Saturday, August 27, 2016

Distress Highlight Stamping - A Set of Cards

I had mentioned that I signed up for the Creative Chemistry 103 class over at Online Card Classes.  Brandy and I had previously taken Creative Chemistry 101 and Creative Chemistry 102.  The posts for the homework start around here:

Creative Chemistry 101 and the days following during the month of March 2012 and early April 2012

Creative Chemistry 102 and the days following during the month of October 2013

It's hard to fathom that these classes were so very long ago.  They seem like crafting yesterday!  Times change and my dedication to the homework is not what it once was.  That is in part because so many of the techniques are variations on the same process, just working with different Distress products.  I find myself with such a variety of inks, stains and paints that I'm not super enthusiastic to join the spray stains, crayons, etc. that are new to the product line.  However, the class is great and highlights some techniques that I was really interested in and so I've finally done a little homework - now that the class is over.

In this first techique, I used a solid stamped image and some Picket Fence Distress Ink to stamp onto kraft paper.  A second stamp of the same image was made using colored Distress Inks applied strategically to the stamp.   I found that I needed a little practice to get it right and so I made this card set.

The technique is very similar to the one Jennifer McGuire used in this video - just with Distress Inks.  Both techniques work in very similar ways.  From my experience, you can make it work usig whichever type of ink you have available.

This purple one is probably my favorite.  The colors are more vibrant in person - photographing the kraft papers was a bit of a challenge.  The Hello sentiment was stamped with embossing ink and then embossed using white embossing powder.  It is a good focal point for the card.

I found that I needed the practice and so I ended up making this set of 4 cards.  They'll go in the stash and be used as a gift set or to send a good wish to someone.

I'll keep working through my homework and be sure to share the results with you here.  This is the best kind of homework!


  1. Wow. Thanks for sharing this cool technique. It's a really cool look. I'll have to give it a try myself.

  2. Gorgeous and fabulous technique, so effective!


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