63 posts categorized "Distress Ink"

Hip Hippo Happiness
by Tiffany Pryce


Hi everyone! Tiffany here with more Whittles inspiration. I can't help but smile at all of the adorable Whittle dies and the punny sentiment stamps that coordinate perfectly. This card is dedicated to my favorite hippos at the Cincinnati Zoo - Fiona and mom, Bibi! They are such a funny pair, and I've loved watching countless videos of them love zooming around their enclosure, diving into the pool, and making waves.

In keeping with the theme of my card, I did some watercolor technique to make my background. Using a variety of blue distress inks, I ink smooshed a piece of watercolor paper. I smooshed the ink pad on a leftover piece of plastic wrapping, spritzed with water, and carefully flipped over the plastic on top of the watercolor paper. I did this several times and dried in-between layers for varying intensities of blue color. After I was done with the blue ink, I splattered silver metallic watercolor all over the panel for a bit of shine.



I die cut the Whittle Wave Background from a panel I created using pigment powder. Have you tried pigment powder yet? You just sprinkle a little bit of powder on watercolor paper and spritz with water to spread the pigment around. It's so magical how the color bursts to life with the water. I added wave details with a white paint pen.


I die cut my hippos twice for dimension and I die cut "Fiona's" inner tube five times for even more dimension. She looks so sassy with her cute, yellow inner tube, which is totally her personality. I added some final details with the whittle clouds and a coordinating sentiment heat embossed in silver. Hope these two hippos bring you a little joy today!




Tiffany Floral Signature copy




The Snail Mail Trail
by Sue McRae


Hello crafters! Sue here with a card using some products from the Whittle family of dies and stamps.

I’ve had my eye on the Whittle Snails because they’re so adorable! There are two snails in this set and I used the smaller one. I die cut the snail multiple times from white card stock and inked up the snail bodies in grey ink and the shells in a mix of pastel colours and then spritzed everything with Perfect Pearls for a little bit of shimmer.


The Whittle Sun was die cut from white card stock and was inked and sprayed.


The Wavy Long Picket Fence was die cut from some new Woodgrain Paper in cream and I used a strip of the Kraft Woodgrain Paper for the ground. The Woodgrain Paper also comes in white. Love this stuff for adding subtle texture to my card designs.


My scene was created on a piece of blue paper from the Ocean Blue Paper Pad. I added a Whittle Cloud Border and a sentiment from the Whittle Wild Animal Sentiments Stamp Set. The snails were popped up with foam dots and I cut a thin strip of glitter paper for a snail trail.


Once my card was finished I felt like something was missing and figured out it was googly eyes! Yes, the googly eyes make these snails even more cute!


Thanks for visiting with me today!

Sue Floral Signature copy






Happiness Comes In Waves.
by Pam Simpson


Hello everyone, have you seen these cute Whittle Wonders from the New Poppystamps collection!  


I started with a card size 7" inches x 51/4" inches. ..Using masking tape, I inked the center using Distress inks in blue tones, sprayed with water to create droplets.


I have embossed the inked panel with Memory Box..3D embossing folder Waves,  White same size card I cut a circle  as shown.


I cut from white & black card a mix of Whittles ..Dolphin/Fish trio/Seahorse/Sunshine..Poppystamps Floral Cluster cut in grey card..Whittle Sealife Sentiment stamps..

I have used Alcohol markers to colour,  Finished with a white gel pen to create bubbles Fairy jewels..and from my stash tiny Goggle Eyes. 

Thank you for stopping by today Pam x.

Pam Floral Signature copy



Intricate Butterflies
by Sue McRae


Hello crafters! Sue here with a slimline card that is fairly quick to make when time is of the essence.

I started by die cutting the Leafy Vines Slim Plate from white cardstock and attaching it to my white card base. I like the simple elegance of tone-on-tone die cuts.


Next I took the Intricate Butterflies and die cut two sizes (there are 4 to choose from) from white cardstock and inked them with Distress Inks. The large butterfly was inked with a darker shade of the same hue as the smaller butterfly.


I sprayed the butterflies with shimmer spray and they sparkle so beautifully (the photo doesn't capture it)! Then I  layered them and I added a black gem to the body centre.

For contrast I decided to die cut the Brilliant Rings from black cardstock, added those to the card base with foam tape then adhered the butterflies to the rings. I really like how the colourful butterflies pop against the black!


I took two separate sentiments from the Birch Press Blooming Spring stamp set and used them for my card. The stamp for the top sentiment actually reads “sending you hugs this” but I didn’t ink up “this” and now the two sentiments “sending you hugs, happiness and joy” work well together.


I always enjoy making butterfly cards, I feel they work for many occasions and if you are ever stuck for a card design, repeating the same elements over is a great choice.


Wishing everyone a crafty week!

Sue Floral Signature copy






Quick & Easy Stenciled Card
by Sue McRae


Happy Monday morning! Sue here with an easy card that you can make very quickly using a stencil. I know sometimes we all need a card at the last minute and I find stencils can help create a card in a few minutes.


Today I’m using the Bright Blossoms Stencil on a square white card panel and inking it up with Distress Inks. Since the floral design is smaller in scale I used my tiniest blender brushes or you could use finger daubers to apply the inks.


I used six colours on my design but you can certainly use less which would save even more time. I only used one colour for the leaves but applied more ink in certain areas to create depth. You may be wondering why Seedless Preserves is shown in the pic above, considering my flowers are blue and yellow. I added it to the very tip of the petals to make them really dark, darker than the blue allowed. This could have also been achieved with black or a very dark brown.


With the stenciling done, I stamped part of the sentiment in black ink on the panel and die cut the Luscious Script Wishes from white and black. To keep everything simple I didn’t use any foam tape, instead keeping everything flat. I finished with a few gems for the flower centres.


That’s it! Stenciled card complete! I hope you remember to use your stencils to create a quick and easy card! Have a great crafty week!

Sue Floral Signature copy






Christmas Card & Envelope
by Nancy Penir


December 2020, and Christmas is around the corner. Are your cards in the mail? I have a simple card and matching envelope for you today, in case you are short a few. Our sister company, Memory Box has some gorgeous Christmas paper pads that pack a wow. 

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My card features the new Simple Lantern Oval die set. The holiday plaid paper pack is a double sided print with gold on one side. Just gorgeous! I used my gold mirror paper to cut the oval lantern, and backed it with white. Then sponge inked where the lantern would shine. The Holiday Mistletoe was also cut from white cardstock and copic colored. Added a bit of glitz to it with some chunky glitter. And I also want to show you it's envelope and an easy way to use Poppy's stencils to decorate them.


I love personalizing my envelopes, and it's really easy to do with a stencil. You'll notice I angled the stencil to allow room for addressing. First applied red, a bit darker in the center, fanning outward to the petals. 


Next the green, where I wanted the leaves. 


I'll write on top of part of the image, as I kept it light along the edge of the design.


There are lots of great stencils in the store, and here's hoping you already have a few in your stash!

Have a wonderful crafty weekend. 

Nancy Floral Signature copy