Masking And Inking With Distress Inks


Posted on 22nd November 2015 by Sylvia Ames
Filed under Card Making Ideas, All Papercraft Tutorials, Projects And Cards By Type, Papercraft Disciplines And Techniques, Printing Techniques

Materials I used:

  • Papermilldirect white linen and teal cardstock
  • Low tack masking tape
  • Background distress inks tumbled glass, broken china and cracked pistachio
  • Stamping distress inks stormy skies, wild honey, seedless preserve and cracked pistachioa
  • Blending tool
  • Papersmooches clear stamps Reflections


Start by masking out the area you want to colour using low tack masking tape, you can use paper to protect the areas outside the masked area or use another line of masking tape as I have done.  You need to take care not to get ink on the white area of the card.


Using a bending tool add your distress inks to the masked area using a gentle circular blending motion, blend from the outside inwards using the lightest colour and adding darker colours until you have the effect you want.



With the masking tape in place stamp your design in the coloured area.  Use co-ordinating distress ink colours to ink your stamp and stamp some of your images over the edge of the tape to fill the coloured area.


Allow the stamping to dry before removing the masking tape.  Use your stamped and blended design to create your card.  As you can see below I have created three cards using blended and stamped panels, the top card is the panel created in this tutorial, the others were separate squares coloured and stamped without masking and mounted on contrasting card before mounting on a card blank.

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I hope you will have a go at the masking technique and also have a go at blending and stamping on smaller pieces of card leaving no white space, it is very satisfying to see the end results and no two pieces turn out the same.

Sylv xx

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