Distress Inks and Stencils – Part 2

I have fallen in love! YES I have!!! This technique I learned from Jennifer McGuire’s YT video is a game changer for me! It is a quick way to create my own backgrounds with distress inks, half a baby wipe, a stencil and a die cutting machine. If you missed Part 1 of how I learned this method and to see the first wave of cards I made, click here!

Reason I wrote a Part 2, is I learned something new and it was by accident while using this method to make more cards. I’ll share that with you today.

For my first wave of cards, I used “Chipped Sapphire” and “Peacock Feathers” but this time I wanted to try some other colors so I broke out “Candied Apple”, “Dusty Concord”, “Spiced Marmalade” and “Pine Needles“.

This is the order of how I learned this method from Jennifer’s video:

  1. Pick out my ink pad and cardstock (I used Accents 100 lb. cardstock but you can also use Neenah 110 solar white cardstock too).
  2. Drag the ink pad all across the paper to fill it with color.
  3. Next, put down the sandwich for my die cutting machine and place my stencil on top of my inky cardstock.
  4. Cut a baby wipe in half and lay it on top (following the directions to build the sandwich for my machine as if I would be embossing with a die).
  5. Run the sandwich through the machine at least a couple of times for a stenciled background with beautiful color.

Well, I loved the results but the 2nd go round, I accidentally placed my stencil, baby wipe and cardstock through my die cutter forgetting to ink the paper first! Well, I thought, “there won’t be much difference between inking first or last, right?”, YEAH, RIGHT!, let me tell you, there’s a difference! The ink color was much more intense and vibrant and I believe I know why. Distress inks are made to react to water which is why they’re so great for watercoloring. Since baby wipes are moist, the ink absorbs into the damp paper and the shape of the stencil is much more profound than it would be on dry paper. Check out the pics below to see what I mean. I included a card from the 1st round for a side-by-side comparison:

Distress Inks and Stencils - Part 2
Distress Inks and Stencils, Part 2

See the difference? And, I used the exact same stencil! The first card is “Chipped Sapphire”, the second card is “Dusty Concord”.


These are the other cards I made inking the paper after stenciling through the die cutter.

Distress Inks and Stencils - Part 2

“Candied Apple”

Distress Inks and Stencils - Part 2

“Spiced Marmalade”

Distress Inks and Stencils - Part 2

“Pine Needles”

And, I saw that it didn’t matter when I was using lighter or darker colors, if I colored after stenciling through the die cutting machine, the results are the same, very bright and very vibrant!

Another note, and I want reiterate this, I carefully and thoroughly wiped down my plates, rubber mat and stencil between each pass through my die cutter. Don’t think it’s a good thing to have water touch the insides of the machine!

But what a fun technique! And, to learn a new tip from a happy accident! It was fun to replicate these cards and add to the Shop! I hope you give this a try. You can use any stencil in your crafty stash, try it with flowers, shapes, objects, whatever you have with any of your traditional distress inks! I still haven’t experimented with the Oxides but if and when I do, I will do a blog post!

List of Supplies:

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Distress Inks and Stencils - Part 2