Blending Distress inks to add some color to stamped images

I am so excited to be one of the Guest Designers for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge! Thanks for stopping by! If you are new to my blog please feel free to look around, I love visitors! If you like what you see follow me and leave me a comment, I love meeting new people!

I recently took a class over at Craftsy on how to layer stencils, and stamps, and ink blending and I absolutely loved this class! Totally worth taking if you want to learn how to incorporate techniques into your cards! I thought I would share with you the three cards while playing and learning!

These cards were so fun to make with such a perfect stamp set from Penny Black's Fragrant Floral stamps. They reminded me of spring.  I also used Penny Black's vine stencil that I have fallen in love with! Then to add all the elements together I used the Penny Black script stamp to make them all work together. I would love to make a set of these as a card set and give them to my son's kindergarten teacher as a thank you gift for being such an amazing teacher to him! (we have the best teachers in Iowa!)

Each card was made with the
Fragrant floral stamp from Penny Black
Heartfelt Thanks, Stamp from Penny Black
Vine stencil from PB
TH Ink blending tool with these distress inks:
TH Wilted violet
TH Walnut stain,
TH Mustard seed
TH worn lipstick
TH peeled paint

The fun part about these cards is even if I tried to duplicate them they would not come out the same, my process was to stamp the image onto white cardstock and start blending ink onto the stamped image, then I added stenciling and stamping to the background to add texture and lines. I would consider this a 4 "stamped/inked" layered card.

My quick tip for these cards is to use ink that works together and won't create mud. Know what inks will work well with each other is really going to be your key to a successful card.For example, I love using peeled paint with walnut stain ink because you get this amazing natural dark green color. Really just blending two colors and playing with different colors will help you find those beautiful colors to make your cards look A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

I know you have a favorite distress ink color combo that I don't know about! I would love to know your distress ink color combo?

Thanks again for stopping by, Keep it simple, keep it real!

Happy creating!


  1. Hi Lisa
    Stunning card ... love the colours you have used...
    Thanks for being our guest designer for our PBSC this month...
    Hugs Sylvie xx

  2. Very Lovely indeed Lisa! Such a wonderful combo of colors! Happy to have you Guesting with us at PBSC! ♥ Sue Kment


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