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. I love your videos! Thanks for the great inspiration! My favorite phrases are thank you and thinking of you!

  2. I like die cut sentiments such as: Hello, Thanks, Love, Prayers. They just add a touch of elegance and sometimes personality to a card. This was a beautiful card design also. I would love to be a part of this card drive. Will get to work as soon as possible. Thanks for another great video! *HUGS*

  3. I love your website & tutorials. Thanks so much!
    As for my favorite cards, mine are thinking of you, thanks and praying for you.

  4. I really like the “Thinking of you” and Hello sentiments. I love the background technique and can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. What an amazing opportunity you are giving us to support and show love at a time of great loss. I love your distress inked cards and the word “prayers” in the foam. You never cease to amaze me, you are terrific 😉

  6. I can’t wait to try this technique. I find myself reaching for Hello, Happy Birthday and Thank you sentiments the most. . I love the prayers stamp because it would be great for sympathy cards. You are such an inspiration to me. I watch your videos and can’t wait to try what you have taught me. Thank you for all you do!!!

  7. hey there… jenn.. thanks so much for another lovely video! with a gr8 technique.. i had not tried that tech yet but i have the stuff out now 🙂 thanks for your patience with me jen.. you have not been forgotten and will get with that crd as soon as i think of it at the RigHt time….. take care and i LoVe that stamp set you are using today! so awesome to use foam for your die cuts! Just for your interest… at the lil country store where i sell some handmade cards, i am expressing Love more as an encouragement or a verb… and not so much a romance theme. … thot that would be a comfort i could try and give for the customers of that store and i hope it gives them comfort knowing there is Love especially in times of unrest and insecurity…sending love 2 u sincerely for all the effort and time spent! thanks!!!

  8. i commented above but i forgot to let you know what my favorite sentiments are.. .. i have been using my own brush lettering or whatever its called… but i love words as in Wishing Blessings of Love, Prayers, praying… in sympathy, with all my heart, my heart aches for you…and so jen, thanks 2 u for the chance..

  9. I like the Thinking of You and Birthday sentiments. Those cards are beautiful and I am going to get my stencils out and distress inks and start making some cards for this drive. Thanks so much for all of your wonderful ideas and tips and tricks, they help me a lot.

  10. Such a great cause! Love your technique. You make it look so easy. Hard to pick one favorite card greeting, but I would have to say hugs and thank-you.

  11. This is such a beautiful cause, Jennifer! I love the prayers sentiment. Whenever I send someone a handmade card I most often use the generic “thinking of you,” or others that remind them of how special they are. I don’t have a ton of sentiment stamps as I am new into the stamping world but I hope to build up my collection over time so I can use them to make more people smile when they read them 🙂

  12. I love your prayer cards. My favorite card greetings are “thinking of you” and “hello”. Have made several of your hello card with the distressed ink. I love it and now need to get the prayer set. Also love the stencil with the glimmer mist. Thanks, Jennifer, for all of your fun videos.

  13. My favorite sentiment is probably HELLO or THINKING OF YOU because I send many cards just for that purpose.
    There are always family members or friends who are on the “prayer list”, so the PRAYERS stamp set would be well used. Thanks for the chance.

  14. I would love to have this set as I need a Prayers type sentiment – I use Thinking of You a lot as a substitute but it really does not way what I want to say 🙂 Thanks for the video

  15. “Thanks” and “hello” are my favorite sentiments as these are the types of cards I find most useful.

  16. My most commonly used sentiments are happy birthday and thank you. I don’t have any prayers stamps. For sympathy, I usually use thinking of you. I really enjoy all your technique videos and stretching your supplies.

  17. Happy Birthday is my 1st and the 2 & 3rd is thinking of you and hugs!
    I love to send a just because card! And when my friends post there love note online I feel so special!

  18. Being a cancer patient the stamps I use a lot are HOPE and SPARKLE & BEAUTIFUL. I make cards and tags for those undergoing chemo & radiation at my cancer center. Thank You for all the wonderful ideas & videos

  19. That is a beautiful technique! I am going to have to try that. I so enjoy your videos. Thank you so much for sharing. I don,t have a “prayer” die cut yet, so I would love to be able to get one of those!

  20. My favorite are usually prayers and birthday type sentiments. i love creating Birthday cards, and everyone can always use a prayer, so those cards are always in need. For me personally, I always feel better knowing when me or my family are in someones prayers, especially now. My mom just suddenly passed away on Saturday, and it’s been more difficult than I ever imagined it would be. Between my own grief, and worrying about my dad (my parents were married for 42 years) somehow prayers just seem to give me the little bit of strength to carry on.

  21. I find I use “Hello” and “Friend” a lot. I do love the new Hero Arts Prayers stamp set. I would definitely use it a lot for those needing a card of encouragement. Thanks for all your inspiration.

  22. Jennifer, this is a great technique, LOVE the look! Thank you for sharing! Hugs is my favorite sentiment at this moment! And am trying some cards with sparkle and shine sentiments. I do not have prayers in my supply, yet.

  23. Thinking of You or Praying for You are my faves, I have a small Blessings stamp, but would like a bigger one, they are rare in Australia. Thanks for a chance to win.

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