Distress Ink Cards

Distress Ink Cards Using Dies from Spellbinders by Stephanie Low

Distress Ink Cards are so easy to make. If you love the look of watercolor on your cards, or if you love the look of stamped images, you’re going to love the new Spellbinders Good Vibes Only die-sets by Designer Stephanie Low!

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As some of my friends know, I have such a difficult time coloring stamped images; and I feel kind of bad not to be able to make beautiful greeting cards with pretty stamping.

However, with the use of the Spellbinders Dies by Stephanie Low, that is now a thing of the past!

how to make cards using distress markers

Use Your Distress Inks

Little did I know we could use a different medium to color our images with! I watched several videos on YouTube that showed several distress ink techniques; but none of which were done using dies.

So with this new knowledge on hand, I brought out my Stephanie Low dies from Spellbinders and went to work!

how to use distress inks on your dies

I can’t begin to tell you how EASY this method is! If you are a visual learner like me, you may want to click here to follow along my video tutorial: Distress Ink Cards Tutorial.  While you’re there, how about subbing to my YouTube? It’s free.

Card Making Distress Ink 101

For this tutorial we’ll be using the Shapeabilities Good Vibes Only die set and the Petal’d Poetry Etched die set by Stephanie Low.

how to make distress ink cards

Step 1:  We begin with a plain piece of white card stock.  I like to use the 8 1/2 by 11 sheets as I get two cards from them.  What you do is you cut them right down the middle (horizontal) at the 5 1/2 in. mark. Then you take your cut piece of card stock and fold it right down the middle (that would be the 4 1/4 mark).  This is your card base.

Step 2:  Next your going to take a scrap piece of white card stock and lay the outer layer of your die and with scissors trim around it.

Step 3:  With your distress inks on hand, you’ll use your blending tool to dab and smudge several different colors onto that scrap piece that you just cut.  Once you’re satisfied with the colors, with the die on top of the color piece, you’ll run it through your Spellbinders Die-Cutting and Embossing Machine.

Step 4:  Now take some black card stock (ok to use scraps) and run your inside dies through your die cutting machine.  Note that I also ran two additional flowers using the Petal’d Poetry Etched dies by Stephanie Low.

Step 5:  You are now ready to adhere your large die cut pieces together (Good Vibes Only) using a fine-tip point glue.  For my purposes I use Artist Glitter Glue. I love how it leaves no air bubbles in my projects. Set it aside for a minute to dry.

Step 6:  Use glue to glue down the two smaller flowers at the corners of your card.  Then with pop dots you will adhere the larger piece right down the center.

And that is all my friends! I told you this was going to be easy! I hope that you’ve enjoyed my tutorial and gather some inspiration from my projects. Please leave me a comment down below. I love to hear from you!

Thank you and I’ll see you in my next post!


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2 thoughts on “Distress Ink Cards

  1. Beautiful job using your distress inks! It looks like you did some fancy coloring 🙂 tfs and Happy Birthday today!!! Big hugs, Christine

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