Painting with Distress Inks

Hello stamping friend! I hope you’re enjoying your weekend. It’s Deb here for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team. If you’re here in Canada, I hope you’re enjoying your Victoria Day long weekend. No work tomorrow – yahoo! If you’re not in Canada, I’m sorry that  you have to work tomorrow. I do hope that wherever  you are, you’ll enjoy today’s project, where I do some painting with Distress inks.


I’m using the beautiful Heartfelt Creations stamp set called Dogwood Chapel. Coincidentally, the Dogwood is our provincial flower, here in British Columbia. It’s more often seen in white, but it also blooms in pink. That’s how I chose to colour my blooms for this project.

Painting with Distress Inks

I decided to use a bit of a different layout, just because I could! I think it’s also a nice way to bring focus onto the beautiful blossoms.


Since you’ll be using water with the Distress inks, the best paper to use is watercolour paper. It provides the best absorption of water without the paper pilling or breaking down. If you do use regular paper/cardstock, just be aware, and don’t add to much water to your brush.

To start, stamp the dogwood branch image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Memento is a waterproof ink, so as long as you give it a few seconds to dry before painting, it won’t smudge or run.  After stamping your image, get out a piece of acetate or other slick surface, like a craft mat or large clear block, and press your ink pads onto that, to transfer the ink. The Distress ink colours I used for the blooms are Festive Berries and Picked Raspberry. For the leaves, use Mowed Lawn and Shabby Shutters, and finally Tea Dye for the branch.

To apply the ink, I used one of my small paint brushes; if you don’t have one, you can use a small water brush. Some things to keep in mind before you start painting are: first, apply some clean water to the petal your going to start on. Next, work with one colour at a time. I start with my darker colour to add the shading. Work on opposite petals or leaves, so that the first one you’ve painted has time to dry, and you lessen the chance of your colours running or muddying.

So for example, I would start on one petal, applying clean water. Then, I would pick up the Festive Berries ink to my damp brush, and apply it to the areas I want shaded, or are naturally darker on the petal. Next, I would clean my brush, and then apply clean water to an opposite petal to the one I just coloured. I would then apply Festive Berries ink to the new, opposite petal, and so on, for each petal on one bloom. I finish all of the petals on all of the blooms in Festive Berries first, before repeating the process with the Picked Raspberry ink. This way, I’m less likely to cross-contaminate the colours, and muddy up my painting! I’m sure that you’ll find a method that works best for you, as you go along.

close up of blossoms


Once my dogwood branch was fully painted, I allowed it to dry completely. It didn’t take long, thanks to the process I used for painting it. I decided to add a bit of shading, so I pressed some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink onto my piece of acetate. I thoroughly wet the background, and added a very light application of the blue ink to the background. While your panel is drying, you can create your sentiment. I used one from my stash of stamps, stamping directly onto more watercolour paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink – just for consistency.

Now you’re ready to create your panels, to put your card together! Use a scalloped square die to cut your painted image with your die cutting machine. Next, use a regular square die to cut a square of black cardstock. Layer the two together with foam tape, and attach them to your dark pink cardstock base. Now trim them down to size, and attach your sentiment strips to the bottom of the card front, with more foam tape or squares.

Painting with Distress Inks

To finish off the card front, I added a few light pink pearls from my embellishment stash.


I just love finding different ways to use my supplies. Painting with Distress inks is just one way.  It makes it so much fun, and stretches your crafting dollars. I hope that you’ve enjoyed today’s project, and I’ve encouraged you to look at your supplies in a different way.  If you’d like to see how I’ve used this same stamp set, but coloured in a different medium, you can see THIS POST.  Affiliate links below to the Scrap ‘N Stamp online store, for your shopping ease!

Painting With Distress Inks

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

5 thoughts on “Painting With Distress Inks

    1. Thanks, Susan! I’m glad that you enjoyed seeing my card. I keep working on my painting techniques 🙂

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