Apr 30 2014

Distress Reinker Background Tutorial by Danielle Lounds

Hello – It is Danielle here with a fun tutorial on making an inky background using Distress Ink Reinkers. This is a technique that I love to use when I want a very vibrant background.

Supplies to create background:

Paintbrushes, Inkssentials Pipette, Glass of Water, Inkssentials Mister, paper towels, Inkssentials Non-Stick Craft Mat, Distress Ink Reinkers (Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries, Frayed Burlap Peacock Feathers), watercolor paper (2 pieces), heat tool, ink palette.

First step – add a couple drops of each color to an ink palette and dilute each with a couple of drops of water. I do about half ink and half water. Mist watercolor paper with water.

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Second step – Using a paintbrush, paint small circles using the first color (Work Lipstick).


Third step – Using a clean paintbrush, paint more circles using the second color (Festive Berries), beginning to fill in the open areas.

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Fourth step – Using a clean paintbrush, add the third color (Frayed Burlap), filling in the final areas without color. I also painted the edges of the cardstock with this color. I did leave a few spots bare.

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Fifth step – to soften the colors a bit and blend them together I mist the cardstock with a bit more water. I then take a second piece of water color paper and smoosh it over the first to pick up the excess ink

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Sixth step – use a heat tool to dry the water color paper. Notice that there is still some lovely ink on the craft mat – it would be a shame to waste that.

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Seventh step – Smoosh the watercolor paper back into the leftover ink adding more blobs of color to the paper.

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Eighth step – Heat set. Repeat until you are happy with the final look. I did this for both pieces of water color paper, adding more ink from the palette to the craft sheet when I ran out.

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Ninth step – For more color, use a pipette to splash the background with the fourth color of ink (Peacock Feathers). Heat set – using a paper towel to soak up the excess ink if necessary. Note – this can be very messy – the pipette tends to send the ink in every direction so don’t wear your favorite shirt. 😉

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Tenth step – sit back and enjoy your finished backgrounds and decide how you will turn them into a piece of artwork.

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Supplies to decorate card:

Paper Smooches Bold Buzzwords stamp set, Idea-ology Mirrored Stars, Idea-ology Label Letters, Ranger Clear Emboss-It ink pad, Ranger Light Blue embossing powder, heavy duty white thread and sewing machine, card stock.

I used one of the backgrounds to create a quick card. I heat embossed the “thanks” from Bold Buzzwords using Clear Emboss-it ink and light blue embossing powder. I finished the sentiment by spelling out “so much” using Label Letters.

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I then rounded a couple of corners, matted on Faded Jeans Distress cardstock, and added stitching using heavy duty white thread and a sewing machine. Added a few mirrored stars and finished by adhering the panel to a white card base using foam dimensional tape.

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Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!

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