Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Distress Ink Lifting

Happy Wednesday!

I'm hosting this week's Challenge at Mod Squad Blog.  Hope you'll find some time to join in.  Grab some coffee this may take a while to explain.  :)


This week's Challenge is, Distress Ink Lifting! 

Distress Ink + Water = Magic!

Here's the VIDEO from Jen McGuire.  This is where I fell in love with this technique.

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My 1st Samples

I used the beautiful stamp set, Mon Ami and the matching die set, Mon Ami Fleur
I began swiping my Distress Inks in; Spiced Marmalade, Broken China and Peeled Paint over some textured water color paper.  Using a water brush I blended the colors together a bit.

Using these awesome dies I cut out the pretty flowers.

Using the co-ordinating stamps, Versa Mark ink and White Embossing Powder I heat set the images.  Then I began to "paint" them with water.  When you add water to Distress Inks it moves and lifts the color, creating a new look.

If you look closely, you will notice the lighter shades of colors on the tips of the petals.
How FUN is using these fancy sentiments as the stalks to my flowers?  I think they look fantastic!!!  My grass was created by using a small leaf stamp from this set.  Stamped in Black Licorice ink, off the edge of the paper, and colored with Copic Markers.
My 2nd Card

For this card I added several of the larger sentiments and one of my favorite little techniques for creating interest, paint splattering.

This card was created in the same manner, swiping Fired Brick Distress Ink all over my water color paper, and embossing in black.

No need to die cut this panel out as I decided to do the Peek A Boo technique we spotlighted in last month's Challenge.  The image is layered beneath the die cut.  I added depth and dimension using fun foam as a backing.

Here you can see the depth.

This flower I did not "paint"  I just added drops of water to the image with my brush.  It's a fun look! 
These cards will also be entered into the Challenge at Simon Says Monday, Flora And Fauna.
Head on over to the Mod Squad Blog and join in all the FUN!!!
See you there! 



  1. You know that I love this challenge and this card. Right? I will be CASEing it for sure. I have already pinned it. Love the technique and how you displayed it for all to see. You are getting to be quite the techy blogger. My compliments to you.

  2. All these cards are beautiful. I tried the Distress Ink Lifting technique did not go well. :(

  3. Wow, these turned out as stunning examples! Great use of sentiments on both! I just love CAS cards and wish I could do them. I think I missed this technique at Jennifer's site and will take a peek!

  4. Love those beautiful flowers and the fun technique. Can't wait to try this. Beautiful cards!

  5. Wow Donna, these are fabulous!! I am so wanting to give this a try. What a fun technique with lovely results.

  6. Wow!! Lots to see and lots of technique in these cards absolutely fabulous!!

  7. I love anything with water color, but these cards are amazing. I really like how you cut out the flowers, and used the words to be the stems. Just gorgeous. And you have totally mastered that technique. It's just so artsy and pretty...really, really cool!!!

  8. HOLY MOLY ... these are awesome! I've never seen this technique (how'd that happen) but you can be sure I'll be giving it a whirl very, very soon. What amazing inspiration ... thanks for sharing! Have a great day ... we finally got some rain overnight (storms & high winds too but at least it was a drink for my crispy yard ... lol). Have a HAPPY DAY!

  9. Donna, your cards are amazing - I've seen that distress ink lifting technique, but not done in combination with your other techniques. Wonderful designs, and the colors are dreamy throughout the petals! 3 card designs - and each uniquely beautiful! I also like the last card with those endearing sentiments! Wonderful in every way! Hope you enjoy a delightful week-end, my friend! hugs, de

  10. Love this technique and how your cards came together. Fabulous. Fun challenge.

  11. Your cards are so gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. Oh wow these are just Beautiful, I so love what you did with this technique, they are just fantastic!!! I have seen on a few blogs using the sentiments for stems and that looks so neat. The technique in the last one is neat too and like the use of many sentiments!

  13. Yay, what a fun challenge! I love distress inks and hope to play this week. What a fab tutorial you did and I love your cards.

  14. oooooo ... can't wait to try this!!!!

  15. Wow, Donna, what gorgeous cards and a fascinating technique! I love the results! Hugs, sweet friend!