I've been testing some new dyes and stains, Distress Oxide, Infusions powder stains, and Altnew Ink Sprays to learn about their properties and interactions with each other. I tested them out on moistened watercolor paper. The results were very exciting as you can see below. I used one of the tests for a background of the card above which used My Favorite Things stamps and dies.
Although you cannot see the subtle shimmer of the sprays, they worked well to add a mystical touch to the papers. I especially loved the powders for the way they bled out giving a real organic feel to the colors. The Tim Holtz Distress Oxides come in a tin with a cloth pad which is great for doing backgrounds but I hope they will eventually be available as ink daubers. Right now HM Ben Franklin Crafts does not stock these inks and stains, but I will recommend them to our buyers and hopefully you will see them for sale soon in BFC. In future posts, I will show you other cards/tags that I made using the test pieces...never let any paper go to waste....LOL!