Distress Ink Colourful Background

DT member Elaine here sharing this colourful thank you card.  I have used my Narky Finishing Sentiments stamp set to create a fun backgrounIMG_7350d panel to use on my card.  Details and how-to are below!

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I started with a piece of plain white cardstock measuring slightly larger than an American A2 size card.  I used an embossing buddy to coat the whole piece of card and then placed it in my misti stamping tool.  I arranged all the stamps that I wanted to use from the Narky Finishing Sentiments stamp set and then inked them all up with Versamark Ink.  I then coated the card panel with clear embossing powder and heat set.

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I filled in any gaps using little stamps from Lawn Fawn’s ‘Love Letters’ stamp set, inked again with Versamark ink & clear embossing powder.

Next I took three shades of distress inks and blended on all three shades in random areas on to the card bringing the clear embossed images and sentiments to life.


Once my panel was complete I cut it down using the largest rectangle die from Waffle Flower Crafts’ Lacey Layers die set.

For the white card panel across the front I cut down a piece of white card (from my scraps pile) with my MFT Die-namics Stitched Scallop Edges 2 dies and then cut it down to my desired width (4.25″).  This was secured to the front of my card with liquid adhesive.



I stamped the two birds from ‘Love Letters’ stamp set along with the open envelope and ‘thank you sentiment’ on to copic friendly cardstock (make it colour) with memento tuxedo black ink and then coloured with copic markes:

  • Envelope: C3, C1, C00
  • Birds: Y15, Y13, Y11, YR04 (beaks)
  • Letter: RV55, RV52

I used glossy accents for the beaks and a black glaze gel pen to accent the eyes.  To adhere the birds and envelope to the card I used small pieces of foam tape.  As a final embellishment to the card I put some dots of gloss white nuvo drops.

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Simple Masking Using Printer Paper

So recently I’ve been spending time with my mum to lift her spirits. My grandma (her mother) died recently and it’s been tough on all of us.

I came up with a simple masking technique to make cards with her and to my surprise she really got the hang of it!
Here is one of the cards I made using this technique and a little on how I did it!
Rainbows all the way!

Step 1

Make a mask by die cutting printer paper and using repositionable spray adhesive on the back of it, then stick it to the card you want to ink.

I used a piece of Bristol Smooth Cardstock that I die cut with the largest Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle Die.

Step 2

Ink lightly through the mask using Distress Ink and a Mini Blending Tool.

Step 3

Put a stencil over it, stick it in place and ink heavily using the same colours over themselves for a big contrast and bright colours.

Step 4

Remove the mask and gasp in wonder at the clean design that only moments ago looked like a hot mess!

If you’re careful you can use the masks a couple of times. They do curl when removed but if the adhesive is good quality they will stick down completely flat again on the next use.

Step 5

Stamp the sentiment in black ink to make the bright colours pop. Archival or pigment ink works well.

Using a stamping tool makes this even easier.

I chose to stack a bunch of sentiments for a fun look. I hadn’t tried this before and I really like the look (even though I didn’t get it completely lined up).

I think it works because the colours are so bright that they aren’t washed out by so much black! In fact they make the colours even more vibrant! 😀

Step 6

Add any embellishments you want.

In this case I used twine for the string of my balloon using some Matte Multi Medium and trimmed off the excess once it had dried.

Step 7

Stick fun foam to the reverse and then stick the panel onto a card base.

I was surprised by how much value was added to this simple card by using a little dimension!



Step 8 (optional)

Stamp some fun messages on the back of your cards!

To really finish off a card I like to stamp on the back and (if I have the time) the envelope too!

Lawn Fawn Ink is great for this and they have so many colours to choose from!

I went on to make a whole bunch of these with my mum as they are so quick and easy to make!

I think this is the first time that my mum has actually asked to do crafting with me afterwards!!

I’m so happy to have finally found a crafting activity that my mum not only enjoys but can do with relative ease without much creative experience!!!

This activity is a winner!!!


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