Thursday 7 August 2014

Create Beautiful Backgrounds with Distress Inks!

Hello dear friends! This is Deepti again with a photo tutorial  

'How to create back grounds with Distress Inks'..

I think and feel that back grounds are very important to build a beautiful card. Today I'm going to show you very simple techniques on creating these backgrounds. And these techniques aren't mine, I've got inspired and learnt from many other talented crafters all around the blog world. As our current challenge 'Make it Macho' is all about Distress Inks so I thought why not share the techniques i know..(I'm not here to share a masculine project anyway).. If you already know these techniques kindly skip this post, so this post for those who wish to learn and this is especially for the newbies and the beginners to the love of Distress Inks.. <3

Well.. I'm gonna show you 5 cards with 5 different backgrounds and for each card I've used a different technique and I've divided them into 2 parts.. 

1. Creating a Monochromatic look (2 cards)
2. Misting technique (3 cards)
The basic technique I've used here is sponging.. Hope you guys are not getting confused!! ;)

Alright! let's jump into the procedure..
(picture heavy post)

1. Creating a Monochromatic Look

You can achieve this look by stamping and stenciling..


Materials required
White cardstock, any stamp, your fav distress ink and a sponge dauber

I've sponged the background with peacock feathers distress inks. 
Sorry my sponges are not that good.. 

Now I've stamped the butterfly with the same peacock feathers distress ink..

And that's it.. :)


Materials required
White cardstock, any stencil, Distress ink and a Sponge dauber

I've sponged with peeled paint distress ink..

then I took a stencil and sponged it with the same ink..

And that's it we are done with the monochromatic look.. :)

2. Misting Techniques

a. Distress inks reacts with water..
yes.. it reacts with water and it's such a cool and great technique

Materials required
White cs, distress ink, sponge dauber, clean water and a paint brush

I've sponged it with frayed burlap distress ink

Now place tiny drops of water or tap some water using a paint brush

And look how beautifully it reacts with water.. :)


The background just looks like some winter night, so I made a Christmas card..

b. Distress ink misting

Materials required
White cs, water mister bottle, two or more colors of distress inks and an acetate or craft sheet

Now rub the distress inks on to the acetate or craft sheet


Spray lots of water.. 

Now place the cardstock directly on to the misted area..

Now lift the paper and let it dry for sometime.. Isn't it cool.. 

And here is the card!

c. Acrylic block technique

Materials required
An acrylic block, Distress inks,water mister and a white cs..

Apply ink on to the acrylic block and spray water..

Now place it directly on to the cs and repeat the same with the other color..

Here is the card!

And that's it friends! Hope you like the techniques and the cards, hope you would give it a try and if you've already made something using these techniques kindly leave a comment below I shall get back to your blog soon.. If possible I'll be back with a few more techniques.. Until then take care and have fun.. ;)

Supplies Used


  1. Such a beautiful array of techniques Deepti-- very useful!

  2. backgrounds are so creatively done.. thanks a lot for inspiring !!

  3. So many techniques in one post !!! very useful :)

  4. Wow so many techniques using distress inks... I have never used any one of these... will surely give them a try... Thanks for teaching such techniques Deepti... They will be very useful...

  5. Beautiful techniques and lovely cards out of different techniques..i have to try all the techniques..:D Thanks Deepti looking forward for more techniques..:)

  6. Wow Deepti so many techniques using DIs. Thanks for sharing them. I will definitely try them.

  7. Wow Deepti....beautiful cards and thanks a lot for sharing these Grt techniques.. :)

  8. Beautiful cards Deepti, I create a lot of backgrounds playing with watercolors but can not transform them into such awesome cards :)

  9. Wow!! So many beautiful techniques! I love all the cards you created here...especially the last one! Thanks for sharing Deepti!

  10. I loved seeing and learning so many different techniques ..Thank you so much for sharing Deepti ..All of your cards are just Beautiful ..Though I totally love the last one ..its a stunner !!

  11. Thank you for sharing with us! I will try some of them...;) Beautiful backgrounds.

  12. Wonderful cards n so useful techniques Deepti !! I loved all the cards n fab bgs you have created..Thanks for sharing !!


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