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



Debs M said...

looks great Kathy - thanks for the tutorial x

Lauren Hatwell said...

Looks like fun Kathy and great results too. Lx

Hettie said...

These are great Kathy. Never tried goosebumps and haven't seen anyone selling in the UK. I shall have to have another looksie.

Karen said...

Love the distressing! Wish I could have a go, but worktrays on my bed is not the ideal place to work with inks too much! Enjoy! Karen x

scrappymo! said...

Wonderful look...thanks for the tutorial!

Nancy in Iowa said...

Love love love this!

Diane said...

Supre fun technique, turned out great.

Regards diane

Dee said...

Hi Kathy picked up your blog from Sandra's as although do not get much time to play I love distressing techniques. Some lovely cards using the distress inks . Dee x

Desire Fourie said...

Stunning, love the vibrant blues and thanks for the tutorial.
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

cheryl said...

oh hun just love what you have done here brilliant tutorial too hugs cheryl xx

Shirley-Anne said...

Great tutorial , lovely samples

vic said...

Wow!!! Great job and such a brilliant end result looks super cool :)



Donna Ellis said...

wow! Great combination of mediums, Kathy - a wonderful effect! hugs, de

vic said...

Hi Kathy oh wow this looks fab and such a great tutorial thank you!

Have a lovely christmas

Vic x

Karen Dunbrook said...

beautiful cards...isn't it fun to play in the ink!!

Donna Ellis said...

Oh my, Kathy! This is GORGEOUS! A wonderful tutorial! And the color is fabulous in both versions - that is really interesting, isn't it? and such a FAB method! Thank you very much! hugs, de {Creative Smiles}

laurie said...

Fun card..looks like fun technique too!

vic said...

Oohh pretty looks like loads of fun too! Thanks for sharing :)

Vic x

Agnieszka Fumiko said...

Gorgeous design. Hugs

Kathyk said...

Thanks peeps


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