Distress Inks and Stencils

When I saw this technique from Jennifer McGuire’s YT video, I had to try it! It is genius! I don’t have a lot of stencils in my stash but after making these cards using her tip, I’m on the prowl to buy more! If you haven’t watched this video nor tried this technique, I highly recommend it and I’ve embedded and linked to it below. It’ll go over the steps I followed to make my cards. I’ll just give you a summary of the colors and supplies I used.

If the video doesn’t play, click here to watch on YT!

At the time I posted this, I didn’t have the new Distress Ink color “Speckled Egg“, but I have ordered it in the Oxide and Traditional Inks so I will make more cards in the future and update this post!

So for my cards, I primarily stuck with blues and greens from my collection (with the exception of “Scattered Straws” on one of my cards) cause I really like the final designs. Also, I used the traditional Distress inks, not the Oxides. I suspect they would have a softer effect so I may try them in the future.

Jennifer used the Spellbinders Platinum 6 die cutting machine, I have it too, but to avoid pain in my shoulders and hands, I elected to use my Gemini Jr. And, I didn’t have any problems. One thing I want to caution, is because baby wipes have moisture, I wiped down my stencils, plates and machine with a dry paper towel between each time I ran my cardstock through it.


Below is the sandwich I used for my machine (top to bottom):

Cutting plate
Stencil
Inked cardstock
Rubber embossing mat
Plastic shim
Cutting plate


Distress Inks and Stencils
Distress Inks and Stencils

For the “Thanks” cards, I used “Chipped Sapphire” (top card) and “Peacock Feathers” (bottom card) and the stencil is by Heidi Swapp. I’ll have a full list of supplies below. I just put in my baby wipe, the stencil over my inked background and it gave me a nice, soft background that feels so soft!

Distress Inks and Stencils

For the Anniversary card on the left, I used only “Peacock Feathers” but decided to mix it up on the card to the right. So, I mixed “Broken China” and “Chipped Sapphire”, the stencil is by Hero Arts. I love the impressions I got on both cards.

Distress Inks and Stencils

For the birthday card on the left, I inked “Broken China” on the left and right sides with “Scattered Straw” in the center. But, for the card to the right because I wanted a darker, more impactful design , I only used “Pine Needles”. You can really see the design of the stencil show through.

The flowers and leaves I cut out on various pattern papers and plain cardstock from my stash. I layered and glued them together, then used foam squares to adhere to the card panels for a little dimension. Again, the contrast on the right card really pops out!

Distress Inks and Stencils
Distress Inks and Stencils

For the sentiments on the Thank you cards, I die cut a circle on cardstock and stamped on it. But, for the Birthday and Anniversary cards, I opted to use reverse sentiment strips from Simon Says Stamp. I love these strips, they’re easy and quick to use. They save me a lot of time! Also added foam squares behind the strips because I wanted them to partially sit on top of the die cut flowers and have enough depth to stay secure.

Lastly, I added Pinkfresh Studio’s mix of gems on the center of the flowers and on the cards themselves. All the panels were glued to Accents 100 lb. white cardstock. I’m loving this cardstock because you get more in the pack and it’s less expensive than the Neenah 110 solar white cardstock.

All in all, this is such a fun technique that I’ve added it to my staple of cardmaking methods for creating beautiful backgrounds. I hope you give this a try if you’re a cardmaker! You’ll find these cards in the Shop if you want to purchase any of them. Thanks for reading!

List of Supplies:

Below are links to the products I used and some of them are affiliate links meaning if you purchase through them, I’ll earn a small commission and it is no extra cost to you. Your purchasing helps support our small business and we appreciate that so much! – Kim

Distress Inks and Stencils

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