Friday, June 20, 2014

Distress Inks - Making backgrounds

Tim Holtz Distress Inks are a collection of 48 acid-free, non-toxic, fade resistant, water-based dye inks. They're perfect for the new vintage, stained, aged effect crafters are creating in their altered books, scrapbook pages, cards and paper craft projects.

Here are some key points that make Distress Inks different: 
STAYS WET LONGER – (allows you to blend and shade on photos and paper – also emboss) other dye inks dry too fast especially on photos so you end up with lines and marks if you go direct from the pad. 
COLOR WICKS OR SPREADS OUT – (these inks will travel across the surface of your paper when spritzed with water) other dyes do not travel as much although they might bleed a little when wet, the Distress Inks actually “wick” or spread out much further creating several tone on tones. 
COLOR STABILITY – (the colors of the Distress Inks will not break down when wet or heated allowing you to have more color control for the finished look) other “brown colored” dyes will break down when water is added leaving a pink & green hue.

Short of pattern paper - don't worry, you can create wonderful backgrounds using distress inks.

Here I am sharing with you couple of techniques to make backgrounds using the resist method.

The first method is using the embossing as resist. 

 I stamped the card with the Versamark ink and embossed the image. 

 I then colored the same using my favourite color - BLUE (salty ocean). And wipped the stamped image with a tissue. The heat set it using the heat gun. All these products are available online on our store - Can you see that the stamped image did not catch the distress ink. You can work around this technique using back ground stamps. 

Alternatively, instead of directly applying color onto the paper, I dabbed the colors onto my craft sheet and sprayed some water on it. And then ran the tag over it. This gives a water color effect which is so beautiful.  

Don't forget to dry the tag using the heat gun and then wipe off the stamped image with a tissue. You can use any color of the embossing powder - could be black or even gold, the effects are wonderful. 

The next technique is resist using "Glossy Accents" - yes, you read it right - glossy accents. 

I first colored the entire tag using a light color. 

I then stamped using Black Archival Ink which is also available in our store. 

Then covered the stamped image with glossy accents and let it dry. 

And then again distressed the tag. Can you see the areas where there is glossy accents, it did not catch the second color. You could just draw designs using glossy accents and let it dry and then use the distress inks on it. 

In the above techniques, I have used only one color, but you can mix more colors and get wonderful backgrounds in colors of your choice. Now, you can make your own pattern papers matching the colors to your mood or your stamped images. 

I made this card using the embossing resist method. It was a quick card.

Don't forget to check this blog again for some more techniques by the other DT's. 

And yes, check out the new look of Has more products at very reasonable prices. 

Happy crafting.



  1. thanks seema - i will try today - got my first distress ink sets today :)

  2. Very Informative post Seema!!
    Loved the glossy accent one :)



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