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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

Gel Press Bliss

Friday, May 17th, 2019

Hello and Happy Friday Crafty Friends,

I am so happy to be on the blog today sharing a couple of cards I created using the Gel Press, some Dina Wakley media paints and a couple of beautiful stamps from Picket Fence Studio. I hope you enjoy and find some inspiration.

I love love love the gel press and all the wonderful things you can create with them. I will have a lot more projects using them in the future.

These cards came about as a happy accident, I literally was just playing around with the gell press, trying different colors and stencils, and man once you start on this journey, you really cannot stop doing the prints.

I pulled out all my products, my paints which are Dina Wakley Media, my gel press, of course, a stencil i had in my stash from a Tim Holtz tag kit and my ink roller. I cut down different sizes and types of paper I would need for pressing. By using different weights and types would give for more options in future projects etc. (The best tip  I heard is to have all your paper precut and ready to go before you start, I have caught myself without and had to stop midway through creating. Not fun when you are on a roll and covered in paint.) Which has happened to me lol, I sometimes just go for it and forget to plan and end up just grabbing random scraps from around my messy craft room and desk.

Once I had the backgrounds where I liked them, I set them aside too dry. I had recently purchased these two wonderful Picket Fence stamps from Scrap’n Stamp, which was just sitting on my desk waiting to be used. I felt the April girl would be the right fit for the look of the background. I decided to create two different versions of the card. For the first one, I stamped her on to a piece of collage paper that I had in my stash. I stamped her using Archival ink. The second image I stamped on to heavy weight white cardstock.

I cut out the image from the Collage paper and added her to the Gell press background paper I had previously created. I love how the paper just disappears and you are left with just the stunning image that popped and showcased all the stenciled texture. I pulled out my stamp press and added the sentiment using Versa Clair nocturn ink. I love how bold and crisp this ink is, I highly recommend it.

I popped up the inked panel, which measures 4 3/4 x 4, on to some teal card stock which I cut down to 5 x 4 1/8, using some foam tape and then adhered that on to a layer of black cardstock, just to make everything pop. To finish off the card and cover up some a little issues I added some really vibrant sequins from my stash and drew some sketchy lines with my black pen.

For the second card, I decided to change it up a bit and add some die cutting to the mix using the My Favorite Things stitched rectangle dies. I love the added texture and interest it adds. I cut down multiple layers of card stock, once again using the black and teal cardstock, to layer both the focal image and the gell pressed background. I die cut the stamped image and inked background as I thought this would make it all pop. I adhered the teal and gel pressed background flat down to the black cardstock, which in turn I popped up on to the white card base. For the focal image, I popped her up on to teal layer and flat to the black. Giving just enough dimension to the card.

To finish the card off I layered the Tim Holtz sentiment stickers on to that same teal cardstock and strategically placed them onto the card trying ton to cover the image up too much. Finally, to bring it all together I added the same pretty sequins to just the right areas of the card, it just added that little extra something that was missing.

If you have not had the chance to play with a gel press I highly recommend that you do, you can even start off small as Scrap’n Stamp carries various sizes, one as small as 3x 5 and all the paint and supplies you need to get started. I do warn you though it is highly addictive.

I hope you have a wonderful long weekend with a lot of time to have fun and create.


Asian Lawn Fawn Card

Sunday, May 5th, 2019

Hi Peeps! Dawn here from the little mennonite blog with a new alcohol ink technique for you!


Die cut a stitched rectangle out of Yupo Paper. Add an alcohol ink rainbow and let dry. Dry emboss with an Darice Embossing Folder. Sand raised areas for added dimension and interest. Adhere to an A2 card front.

Stamp out Lawn Fawn images. Colour Lawn Fawn unicorn from the Say What? Christmas Critters stamp set with an alcohol based marker. Stamp pink bubble heart with Hero Arts Bubblegum Pink Ink.

Die cut stars and hearts from Lawn Fawn’s Say What Gift Tags also die cut a Lawn Fawn Fancy Wavy Banner and stamp the word “smile” on the banner end from Lawn Fawn’s Year Three stamp set.

Assemble card as shown popping up the sentiment and critters with foam tape.

Please note that this alcohol ink panel was a complete failure until I embossed and sanded it… keep those “failures” they may be anything but.