Saturday, September 29, 2012

Britta Swiderski Creates with the Simon Says Stamp Brand!


Happy Saturday, Bloggers! We're going to dive right into today's content with Britta Swiderski! First, a quick bio & then on to creating with Simon Says Stamp exclusive products!! How exciting!!

Hey there! I'm so glad to be here on the Simon Says Stamp blog to help celebrate Stamptember. Thanks for having me, Simon! Here's a little more about me:  

I'm a graphic design major at the University of Minnesota and have been scrapbooking, cardmaking and crafting for as long as I can remember. 

I love to explore new techniques and teach others about them, which led me to start up a blog several years ago, which has evolved into one of my great passions. I'm always itching to get creative as a break from my educational obligations! I also love to travel, read, and watch sports with my friends. You can check out my blog here and my youtube channel here.






Today, I wanted to show you a little technique that I've been obsessed with lately. I'm calling it Watermark Painting with Distress Ink. I'm a ginormous fan of Distress Inks and what they can do, and this technique shows off one of my favorite parts of Distress Ink - its interaction with water. 

Here's the step by step to create the background:

1. Ink your watercolor paper (Simon Says Stamp has the best watercolor paper!) with the lighter of your two Distress Inks evenly. Here, I used Tumbled Glass.


2. Ink heavily around the edges of the paper with the darker color (here, I used Salty Ocean from the Summer Seasonal Distress Inks). Blend the color in well using both blending tools for a very smooth look.
 
3. Get your Detail Water Brush flowing on a piece of scratch paper (no need to squeeze - just draw like you would with a brush marker) and then slowly draw circles onto your inked cardstock. The water takes a few seconds to react with the ink, so be patient!


4. For a larger line, squeeze lightly on the barrel of the waterbrush. This will create a little more bleeding and unpredictability, but the look is really nice when you want to change it up.
 
5. Continue across the rest of your cardstock, working from the center out and varying circle sizes. When the water has dried, you can go back over your circles with the water brush for an even more dramatic look.
 
This card is a nice happy one that I think I'll send to my mom. She's always the first person I think of when I think of home. :) The Where Your Heart Is Stamps and Dies set by Simon is perfect for this happy little background, and these shapes are so much fun to die cut, stamp and then color with Copics. Love! Since stamping is all about combining your sets and making the scene look just how you want it, I knew I wanted two different sizes of clouds, so I borrowed them from Lawn Fawn's Sunny Skies. It's a perfect match for this set when you want two sizes of clouds! I hope you enjoyed this fun background technique and give it a try this month in celebration of Stamptember!


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Steph






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140 comments:

  1. oh my word what an awesome fun technique...thanks for sharing...totally awesome card..

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  2. Thanks for sharing this technique. Its great for backgrounds!

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  3. Very kewl background must try that :)

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  4. Love that technique. I will try this at home.

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  5. Wow!! Fab technique, will have to give it a go sometime!!

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  6. Cute card. That background really adds to it. Thanks for sharing the technique.

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  7. That is such an easy way to get a cool background. Thanks for sharing it Britta.

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  8. Great background, thanks for sharing the technique

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  9. Hi there, Brit! So fun to see you here on the SSS blog! Love this awesome technique, and what an adorable card! :)

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  10. Awesome background, cool way to mix and match different stamp sets. Love the cute card.

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  11. Great technique. Your card turned out beautiful, Britta.
    Eveline.

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  12. Great technique, the background looks amazing!

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  13. This is such a cool techique. I am awful drawer....but some circles might work even for me. Great tutorial!

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  15. Neat technique. Lovely card!

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  16. Looks like a fun idea! I'll have to try it! Makes a great background!
    DeniseB

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  17. Great technique! Thanks for sharing! :-) xx

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  18. Britta, that looks awesome! I'm gonna try it RIGHT NOW! :)

    Luvs,
    Annie Rose

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  19. Wao..!!What a great Technique & such a beautiful card!!..Thanks for sharing..:)

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  20. Fun technique and great card! Thank you for the coupon and for the chance to win :)

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  21. Thanks for the fun technique. Will have to remember this one.

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  22. That is so clever - who would have thought! Thanks

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  23. What a cool background!!! I'm going to have to give this a try too!!

