• Helen Colebrook

Using Distress Inks to Create Journaling Cards



In today's blog post, I am going to share how I use Distress Inks to create some lovely journaling cards. I really enjoy creating decorative elements that I can add in my journal and these cards are perfect for writing on the back of, or sticking photos onto.


*You can click on any of the images below to enlarge them.



Step 1: Cut some card to your chosen size. I am using Canson Mixed Media paper, which is 200 g/m2. I'm then using an ink blending tool to add some Distress Oxide Ink in Peacock Feathers on various places across my card.


Step 2: I then added Distress Ink in Tea Dye over the rest of my card and blended it in with the first colour too.


Step 3: Find a stamp with quite a bold design and press parts of it down onto a clear embossing pad.



Step 4: Spray some water onto your stamp. The embossing pad ink will help the water to stick.


Step 5: Press the wet stamp down onto part of your journaling card. This creates such a lovely effect where the water reacts with your ink.


Step 6: Make sure you card is completely dry before moving onto the next stage. I use a heat tool to speed up the process.



Step 7: Use some black ink to add other stamped images to your card. The stamps I am using are PaperArtsy brand and come from Art from the Heart.


Step 8: Next, rub some darker ink around the outside of your card to add a vintage look. I'm using Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.


Step 9: Finish your card off by adding some splashes of colour. I'm using Distress Spray Stain in Brushed Pewter and Tarnished Brass.



Here is the end result! I love using Distress Inks in these types of projects as there are so many ways you can use them. If you would like to see the full video of me creating this journaling card, along with lots of others, than you can watch this down below.



I really hope you've enjoyed this blog post and it inspired you to get out your craft supplies and get creating.


*The links contained within this post are Amazon affiliate links. This means that if you choose to make a purchase, then I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.


Don't forget, my new journaling book is now available and you can find all of the details here.


Thank you so much for being here. I hope you're doing well, Helen x

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