Now a few months ago I only has 2 distress inks pads, today I have 13, seems they have become a staple item to my crafting. I know I'm a little behind the times but they frightened me I saw all the amazing results other people got with them and thought there was no way I could do the same but slowly I have gained more confidence with them and now use them on most of my cards
I bought this stamp with some birthday money and thought I would have a go at colouring it with my distress inks. I stamped the image in Memento Rich Cocoa onto some Kraft card.
I used a water brush and a piece of laminated card ( or if you have one a craft sheet), I pressed the ink pad onto the laminated card and then used my water brush to put some water onto the ink and started to colour. I've found it best to start off pale as you can always add more colour, the more water the paler the colour. For this image I used the following distress ink colours Iced Spruce, Peeled Paint, Wild Honey, Weathered Wood, Brushed Corduroy & Festive Berries
Here's the finished card I have inked the edges of the Kraft using the blending tool with Brushed Corduroy ( it doesn't look so dark in real life) and then simply mounted it onto some dark brown card, stamped Happy Birthday in Memento and stapled a piece of jute across the card.