Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Pumice Distress Ink - Creating a Stone Wall

Someone (she didn't want to be identified) recently asked for some ideas on how to use her Pumice Distress Ink ~ she hadn't used it since she bought it.  Yesterday I shared how stamping with Pumice on grey cardstock creates a subtle yet interesting image. 

Today I have another technique that can be used with your Pumice DI pad paired with a waterbrush (or paint brush & water..... 

Stone Wall Background


Pumice Distress Ink
Heat Tool (optional)

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Begin making your stone wall by picking up a bit of the Pumice ink with your waterbrush and make an elongated "C" where desired on your cardstock.

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Continue "building" your stone wall with several more elongated "C"s.

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Give the stone wall some color by mixing a bit of the ink with a good amount of water.  This will give you a light grey "wash" that you will use to cover the entire background. 

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Now add depth to each stone by going back to each stone and add more color, rounding out the other side of your block and filling each stone in with additional layers of color.  If your paper becomes saturated with water simply let it dry naturally or hit it with the Heat Tool to speed drying.  Continue building color until you are satisfied with your stone wall.

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NOTE: Of course you can use more than one color to create your stone wall ~ Weathered Wood; Stormy Sky; Soot; Linen; Walnut Stone will all add depth as they are layered upon each stone.  I used only Pumice Stone for this example to help illustrate a way to use this particular color.

And here is a card which incorporates this technique.

The kitten, books (open and closed) and other images were stamped first with Archival Ink.  I then masked off the "table" area and created the stone wall around the images. 
3C - Kitty School

(All images - Third Coast Rubber Stamps)

So, there you go...
another fun way to use that Pumice Distress Ink pad!


  1. Great technique - love this idea :-)

  2. Awesome technique! Thank you for sharing!

  3. love the pumice color!! need to get it!! thanks for sharing this technique!!

  4. Thanks for making this doable. Love you ideas and techniques.

  5. Wonderful wall and adorable card.

  6. This is an awesome card! Love the look of this DI. Guess what I'm buying tomorrow? Is that Stickles you used on the cat & ink puddles? It's a little hard to tell, but I love it!

  7. Wonderful card, love the cat image!

  8. I'd just like to say that I think your work surface is a work of art in itself.

  9. Cool tutorial! Love the effect!

  10. Thanks for sharing the technique!! Your card is gorgeous...


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