Video: Easy Distress Ink Backgrounds + Giveaway

Hello. Today I share a super simple distress ink background technique. It’s a favorite of mine!

Distress Ink Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

A couple days ago I announced a new card drive where we are collecting cards to give to folks who have recently lost their child via miscarriage. (You can learn more about it HERE.) I decided to go ahead and start making cards for the cause using the one of my favorite background techniques.

Distress Ink Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

After heavily covering white cardstock with Distress Ink, I added the Hero Arts Glorious Petal Stencil over it. I misted the entire piece with Sparkle Shimmer Spritz and dabbed away the excess with a paper towel. The moisture reacts with the Distress Ink and leaves behind a shiny suede-look. Such a fun an easy technique that can be used in many ways!

Distress Ink Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Remember – you can get a big refill bottle of the Sparkle Shimmer Spritz and refill any bottle.

I really love the look of the Sparkle Shimmer Spritz on the Hickory Smoke Distress Ink. It looks like platinum…

Distress Ink Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I used the Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp Prayers Die and Stamp Set for the card sentiment. (25% of the profits from this set will go to supporting the Lasting Hearts efforts. More on that HERE.)

I really wanted the “prayers” die cut to pop up. The easiest way to do this is to put Stick It double-sided adhesive on the back of some white craft foam and die cut it. The craft foam has dimension and you are good to go! I also die cut some tiny hearts for accents. Oh – and I made the sentiment stand out by putting it on vellum cut into a heart.

Distress Ink Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Remember – gentle tape (such as the 1/4″ masking tape I used in the video) is helpful when placing die cuts perfectly!


Here are some links that may be helpful:


How would you like to win a Prayers Stamp and Die Set like I used above? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 1/25/16 telling me your favorite card greeting. “Prayers” and “hugs” are mine. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)


Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk.)

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574 thoughts on “Video: Easy Distress Ink Backgrounds + Giveaway”

  1. Beautiful cards! My favorite card greeting is “Just Because”. There is nothing like getting a piece of happy mail for no other reason then because the sender just wanted to send it!

  2. Such a great technique Jennifer, I love it when you make it look like it’s a breeze to do and now I am finding that it is….I have learned so much from you, what an inspiration! I’m so lucky to have had you as my mentor…even if I am probably double your age/or maybe a little less then!

  3. I am SO CRUSHING on this card set!!! I have everything, except the stamp and die, am on reserve…..very excited to try!!!

  4. My favorite is love and hugs and sometimes prayers and hugs depending on the receiptant. Love this technique! I love love love distress ink ☺thanks for sharing!

  5. I love giving my homemade cards. The “prayer” set is so beautiful and I know whomever I send it to will totally love it. I love your videos.

  6. I stumbled upon your YouTube Channel and I’ve binge watched every single video, I think, over this passed weekend! I’m completely in love with your video quality, your topics, your creations and everything else! Holy Moly you make beautiful things! You’ve inspired me to get back into crafting and cards are definitely where I want to start! THANK YOU!

    My favorite messages are “I Love You” and “Something Special”.

    Thank you for this opportunity! Now I need to dig into your blog and website to learn even more and start my collection of goodies! XOXO

  7. I really love thank you stamps!

    I will be stamping “thank you” sentiments on gift tags for a bunch of lovely spouses that contributed meals for my recovery after cancer surgery 🙂

  8. Love the Prayers cards with ditress inks….all color variations are beautiful!!! (I’m a McGuire too…wonder if we’re related?)

  9. I really like Prayers the best – it really one that can be used so often for those that I am familiar with. I believe those that I am not sure of their religious affilition – I would use something more neutral (e.g., hugs, thinking of you, day by day, etc.). Thank you for the opportunity to be apart of the giveaway.

  10. Gorgeous cards, I have to try this stamping technique. My favorite sentiments are “sending hugs” or “sending love” and “prayers” . This prayers set is a must have, thanks for sharing!

  11. Love the prayers, thinking of you sentiment! It’s a wonderful little card to send to a friend to brightn their day.

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