love hearing from fellow crafters so your comment will be approved. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with us :o)