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  24. Fabulous idea - I will be trying this out

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  25. Love how that background turned out, and I love the SSS exclusive stamps/dies! You guys have done a really good job designing those!

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  26. Gorgeous idea! Very pretty!

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  27. Wow, great card! Thanks for sharing!

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  28. Cool idea - like waterstamping, just more artsy.
    Thank you!

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  29. Great technique thx for the tutorial. Will have to go and have a little play.

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  30. Such a cool technique. I can't wait to play with it. TFS

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  31. what a great idea for a bg technique! looks fun and easy, always a plus! :)
    thanks for the tip!
    have a great weekend!

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  32. Thanks so much for all the amazing ideas, techniques and discounts!!! It has been an awesome month!!! Congratulations on 10 years!!!

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  33. You always have auch fun techniques and great scene cards. Glad you got tonne part of Stamptember! :)

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  34. Love - love this technique! Gonna give it a try. The card is adorable - thanks for sharing.

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  35. Oh my gosh! I just love those Distress Inks.

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  36. I LOVE Britta's watermark idea! She is so inspiring:)

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  37. What a fun technique! Thanks for the great inspiration of such a cute card!

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  38. What a fun technique! Thanks for the great inspiration of such a cute card!

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  39. Nice! Think I'll give this a try very soon!

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  40. Oh my! What a gorgeous background this makes!!! I have 4 projects I need to get working on....I think I am going to try this on one of them! I love it!

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  41. What a fun technique!! I was so pleased to meet Britta at Scrapfest recently! Love this cute card!

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  42. Such a fun technique! Come to think of it, I've never tried stamping or drawing with water onto distress inks like this. It should definentaly go on my "to try" list =)

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  43. Love how your background turned out!! Such a cute card too!

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  44. What a nice card. Love the patterned paper you created

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  45. Neat background technique. Thanks Britta.Might have to get those clouds from Lawn Fawn.

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  46. This is such a cool technique!

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  47. Love love love the background! What a fun and easy technique... Can't wait to try it :) Thanks so much for sharing!! Can't believe there's only one blog post left for Stamptember :( It's been an amazing month!!

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  48. Very cool technique--I will definitely be trying this.

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  49. What a great technique, I have to try it myself.
    Christina P.

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  50. I love Britta's work, have watched all her videos, she really makes magic with distress inks, which are my favorite inks too!!! Thanks for showcasing her, will be trying her amazing technique shown here!!!

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  51. i love the technique i am going to do it thanks britta

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  52. Very cute card! love this! and such a fun & interesting technique!

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  53. What a cool technique, Britta! Can't wait to try it!! Love your card, too!

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  54. Wow, this is a cool technique! Thanks for sharing!

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  55. What a sweet tutorial, I like the circles. Thanks Britta!

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  56. Really cool technique, love the card too!

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  57. This is really neat technique, TFS!!

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  58. Such a fun background, Britta! Love your cute card, too...so fun and whimsical! Thanks for the tutorial!!!

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  59. This is a fun technique and a perfect background for your house!

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  60. Brita is always so creative! What a great technique!

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  61. Lovely technique and card. That code was too good to miss, I've placed my order! Ger x.

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  62. Love Simon stuff! Keep it coming!

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  63. Love how that background was done. Great card!

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  64. Such a cute card! Love the technique!

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  65. Thanks for this technique tutorial! ;-)

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  66. Love the card and the ink reaction obsession. Great technique! Thank you, I am going to use this one and try some different shapes.

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  67. Just love,love,love this new(for me) technic...
    but i'm real fan of watercoloring...how easy to do!!!
    thank you sp much

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  68. This is fun and inspiring technique! Thanks for sharing, Britta!

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  69. Super fun card ......fab technique you used..... Loving that Simon says stamp die and stamp set......

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  70. I'm a lover of Distress inks too! They are so cool, and so many uses! Sad that Stamptember is nearly over...

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  71. Luv the card and thank you for the tip, I will be giving it a try :)

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  72. I just got Tim Holtz summer seasonal distress ink pads and yesterday I tried salty ocean ink with embossing powder, stamping and also tried some water stamping. Oh boy it was fun :D So it was so cool to see some of the same things in here. It´s so saad that the STAMPtember will be over soon. I got so many cool ideas and saw so many great tutorials. Thank You for that!

