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Watercolour Old Books ATC | Deep Red old books border stamp

Updated: Sep 13, 2020

Hello everyone, and thank you so much for stopping by. With the world as it is at the moment, I really wanted to sit down and create something a bit different than my usual style and something that would help with the overwhelming feeling I have currently.

So I took the Deep Red old books border stamp and made it the focal point on an ATC. This is going to be a very quick and simple tutorial as I mostly just sat down and played with different colours in an attempt to make the books look old.

To start, I used my anti-static powder tool then stamped my image on Canson cold press watercolour paper in Versamark ink, I used my Mini Misti for this so I could stamp a few times. I covered that in Brutus Monroe's Gilded Gold embossing powder and heated it with my Wagner heat tool until it was smooth and melted.

I wanted to use my Distress Inks and Tim Holtz watercolour brush as it has a wonderfully fine tip to colour in my image. I also used my Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat, as a pallet and to paint on top of. I started with Old Paper and Antique Linen Distress Inks to colour in where the pages of the books are. While that dried, I took Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, and Walnut Stain Distress Inks to colour in the spines of the books trying to create a worn feeling. I didn't feel as though I was getting enough variation in my browns so I also brought in Fired Brick and Tattered Rose Distress Inks to add a bit more wow to the colours. Once I was happy with those colours, I let it dry and brought in some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to create a pop of colour around the books.

If you would like to watch the full process I have a video below this most put to some music for a relaxing watercolour painting. All the supplies used will also be linked below the video. Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe.


Deep Red Old Books Border stamp

Wagner heat tool

Versamark Ink

Mini Misti

Ek Success Powder Tool

Brutus Monroe Gilded Embossing Powder

Canson watercolour paper

Tim Holtz Trimmer

Tim Holtz water brush

Distress Inks:

Old Paper

Antique Linen

Brushed Corduroy

Vintage Photo

Gathered Twigs

Walnut Stain

Fired Brick

Tattered Rose

Tumbled Glass

Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat

Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Storage Tin

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