Saturday, October 26, 2013

Create Quick Backgrounds with Distress Inks

Hello Everyone,

This is Poornima here to share few more ideas on distress inks. There are tons of tutorials already on internet. I am just sharing some techniques which I tried and made few variations to get awesome looking backgrounds.

1. Color Blocking Technique –
The first technique is Color Blocking Technique. It requires foam pads. Watch Tim’s videos on how to do this. This technique is really very simple and one can create quick backgrounds with this. This is one sample which have I tried

You can leave this background as such or for more detailing stamp images 

Stamp - Inkdinkado Artistic Flourish

A vintage background with vintage photo and walnut stain distress inks. 

Stamp - Tim Holtz's Urban Grunge

So if you don't have appropriate pattern paper for your project , you can make your own easily.

Now some variations which I tried with Color Blocking Technique. These variations requires Mini Mister. 

Variation 1 - To get soft pastel background,  mist the paper with water first and then add colors blocks. 

A finished card using above background -

Variation 2 - To get bright colored background, add color blocks and then mist the paper. Don't mist it heavily. 
Distress Inks - Meadow Lawn, Vintage Photo, Fired Brick, Picked Raspberry 
A finished card using above background -

Variation 3 - Foam pads can be used to get totally different background. When I was trying color blocking technique, an idea pooped into my mind and I got this background. It has wood like texture. I loved it very much.

Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
To get above result,
  1. Ink up your foam pad.You can ink only half foam.
  2. Hold it an angle and swipe it till the end of the paper.
  3. Repeat the process on opposite sides and in between.
Here’s another sample which I made. Since distress inks are also stamping inks, so I stamped flourish with walnut stain distress ink. The edges are inked with vintage photo.

Distress Inks - Meadow Lawn, Vintage Photo
Stamp - Inkdinkado Artistic Flourish

2. Archival Resist – 
This is also a very simple technique. It requires any archival ink. I have used colorbox ink. Since archival inks are oil based permanent inks, so distress inks resist the archival ink stamped images. An idea how it looks.  

Distress Inks -Worn Lipstick , Fired Brick
Stamping Ink - ColorBox Cranberry

3. Distress Ink with Glue – 
Glue can be used to create interesting backgrounds .First apply distress ink to paper. Then add glue drops  at several places . Apply other color of distress ink. I have not applied distress ink after adding glue. I  have also added hot glue with glue gun. It resist's distress inks.

Distress Inks - Meadow Lawn, Mustard Seed

A finished card using above background -

Die - Die-Version Heart of Hearts
Stamp - Fiskars Friends Forever

I hope you liked the ideas and I have inspired you to try some cool techniques with distress inks. The challenge is still running. Only few days left to enter your projects. So hurry up and link up your entries to win some awesome prizes.

Until Next Time,
Have Fun Crafting !!


  1. These are cool all of them.. Thanks for sharing the techniques..

  2. Just came online and read ur post Poornima and loved all d backgrounds. I really appreciate ur efforts for d hard work u must have taken besides of ur health problems. Hope u r doing fyn now.

  3. Poornima..awesome tute :) loved it

  4. Fabulous techniques n the cards you have showcased are just mind blowing Poornima !!!

  5. Thanks so much Poornima for such an inspiring post. All the techniques are easy to understand and innovative.

  6. Thanks a lot poornima foe such a detailed tute. Lovely backgrounds. The wood texture is superb, am going to try.

  7. Poornima!! These are awesome!! Why have nt I thought of glur resist?!!! Really appreciate your hard work.. and the efforts you have taken, inspite of your health..Huuuuuuuuuuuuggggggggs to get well soon.. Luv you!

  8. Wowww amazing techniques ...TFS

  9. THANKS POORNIMA!!amazing work despite ur health. Thank u so much. Will try all of these techniques.

  10. These are lovely Poornima!! Thanks for sharing.

  11. This is awesome... Thanks for the amazing techniques!!


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