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.)

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765 thoughts on “Distress Ink Lifting + Blog Hop + Giveaway”

  1. What a great technique! I thought you were going to blot the colour off after you wet it at first. This makes for a nice deep shade on the flower! Thanks for the new idea.

  2. Who knew that I would love a hydrangea stamp? I don’t think i would have imagined using it,but you have definitely shown a beautiful way to show it off. I love this technique for this particular stamp.

  3. Wow! What a great release. I’m a great Ellen Hutson & Julie Ebersole fan. My favorite stamp in the latest release would have to be Mondo Hydrangea. It’s gorgeous & I love how you can use all of it or just a portion on a card.

  4. Beautiful cards as always Jennifer! Love te technique, have not tried it yet but sure will soon, thanks for the vido. All EH products ar lovely but the Hydrangeas and the “All inside” set are my favorite, thank you for all you do and share!
    Havea wonderful weekend!

  5. This technique is AMAZING, it is a must-try. I love all the stamps and dies you showed but the Mondo Hydrangea and the bear set are my faves. Thanks for another fantastic and helpful video 🙂

  6. This is a great technique ! I am going to try this myself. Thanks for sharing this, I think I am going to use it a lot.
    My fav is the totally awesome stampset.

  7. What a wonderful technique. It looks so easy and yet has fabulous results. My favorite is the All Inside stamp set/dies. Love that cute little bear!

  8. What a fantastic technique. Now I have to get more distress inks. I only have black and brown. I must gt that little bear set–perfect for a card to send to my cousin who is having severe health problems right now. Can’t wait to try this.

  9. Love these but I think you should let everyone know that the dies are purchased separately from the stamp sets. The way you showed them in the same package in the video led me to think they were all together in one set.

  10. Those cards are so adorable! I really want to try out adding a stitching effect to a card! ^.^
    Hm… my favorite product would be the Totally Awesome stamp set. Absolutely love the sassy “treat yo self” sentiment!

  11. This card is absolutely georgeous. The hydrangea stamp is quite lovely. Can’t wait to try the technique. It is so unusual. It looks so soft. I was able to get the die however the stamp is out of stock. Thanks so much for sharing your technique.

  12. I really love the hydrangea flower, my youngest daughter themed her wedding with the hydrangea flower,so they have a special significance for me. The stamp you used on your beautiful cards is one of the prettiest ones I have seen of this bloom.

  13. What a great technique! You also have a wonderful blog, can’t believe I haven’t been here before but I will be subscribing. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

  14. Hi jennifer, i love these cards and will be trying this technique! my favorite product are the stitch line dies – i need to get those as i’m spinning with ideas now! thanks for sharing!

  15. I love ANYTHING JMAc does. She is the most incredibly gifted talented person I know. I always go to her YouTube channel or blog site when I need to make a card…but I have a new idea…I will one by one buy all the items, stamps, dies, adhesives etc she has which will take me years and by then the cards will be back in style. I don’t understand why there is a black, a teal and now a white BigShot. Do we buy one just to say we have the newest?? I know one is larger but it seems like the rest are just for new colors. Ok that was my soapbox but I just get one and a new one is out and everyone whose anyone has one. Guess that’s my problem I can’t buy a $120 BigShot just to say I have the newest colors but this release has great things and I’m sure that the kids at the center I volunteer with will make something spectacular cards with all your creative ideas. Thanks for the video and directions!! I’m excited and hope to buy a set or tow for the Women and children in crisis.

  16. Such a wonderful technique and the Mondo Hydrangea set is a perfect stamp set for this technique. Thanks for sharing.

  17. The bear from All Inside has captured my heart! Love that clever feature that lets the bear hold things. Great video on the distress ink lifting I would love to try this.

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