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Technique Day – Distress inks

Hello there,  it’s Wednesday again.

This week it’s my turn to share a step by step project with you, and because it’s getting a bit on the busy side in the old craft room at the moment, it’s a  two for one …… step by step project, and it was also my daughter’s birthday card!


Her we go with the step by steps ……..

1.   Start by cutting a piece of white card slightly smaller than the front of your cardblank (my finished card is approx A5 size).  Cut an aperture into the card using a Nestabilities die, or similar


I ran the card through my machine a second time and embossed the die to add a bit more detail.


2.   Cut a small piece of white card to fit behind the aperture, and stamp your chosen sentiment using Archival ink

DSCF6161 My sentiment is from the Indigoblu  Grand Tour III stamp set , and you can see  I made faint pencil marks where the aperture would be just to make sure I stamped in the correct place.


3.  Choose two or three co-ordinating shades of Distress ink and blend these over your sentiment …….. I used Shaded Lilac, Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers (love this colour!)


Spritz some clean water into the palm of your hand then ‘flick’ it over the inked cardstock .   Let the water sit for a few seconds then mop up the excess using kitchen roll.  This is my all time favourite, and very well-used technique for giving  a distressed, mottled look to backgrounds.


4.  Using the same shades of Distress Ink, colour the card around your aperture ……


I chose to start with the palest shade at the bottom, and work my way up blending the other colours.

I used the flicking technnique again, and also added in a touch of randon stamping using the Honeycomb Background.


Stamp the lovely silhouette border from the Wild Meadow stamp set across the bottom of the card, using Archival ink.


5.   Stamp a selection of butterflies onto a piece of vellum …… I used the one that comes on the Wild Meadow set and also a smaller version of the same stamp that came free on a copy of the Craft Stamper Magazine


Add some colour to the vellum, on the underside using the Distress inks and dry using a heat tool.  I used a white Gel pen to highlight some of the detail on the butterflies

DSCF6168Cut out the butterflies and set aside.


6.  Now it’s time to assemble your card.

Using foam pads, place your aperture over the top of your sentiment …….


Mat onto a piece of dark co-ordinating cardstock …..  I used a purple shade,  cut slightly smaller than your card front, and just a little bit larger than your piece of white card,giving you a nice border around the edge


Arrange your butterflies around the aperture and attach down the centre using hot glue.  Lift the wings slightly to add dimension.  Punch some smaller butterflies from the dark cardstock and attach onto the card.

I finished off with the word ‘Dream’ from the Sarah’s Choice stamp set mat and layered and attached using a brad.

Mount the finished panel onto a white cardblank, and send to someone special.


Don’t forget our latest challenge is up and running ……. From the Heart.   Why not join in ….. you could be our next winner.

Thanks for popping by today. Enjoy the rest of your week and I’ll see you all again soon.


LindyLou xx

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3 Comments on Technique Day – Distress inks

  1. Stunning Linda! I wouldn’t mind this for my Birthday card, hint hint


    clare.horner | January 22, 2014 at 4:32 pm () ()
  2. Beautiful card!

    Lynn Claridge | January 24, 2014 at 9:44 pm () ()
  3. Great technique, my sentiment would be nowhere near the opening if I tried this. . 🙂 Lovely card hun. xx

    Nikki K | February 3, 2014 at 8:05 pm () ()