Distress Ink Lifting + Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello! I am really excited to share with you today’s technique. Distress Ink “lifting” can be done with just Distress Ink and water. I am also part of a special new product release and blog hop.

Distress Ink Lifting 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.]

This technique simply makes me giddy! It is so much fun. You don’t need much for it and it works with any outline stamp or fun background.

For the best results, I recommend heat embossing an outline image on regular white cardstock. (This works better than watercolor paper.) I used the gorgeous new Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea Stamps on Neenah 80lb white cardstock and then *generously* covered the entire piece with Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink. Generously. Very generously. Like SUPER generously.

Distress Ink Lifting by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Next, I used a brush to “drop” water inside the lines of the image. Distress Ink reacts with water and causes the color to soften. Like magic! No effort required. It is like you are “lifting” the color away. I also used water and a brush to add in bit of Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink colors.

I added some faux stitching to the popped up white pieces with the My Favorite Things Basic Stitch Lines Dies… and added a sentiment from the Essentials by Ellen Oh Frappe Stamp set.

Distress Ink Lifting by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For my second card, I trimmed the colored area to be much smaller and adhered it to a card. I then added faux stitching to the sides… and another simple sentiment.

Distress Ink Lifting by Jennifer McGuire Ink

It is amazing the difference that stitching makes!

Distress Ink Lifting by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Oh – I can’t forget to mention that I added Wink of Stella shimmer to the images for some shine. So shiny and soft in real life.

Distress Ink Lifting by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I am telling ya – this Distress Ink lifting technique is an easy one!


One of my favorite people in this industry is Julie Ebersole. I adore her. And I am incredibly proud of her – her new Essentials by Ellen release is wonderful! I gave a quick look at the products in my video… and you can see the release HERE.

To celebrate the new release, I am part of the Essentials by Ellen Winter 2016 Hop.

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The next stop on the hop is Carly Minner. You can also stat at the beginning of the hop on the Ellen Hutson blog.


Want to win a new stamp set from this great release? Here is your chance! The winner may chose ANY Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set (maximum value $15) currently in stock. For your chance, leave a comment telling me your favorite product from this release (see it HERE) by 11:59pmEST on 2/16/16. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed by Ellen Hutson and posted on the Ellen Hutson blog. International folks are eligible, too!)

There is also a crazy awesome Grand Giveaway in the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom! To enter, be sure to leave a comment THERE, also by 2/16/16. All winners will posted at the CLASSroom on Friday, February 12th!


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 the new EH release.)