Watercolour with Distress Stain Video Tutorial

watercolour with distress stains Heather Telford

I created a tutorial for Splitcoaststampers showing how I use distress stains to do watercolouring with outline stamps. There is both a photo tutorial and video on the Splitcoast website and I have included the video below. I used the same technique to create two cards, the one above is the star of the video, the one below is featured in the photo tutorial.

watercolour with distress stains step tutorial Heather Telford


Stamps: Fresh Flower Sparks (PB)
Inks:  Peeled Paint, Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw, distress stains & Forest Moss, Black soot distress markers(Ranger), Versafine Spanish Moss ink (Imagine Craft/Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100%  cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Natural White cardstock

This is a favourite technique of mine; I used it for the following cards.

Tulip Festival 2 Heather Telford Tulip festival 1 Heather Telford Deep Pink Poppies Heather Telford

Orange poppies Heather Telford DSC_6697 Orange & red poppies Heather Telford fresh poppies Heather Telford


29 Comments on “Watercolour with Distress Stain Video Tutorial”

  1. Paulette S says:

    These are so Beautiful, Heather! Thank you for sharing your video tutorial, so we can see your magic.

  2. Pam B says:

    Those cards are to die for! Thanks for posting the video and sharing.

  3. naylogan says:

    thank you so much for sharing your art and your technique.. well done..

  4. Micheline Jourdain says:

    MA GNI FI QUE!!! Merci Heather pour ce superbe tuto. Thank you so much Heather for this amazing tuto!!!

  5. CherylQuilts says:

    Oh, Heather, what beautiful cards, and I LOVED your video tutorial (so sweet to hear your voice!). Thank you for sharing your artistry and your work with us. You are so inspiring, sweet friend! Hugs!

  6. Sandy Waters says:

    Thanks so much for the video! I love your art and have been hoping for more info on your technique.

  7. So beautifu! Thanks for the tutorial. Wondering if any water based ink would work for this technique. Please advise.

    • Heather says:

      Yes, the painting part should work with any water based ink you will just need to see how fast your ink dries as you paint it on. Distress stain takes a while to dry which gives time to blend and move it around. The hot pressed watercolour paper works in your favour because the ink sits on top for longer before soaking in. The other reason I like doing this technique with distress stain is because I can apply it directly to the stamp with the dauber tip. If you stamp the image from a water-based dye ink pad you will get a good outline but you will need to pick up ink from a palette or bottle to paint inside the petals.

  8. Laura Jane says:

    Thanks for the video Heather.

  9. Pat says:

    These two cards using the PB poppies are both beautiful and thank you for the video as it is lovely to see how you work. x

  10. Rosemary says:

    Another great video tutorial!

  11. Bonnie says:

    Thank you for sharing this technique with a video, Heather. I enjoyed watching you paint and can’t wait to give it a try!

  12. jillianfoster82 says:

    Hi Heather,

    Just wondering if you have the link, embed code, PB supply list, and card photo for your final card for the showcase week next week? Or wondering if perhaps I lost an email from you– so sorry if I did!!!!

    Thanks! ! Jill

  13. jmhave44 says:

    Beautiful card, and I so enjoyed the tutorial. I learn as much from the boo-boo saves as I do from seeing the perfect work, and it’s encouraging to know that the experts sometimes have a mishap too. Loved seeing this, and appreciate the time you took to make it for us. Hugs

  14. Gorgeous cards and fabulous video – thank you so much! xxx

  15. Lindsey says:

    Split coast definitely picked the right person for a watercoloring tutorial. These are beautiful cards and both forms of the tutorial are excellent.

  16. Cathy P. says:

    These are just gorgeous. I can’t wait to check out your tutorial. DO you guarantee these kinds of results for all of us?!? (Tee-hee)

  17. Rufus says:

    Thanks for doing the video, Heather! I love your cards they’re always so gorgeous. Nice to get a chance to see how you create them. Left a comment on Splitcoast, too.

  18. jillianfoster82 says:

    You make the BEST videos! I totally want to try this technique now!!

    Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 11:53:29 +0000 To: jillianfoster82@hotmail.com

  19. Vicki B says:

    All of those cards are really a true work of art! Beautiful!

  20. Roxy says:

    Hello Heather you can send all of your watercolor to me so I can hang them on my wall lol both of these are spectacular, so beautiful. You are such a great artist.

  21. I have wondered how this beautiful artwork was done…Thanks so much for sharing!

  22. Ksenija says:

    Heather, this is amazing! Thanks for tutorial. I watched it and tried to remember your every word and move.

  23. […] of magnolia blooms from the ‘Florets’ transparent set. I used the technique shown in my watercolour with distress stains video tutorial where I ink the stamp directly with distress stains and markers then take advantage of the liquid […]

  24. […] to avoid any colour ink running from one petal to another. (I used the technique described in this video tutorial but used finer brushes to work on the small images.) I painted a bud to bridge the gap between the […]

  25. memalagene says:

    Gorgeous cards, Thanks for the video!

  26. cherylkjohnson says:

    Thank you for the suggestion of using distress stain for watercolor. I don’t have any, however, I think, I can use my stamp pads, schmooshing some onto the craft mat, and hopefully, I can create a similar look. I appreciate you taking the time to make and upload this video, for it is a wonderful tutorial, which I will incorporate into my watercolor techniques,

  27. […] used a technique similar to a favourite from a few years ago when I would ink my rubber stamps with distress stains. The distress stains first came in daubers which made it possible to ink a stamp with a very juicy […]

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