Ep. 196 – Distress Ink Background Technique

Scrap Time - Ep. 196 - Distress Ink Background Technique
On this episode I am showing you how to make a cool background using Distress Inks.

First, choose 3 colours that work well together. Then, using the lightest colour first, randomly rub the ink over your paper. Watercolour paper works best with this technique, but Bazzill will work as well. I used a Watercolour pad, but you can also use individual sheets. Then take your medium colour and randomly rub the ink over the paper. And finally your darkest colour. Now, take a mister and spray your paper. You might want to spray the back as well, so the paper doesn’t buckle as much. Now using a foam brush, or Ranger’s Cut ‘n’ Dry foam, blend the colours, working the lighter into the darker. You can still add more ink once your paper is wet. When you are happy, let your paper dry completely. Then you can stamp on top of your original background!!

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  1. sherrie
    Posted April 28, 2008 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the tips. I haven’t ventured into inks yet, but it is looking tempting!

  2. Sara in WI
    Posted April 28, 2008 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    That’s a very cool technique. I just happen to have some inks and heavy watercolor paper out today so I’ll give it a try! I really enjoy your tutorials and look forward to them. I have learned so much from you. And, thanks for such a cheery attitude! You make it fun!

  3. Carol
    Posted April 29, 2008 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Hi Christine: Love your videos!!
    Maybe you can help me…….is there a spray on product that you spray on regular cardstock after you make a card…..that will add shine??


  4. Posted May 1, 2008 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    I love this technique!! Thanks for sharing it. I was thinking of doing something very similar on my blog this week. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Posted May 3, 2008 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    love love love the distress inks (I did a mini book with mostly this inks all over!) Lately I bought some of their re-inkers too…try them! they are fun!

  6. Posted May 4, 2008 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Great Technique! I’ve tagged you. I love your work.

  7. Ruthi Montecinos
    Posted May 14, 2008 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    This is gorgeous! Wow, I really want to try this. They look so professional, and I love the colors! Thanks so much. I adore your website.

  8. Posted June 16, 2008 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    Woo hoo, I just bought 4 of these inks and I have two of the colors you show in your video. Cool technique; thanks for sharing!! I’ll have to give it a try.

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