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Wednesday’s Card: Stamping with Distress Paints

Distress Paint

Distress Paint

Hi All!

Today I’m using the new Hero Arts Stripes Pattern with some distress paints. As expected, they work beautifully with water. The butterflies are from the Stampin’ Up! Papillon Potpourri set, which has this matching punch as well as this matching punch. I broke out my paper distresser to fray the edges a little bit.

I’m almost done with my craft room move! I can’t wait to show it to you. In the process of going through everything, I decided it’s time to have another sale. My last sale was 18 months ago, so things have really piled up since then! I have mostly stamps, some dies, and some embossing folders. Mostly Stampin’ Up!, but some TSG and Stamps of Life. I will be posting the items on Thursday, January 16th, at 9:00am CT. My last sale was done over email – I didn’t expect the nightmare, as you can imagine, lol! This time I’m going to use a sign-up tool to allow people to claim items in real-time. Hopefully it will be easier. Anyway, just wanted to give you a heads up.

Enjoy the video and have a great weekend!



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

Hero Arts Stripe Pattern
Hero Arts Stripe Pattern
Stampin' Up! Papillon Potpourri
Papillon Potpourri
Hero Arts Congrats Stamp Set
Hero Arts Congrats
Broken China Distress Paint
Broken China Distress Paint
Wild Honey Distress Paint
Wild Honey Distress Paint
Stampin' Up! Elegant Butterfly Punch
Large Butterfly Punch
Stampin' Up! Bitty Butterfly Punch
Small Butterfly Punch
Tim Holtz Paper Distresser
Paper Distresser
SSS Woodgrain Cardstock
SSS White Woodgrain
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Stampin' Up! Black Embossing Powder
Black Embossing Powder
Simon Says Stamp Black Ink
SSS Black Ink
Sponge Daubers
Sponge Daubers
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Stampin' Up! Mini Glue Dots
Mini Glue Dots


  1. wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Susan W

    I just love the magical backgrounds you make with inks and paints. This is so wonderful. I have some ink daubers. Have I used them? Not much! 😉
    Such a pretty card!

  2. wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 11:23 am


    This is really a gorgeous card…you done good girl.

  3. wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Jeanette Duke

    I do love the look for a change, really pretty!

  4. wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 12:55 pm


    How does the paint differ from the inks, is it just a thicker coverage? I’ve seen the paints when I shop at the craft stores but I thought it was the same thing, just a different way to apply the ink to the stamps.

    • wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 10:54 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Annie, the distress paints are just like regular paint – like you put on the walls of your house. It’s opaque and thick. It doesn’t absorb into the paper – it just lays on top.

  5. wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Casey Thrush

    Awesome! I like seeing new ideas!! Your hands are looking very thin today!

    • wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Casey – they are? Hmm… well, I’m wondering if my new tripod is working some magic!

  6. wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    ros mcpartlin

    Hi, I love this card, it looks bigger than a regular 4.5 x 5.5 – is it? You always make simple cards looks so expensive and well made.
    Thank you for taking the time to make you tubes, they do help us so much.

    • wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Ros, no, it’s the regular 4.25×5.5 size. Thank you for your kind words. 🙂

  7. wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Diana W.

    Sweet, sweet card, Darlene. I love your videos. Nice way to leave the holiday styles behind and look at new colors and designs. Thanks so much for sharing your love of stamping with us.

  8. wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 3:57 pm


    I sooo luv wed! I wait until there is no one to bother me! Just luv the card, now I know whay
    to do with my daubers! Happy New Year Darlene!

  9. wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Loly Borda

    Love the background and paired with my all time favorite butterflies! TFS. Can’t wait to see your goodies for sale!

  10. wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Carol B

    Awesome! Interesting background, will have to get some of those paint daubers.

  11. wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 5:32 pm


    Love, love, love the colors you used, Darlene! Gorgeous card! Thanks for another fab video!

  12. wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Terri (blindstamper)

    Love the card. Didn’t think I even liked that HA background stamp until you used it with distress paints!

