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Friday 14 September 2012

Friday Masterclass–Distress Ink Backgrounds

Hi Peeps

Jacs with this weeks Friday Masterclass were I will be concentrating on Making your own backing papers with Distress Inks.

I have 3 projects for you each using a different techniques, it has been really enjoyable preparing this post and I do hope you will give the different techniques a go, once again it would be a good idea to get your self a hot drink and something sweet this is going to be a long one, the first project is using Your Distress Inks with Masking Tape to make the tag shown below.


Before you start make sure you collect everything you will need:


Tag Blank (available from J & C Creations please ring Denise for info)
Masking Tape
Penny Black Wood Mounted Stamp – Scented Message
Distress Inks – Festive Berries, Brushed Corduroy, Victorian Velvet
Your Own Choice of Embellishments

MC1 - MC3

Cover your Chipboard tag with short strips of Masking Tape in a random pattern, turn any overlapping tape over the edges then trim.  Starting with Victorian Velvert Distress Ink and using your Blending tool cover the whole tag, then randomly  build up your colour using Festive Berries and then Brushed Corduroy.


Ink up your stamp with Stazon Jet Black Ink Pad, and stamp the tag using a good firm even pressure.

MC5    MC22

Add Dries Clear Art Glitter Glue along one side if the Tag then sprinkle Lavender Glass Glitter finally add embellishments as required, I have used a Tim Holtzs idea-ology Word Band (available on request from J&C Creations), a lace and Twine Bow and a small cameo.

Floral Card – Heat Embossing & Distressing:


You Will Need:

Penny Black Wood Mounted Stamp – Scented Message
Distress Inks – Festive Berries, Peacock Feathers, Shabby Shutters
Tim Holtzs Mini Mister
Wow Gold Rich Super Fine Embossing Powder
Kitchen Roll
Ribbon & Charm Optional
Blue card
White Card
Gold Mirri Board
Randomly stamp the smallest Flora Grande 2 flower with the Emboss Ink pad onto  a 5.1/2” square of white card, pour on Wow Clear Gloss Embossing Powder and carefully tap off excess, using Heat Gun heat until glossy.


With the blending tool and starting with Festive Berries Distress Ink blend two corners as shown in picture 1 below:


Now add peacock Feathers Distress Ink to the other 2 corners (use a clean pad for each colour if you have only 1 blending tool).


Now add Shabby Shutters Distress Ink to the middle of the image, blending it into the two previous colours.


Lay the backing paper onto a pad of Kitchen Roll, fill up a Mini Mister with water and spray the card with the water, do not over soak but add enough water to completely cover the card.  Leave aside to dry or heat dry with Heat Gun.


Once dry layer up the card onto Gold Mirricard and Blue Card leaving a small edge around them, adhere to your card blank.

Now Stamp your chosen image, I have once again used Scented Message (this is me being lazy the stamp was still on my desk), with  Emboss Ink Pad and emboss with Wow Gold Rich Super Fine Embossing Powder.  Colour the image with your chosen colouring medium, I have used Distress Ink on mine and again mount onto Gold Mirricard.


Add Ribbon, Bow and Charm to base card and then using 3d tape add the image as shown


Dry Embossing Christmas Card


You will need:
Festive Berries Distress Ink
Grande Calibur Die Cutting Machine
Grey Cutting Plate
White Card
Red card
Penny Black T for Transparent Stamp set - Christmas Fashion


Rub your Festive Berries Ink Pad over the de-bossed side of your embossing folder, try to achieve an uneven coverage, this add more interest.


add your white card to the folder then make your embossing sandwich as above, base plate (grey), Embossing folder with card inside, Raspberry Embossing Plate. (an important tip: there are 2 sizes of plates for the Grand Calibur depending on when you bought it you may need the large or smaller size if you are not sure which size you need please ring J & C Creations and they will be able to point you in the right direction).  Run the sandwich through the Grand Calibur.


Your piece of card should now look like the above picture, by changing the side of the plate you colour you get a completely different effect the card below has been inked on the raised side of the folder.


Another way of distress your embossed card is to emboss as normal, then using Festive Berries and Ink Blending Tool blend over the whole card, I like to use a piece of Kitchen Roll to take of excess ink and buff up.  This is what your card should look like using this method


Here is the Christmas card I have made using this method.  I have stamped and coloured one of the Fashion Christmas stamps coloured with Copics and add lots of floral embellishments


I hope this Masterclass has been useful and that you will give some of these methods a try, we would love to see your creations using your distress backgrounds,

Happy Crafting
Jacs xxxx


  1. Fab tutorials Jacqui. I have been wondering how else to use my distress inks other than for colouring stamped images, I will definitely be having a go!

  2. Thank you! Blow the ironing this weekend, I'm going to get inky!

    love Mags B x

  3. I am definately going to try the tag distressing.....thanks for the inspiration xxxxxx Amanda x