Add to Favorites

Easy Distress Inking

Hello and welcome. Today’s video shares how to do easy inked backgrounds. This technique is simple to do and the only tools required are ones we all have!

Inked Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Today’s technique is fun, fast, and functional! I hope you will give it a try. I used the new Tim Holtz and Simon Says Stamp exclusive stamp + stencil set, but you could also check out all the new holiday stamps from Tim HERE. It is a great release!

After white heat embossing a few images from the new Tim Holtz and Simon Says Stamp stamp set on watercolor paper, it is time to get inky!

Inked Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Because I wanted a bit of shine to my backgrounds, I started by making a “pearlized water” mix with water and Perfect Pearls in a mist bottle. You could use plain water if you want.

For each card I chose three or so colors of Distress Inks (see thumbnails below) and applied them to my craft sheet. After a few mists of my spray, I used my fingers to pick up the color and apply it to the paper. (The embossing will resist the ink.) I know many people don’t like getting inky, but I promise it’s fun! It’s like finger painting.

Inked Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The great thing about using your fingers is you have control of where the color goes. I put a lot of color down – many layers. The more color you add, the more intense your piece will be. Oh, and don’t waste the ink left on your craft sheet! You can put it to good use by swiping another embossed piece through it to create another card.

Inked Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

To get a finished look to the inked backgrounds, I applied one of the colors of Distress ink to the edges using an Ink Blending Tool. I also added a faux stitched border along the card’s edges using a die from My Favorite Things. I like that it doesn’t cut but rather pierces the paper.

Inked Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You can do this technique with other dye inks, but Distress Inks work the best because they react so well with water.

Again, the stamp set I used today is an exclusive and there are limited supplies! But also be sure to check out all the new holiday stamps from Tim HERE.

SUPPLIES

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated Affiliate links used at no cost to you. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk. As always, this post was NOT sponsored.)