Saturday, September 10, 2011

Distress with Stipple Brush & Reinker

Distressing your projects is a fun way to add extra dimension and depth to your project. It can take what may look like a very simple project and turn it into something spectacular. And, if you are like me and tend to make the occasional stamping boo-boo or messy finger splotch mark on your clean papers, distressing can help you cover it up!

There are many ways to distress your cardstock: direct to paper method, sponge ink, paper tearing, sanding, etc. Today I'm going to show you how I distressed this month's card club project using a stipple brush and re-inker.

To complete this method you will need the following supplies:
  • Craft jar
  • Re-inker
  • Stipple Brush
  • Paper or Accent piece
  1. Start by adding approximately 10 drops of re-inker to your craft jar.

2. Dip tip of stipple brush in ink.

3. Use an inward-pulling motion to distress edges of papers and accent pieces.

4. Set aside to dry.

5. Remove excess ink by gently rinsing brush and craft jar with warm water and allow to dry.

That's it! A super quick way to add extra dimension and a little grunge to your card. I like using this method with teen and masculine cards. Here's the finished project:

It's hard to tell in the photo but I also used a tiny bit of Create-a-Shade Pearl Paint to the card base and Milepost Accent. In person it gives the card a really pretty distressed shimmer.

I'd love to see how you've used re-inker to distress your projects. Leave a link to your project in the comment section!

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Brown Bag Cardstock, Vineyard Berry Cardstock, Colonial White Cardstock, Typeset B&T
Stamps: Typeset WOTG
Ink: Black
Other: Milepost Shapes, Cocoa Reinker, Stipple Brush, Craft Jar, Create-a-Shade Pearl Paint

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