Distress Ink Background and Distressed Flowers

Distress Ink Background and Distressed Flowers

Distress Ink makes great background paper. In fact, Tim Holtz Distress Inks are not just for grunge. On the contrary, they can be used to create elegant cards as well!

distress ink backgrounds and distressed flowers

These cards use the sentiments “Best Wishes” and “For a Special Friend”. You’ve got to love that they can be used for most any holiday: birthday, thinking of you, wedding, get well soon….

Distress Ink Backgrounds

I love creating backgrounds with Tim Holtz Distress Ink for two reasons: 1) I love the splattered look, 2) You don’t have to have a specific color of cardstock…you can make your own and it will match the rest of the card!

purple flower distressed card

To create the background, drag a stamp pad (Dusty Concord) across white cardstock until it’s solid purple. Then sprinkle/mist with water. The bigger the water droplets, the bigger the spots. Play with it until you find what you like.

On the next card, I did the same technique using Spiced Marmalade. If you look at the right side you can see that the orange wasn’t colored quite as solid. I like the white paper peeking through.

orange flower distressed

To create the distressed flowers, I first inked the pedal (Spiced Marmalade), misted lightly with water, then stamped on the paper (I did this for all three flowers). The misting is optional, it simply  makes the image less crisp. I then stamped leaves. This is actually two stamps. One stamp is the leaf background. I inked that (Peeled Paint), then stamped on a scratch paper then stamped next to the flowers. I then stamped the leaf vein stamp with full strength Peeled Paint.

After the stamping is done, I used a blender tool and added green (Peeled Paint) and orange (Spiced Marmalade).

The greetings are stamped using Versafine black because it really leaves a vivid impression. Layer with paper, add gems and ribbon as desired.

Now, although the stamps I’ve used are retired (I purchased at a garage sale), any stamp that is an outline of the flower and leaves would most likely work. In fact, that’s precisely why I purchased these – to make a card using this technique! Check your cupboard, you may have something that will work for this project!

Distress Ink Backgrounds – Supply List

  • Stamps: Flowers – Stampin’ Up (retired); sentiments – My Sentiments Exactly!
  • Inkpads: Distress Ink – Spiced Marmalade, Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint; Onyx Black – Versafine
  • Paper: White cardstock – Georgia Pacific; brown – generic, green – The Paper Store
  • Other: spray bottle
  • Embellies: silk ribbon – Creative Impressions; gems
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