Good Morning ladies..
This entire month we will be featuring Distress Ink pads & Distress stains and all we know about them.. from the different ways to use them and also storage ideas.. So do stay tuned to this blog. Also, if you have any queries or doubts on anything related to distress ink.. then just drop a line below in the comments and we will get back to you as soon as possible. :)
What are Distress Ink pads?
Distress ink pads are 'acid-free, non-toxic, fade resistance, water based dye inks'. They come in 48 different colors.
12 New Shades
These are some of the colors I own.. and I cant wait to add all the remaining colors into my collection.. :)
As you can see.. they come in raised 2 x 2 sized pads.
These ink pads have some special properties which makes them dry slow.. because of which it can can be easily blended.
Example 1: I have a die cut pattern paper here and two distress ink pads. Distress inks are best used with the Ranger Foam Ink Blending Tool & Inessentials Non-Stick Craft Sheet.
Dab the Blending tool into the Distress ink Pad and start with touching next to the paper and then start rotating. Slowly work the tool onto the paper and keep rotating. This ensures smooth coverage.
Since distress inks dry slow it can be washed or spritzed with water.. which gives a very pretty aged and distressed look to your cardstock or pattern paper.
I have two distress inks, Hero Arts layering paper and some water in a spray bottle.
Swatch the inks pads onto your Craft Sheet and spritz some water on it. You may use two or more colors for this technique..
Randomly dab the paper onto the ink on the craft sheet. I went ahead and repeated the step couple of times to get my desired result. Now, use a heat tool to dry your card stock.
You may use it as itself directly on to your projects... But what I did was use a background stamp on it which made it look even more prettier.
Most inks may bleed slightly when in contact with water, but Distress Inks are designed to react with water.. which gives stunning results.
I stamped some butterfly images on to a water color card stock.
Dab some distress ink colors of your choice on to the craft sheet and use a water color brush to color the images
On the third butterfly I've used two shades of blue.. on the second butterfly I've used yellow and blue.. as for the first butterfly I've mixed three different colors.
Which did you like the most?! :) I love the one with red in it..
This example is a reverse of the second technique. This is called the Water Splotching technique.
For this, you need to blend inks on to the cardstock like explained in the first example..
Either spray or flick some water on to the distressed paper.. which will give your card stock a very pretty splotchy effect.
These are just a few examples of what you can do with Distress Ink pads.. For more ideas and tips stay tuned to this blog. :)
I went ahead and put all the distressed cardstock together to make a card.. and here is what I came up with!
Until next time..
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Hero Arts Lotus Background Cling Stamp
Inkessential Non-stick Craft Sheet
Ranger Heat It Craft Tool
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