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Distress Ink “Blanking”

Distress Ink Blanking

Hi All,

I’m not sure what to call this technique, so I just called it what it is… blanking out the color.

I removed the distress ink after stamping it to make this butterfly pop, then I added some shadowing with Black Soot. The butterfly panel is all one layer. Here is a close-up:

Distress Ink Blanking

Watercolor paper will work best because the ink takes longer to absorb and become permanent. You could try using other water-based inks, but the distress inks are going to give you the best results because of the way they react with water.

I have one little tip about the background that I didn’t really talk about in the video. I created a full-size background at first, but then I cut it down to 3 inches high. Why? Because the background was extremely bright and colorful. My butterfly was getting lost. If you ever think your card isn’t looking right, try cutting back your background and matting it on white. I used woodgrain cardstock at the top for some texture, but I also considered clear embossing a pattern with Versamark ink or embossing paste, kind of like with THIS CARD.

Enjoy the video! I’ll be back tomorrow with a craft room update – it’s getting so close!! 🙂



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Brushstrokes Background
Brushstrokes Background
Tim Holtz Butterflies
Tim Holtz Butterflies
Altenew Sentiments and Quotes
Altenew Sentiments
Twisted Citron Distress Ink
Twisted Citron Distress Ink
Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink
Squeezed Lemonade
Black Soot Distress Ink
Black Soot
Ranger Black Archival Ink
Ranger Black Archival Ink
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Wink of Stella, Clear
Wink of Stella, Clear
Uniball White Gel Pen
White Gel Pen
Shape 'n Tape, Black
Shape ‘n Tape, Black
Canson Mix Media Paper
Canson Mix Media Paper
SSS Woodgrain Cardstock
SSS White Woodgrain
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Aqua Painter
Aqua Painter
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on February 19th, 2016 at 6:44 am


    I really like squeezed lemonade and twisted citron used together. I have the brushstrokes background stamp and will definitely try it with those ink colours. I also decided to bite the bullet tonight and buy the Shape ‘n Tape in Black. I’ve seen you use it on other cards too and it always looks so easy and effective. Your simple but elegant cards win hands down!

  2. wrote on February 19th, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Mary Jane

    Love the card. I have never seen the Shape ‘n Tape before but will definitely give it a try.

  3. wrote on February 19th, 2016 at 1:50 pm


    Really pretty card! Love the black trim!

  4. wrote on February 19th, 2016 at 2:28 pm


    Nice card. Enjoyed the background technique.

  5. wrote on February 19th, 2016 at 2:51 pm


    Oh I did enjoy this Darlene! Learn another method..thank you so much…this card is amazing.

  6. wrote on February 19th, 2016 at 3:17 pm


    Ohh!! I love this bright background and what a fabulous tip of removing the ink of your stamped butterfly and adding the outline, it looks like it’s actually standing on top of the panel.
    Those two colors are really beautiful together.
    Thank you for sharing. Darlene.

  7. wrote on February 19th, 2016 at 3:27 pm


    Love this card as I do all your cards. I will be trying this technique for sure.

  8. wrote on February 19th, 2016 at 4:12 pm


    I would think you could also call it “water bleaching.” 🙂 Love the Squeezed Lemonade & Twisted Citron color combo. I never thought of using those two together, but will have to file that idea in my mind for future projects. (Just wish my mind file were more well organized! LOL) Thanks for the tip about cutting down your background, too. Can’t wait for the craft room update. Hope you will get to move in soon! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  9. wrote on February 19th, 2016 at 5:26 pm


    Wow, wow, wow! I love everything about this card Darlene. I never would have thought about the background and the colors are perfect. You sure have a special gift. Thanks for sharing.

  10. wrote on February 19th, 2016 at 6:14 pm


    great technique to share.

  11. wrote on February 20th, 2016 at 8:18 am



  12. wrote on February 20th, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Diana Trout

    I love the distressed look of the background and the shadowing!

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