Friday, March 16, 2012

dies and distress inks tutorial

Hi Everyone!
here's my very first post I did for TGF =)
I wanted to show you how to use your dies and distress inks.

Here are the supplies I used:
plain white cardstock
Spellbinders’ Nestabilities
tim holtz - distress inks
large sponge dauber 
Big kick / big shot / or some other die cutting machine

STEP 1 - choose a die and cut your white cardstock, using your die-cut machine 
(I have an old Big Kick hehe)

STEP 2 - Keep the white card stock inside the die 
(try not to punch it out of the die or let it fall out)

BUT if the white card stock does falls out, 
just use a couple of pieces of tape to keep the die and the card stock together

STEP 3 - Now take your large sponge dauber and ink. 
Lightly distress the cardstock within the die (I used tim holtz distress ink - bundled sage)

here's a photo of me doing this

You can gradually add more ink until you've reached your "goal" distressed look.
Now in the next photo, you can see the white border around the card stock 

(see how it looks like in this photo - I distressed my white card stock REALLY dark)

& TADA!!! here's the finished card!!!
I used one of TGF' latest releases, Sitting Lovely, with an EASTER themed card!!! 
AND I used this week's TGFSC7 challenge @ TGF Farm Fresh

If you have any questions,
you are all welcome to leave me a comment with your questions hehehe =)



  1. Loved the tutorial Grace! I've bought a couple different daubers, and I'm all set to go!

  2. Great tutorial. I like this technique. It frames the die cut nicely. Love the card. Perfect sentiment for the image.