No-Stress Distress Inks #12 – Putting it All Together

Guess what? I’m here and thrilled to share the “last” lesson of my Distress Inks class here on my blog. This one is putting everything that we’ve learned together and has a 18 minute video to go along with it. (I know some don’t like longer videos, and I apologize for that, but there was a lot I wanted to say, and this is a start-to-finish card, so you get a lot of learning time. For those that you enjoy longer videos, rock on!)

Just a note that I’ll be posting this class (with at least two bonus videos and a complete lesson PDF e-book) for sale here on my blog in a couple of weeks. I haven’t made the extra videos yet, but I can promise it’ll be worth it. I’m going to have a lot of fun putting this whole class together as a package! Don’t worry, all of the content already here on my blog will remain free and here forever. I’ll keep you updated on this project as I work on it in the coming weeks. And if you want to make sure you get notified when the class package goes up for sale, make sure you sign up for my mailing list (on the right side of my blog under “My Blog + Your Inbox”). Anyways, enough talking! How about a video?

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Here’s the finished card:

The close-up. Aren’t those flowers purtyyy?

Supplies: Cardstock – Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream), Ink – Ranger (Distress Ink in Worn Lipstick, Victorian Velvet, Dusty Concord, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire) Tsukineko (Memento Black and Versamark), Stamps – Hero Arts (H5514 Many Petals, CG139 Cling Dots and CL487 Thank You for Being My Friend), Gems – Hero Arts (Blush Hero Hues), Embossing Powder – American Crafts (Clear Zing).

The Print-Out

The lesson PDF that you can download and print for free is here.

Techniques in the Video

  • I cut out all of the pieces from one sheet of Vintage Cream cardstock (no need for watercolor paper if you’re not going to be using very much water or mixing water with the distress inks themselves). The card base measures 8.5” by 5.5” (folded to a standard size card, 4.25” by 5.5”), the frame measures 4” by 5.25” and the border is 5/8” wide cut out using an exacto knife and a metal ruler and the other piece (for inside the frame) measures 3.75” by 5”, but all that matters is that it is slightly smaller than the frame.
  • Stamp your flower three times (in a triangle for a pleasing design) with memento black ink onto your card design piece (this will go inside the frame). Add color to the flowers with Worn Lipstick and Victorian Velvet, cover the flowers with masks (the stamped image cut out from scrap type paper, adhered with removable adhesive), and then color the unmasked areas with a darker coordinating color or two (Victorian Velvet and Dusty Concord). Peel off masks carefully. Flick with a bit of water for a more distressed look. Set off to the side to dry.
  • Color your card base edges (only the outer 1/8” will show) with Tumbled Glass (from the outside) and Broken China (from the inside – don’t worry about the center part as you will be covering it up). Flick with droplets of water to add more texture. Set off to the side to dry.
  • Add a strip of paper with removable adhesive to your frame. This is to have something to hold onto when embossing. Ink up a background stamp with versamark, sprinkle clear embossing powder over the frame, and heat with a heat gun. Remove “handle” when frame is cooled. Add distress inks with a blending tool to reveal the embossed image. Here, I used Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, and Chipped Sapphire.
  • Put the card together by adhering the flower piece to the card base and then the frame to the card with dimensional adhesive.


  1. Aparna: I’m going to have to invest in some water color paper–do you have a fave brand?
    Answer: Nope, I don’t. The kind I currently use is Canson, but I usually just go with whatever feels the smoothest that is still called “Watercolor Paper” on the front.
  2. Melissa: I just watched at YouTube! Do you prefer people to comment here or at YouTube?
    Answer: You can comment wherever you prefer. Same thing with watching it here or at YouTube—having the option above the video is really just giving you the ability to watch it wherever you feel more comfortable. I appreciate your views and comments just as much either place. :)
  3. Tejal: What is the weight of the watercolor paper you use?
    Answer: Its weight is 120lb. I honestly don’t know enough about watercolor paper to know the difference, but I like how this one works. It gets the job done.
  4. Jeannie L: Can you show how u do the stitching [on this layout]? It doesn’t look machine stitched and I can’t sew one bit so just wondering if you have any pointers on that.
    Answer: Yes, most of my stitching is by hand using regular old embroidery thread (you can find it at Jo-Ann Fabrics or another local big box store), a paper piecer to make the holes beforehand and an embroidery needle (I use one that has a long, thin eye so it’s easy to thread but doesn’t rip the paper). You can see how I do it specifically in the video in this blog post.
  5. Shirley K: So I know you’re a big fan of Studio Calico – before you started getting kits from them, did you consider or look at any other kit clubs?
    Answer: Yes, I did. I’ve been scrapbooking for almost ten years and had looked at many kits before, but they all seemed too themed or not my style. Studio Calico is the only one I have ever or will (most likely) ever subscribe to. They have such an amazing variety of product, the community and gallery is awesome and the projects never look like they’ve come from a kit. I love that!
  6. Chari: And thanks for introducing me to a new crafty person. I did not know Laurie, but I am hopping over to her blog to get to know her right now!
    Answer: I’m so glad to introduce you to Laurie! She’s the best. :)
  7. Julie: My acrylic plates look much like yours … {well loved}! Because of this I get lots of scratchy cuts on the back side of the die[cuts] … do you too? Most times it’s not a worry ’cause it will be adhered to a project but in the case of a tag or bookmark it’s not very pretty… any thoughts?
    Answer: That sometimes happens to me as well. To avoid that, you could put a piece of thin paper on the back of it to “absorb” the shock, but I’m kind of lazy and just try to hide it the best that I can. It would be great if the plates were more “self-absorbing” though!

I hope that helps to answer some of your questions! Thank you so much for joining me in this class adventure with No-Stress Distress Inks. I liked it so much that I will definitely be doing more in the future. If you have any requests for a future class here on my blog, feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me with suggestions.

Sending you all much love and creativity from my little hole in the wall here in Minnesota. Tune in tomorrow for another day with sweet Laurie!




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8 Responses to No-Stress Distress Inks #12 – Putting it All Together

  1. Jeannie L

    Thanks for this tutorial and for answering my qn.

    I like the card and think the framing completes the whole look.

  2. Gorgeous card Britta. I got some new HA stamps from my win and got a flower….I was thinking about masking n distressing and am so happy…found the video today with the same thought. Thanks a ton.

  3. Beautiful card – really great color combo! Going to give that frame layout a try! Thanks for the inspiration :-)

  4. Carolyn (Melbourne,Australia)

    Hey Britta, Love your distress ink videos. I stumbled across them by chance, but have since devoured every one. Great work. TFS!

  5. Terri (blindstamper)

    You. Rock.

  6. Linda Baker

    Enjoying your distress ink videos. Sharing this link on Flickr for the card I made inspired by your water techniques video: . Keep up the inspiration!

  7. Thank you so much for putting together such an in-depth set of tutorials on the distress inks. Although I had been using them for a while, I still learned quite a lot! Stayed up past bedtime going through them all! I just love how the internet let’s me link to those who have the same passion even though I’m on a tiny island in the Indian Ocean!
    Thanks again! :)

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