Distress Ink and Stencil Techniques

Welcome to my very first EVER blog post! I’m very excited to share with you this rainbow distress ink and stencil technique, as well as a more toned-down version.


Rainbow distress ink background

Rainbow cards like these are usually the most popular on my instagram feed. Check out the dimension of those embossed card panels!! Well what are we waiting for, here is how I made these cards:

First, I cut a piece of white 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock in half to make two side-folding A4 size cards (4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches), and two more cardstock pieces at about 5 1/4″ x 4″ for the card fronts. I cut a piece of craft foam slightly smaller than the card fronts for some elevated dimension (no need to be perfect…math sucks).

Next I placed my stencils on top of the card front pieces and secured with masking tape on the back. I find this easier to keep secure, and it also doesn’t get inky.

I used The Crafter’s Workshop “Mini Shattered Triangles” stencil for the rainbow card, and Heidi Swapp “Triangles” stencil for the other.

As you can see in the pictures, I used mini distress ink cubes. The colors I used for the rainbow card in ROYGBIV order are: Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, and Seedless Preserves. The muted card distress inks are Weathered Wood, Shaded Lilac and Tattered Rose.

Using a Ranger Blending Tool, I started blending off the side of the card (by the tape), and worked in circles onto the panel, darkening and blending as needed. Starting off the side of the card prevents the blending tool from creating harsh circles or lines that are hard to blend out later.

When I was happy with the blending, I removed the stencils from the card base and heat set them with an embossing gun. Then I lightly sprayed the muted card with Tattered Angels Marshmallow Shimmer Spray, and heat set again.

I then ran both panels through my Sizzix Big Shot with the We R Memory Keepers Geometric embossing folders. They give great dimension and a geometric design I am in love with!

Shimmer for daaayyys!

After embossing, I trimmed the edges down (do this before embossing, I almost wrecked everything!) and cut a piece of vellum for each to wrap around the back of the card. I heat embossed a sentiment on each piece of vellum – the rainbow card – “Celebrate” from Avery Elle’s Big Greetings, and “Happy Birthday” from Altenew’s Birthday Greetings set, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and clear embossed.

For the muted card I used the “Thinking of You” from Simon Says Stamp’s Seeing Stars set, and embossed in SSS white embossing powder using Versamark ink. It’s worth noting that before I emboss, especially on vellum, I use an anti-static tool so embossing powder doesn’t stick everywhere!

I then took the vellum and wrapped it around the card panels, adhering to the back with Scor-tape. You’ll want to use a strong adhesive for this or things will go sideways! Then I mounted the panels on the craft foam with Scor-tape and then onto the card base the same way.

Craft foam behind the card panel and Scor-tape to hold it all together

After that, all I needed to do was add some embellishments to the muted card. I used Queen and Company clear bubbles (so beautiful!) and attached them with Ranger Multi Matte Medium (they had stickies on the back, but I wanted to make sure they really stuck).

The finishing touch was a swipe of a Wink of Stella Shimmer pen to the vellum on both cards and the Happy Birthday sentiment.


BAM! PRESTO! Done! Easy stenciling with distress ink – it’s one of the easiest technique with distress ink because it’s forgiving (I can show you an easier one later!), and can be done with almost any colors!

Thanks for stopping by my inaugural post, and HAPPY CRAFTING! Please subscribe to my blog and Instagram if you like what you see! 🙂


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