Try Distress Inks for a fab flower card

Have you seen our Masterclass guide to using Distress Inks, in issue 91 of Papercraft Inspirations.

Ink-a-holic Britta Swiderski reveals how to get started with Distress Inks, from which colours to buy, to how to use them and, best of all, sharing some gorgeous card ideas.


This amazing flower card began life as just plain cream card and a few colours of Distress Inks to create all that depth and dimension to the blended design! Follow our simple step-by-step guide, as Britta shows us how to stamp, colour and blend the flowers from just one piece of card! Now she’s going to reveal more about showing them off on her card! “I have something of a passion for Distress Inks – I suppose I don’t use them on every card that I make, but it’s safe to say that they’re never far from my reach!” Britta says. “Using scrap paper to mask my leaves, I coloured an entire stamped image with just Distress Inks. The background uses another of my favourite techniques – changing the colour of card completely, by applying the Distress Ink direct to the card and then sprinkling on water drops for extra texture. “Here are my step-by-step photos, so you can make this gorgeous card with your blended flowers!” she says.

First, here’s my shopping list. – Kraft card blank – Cream card – Ranger Distress Ink ink pads: ‘Shabby Shutters’, ‘Peeled Paint’, ‘Broken China’, ‘Chipped Sapphire’, ‘Tumbled Glass’. Find the full range of Distress Inks at Creative Expressions. – Hero Arts stamps: Cling stamp ‘Floating Blossoms’, Clear set ‘Live & Laugh’, both from Sir Stampalot. – E-Z Dots repositionable adhesive runner, from Sir Stampalot. – Acrylic block & black ink pad – Adhesive pearls

Step 1. Stamp, colour and blend your flowers as shown in the magazine Masterclass. Cut out your finished flowers and leaves, ready to add to your card Britta_Masterclass_card_step1

Step 2. Now create a perfectly coloured background for the flowers. Rub your Distress Ink ink pad in Tumbled Glass over a piece of cream card. The ink may appear blotchy at first, but it will even out as it dries.


Step 3. Flick water drops over this blue layer for extra depth to the background. The droplets cause the water-based in to run just a little, and you’ll form an interesting watermark-like ‘texture’ effect.


Step 4. Now layer up the background panel onto your kraft card blank, and ink the edges with more Distress Inks. Add you flowers, layering them up for lots of depth, using sticky foam pads. Stamping the greeting and trim into a banner shape, which you can accent with more Distress Inking and then finish with pearls to highlight your flowers and the greeting banner.


Do let us know what you think and if you’re inspired by Britta’s stunning card, send us a photo of your Distress Ink projects! Email to

Visit Britta’s blog for more great card making and scrapbooking ideas, inspiration, video tutorials and more, Don’t miss her special e-book all about Distress Inks called ‘No-Stress Distress Inks’, with loads more tips, inspiration and ideas available to buy for download at:

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