Koi watercolor distress

Today I’m showing you a card with de Hero Arts Koi die-cuts. I’ve been dying to get started with this die-cut. And finally I did, a few months a ago.

Yes, you read it correctly. I have made this card a few months ago. Summer was busy and with some other stuff going on in my private live, I’ve paused close to everything digital. Slowly I started to pick-up where I left off. I’m goin all English with this blog. Later on, an article will be posted with more about this change. You’ll find all the used products at the end of this blog-post.

When I finally had this die-cut, I had some trouble on how to make a beautifull koi fish. There werent that much YB-video’s about this koi. So after a while I just started and tried to make something of it. I saw it more as an exercise  . And what I actually made was pretty fine, although I write it myself, haha.

Koi watercolor distress

I watercolored these Koi fish with Distress ink and a waterbrush. I added some water from the brush onto the ink and picked-up the ink. I’ve kept the head of the fish white, just to make a head clear. With watercoloring it is important that you don’t color the parts that are joined by borders, to prevent bleeding of the colors. When the koi fish were dried I used a needle to dab the scales of the fish.

For a background I used dried marmelade and a blending tool on one card. For the sentiment I used a text-stamp from the Koi Fish stamp set. I used embossing powder and versamark for the sentiment.

On the second card I used the same technique with distress ink and a waterbrush. I made some lines, with lighter area’s of greenish ink, to represent water. The sentiment on the second card is from the same stamping set. I die-cut a stichted circle and cut some of the top and the bottom of. The sentiment is stamped with the same green ink as the ink that is used for the water.

Koi watercolor distress

Koi watercolor distress

To finish the card I used some sequins and glued them with glossy accents. And I put a few mini drops of glossy accents.



NB: all the products used in this article are self-bought. This article contains affiliate links.



Used Products

  • Hero Arts Koi die-cut
  • Hero Arts Koi Fish stamp set
  • Waterbrush size M
  • Distress ink – dried marmelade
  • Distress ink – black soot
  • Distress ink – wethered wood
  • Distress ink – fired brick
  • Distress ink – pine needles
  • acrylic block, working mat
  • blending tool and foam
  • white cardstock
  • craftpaper cardstock
  • Glossy accents
  • Dubble sided foam tape
  • Dubble sided tape
  • Ranger Embossing powder tea rose
  • Versamark ink
  • Sequins from Lucy’s little things
  • Big Shot machine
  • Heat tool



Koi Fish | Watercolor with Distress ink
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