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Painting With Distress Inks

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

Hello stamping friend! I hope you’re enjoying your weekend. It’s Deb here for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team. If you’re here in Canada, I hope you’re enjoying your Victoria Day long weekend. No work tomorrow – yahoo! If you’re not in Canada, I’m sorry that  you have to work tomorrow. I do hope that wherever  you are, you’ll enjoy today’s project, where I do some painting with Distress inks.


I’m using the beautiful Heartfelt Creations stamp set called Dogwood Chapel. Coincidentally, the Dogwood is our provincial flower, here in British Columbia. It’s more often seen in white, but it also blooms in pink. That’s how I chose to colour my blooms for this project.

Painting With Distress Inks

I decided to use a bit of a different layout, just because I could! I think it’s also a nice way to bring focus onto the beautiful blossoms.


Since you’ll be using water with the Distress inks, the best paper to use is watercolour paper. It provides the best absorption of water without the paper pilling or breaking down. If you do use regular paper/cardstock, just be aware, and don’t add to much water to your brush.

To start, stamp the dogwood branch image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Memento is a waterproof ink, so as long as you give it a few seconds to dry before painting, it won’t smudge or run.  After stamping your image, get out a piece of acetate or other slick surface, like a craft mat or large clear block, and press your ink pads onto that, to transfer the ink. The Distress ink colours I used for the blooms are Festive Berries and Picked Raspberry. For the leaves, use Mowed Lawn and Shabby Shutters, and finally Tea Dye for the branch.

To apply the ink, I used one of my small paint brushes; if you don’t have one, you can use a small water brush. Some things to keep in mind before you start painting are: first, apply some clean water to the petal your going to start on. Next, work with one colour at a time. I start with my darker colour to add the shading. Work on opposite petals or leaves, so that the first one you’ve painted has time to dry, and you lessen the chance of your colours running or muddying.

So for example, I would start on one petal, applying clean water. Then, I would pick up the Festive Berries ink to my damp brush, and apply it to the areas I want shaded, or are naturally darker on the petal. Next, I would clean my brush, and then apply clean water to an opposite petal to the one I just coloured. I would then apply Festive Berries ink to the new, opposite petal, and so on, for each petal on one bloom. I finish all of the petals on all of the blooms in Festive Berries first, before repeating the process with the Picked Raspberry ink. This way, I’m less likely to cross-contaminate the colours, and muddy up my painting! I’m sure that you’ll find a method that works best for you, as you go along.

close up of painted blooms


Once my dogwood branch was fully painted, I allowed it to dry completely. It didn’t take long, thanks to the process I used for painting it. I decided to add a bit of shading, so I pressed some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink onto my piece of acetate. I thoroughly wet the background, and added a very light application of the blue ink to the background. While your panel is drying, you can create your sentiment. I used one from my stash of stamps, stamping directly onto more watercolour paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink – just for consistency.

Now you’re ready to create your panels, to put your card together! Use a scalloped square die to cut your painted image with your die cutting machine. Next, use a regular square die to cut a square of black cardstock. Layer the two together with foam tape, and attach them to your dark pink cardstock base. Now trim them down to size, and attach your sentiment strips to the bottom of the card front, with more foam tape or squares.

Painting With Distress Inks

To finish off the card front, I added a few light pink pearls from my embellishment stash.


I just love finding different ways to use my supplies. Painting with Distress inks is just one way.  It makes it so much fun, and stretches your crafting dollars. I hope that you’ve enjoyed today’s project, and I’ve encouraged you to look at your supplies in a different way.  If you’d like to see how I’ve used this same stamp set, but coloured in a different medium, you can see THIS POST.  Affiliate links below to the Scrap ‘N Stamp online store, for your shopping ease!

Painting With Distress Inks

Sweet Friends Lawn Fawn Card

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

Dawn here from the little mennonite blog with a Sweet Friends Lawn card for you today.



Using the Picket Fence Life Changing Blending Brushes add Distress ink in various shades of pink to the background of an A2 card front.  Splatter over water and water coloured with each of the colours of distress ink.  Next splatter over Perfect Pearls mixed with clear water.  Let dry.

Stamp out the frozen yogurt from the Lawn Fawn Sweet Friends stamp set with Memento Tux Black (so the colour won’t run) and colour with alcohol based markers.  Die cut Lawn Fawn Cheers die on pink sparkle craft foam.  Heat emboss sentiment from Lawn Fawn Sweet Friends stamp set on black cardstock.  Assemble card as shown.

Simple Stamping – I’m a Puffer for You!

Friday, March 15th, 2019

Hello friends!  It’s Chala here for today’s blog post.

Things have been crazy in my world and I got so wrapped up in life and trying to survive that I almost forgot my husband’s birthday!  (Bad wife, I know!)  But this made me realize that creating does not have to be super complicated!  Sometimes we are so enamoured with what others create and the techniques they use that we forget that there is nothing wrong with creating a simple card!  In fact, they are just as beautiful and for me….just finding time for crafting therapy through the chaos of my life is what is important.

So, I am here to share a super simple and quick card with you that received just as much praise from my sweet husband as some of the complicated cards I have created.

I will be using the Hero Arts “I’m a Puffer for You” stamp and die combo set.

I stamp some of the cute puffer fish images and party accessories with Memento Tuxedo Black  ink onto some white card stock.  I colour the images with my Copic markers and die cut them with the coordinating dies.

I then wanted to create a super simple ink blended background.  I wanted something that wouldn’t take the focus off the cute little images. To do this I used the Distress ink in Mermaid Lagoon and my ink blended brush and blended the ink onto the middle top portion of an A2 size card base.

I cut an A2 size panel of yellow cardstock and adhered it to a top folding card with my adhesive tape runner. Then I die cut the ink blended panel with the Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangle Die that is slightly smaller that the A2 size panel and adhered that onto of the yellow cardstock.

To  add a bit of interest and to give the background an underwater feel I spray it with some water and lift the water droplets up with my microfibre cloth.

I then lay out the images and sentiments that I wanted to use on the inked panel.  I use Versafine Onyx Black ink to stamp the sentiments.  I adhere the party accesories with some liquid adhesive  and pop the puffer fish images up with scotch 3M foam tape.

I also add one of the left over puffer die cut images onto the inside of the card and give all the puffer images a coating of clear Wink of Stella (because every card needs a bit of sparkle) and stamp one of the solid fish images onto the upper right hand corner of yellow envelope.

I felt like the card needed a little something special so I added these sparkling clear droplets.  You can also achieve this look by using Glossy Accents or Nuvo Crystal Glaze.  I didn’t have time to wait for those to dry so the sparkling clear droplets were perfect for this rush card!


Here are some photos of the completed card.


Thank you so much for dropping by for today’s blog post.  You can check out the video of how this card came together at my YouTube channel here:


Happy Crafting!

~ Chala