Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Distress Inks-fest!

Welcome to my Distress Inks gallery!! I have been having a play with a new plate of stamps from IndigoBlu called Grand Tour 2 (available directly from IndigoBlu or from The Stamp Pad if you're interested!) and have gone down the inked background and stamping with distress inks for all of them.

My first creation is my submission for the Tim Holtz inspired Grungy Monday 10 over on StudioL3 which this week is a broad challenge to use distress inks - well, I've certainly done that!

I've kept it simple and created a background by blending several colours of distress inks then used the same shades to colour three smaller panels which I have stamped in distress ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I've matted the butterfly images, attached a length of dark green ribbon down the centre of the main panel and added a couple of pearls. Very simple for me - not a charm in sight!

I also decided to try a couple of new challenges this week - now that I've got the hang of Grungy Monday I'm having a go at Less Is More and Simon Says Stamp. This next one is my submission for Less Is More:

The challenge this week is to create a monochromatic piece. Again, I've used the beautiful butterfly stamp - I stamped directly onto the inked card in a really random way using fired brick distress ink, stamping 3-5 times with each application of ink so that some are intense and others are paler. I've added a panel with the same image onto a lightly inked background and added two layers of coordinating ribbons.

And finally, this is my creation for Simon Says Stamp! which this week requires masculine makes:

After preparing an inked background, I stamped and embossed the fabulous building and script image from Grand Tour 2 and added bits of Paperartsy German Scrap as corners. I've used a kraft card as my base.

Well, my blending tool has been busy over the last couple of days - I'm off to get even inkier fingers! Enjoy! JulieD


  1. The beauty of stamping - two totally different cards using the same butterfly. Love your masculine card too.

  2. All FAB cards but your LIM entry is superfab!


  3. These cards are all gorgeous Julie! x

  4. Your Less is More card is beautifully stamped, the butterfly is gorgeous... we do like to see a reasonable amount of White Space on a clean and simple card... but it is really lovely.
    Thanks so much for joining us and we hope to see you again next time Julie.
    Lady LIM
    "Less is More"

  5. Super cards. Really like your LIM card, lovely colour. x

  6. Very fun cards. It's fun to see your different challenge entries. I love your color combinations.

  7. Great group of cards. That last one is my favorite... love the blended colors!

  8. Your cards are beautiful.ANd I especially like the sentiment on the first one. Good work!

  9. great use if ink and colour on all your pieces - love the torn edges too.
    Sarah (at 46 on GM)

  10. Oh how beautiful. I love the pink moth. Just gorgeous.

  11. Absolutely beautiful work, Julie, all the way around, and you've given us some awesome examples of how pretty Distress Inks can look! Your color choices are FABULOUS, and the designs are lovely!