Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Focus - Distress Inks

Hi everyone and for those celebrating, happy Halloween!!! Jenny here with your Friday Focus here at Frilly and Funkie. This fortnight it's the turn of Distress Inks (full size and minis) to have an extra 15% discount applied at The Funkie Junkie Boutique so now is definitely time to stock up and get those ones that are missing from your collection.

Normally one of the team creates a project and/or a tutorial to show you a new idea for using the Friday Focus product, but I sat there thinking "Distress Inks, what can I do with Distress Inks that hasn't already been done?!!!" Then it occurred to me that there are crafting newbies who may not yet have been introduced to the delights of working with Distress Inks so if that's you here's just a few ideas. For those of you who have seen all of this before please take it as a refresher (note; I've used watercolour paper throughout this tutorial and if you want close ups just click on each photo).

To start with add your Distress Ink directly onto your stencils...
Spritz with water, then lay face down on your paper to transfer the pattern. You can use your hands or a brayer to make the transfer more even.
Use your Distress Inks to stamp in the traditional way.
Mix a little water with your Distress Ink on a craft mat and splatter your card using a small paint brush.
Repeat stamp several your images onto the paper so they can be layered.
Use a fine nib waterbrush to drag out some of the colour from the stamped outlines and achieve a watercolour look.
Distress Inks are great for blending around anything from fussy cut images to the borders of cards and tags to eliminate those unfinished white edges. And using one of the many brown shades will add a vintage feel. Blending tools are a must for this.
Add all of these steps together, apply some texture paste through the same stencil, throw in a stamped sentiment and use a distressing tool on the other un-inked edges to get...
Here are a few close ups...

Don't you just love the versatility of these wonderful, water-reactive inks?! And there are lots more uses besides. So if you are just starting your collection, have missing colours (there are 48 in all) or need extras for classes/workshops get them now from The Funkie Junkie Boutique while the price is so low.  Be sure to check out our Friday Focus sale section at the Boutique.  All the full size and the mini distress ink pads are on sale for an extra 15% off (does not apply to bundles).  

If you're out trick or treating tonight have a great time and enjoy your weekend whatever you're up to.

Thanks for joining me and take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx


  1. OH my goodness, this is absolutely stunning! Thank you for sharing--I've pinned this for future reference! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  2. Great techniques and stunning result Jenny. Nikki x

  3. Very beautiful! Love my Distress Inks and you seem to make wonders with them :) xx

  4. Beautifully done Jenny, love the 3d holly leaves etc on top of the subtle stenciling, - wonderful effect!

  5. Stunning card! Love the colors you used, and the how to with the inks. Now I want those colors and that stamp set. :-)

    1. Thanks Marci - at Linda's prices that should be a little easier to achieve! Jenny x

  6. Wowww, GREAT idea!! Thanks you so muchxxx


  7. Love that gorgeous finished card Jenny and it is always good to be reminded just how good Tim's products are! Happy Halloween to you too... Anne xx

  8. Beautiful card Jenny! The holly leaves look fabulous against the stencilled background. Sue C x

  9. Delightful & festive card - thanks for your wonderful creativity!

  10. hi Jenny - I absolutely adore this - its brilliant - perfect xx

  11. Jenny,
    This is fabulous! You are a magician with paper and ink!! Your tutorial is wonderful as well. I'm so sorry I didn't leave a comment earlier. Patrick was home for break and I was away from the computer.