Sunday, 22 May 2016

. . . distressed love

No, my love is not distressed!

My inky "love" card is though ... Distress Ink Lifting style.

 I don't think I will ever grow weary of this technique and confess they my eyes are peeled for stamps that would work well using it.  If you're interested in seeing some of my earlier projects using this technique, I have linked them at the end of this post.  I have also shared my "trials and tribulations" along the way, so I won't repeat all the detail of it again today, just summarise to say that I:
  • stamped the Large Peony 1 flower (from the The Ton) using Versamark Ink on smooth cardstock, heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder, masked then stamped & heat embossed leaves. 
  • super saturated the panel of smooth cardstock with Faded Jeans Distress Ink
  • immediately "bleached" the petals & leaves with water using a waterbrush
  • immediately added Distess Inks into the individual petals and leaves, using Worn Lipstick for the petals, Bundled Sage & Peeled Paint for the leaves.  The ink was allowed to bleed and blend within each heat embossed "well"
  • applied Clear Wink Of Stella to the petals and leaves, it blended the colours a little more and added some extra sparkly pop
I trimmed the panel down and made a card base to allow for a 1/8" border (card 6 1/4" tall, 5" wide).  I adhered the panel to the card base using Helmar 450 Quick Dry.  It's a liquid adhesive that allows a little wriggle room and time to align everything perfectly, it dries clear and secures everything firmly, which is exactly what was needed with this panel.  All the inking, water and futher inking caused the panel to warp a bit but it sits perfectly flat with this adhesive.

I really like this image and colour combo and thought that a more subtle sentiment was called for, so I took a scrap that I trimmed from the inked panel and die cut out a little "love".  I layered two together (adhered using Tombow Mono Multi Glue), so that even though it is tone-on-tone, the dimension made it stand out better.

Here are a couple of close-ups to show the inky detail.

~~~*~~~ * ~~~ Ingredients ~~~*~~~*~~~
Clear glitter embossing powder
Distress Ink - Worn Lipstick
Distress Ink - Bundled Sage
Distress Ink - Peeled Paint
Zig Watercolor BrusH2O
Zig Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Brush
Tombow Mono Multi Glue

I am going to enter my card in the following challenges:
Hiding In My Craft Room

Crafty Gals Corner
Grab Our Badge!

Glitter 'N' Sparkle Challenge Blog
Challenge #189 - Anything Goes
This Weeks Challenge

Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge Blog
May 2016 Challenge
The theme is Anything Goes as long as the project contains loose glitter, embossing powder or flocking.  I used Clear Glitter Embossing Powder to heat emboss my images.

To be considered for SNS Featured Artist you must us an SNS image, looking forward to getting mine inky real soon ...


You can read about my earlier Distress Ink Lifting projects by clicking on the images below.


  1. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at HIMCR, good luck!!! Amy DT

  2. Oh Tracy!! You have some seriously MAD card making skills going on! This is wonderful!

  3. Amazing! Beautiful! Inspiring! ( I love'em!)

  4. Such a cool technique. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Crafty Gals Corner.


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