This layout was done using a Studio Calico template and distress inks with a blending tool.
This layout I used a Crafter's Workshop template with distress paints.
For the last layout I used a cityscape CW template with Dylusions spray. When dry I used a water brush to pull the ink into the white areas creating the grey tones.
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