Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Creating backgrounds using distress inks (part 2)

We are continuing with out backgrounds and distress inks week.  Yesterday I showed you have to create backgrounds using a blending tool.  Today we are going to get a little messier and use the "wet" technique!

You will :
  • distress inks 
  • a water mister
  • smooth cardstock
 Swipe your ink pads onto your craft mat ...
 then mist them to 'activate' them.
 Now swipe your cardstock through the inks in different directions.
 You will get this effect ...
 Dry with a heat gun
 And repeat swiping through the ink until you get the effect you want.  You may want to clean your mat and start with clean ink for each turn, depending on how muddy and mixed up the inks get.

And you can use this technique to stain ribbon and seam binding ...
 I swiped black soot and aged mahogany onto my mat, and sprayed with water.
 Then I misted the seam binding and scrunched it through the ink and dried it off.

And here is the card I made ...
I used Men's Collage from Visible Image, and ghost stamped Visible image crackled background over the distressed background.  I added webbing, the stained seam binding and a cog charm which I stained with alcohol inks.

And here is another tag I created using the spring and summer limited edition Distress Inks.  The background as created as above, dried and then stamped over with crackled background and retro dots background stamps from Visible Image, and then the Visible Image butterflies were stamped over in versafine ink, as was the Visible image sentiment.I then stamped a couple of the butterflies in the distress inks, cut out and popped onto 3d foam pads.  The seam binding was coloured as described above.

Do pop over to the shop and facebook group to see what other fabulous things are in stock.

And don't forget, there is also a That Craft Place challenge every fortnight - you can find it HERE.


  1. Stunning. I'm just trying my hand at stamping and have bought some stamps from Visible Image. They are fab stamps. Thank you for sharing your wonderful inspiring cards. x

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  3. Wow this is beautiful, didn't think so when the tutorial started but the end result is just wow. thanks for the tutorial guess it is time to try some of this stuff.
    Linda K.