Jennie’s Technique of the Week: Ghosting with Distress Ink
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Hi everyone and happy summer! This is Jennie and I am very excited to bring you my first blog post for this new CardMaker Blog Team term! Today I wanted to share with you one of my favorite techniques of Ghosting with Distress inks to create a fun background for cards.

First, apply distress ink directly to the paper and allow it to dry a bit.

Once the paper is dry, place a stencil over the inked panel and spritz it with water.

Using a small paper towel roll, roll it over the panel and stencil to help the panel dry.

Let panel fully dry.

Then simply stamp a sentiment and add a decorative flower to the panel.

It is a simple technique to add a “pop of wow” to any paper-crafting project! Thanks so much for stopping by!!


Supplies used: Cardstock and upliftingwords2hear and triplitflower2stamp stamp sets and Sizzix Triplits Flowers #2 and Large Rectangle dies from The Stamps of Life; VersaFine onyx black ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko; Distress inks and clear embossing powder from Ranger Industries Inc.; self-adhesive gems from Want2Scrap; ribbon from May Arts Ribbon; Swiss Dot stencil (#TCW246) The Crafter’s Workshop.

18 Responses to Jennie’s Technique of the Week: Ghosting with Distress Ink

  1. Love this technique, Jennie! Now I have a new use for my distress inks that have been sitting in the bottom of my box. Tell me, will the paper buckle?

  2. Thanks Sarah…it will a little. I set it aside to dry and tend to use Scor-Tape to adhere it (it is a very strong adhesive). Sometimes using a heavier weighted cardstock helps as well. HTH!

  3. vanessab says:

    very cool. i’m going to try that. 🙂

  4. Kristine Vencel says:

    Wonderful technique! These are my favorite inks to use because of their versatility. And you answered the question I would have asked about cardstock versus manilla tag paper. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Peggy May says:

    Love the technique. Can’t wait to try it..

  6. Peggy May says:

    Love the technique. Can’t wait to try it

  7. Patti J. says:

    Wonderful technique, and beautiful card, Jennie! Thanks for sharing, and inspiring me to try something new 🙂

  8. Babd says:

    Love the look. Do you need to use watercolor paper for the technique to work?

    • Brooke says:

      No, you do not need to use watercolor paper although using a heavier weighted cardstock will help with this technique. Set the paper aside to dry and use a very strong adhesive to adhere it such as Scor-Tape.

  9. Nanci Wilson says:

    Jennie….love this technique….can’t wait to try it. I am headed to my craft room in a bit, & I will be trying this one. Thanks again! Love your work

  10. Elaine Sever says:

    Going to try this with SU inks since that is what I have. Wish me luck!

  11. Stacy Morgan says:

    Great technique, and your card is super cute and fun.

  12. sharon says:

    Beautiful!! Pardon my ignorance but where did you use the embossing powder?

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