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Wednesday’s Card: Blending with Distress Inks

Distress Ink Blending

Hi All,

This card was made from all white paper! I heat-embossed the white image and then applied distress inks. I used colored pencils on the big flower stem in the middle to create some dimension. It’s actually pretty easy… make sure you know where your light source is and be consistent on all branches (I had my light source coming from the right, so I shaded the left portion of the stems). Use the dark color first, then use a lighter color to blend outward. If you watch the video, I zoom-in during this part.

I also used the same stamp to create the background. I stamped-off the image so that I would get a lighter shade, using the same color blue (Stormy Sky).

Recently I have been very inspired by a blogger named Jill Foster. She uses distress inks in the most amazing color combinations. This card was inspired by her style.

Enjoy and have a great week!

SONGS: All I Want is You by U2.



  1. wrote on February 2nd, 2011 at 9:53 am



  2. wrote on February 2nd, 2011 at 10:52 am

    monica kubiak-carpenter

    This is amazing!! The colors look great. Thanks for sharing all your hard work.


  3. wrote on February 2nd, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Ayana Posadas

    BEAUTIFUL! Those colors are so striking. I love them.

  4. wrote on February 2nd, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Linda van Vliet

    Thank you! I loved that quick-time video! You made a beautiful card!

  5. wrote on February 2nd, 2011 at 12:45 pm


    I like the delicate and airy feel of this card. I have learned a few new ideas. Thanks.

  6. wrote on February 2nd, 2011 at 1:45 pm


    Fabulous design…love that card and the great video!

  7. wrote on February 2nd, 2011 at 4:50 pm


    Popped over from Flickr. Love this gorgeous card! Thanks for sharing your super videos!! Take care

  8. wrote on February 2nd, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Kari Webster

    Wonderful as always Darlene!!

  9. wrote on February 2nd, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Jeanie Young

    Another beautiful well-done card. I love your videos!

  10. wrote on February 3rd, 2011 at 6:01 pm


    Beautifully done! It’s amazing how much difference those little blue pencil lines make!! And I love Jill’s work, too!

    Thanks for the tutorial!

  11. wrote on February 3rd, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Dixie C.

    Darlene, this is a beautiful work of art! Thank you!

  12. wrote on February 3rd, 2011 at 10:14 pm


    WOW! Such amazing depth and color, gorgeous design!

  13. wrote on February 4th, 2011 at 4:20 am


    Beautiful coloring on the card and love the shadow effect with the colour pencils. Love the depth of the flower!

  14. wrote on February 4th, 2011 at 11:37 pm



    Ter 😉

  15. wrote on February 6th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Jill Foster

    UMMMM GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But I’m not surprised as everything here on your blog is! I’m sooooo loving your style- you ROCK! I know I will be visiting you often! HUGS! (PS- in answering your question about the paper, mine is #80.)

  16. wrote on February 13th, 2011 at 8:47 pm


    Gorgeous. Love seeing how you added the shadow and the fact that you change things as you go.

  17. wrote on March 6th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    spa gal

    Love this card! I thought the flowers were dimensional, but it is how you did the shading that made them appear that way! Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  18. wrote on June 1st, 2011 at 7:11 pm


    This card is just gorgeous. It just pops out. At first I was wondering how you had cut the flower out. Lovely! Thanks for sharing with us.

  19. wrote on November 9th, 2011 at 4:56 pm


    Darlene, this is a real beauty. I think it’s my favorite ! I love it !

  20. wrote on March 11th, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Anna Jernigan

    OOOh, I really really love this card!!! The blues with the white embossing, is lovely! I love the way you took that color pencil and shaded the large flower with just lines! Clever! AND, when I first saw the card, I thought the card base was stamped with a background stamp… until…I watched you take that same stamp image…and go around the card base! Also, clever! I am just learning all kinds of little things watching your videos, that make for a beautiful end result. Kudos, Darlene…you are very talented!!

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