Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Technique Tuesday: Distress Ink Painting Stencils

Hi Everyone!

Thank you for visiting with me again today. I hope you are all doing well. Welcome back to another Technique Tuesday. This week, I decided to use my distress inks and some paintbrushes with a stencil to make a soft imaged background. I got the idea from Pinterest…where, let’s face it we’re all getting ideas at least at some point these days, right?! I think this technique is very dependent upon the type of paintbrushes you use. I just used some cheap everyday paintbrushes I've had forever. At first, I was worried that it looked too splotchy and too rough. However, in the end, I decided that it actually looks rustic and homemade and added to the soft blurring background.

To start, I gathered my supplies: Paintbrushes, the “swirl stencil” from Hero Arts and distress inks. I chose Crushed Olive, Tumbled Glass, Dusty Concord, Walnut Stain and Rusty Hinge.

I taped down the stencil with some painters tape onto my craft sheet. Then I picked up some ink with the paintbrushes (I used a different paintbrush for each color).

 I added the color to the paper through the stencil until it was complete. Adding the color was fairly quick and easy once I realized that the objective was not to get a smooth painted image.

I also found that using the paintbrushes different ways yielded different results. Going back and forth or smooshing it around for example.
When the background was complete, I removed the painters tape.
I decided to keep the focus on the background, so I just added some flowers in the center. The sentiment at the bottom is from a new SSS set I just ordered recently, called “It’s Your Birthday. I stamped the “Happy Birthday” in Dusty Concord and the “Here’s to Celebrating You” in Walnut Stain. I rounded the corners with the ¼  inch edge of the WRMK corner chomper.
I added some small clear sequins throughout the background for just a little extra bling.
I layered the panel with some foam tape onto a Neenah Solar White 110# card base.

Here's one last look at the final product. Overall I was pleased with the results!

That is it for me today. I hope you enjoy this technique and I hope you give it a try. Have a great day and I’ll see you all again tomorrow!


1. Inky Chicks: Anything Goes
2. Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes
3. Sunny Day Crafting: Arctic animals or Anything Goes
4. Creates and Makes: Anything Goes (2nd Entry)


Anonymous said...

Very pretty card! Thanks for joining us at Sunny Day Crafting.

Jan said...

Love this. Thanks for joining us at TTCRD xx Jan DT

chanya13 said...

Such a pretty card. I love background. Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
Hugs, Agnieszka DT