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  73. Oh, what a great technique. I'm going to have to try it.

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  74. Wonderful technique and fabulous results!! Love it on this card!

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  75. Cool technique and thanks for sharing.

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  76. This card ROCKS....I will have to try that technique.

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  77. Super card and unique background. Snw

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  78. What FUN! I'll have to give this a try!

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  79. Love how this card turned out, sooo cute!!

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  80. Great to see a fellow Minnesotan!

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  81. Love this fun technique! I just gotta try it now. Thanks also for a chance to win some great products. :D

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  82. Love the tutorial and how the background turned out!

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  83. I love your card, I can't wait to try this!

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  84. Great project. Love your colors.

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  85. Great project. Love your colors.

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  86. The card turned out so cute. I want to try that too.
    Linda

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  87. Very cool look. Very fun and playful for a background.

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  88. That is SO clever and beautiful! Thank you for sharing!!

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  89. So cool! Thanks for sharing this.

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  90. Wow Fab technique~ thanks for sharing:)

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  91. what a great technique I never thought of doing that! :) thanks for sharing and for the opportunity to win. :)

    http://merritt-vergaray-connection.blogspot.com/

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  92. Great technique! Thanks for the discount!

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  93. Gorgeous card from Britta. Great background tutorial too

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  94. I love learning new techniques, especially when I already have many of the supplies needed to try them out! thanks!

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  95. I love this! It's like the old "paint with water" color pages!

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  96. Oh this is super fun....I love it. Really gonna have to do this. This is my favorite kind of stuff to create...

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  97. That is such a great technique Britta! Thanks for sharing!

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  98. Adorable card! What a fun idea to use the waterbrush this way. :)

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  99. NOw that's a cool technique--and different!

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  100. Great technique Britta!! Such an adorable card, and the background looks amazing :)

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  101. What a fun technique, will have to try. Thanks Britta!! Thank you Simon Says for a wonderful Stampember.

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  103. What a fun and neat technique...I can't wait to try it out on a card for a background...thanks for sharing it with us today.

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  104. Quite the fun and easy looking technique.
    I'll have to scraplift it!

    Carla from Utah

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  105. Oh My Goodness! I really love this technique! Amazing, this is one of those times when I think "why didn't I think of that?" Love, love, love that background idea. Adorable card! TFS!!!

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  106. AWESOME!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  107. Wow, what a fabulous card! LOVE the technique Britta used on her sky, I'm going to give that a try!

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  108. I am so going to try this technique wow thanks for the tutorial! brillant card so happy

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  109. thanks for sharing that tidbit it's awesome!

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  110. Distress is just the best. Thanks for sharing Brita's cute card. That BG adds so much more than just CS would.

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  111. I've been waiting for the Simon exclusive stamps and dies to go on sale!

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  112. Woo Hoo, This STAMPtember has been a blast. I don't want it to end. Smooches...

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  113. Britta, you amaze me. This is such a unique and awesome technique!! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  114. I love that technique, I'm going to try that!

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  115. That is such a cool card! Thank you for helping a girl out!

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  116. Amazing technique, definitely going to try this, thanks for sharing :)

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  117. Love that technique. Must try that!

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  118. Such a clever idea for the background. I love Distress inks and watercolor paper and see lots of possibilities here!

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  119. The little bit of unpredictability of watercolor is so much fun. Thanks for sharing!

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  120. I'll have to give it try, Thanks for sharing.

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  121. I absolutely love the house die and stamps!!! Thanks for sharing such a lovely card! I have loved Stamptember!

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  122. Awesome technique and beautiful card! Thanks for sharing!

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  123. I will certainly be trying out that technique...thanks so much for the idea!

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  124. Beautiful card! Nice background technique!

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  125. What a cool technique, Britta! Can't wait to try this!

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  126. LOVE the technique Britta! Thanks for sharing!

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  127. what a Great idea to do... I have to try this! :o)

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  128. Fab creation - thanks for the step by step.

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  129. What a great background and adorable card!
    Hugs and smiles

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