Posts Tagged ‘distress ink’

Tuesday with Tara {take 307} anniversary resist

Tuesday, July 6th, 2021

Hey friends!  Happy Tuesday… today I decided to continue playing with Sketch Greenery stamps & embossing powder and show you a simple resist technique.  But then when I was reaching for clear embossing powder (which I may or may not have to add to my craft shopping list!) I saw Distress Embossing Glaze and the rest, well that’s history I suppose!

I filmed another video while working on this background and card, and I’m hoping to get it edited and uploaded this week.  I’ll be sure to link to it here if I ever get it together!

I wanted to use stamps from the same set I used for the blog hop, sketch greenery but with some definite non-Christmas vibes!  I decided on a more tropical color scheme and it’s definitely a step away from my usual.  I stamped two different greenery images in Versamark Ink, then embossed with a mixture of two Distress Embossing Glaze colors- Rustic Wilderness & Salvaged Patina.  I love how the two colors mix together on some of the leaves, but I love the way the resist pops over the lighter Patina color especially!  I’ll definitely be trying some of my lighter colored glazes on this technique later on.

Over the embossed design I did some inking in yellows & coral/pink and it definitely is giving off those tropical vibes!  I had left an open space in my design, so I decided to make it the focal point instead of hiding it.  I started my blending with Distress Inks: Squeezed Lemonade (pale yellow) in the center and abandoned coral around the edges.  I blended between them with Fossilized Amber and finally decided to brighten up the corners a bit with some Picked Raspberry.  So fun!

The anniversary portion of the sentiment was embossed with the same Salvaged Patina embossing glaze.  It was a great match to the Cardstock I cut the MFT ‘hey’ from (I can’t get enough of this die!).  I layered it onto a white cut to tie the sentiment and card base together.

Of course, I had to use the full anniversary sentiment on the inside of the card- “You guys make marriage look easy peasy” just because it’s marriage goals.  I love this fun set by Heffy Doodle!

Hope your week is off to a great start!

Inky hugs,


Butterfly Miss You

Monday, June 21st, 2021

Today, for the Random Act of Cardness, I would like to share with you an old technique called Embossing Folder Stamping, but today I have a bit of a twist.

For this technique you will need watercolour paper, I used Fabriano Hot Press. The smooth nature of the hot press paper soaks up the inks easier than a cold press would.

To start I cut my watercolour paper to size. Using a box lined with waxed paper and paper towels I place my 3D embossing folder with the label side flat in the box.

The twist is I am using Distress Oxide Spray in 3 different colours, and spray each of the colours on the flat labelled side of the embossing folder, ensuring good coverage. I then spray my watercolour paper with water on the front and back to avoid warping and it also helps in soaking up the inks, and give the embossing folder a spray. It does not need a lot of water as there is liquid in the spray.

I leave my paper in place for about 35 seconds or so, being sure not to rub the paper, but touch areas of it with my fingers. How long you leave it will depend on what paper you are using. If you use cold press watercolour paper it would require a longer period of time. When I remove the paper I lift it up from the folder being careful not to drag it and disturb the ink placement.

I set the paper aside to dry and using white cardstock I die cut two rows of the butterfly strings. For the first string I coloured using Copic RV69, and styled the butterflies. For row two I coloured the two outside butterflies using RV25.

On the second from the right butterfly I used YR09 and for the second from the left I used RV04. I then styled the butterflies and once done added foam squares to the bottom row, and glued the top row on using Nuvo adhesive.

When the panel was dry I added black acrylic ink splatters, then stamped the sentiment using the Jet Black ink, masking off the “r” which left “you” instead of “your”. I sponged on Aged Mahogany distress ink along with Vintage Photo distress ink around the edges of the card.

To finish up I attached the embossed stamped panel to my Kraft card base. I then added the butterflies across the mid/top of the card. I love how the deepness of the 3D leaves the negative space clean of ink.

Thank you for joining me today. I enjoyed making this card and I hope you have enjoyed it as well.

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All About Smooshing

Friday, June 18th, 2021

Happy Friday! Father’s Day and the Summer Solstice are on Sunday, but I hope you’ll be able to find a little time to craft this weekend, too. And maybe you will do some ink smooshing! A fun and simple technique that can lead to great results.

For my first card today, I used a smooshing technique that gives a little more control than usual over the end result.


All you need is a craft mat or similar waterproof surface (I use a laminated half sheet of cardstock) and a piece of clear acetate – as a former teacher, I do seem to have a few sheets still lying around. 😀 For colours, I used four distress inks: seedless preserves, blueprint sketch, evergreen bough and squeezed lemonade. For each colour, I smooshed the ink pad, spritzed with water, then used the acetate to pick up the ink and transfer it to my watercolour panel. This way, you can see exactly where you’re smooshing it! It also keeps the colours from blending too much, if that’s the look you want. Once I had my background the way I wanted it, I set it aside to dry and stamped this cute guy from My Favorite Things’ Puppy Kisses. Since I wanted him to really pop against the background, I didn’t worry about adding any shading or shadows, just coloured his collar with a couple of green Copics. I also die cut a few extra shapes, so I could layer them together and add a bit of dimension.

Once my smooshed panel was dry, I die cut it and a coordinating blue cardstock panel with MFT’s wonky stitched dies. For the heart, I stamped with Versamark and embossed with white, then watercoloured inside with more seedless preserves to increase the intensity. (As you can tell, I couldn’t resist adding a little Glossy Accents at the end. 😀 ) The sentiment is stamped with the same grey ink as my pup.


If you’ve received any happy mail from Scrap ‘n Stamp recently, you may have found a fun journaling card tucked in with your order. I decided to turn mine into a Father’s Day card for a work-from-home dad:

Of course I never throw away the leftovers from smooshing! I had a panel I had previously used to die cut an autumn leaf, but look how well it works with this journaling card! I matted the card in black and edged the smooshed layer with some of the same carved pumpkin distress ink I’d used for smooshing. “Nope. Not Today” is a snarky sentiment strip, while the busy stamp and the arrow are from deep in my stash. 😉

I hope these have given you some inspiration to get smooshing! Have a great weekend!