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. Love to see your video, it always rich with new technique lol. My favourite greeting is thank you card. Thank you so much for the chance to win

  2. Thinking of you is my favorite sentiment. I love this background technique. I’ve seen you do it many times over the years. I’m going to give it a try. Great way to use those beautiful distress inks!

  3. Sometimes, when I want to reach out to a friend, I just want them to know I’m thinking of them without a ‘too sad’ sentiment, so I like to use simply….Hi . And also…Hello there. Then what I chose to write in the card touches on the reason for the card.

  4. I like to use the word ‘HELLO’ but if I had the same stamps/dies used here, then prayers would certainly be a favourite. Hus, mmm… maybe, maybe not, us Brits are a bit more reserved!!!! :O) Superb technique, I haven’t done thisbefoe. I have a limited number of distress inks and no plastic stencils but my birthday is in April, so that gives time for hubby to put aside some pennies maybe?….. :O)

  5. OMG! How perfect is this set!?!? There have been so many times where I could use this set for so many of my family, friends and co-workers. To receive a thoughtful card means so much. I know exactly what card to create (using this set ) to send my thanks for their thoughts and prayers..

  6. These are gorgeous and such a great cause for the card drive, as it’s such a lonely feeling of devastation when you lose a baby.
    My favourite sentiment is probably “Thank You” as it is versatile, but Big Hugs is another favourite! 🙂

  7. Been looking for a good “prayers” set .. this one is it! (And, I’m totally trying this background the beautiful simplicity of it.)

  8. Lovely cards and thanks for the reminder to use this technique. I received a new doily stencil from a friend for Christmas and can’t wait to use it for this idea. 🙂 I have the Prayers Stamp and Die cut so DON”T include me in the drawing. I will say I have used this set many times and it is one of my favorites !

  9. I like anything that says prayers, praying for you, thinking of you. I have a friend who recently lost her baby at 6 months along, such a tragedy. Anytime anything like this happens is such a tragedy. I do not have a lot of stamp sets yet but gradually trying to increase my stash. I do have a thinking of you, so I want to create a few cards and send them to you for the cause. This is such a good cause. Thanks to everyone who is getting this together.

  10. My favorite card greeting is “Hello”! It can lead into any conversation (or card theme) from there. 🙂
    Hello: Happy Birthday. Hello: How are you. Hello: I miss you. Hello: Have a great day!


  11. I think my favorite greetings would have to be: thinking of you, and probably next would be happy birthday. I really liked the tip on using that very narrow masking tape to put greetings on so they stay put and also easier to center. Will have to look for some of that! Those cards are beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

  12. My favorite card sentiment is “Thinking of You”. Thanks for the great video. I always learn something new from you!

  13. I must say I love them all- thanks, hello, hugs, and the list goes on…. This would be a wonderful set to have! Thanks for another great tutorial and sharing a great cause to be a part of!

  14. Celebrate you, or celebrate everyday are my favourite ones… Thank you for always sharing perfectly explained techniques. I have learned so much from you in the part year. Thanks for always being such a great help and willing to share the information. It means a lot.

  15. THANKS and You’ve been on my Heart …… pretty much sums up every sentiment and occasion that may arise! And who doesn’t love to receive a blessing with either of these thoughts from the sender!

  16. Depends on the occasion of course , but I use Happy Birthday the most. I love this set of cards, as well as the elements you used and the techniques.

  17. My favorites are Happy and Hello because they are so versatile. Thank you for helping support such a wonderful cause.

  18. Your cards are beautiful; what a wonderful cause they’re going to. I find I use Happy Birthday sentiments more than any other. I am always looking for new stamps that wish someone a great birthday. Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. Thinking of you is probably the sentiment I use the most. It seems to cover a lot of bases. I would like to use more encouragement sentiments. ‘Prayers’, is a great one. Thanks, Jennifer for all your kindness.

  20. Hi Jennifer,

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful talents. My favorite card sentiments are “Hello” and “Happy Birthday”.

  21. Beautiful cards. So elegant! My favorite card greeting is Thanks, with Thinking of You coming in a close second. You’re so inspiring. Thanks!

  22. Wow Jennifer. Another awesome video and card. Thank you so much for sharing.
    My favorite card greeting is Thinking of You.

  23. Since I mostly make Christmas cards and birthday cards, my favourite sentiments are Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday. Last year, I bought several ‘Hello’ dies. I think ‘Hello’ is a very versatile sentiment and I intend to send out more ‘just because’ cards this year. In fact, the last card I made (and posted on my blog yesterday) has the sentiment ‘Just saying hello’. Just saying…

  24. I just tried your technique. Lovely design, but the shimmer mist didn’t shimmy. Have any idea why? I use “Thinking of You” very often!

  25. I love the cards and the different effects you get from different ink colors, very pretty! I also LOVE that prayers die, I’ve tried getting it several times and it seems “out of stock” when I have the money — arrgh!

  26. love the sending prayers and love…these words mean a lot to the sender and the receiver! comfort one another is a good motto to live by!

  27. I would have to say my favorite is “Hello” because I like to send cards
    to friends and family for no other reason than just to say hello!!

  28. I use “Thinking of you” a lot. I then write a personal note inside the card. I love your inspirational videos!

  29. Jennifer, these are beautiful and they seem so easy. I will be trying these soon. I do a lot of birthday cards so I use Happy Birthday a lot but I also like thank you. I am so glad this set came back because I want it really badly. I will definitely be ordering it and helping out with the card drive. We lost our grandson last November, not to miscarriage but he only lived 4 hours after birth and mostly on a ventilator. I’m planning on buying the book for my daughter and son-in-law. Loosing a child is very difficult. I’ve been there. Thank you for doing this.

  30. This is such a great set, and the technique doesn’t appear to be that hard! Thanks for sharing!
    My favorite sentiments are, “Thank You” and “Hello”.


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