  13. wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Meli Isen

    omg….i’m already thinking how I can post something since I will be at work lol….got to get me some of your crafty goodness!!!!! oh BTW I love the colors on the card!!! hehehehe ( I got all caught up in the sale!!!! 🙂 )

  14. wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Loll Thompson

    Love the look of your distressed background Darlene. Will have to look into getting that HA stamp 🙂 Great colors and I love the black accents. Loll xx

  15. wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Debbie Bonczek

    Best part of Hump Day, as usual. Loving that background.

  16. wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Mary, Wausau WI

    Thanks for bringing some warmth to my sub-arctic central Wisconsin day! I can’t wait for the flowers to bloom and the butterflies to visit the gardens once again . . .

  17. wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Sara T.

    Darlene, this is such a creative card! I just love it! You have amazing photography skills, too 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us!

  18. wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Casey Thrush

    It seemed like it to me but please take it as a compliment. Personally if anything looked thin on me I would be ecstatic! Wednesday do rock! I love seeing your creations. Can’t wait for next week!

    • wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 11:07 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Of course I took it as a compliment Casey – who wouldn’t? 🙂 I appreciate all your sweet comments.

  19. wrote on January 9th, 2014 at 2:29 am


    The background looks really amazing and I love the color combo. Very beautiful card!

  20. wrote on January 9th, 2014 at 5:59 am

    Maria A. Rodriguez

    Hello Darlene: I love the background you made for this card, you always, always come up with the most fabulous ways to make backgrounds with just paint and stamps, really awesome. Your butterflies look so real, I love the way Vellum looks when heat embossed.
    I can’t wait till you show us your new crafting room, I like to see the settings of craft rooms, how things are organized on other crafters places so I can take some tips to make my own craft room a better, more efficient place. I’m planning on doing some rearranging and definitely give it a nice paint job, I get a lot of sunlight so I want to take advantage of that.
    Thank you for your videos, they are always awesome!!!!!

  21. wrote on January 9th, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Doris Cote

    Loved this one! Sent you a nice order and I had the butterfly stamps already! whoopee!
    Does anyone sell stamp pads with no ink in them yet? Can you suggest to Stampin’ Up?
    I have a lot of reinkers and could use them other ways , with a bit of inspiration- hint, but I’d also like to stamp with them. Dylusions has the huge one. Ranger has a warehouse sale by us once a year and they are loaded with reinkers and now I am.lol I’ll send you a bunch next year if you want. Surprising what labels they supply ink for.

    • wrote on January 15th, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Thank you Doris. I remember SU used to sell the empty ink pads, but I just checked my catalog and didn’t see it. Now that I’ve been cardmaking several years, I’m starting to need reinkers! You never know what might come out on a Wednesday. 🙂

  22. wrote on January 9th, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Karen L K

    That is a great looking card. Thanks for showing how to make it and how to clean that paint off.

  23. wrote on January 9th, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Robin in WA

    Beautiful card Darlene. Thanks!!!!

  24. wrote on January 13th, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Mary Ann Huntington

    What a WOW card. I love the distress ink technique.

  25. wrote on January 14th, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Sara T.

    Darlene I have come back to look at this card three times since you posted it. It is so different and I love it. I’ll be honest–when you first showed us what background stamp you were going to use, I wasn’t sure if I liked it that much, As it turns out, I absolutely love the final product! Isn’t it funny how pictures aren’t everything 🙂

    Looking forward to your craft room photos. I have outgrown mine and need to organize and get a bigger desk, but I don’t know what kind yet. My current one is a small desk that was a hand me down.

  26. wrote on January 16th, 2014 at 1:15 am

    Doris Cote

    Other goodies they should bring back are the plastic holders/ containers for the wheels. They are so awkward to store. Any ideas?

    • wrote on January 16th, 2014 at 11:35 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Sorry I can’t help you there either Doris! I have one wheel but I have never used it. Not sure why, but I never got into them.

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