Sunday, June 16, 2013

Distress Ink technique - very messy, very fun!

Hi folks,

I've recently been playing with Distress Inks and Tsukineko GOOSEBUMPZ spray and have had some nice comments so thought I would do a quick tutorial.

  • Craft mat (VERY important)
  • Distress Inks in one or two colours (co-ordinating colours work best though I'm SURE you could try contrasting colours too ..... but they would probably "muddy" which might be gr8, just experiment)
  • Water mister
  • Smooth card
  • Heat gun (or lots of patience as drying is required between layers)
  • Background images (stamped either using the D.I.'s themselves or a toning colour)
  • Focal image and a permanent ink pad (I used black to show up better)
  • Tsukineko Goosebumpz (not familiar? See it here)

  1. On your craft mat smoosh your Distress Inks (keeping them slightly apart to avoid colour contamination) and then spray with water till the ink "beads". I used: tumbled glass and faded jeans
  2. Smoosh your card through your ink puddles ......... dry
  3. Repeat step 2. as often as you like, until you like the finished result. Top up your distress ink as necessary - the example below is about three smooshings!
  4. Stamp your background image/images using a tonal ink - the object is not to obliterate the focal image
  5. Stamp your focal image using a strong image and a contrasting ink colour
  6. When happy with your project and after protecting your work surface (you might want to spray this inside a box to contain the spray) shake well and then spray your goosebumps, covering your project and then set aside to dry.
  7. Once dry you can cut out and mount on to a card or other project. The goosebumps will accentuate the colours and darken slightly too whilst sealing and adding texture.
Works great on an ATC too ....

Thanks for looking