How to Use Distress Inks in an Art Journal (Tutorial)
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One of my favorite things to do with Distress Inks is blend them for project backgrounds. In this project I used a combination of distress inks, stencils, and stamps.
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The large M-Measure stamp is from Stampers Anonymous and the circle shapes are from Seth Apter of The Altered Page.
It's all about Layering
Sometimes people as how to use distress inks and are surprised at how many layers I use. Here's how my background looked at first. Ranger's Ink Blending tool is my go-to tool for blending color.
Use Distress Inks with Stencils and Stamps
And now with some light stenciling. Those are two designs from StencilGirl Products.
After stamping Seth's circles with Black Soot distress ink, I dusted them with clear embossing powder and melted the powder with a Heat-it tool.
I purposefully left room for my focal point, the Measure stamp (Stampers Anonymous). I added a little pen nib image to it and inked up a fortune.
Online Mixed Media Class
Want to learn more about using and blending Distress Inks and stencils in your art journals and other mixed media projects? Check out my online class with Craftsy called Inventive Ink: Colorful Mixed Media Effects. I cover Distress Inks, Distress Stains, Dylusions Ink Sprays and more in this 2.5 hour class that you can watch as many times as you like, whenever and wherever you like.