Distress Stain–Tutorial

Good Morning, friends..

I am here to talk about Distress Stains. Distress Strains are fluid water based dyes for papers and other porus surfaces. They can be used in multiple ways. Use them directly top down on by pressing the nylon dabber on to the surface to create a beautiful background… It gives a very water color like effect on paper.

Another way of playing with them is by pouring some of the ink into a spray bottle and use as a mist. You can also dilute it with water to give it a lighter effect..

Use them to color in ribbons, laces, paper flowers and other such embellishments.. I even tried using them on canvas once and it worked just perfect..

Here is what I quickly put together using some of my distress stains..

Hope you enjoy the tutorial..

Step 1

I started off by heat embossing some clear embossing powder directly on to the Hero Hues folded card in Snow
Step 2:

I decided to color up my card with three different Distress Stains.. Picket Fence, Peacock Feathers and Broken China. You can either apply them by rubbing the nylon dabber directly on to the card.. or use your fingers to gently dab them like I did in the picture below. I wanted a very uneven water-color like effect to my background which is why I decided to use my fingers.

Step 3: I cut a smaller piece of watercolor paper and this time I rubbed all the three color directly on to the paper and colored it up.. I even stained a piece of sheer white ribbon with Broke China Distress Stain

Step 4: I then stamped and cut some cute images on a water color paper to ink them with some distress stains..

Picket Fence is a very useful stain, according to me.. I use it to mix with other colors to create different shades..

Like here.. I mixed it with Barn Door Distress Stain to create a light pink color. Similarly I mixed Barn Door, Picket Fence and Crushed Olive stains together to get shades of orange.. And that is what I used to color these flowers up.. 🙂 How cool is that?!

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Oh! yes.. the sentiment was cut using my Silhouette Cameo.. 🙂
Thank You!!
Supplies Used:
Hero Hues Snow Floded Cards
Hero Arts Bright White Water Color Paper
Hero Arts Zig Zag Cling Stamp
Zing Embossing Powder Clear
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stain: Barn Door
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stain: Peacock Feathers
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stain: Broken China
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stain: Crushed Olive
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stain: Picket Fence
American Crafts – Pebbles – New Addition Girl Collection – Clear Acrylic Stamp
Silhouette Cameo Die Cutting Machine


For the love of distressing!

Today I will be putting together a card from scratch focusing mainly on distress inks.. This is a tutorial I did for Pretty Paper Studio.. so I thought I’d also share it here for my blog reader..


I cut out some card stocks.. for the purpose of layering.

I decided to distress this yellow card stock with Rusty Hinge to match the shades of the other two brown cardstocks am using for this card..

Distress the edges of the cardstocks with a distressing tool.. In this case I used the rough part of my exacto knife.. You can also use a sand paper.

I tried the masking technique here. For this you need a white cardstock and different shades of distress inks

You also need either a masking tape, a sticky post or a simple card stock from your scraps, just like I did.. I cut a wavy shape on a scrap paper, free hand. and went ahead inking through the edges of it using my blending tool

I also tried the same technique with just one color too and this is how it turned out..

STEP 5: Heat embossing with a white embossing powder

Am just loving this new stamp set I got from PPS!! How pretty is that!!

Die cut a flower and leaves and clear emboss the flowers using any patterned stamp

This is how it will look once you have heat embossed the pattern..

Ink the flower with distress ink colors, this technique is called Emboss Resist.

I colored up the leaves by simply dabbing them onto the distress ink pad

STEP 10: Put them all together

Hope you guys like it!

Until next time..



Products used:
Disress inks
Hero Arts Leafy Vines Stamp Set
Zing Embossing Powder Clear
Zing Embossing Powder Opaque: White
Inkessential Non-stick Craft Sheet
Ranger Heat It Craft Tool
Ranger Inkessentials Ink Blending Tool Handle
Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm Ribbon Value Pack
Silhouette Cameo Die-Cutting Machine


Thank You: Butterflies Card

Good Morning!

I’ve been so busy with altered frame art and scrapbooking that making handmade cards had taken a backseat. So.. I finally made a card the other day and boy! am I happy with it o WHAT?! 🙂

I’ve used some vibrant colors on this one..


I also made a matching envelop for the card.


I love hope the two butterflies pop out of the envelope. The butterflies are my favorite from the Unity Inc’s Butterfly stamp set. The round frame around the circle cut out is cut using my Silhouette Cameo.


I had super fun making this card.. made me realize how much I miss making them. So stay tuned to this blog as I have a few more pretty cards coming up soon.. 🙂

If you want to know how I made this boxed envelope then hop on to PPS Blog for a detailed photo tutorial.

Until next time..




Lulupu Challenge#10 ~ Birthday Special Blog Hop Day # 6

Hello Everyone!

LuLupu turns 1 this month and we are all happy and celebrating!

I had been a DT at Lulupu for almost a year.. since Lulupu was just an idea and now when I see how far its come its only overwhelms me with joy! I must say it was an awesome journey. I had a ball of time! I not only got to learn a lot of new things but also made some really good friends. It wish Lulupu a lot more success in the coming years.

March will be going to be fun at Lulupu – The Craft Lounge! There will be many giveaways and tonnes of fun so do ensure you follows Lulupu all around FB, Twitter, Pinterest and Youtube! To kick start the celebration we have a Lulupu Design Team Blog Hop along with the monthly challenge. So if you have landed at this post just now, you can start HERE and join us in this fun filled week!

So here I am sharing my project for Lulupu Challenge #10 – Let’s Celebrate.

As the challenge suggests, we were to take inspiration from a fellow Design Team member and create a project that celebrates…. well… just about anything. My inspiration was Tejal’s Butterfly card.


I love how Tejal uses butterflies in most of her projects. I too am a big fan of butterflies like Tejal and so I decided to go with this pretty card! I love how she had layered the cards and the have those pretty fluttery beauties pop from the punched circles. I know its gifficult to match up with Tejal’s embossing skill yet I decided to take a plunge and go for it..

So here is my take on it..


I decided to use the same template! 🙂 The base is a plain white cardstock and the pattern papers are from the Die Cut’s With a View’s Street Lace Paper stack.  The butterflies were heat embossed using white embossing powder on vellum!

Hope you guys liked it..

Now continue the Lulupu Design Team Blog Hop with the Tejal tomorrow on 8th March. Also here is the list to help you track the blog hop ending on 9th March.

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All the Best!!


– Shruti