How to make backgrounds with Distress Inks

Zoe October 13, 2010 4

Hi everyone,

Mag has created this fabulous tutorial to share her technique of creating backgrounds using Distress water based inks. You can use reinkers but it also works with the pads.


A Norwegian friend told me about this technique
for the first time 3 years ago, and today I’d like to share this one with you.

It’s really easy and fun, it takes just a few minutes to achieve,
but I hope you will enjoy it !!!

Here is the material I used :

– Distress reinkers (Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmelade, Vintage Photo)
If you haven’t any reinker, you can use Distress Ink Pads
– One sheet of watercolor paper 325g (but you can use less than 325)
– Baby wipes
– One spray bottle filled with water
– one big brush for stencils
– one sheet of paper towel
– border stamps and black ink
– + various stamps and embellishments to make the card

Step 1

Start by putting one drop of Scattered Straw on the baby wipe.

Step 2

Apply the ink on the paper from left to right, left to right…
When the baby wipe is dry, just take another.

Step 3

Now do the same thing with Space Marmelade

Step 4

And to finish, the same thing with Vintage Photo
Of course, you can combine all the colors you want, possibilities are endless.

Step 5

For the final step, and if you like it,
you can spray water on the background.

Then, dab with paper towel to dry without sliding it on the paper.

With the big brush you can apply more Vintage Photo
on the edges, to make them more distressed.

Now you have to let the background dry.

To dry faster, you can use a heat gun,
be careful to not bend the paper too much.

Once the background is dry you can use stamps to decorate.

I chose border stamps but you can use absolutely
all the stamps you want, be creative!!!

Here is the card I’ve made with this background :

I added border stamps, die cuts and Magnolia stamp
colored with Copics.

Et Voila !!!

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial.

I just can’t wait to see your distressed creations!!!


Visit Mag’s Blog to see more gorgeous creations


  1. Kelly Schelske October 14, 2010 at 3:40 am - Reply

    This is fabulous Zoe, I love that background!!

  2. Myrto October 14, 2010 at 6:35 am - Reply

    Simply amazing! And the final result really fab!

  3. KimberleyG October 14, 2010 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    The background looks great. I like the creative combination of stamps and die cuts. Very pretty card. I love the autumn colours that are so prevalent this time of year, they are so rich and warm. I guess that helps combat the colder weather that is senaking in (at least in Canada it is, lol!)

  4. Anonymous October 20, 2010 at 8:59 am - Reply

    WOW!!! I love the technique….simple with fabulous results! The finished card is fantastic!! Thanks so much so sharing.

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