Wrinkle Free Distress on Four Types of Cardstock with Catherine Pooler

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The Wrinkle-Free Distress technique gets different looks depending on what type of cardstock you have.

I tried out four different types of cardstock to show you the results:  Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Distress Watercolor Paper, Bazzill Marshmallow, Gina K 120 lb. Pure Luxury.

My favorite was a surprise to me!  I love the Bazzill Marshmallow.  It took the water beautifully, remained smooth and let the color blend, bleed and bloom!  Awesome!

I would love to know if you have tried this technique and what type of cardstock you have used.  Leave me a comment and let me know!


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  • Lynne Ingram October 30, 2014, 5:40 pm

    They were all pretty but I liked the Bazzill marshmallo the best. Thanks for showing us the difference.

  • Ann October 30, 2014, 5:45 pm

    Love the Bazzil card stock. It’s been my favorite for all water color techniques.

  • Christine Smith October 30, 2014, 7:25 pm

    I liked the Bazill Marshmallow best followed by the Tim Holtz watercolour paper. They all looked fab though. Gorgeous cards too! Thank you for sharing the differences with us! xxx

  • Bearlyscorpio October 30, 2014, 8:15 pm

    I have always preferred the Tim Holtz waterpower and normally I use the side with the less texture. I have used the SU whisper white and do also like how it reacts, but do not like how flimsy it is when you are done as I like to watercolor paper and do die cutting after occasionally. I think I will in the future when my TH runs out, try the Bazzill Marshmallow. Other than than I love distress inks for watercolor. I have tried myriad types, but always come back to the Distress inks. It takes virtually no time to get fab results. This was a great demo Catherine. Thanks for doing this! We appreciate you soo much!

  • Barbara Green October 30, 2014, 8:24 pm

    I have used Bazzill to play with and I have used Distress watercolor and I too get about the same affect. I like to play when I can get different stuff to play with.

  • Linda Grady October 30, 2014, 9:23 pm

    Thanks for the tut on the diff. papers w/distress inks. I think Tim’s Watercolor paper is my favorite; seemed to blend effortlessly.

  • Shirley October 31, 2014, 4:16 am

    I loved the Bazzill Marshmallow too but don’t have that so I just experimented this afternoon with some Strathmore papers I have. I tried both sides of their watercolor paper and then I tried with the Mixed Media vellum coated cardstock, which came out beautiful I have to say. so I sprayed them all then with some Prima bloom color sprays Pearl White. I took photos so when Stampnation comes back up will try and put the three comparisons on there maybe?

  • Marlene Ashbeck November 3, 2014, 1:05 pm

    I love all the different looks….thanks for sharing how different they look on different paper.

  • Allison Cope November 5, 2014, 2:24 pm

    Very cool! Thanks for sharing the comparison of papers Catherine! So very helpful!

  • Crystal Sutton November 5, 2014, 2:38 pm

    I actually like the watercolor paper. the color seems a little more vibrant to me. I also like the bazzill one as well but it would be my 2nd choice.

  • Peggy Pride November 5, 2014, 2:39 pm

    I like the Bazzill marshmllo paper. Thanks for showing us these ideas.

  • eileen November 5, 2014, 3:13 pm

    i love using the water color paper. have recently been playing with it and love it. the card stock warps for me. liked the Bazzill and water color paper the best.

  • Carole Tiep November 5, 2014, 5:00 pm

    I am ordering the Bazzil cardstock today. I usually use watercolor paper, but as you say, it is pricer. For me the SU Whisper White in too light weight for anything but stamping. Thanks for the induction to the Marshmallow paper, I am looking forward to using it.

  • Rob Keogh November 5, 2014, 6:04 pm

    I really like the effect of this technique on your sample with the Bazzill Marshmallow card. I use this technique a lot and have tried it on many different types of card stock but my favourite would be to use the smooth side of water colour paper. Thanks Catherine for sharing your comparisons.

  • Betty November 6, 2014, 11:22 am

    I love them all and use all 4 (and have used them for this technique). It depends on the look I am after.

  • Edna Burgess November 10, 2014, 7:03 pm

    Love the 2 cards with the little houses. Cute idea of the merry like smoke coming from the chimney. Edna

  • Arlene November 10, 2014, 7:03 pm

    I thought I would like the Tim Holtz best too, but I have to go with you on the Bazzil card stock. However, the water color paper is my close second. :)

  • Edna Burgess November 10, 2014, 7:05 pm

    Have used water color paper but never the Bazzil marshmallow. May have to give it a try. Thanks for the comparison test. Edna

  • Frenchie November 10, 2014, 9:03 pm

    Catherine, there all pretty but I’m going with the 2 with bubbles,
    Your cards are beautiful !!!
    Thanks for sharing, love all your project and video,
    Hugs Frenchie

  • Ann Parham April 5, 2015, 3:18 pm

    I liked the Tim Holt watercolor paper the best! Going to have to get some of that! Love the video!

  • Geri April 8, 2015, 7:37 pm

    I like the Bazzill. YOU are awesome Catherine! Thank you for sharing with those of us who only have e-mail.

  • Joe-Anne April 25, 2015, 3:04 pm

    Bazzill Marshmallow is my favorite. I have used the Distress Watercolor cardstock in the past but have not been impressed with the results. Perhaps too much texture for me. Thank you Catherine for all the inspiration; you have taught me how to improve my card making in many different ways. I feel like you are talking directly to ME!

  • carol mcgregor May 7, 2015, 3:26 pm

    I like the bazzill the best. For just stamping I like the Stampin up.
    Thanks for sharing the video.

  • jennifer toupal June 13, 2015, 7:23 pm

    I really like the Tim holtz paper and my second one is bazzill. I never really got into the watercolor look but everyday is more and more I like it. I like looking at your videos. thanks jen

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