Monday, 22 February 2016

Distress Ink Lifting

I had so much fun trying the
Distress Ink Lifting technique shared by Jennifer McGuire on her blog
I know I will be using it again and again.

I matted my stamped panel then inked the cardbase using the same ink.
The Stampendous Magnolia Rose is quite a large stamp
and it fits on the 6x6 base perfectly.

I think I may have used the opposite side of the white cardstock base to the one I used for the stamped panel, as the ink looks slightly different, even though they're the same colour => something to keep in mind if you try this technique.

Here is a close-up so that you can see the sparkle from the Wink of Stella over the stamped image.  It really adds extra pop to the coloured image against the background.  I think it blends the inks a little more too.

Here is another panel using the same stamp, technique and inks, each time the result is unique. 

From my experience I can say:-
  • this is an exciting technique, once you try it, it will be one you will use over & over again
  • super saturate your background with Distress Ink, when you think it is saturated, give it another good inking
  • make sure you get plenty of ink in ALL the tiny gaps between the embossed image 
  • work as fast as you can, the more the ink dries, the less it reacts and the less it blends ... I had heat embossed four images in readiness for my 1st attempt, loved it so much that I thought I would get organised and inked up the other three panels and I super saturated them.  Sadly when I went back to them the next day it didn't work!!!  A quick check of Jennifer's video tutorial reminded me that I had to do everything while the ink was still wet => lesson learned!!!
  • Smooth white 285gsm cardstock
  • Stampendous Magnolia Rose Cling Stamp
  • Versamark Ink
  • Clear glitter embossing powder
  • Heat Tool
  • Zig Watercolor BrusH2O detailer
  • Zig Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Brush
  • Mini Distress Inks:
  • Faded Jeans - background
  • Worn Lipstick - flower petals
  • Peeled Paint - leaves & stems
  • Spiced Marmalade- middle of the flowers
  • Barn Door - berries
  • Dusty Concord - bow
  • Perfect Layers Ruler - to cut the white mat around the stamped panel
I am going to enter my card in the following challenges:


Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays Week 133 Inspiration Piece (image)   
The colours are gorgeous ... the darker blue sure looks like Faded Jeans Distress Ink that I used for the background of my stamped panel - what do you think?  The flowers are really pretty too ... the petals luscious,just like the ones in the Magnolia Rose stamp I used.  And the last piece of inspiration is the white edged squares, just like the layers under the image panel of my card.

Kathy Racoosin's 30 Day Coloring Challenge
I used the exciting Distress Ink Lifting technique to colour my image and card panel.

The Details of Kathy's challenge can be found HERE if you want to join the colouring fun.

The challenge is to try something NEW.
I used a NEW stamp and a NEW technique.
Simon Says Stamp Blog

Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge Blog
February 2016 Challenge
The challenge requires the use of loose glitter, embossing powder and/or flocking.
I have used embossing powder to heat emboss my stamped image.
There is glitter in the embossing powder for some extra sparkle.

If you want to become a SNS Featured Artist, you must use an SNS image
=> I will be checking my stash to see what I can create with them later this month.



  1. These absolutely beautiful! I wish I had time to learn more about the technique and give it a try. Granddaughter gets top priority. I have taught her to love Wink of Stella, though! :o) Next year she will be in school full-time, so Gramma can play more.

  2. Tracy, this is so beautiful and love your coloring!!!

  3. Dazzling card of flowers on colored cardstock. Thanks for sharing.:)

  4. FANTASTIC! I caught this card on The Stencil Specialist's blog and it is beautiful, Tracy! Thank you for sharing your Stampendous creation!


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