Monday, July 14, 2014

distress Inks background


Long time no see my craft room....busy being unwell...yucky winters cold fault, four hours helping hubby with his car and bang, a cold, a cough and a fever all at once....blah....but I managed to crochet a bit, after a week or so, must love the body, takes only two weeks to heal with aid of natural wonders....worked on my snoppy blanket...much first graph-afghan...anyways.

I am in my craft room today, Tim Holtz's ideas running through my mind, I have been surfing the net, especially the YouTube and found few techniques using distress inks, my favorite to work with.

I made one technique with sponging up an embossing folder (cuttlebug happy birthday, using the recessed side), I used faded jeans and dusty concord and wild honey....turned out ok, but got stuck on what to do next, did not really like what I had.

So I went onto another technique using distress inks that Tim suggested worked well together, spiced marmalade and broken china.


Here is the card i came up with using a challenge as an inspiration. Click images for detail and clarity.



The Back and the Inside

I sponged the two colors onto the craft sheet, spritz with water and place water colored paper down and squish a bit, then dry with heat gun, place paper down again but pick up and repeat, then spritz water to let the colors flow a bit, then dry and finally another place down and pick up and dry. Tim says three layers are good.

Stuck the panel onto my base card and stamped the two sentiments with spiced marmalade and broken china, using the rolling technique.

I then ran the whole card through the cuttlebug butterfly swirls embossing folder for a different look, maintaining the emboss image on the front, inside and the back.

I die cut the frill circle and sponged with spiced marmalade while in the die, too strong color so I used water brush to fluid it out, took the circle out of the die and sponged around with broken china. I then stamped the butterfly in coffee ink and stamped and cut out another butterfly and water colored with spiced marmalade and broken china, for that dimensional look and pained with glitter and jewel for some sparkle.

I maintained the two distress ink colors throughout the whole design and I love how it all co ordinates, beautiful combo and makes a bit of green too.

Inks Used :
* distress inks by Tim Holtz and Ranger - spiced marmalade,broken china
* ranger archival inks - coffee

Stamps Used :
* stamplorations - artful flutters

Glitter :
* Mont Marte - glitter paint crystal blue

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges :-

STAMPlorations - July challenge - stamps and glitter

STAMPlorations - biweekly sketch #15








Virgina's View - challenge #5 Die Cut

Addicted to CAS - challenge #42 sky

Crafting at the Weekend - challenge #3 anything goes

Sisters of Craft - July anything goes

Inkspirational - challenge #60 Photo inspiration

The Mixed Media Card Challenge - #1 Touch of Nature

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - Emboss it

Thanks for stopping by



  1. I love this Monika, the mixing of the inks gibes such a gorgeous rich colour and the sentiments look great inked like this. Thanks for joining at a ink and ATCAS

  2. What an innovative, inspired take on the photo inspiration. The colours are gorgeous, swirled together, and the butterflies...swooning! Thank you for joining us at Inkspirational Challenges!

  3. Love that technique of creating the panel, attaching it and then embossing the entire card. Wow. Thanks for joining us at STAMPlorations this month.

  4. oh wow, this is a beaty!!! love the inside too! thanks for playing along with us at MMCC blog :)

  5. Beautiful card - the sponging with distress inks is virtually flawless and the texture of the card makes it so pleasing!! So very impressive!!

  6. Wow! I love the colour you achieved! Stunning! The butterfly is gorgeous. Thanks so much for playing along at STAMPlorations and ATCAS xx

  7. Gorgeous card. Lovely use of distress inks. Thank you for sharing at crafting at the weekend

  8. Hi Monika. Such am amazing card. Love the colors used with the distress inks - beautiful combination. Fab idea to run the whole card through with embossing folder - really looks awesome! Thanks for playing along with us at Mixed Media Card Challenge.

  9. Hi Monika..we have the same name...we have the same set of Stamplorations stamp and we did nearly the same card I mean choose the same stamp set..and I love what you did here...the color of the butterfly and the sentiment looks amazing...Great card dear Monika...hope to see you in my Blog too...

    Thanks for joining us at STAMPlorations sketch challenge,

    Monika (GDT)

  10. Thanks so much for joining us at ATCAS with this pretty card the colours are just amazing.


  11. Love that pretty background! Thanks so much for playing along at STAMPlorations and the Mixed Media Card Challenge!

  12. Fabulous colouring - love the embossed detail too. Thank you for joining us at the ATCAS sky challenge. Sylvia.

  13. Really artistic and lovely, Monika! So glad that you join the fun over Virginia's View Challenge!

  14. Hi Monika. Stunningly beautiful card, love your sponging and embossed layers, fantastic effect. Thanks for joining us at STAMPlorations. Good Luck! Monika

  15. Great technique you used here, Monika! I'm totally loving how you inked and embossed your card! So wonderful to have you playing at STAMPlorations and The Mixed Media Card Challenge!

  16. What a fun combination of embossing and coloring! Beautiful card!
    Thanks for playing in the 1st Mixed Media Card Challenge!

  17. The embossing over the inked BG and it's extension beyond on the white is just mind blowing, great design and technique :) thank you for sharing with MMCC !

  18. Stunning entry, thanks for taking part in the Sisters Of Craft challenge. Gill DT

  19. Gorgeous embossed inky BG! I love the colors and how it seamlessly flows into white. Thank you so much for joining us this week in the Emboss It Challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog :)

  20. Wow! Your card is stunning! Love the idea how the embossed image mixes with the white frame. So creative and beautiful!
    Thanks for playing with us at MMCC. Hope to see you with us again in August!

  21. Thank you so much for entering into the sisters of craft challenge and good luck. Tina DT x