Distress Inks are the ideal medium for creating beautiful, contemporary homemade wedding cards. The inks can be used to create both dreamy, romantic backgrounds and modern splashes of bold colour, as our designer, Julie Gibbs, has done here.
When using your Distress Inks, try to work on a non-stick or glass craft mat as this really helps with blending the inks and spritzing your inks with water.
When using your blending tool to add ink, start at the edge of your paper or card and bring the ink onto your work in a gentle circular motion, keeping your blending tool slightly raised on the edge that will hit your paper first.
Now it’s time to get inking!
You will need:
- Patterned paper
- White card
- Coloured card
- Distress Inks
- Heat tool
- Clear VersaMark ink pad
- Embossing powder
- Blending tool
- Clear embossing paste
- Fine glitter
How to make a homemade wedding card
Cut a curved corner square of white card. Cover with a stencil – we’re using an ivy patternstencil.
Dab with Distress ink – we’re using the colour Coral, then a clear VersaMark ink pad.
Sprinkle with clear embossing powder, tap off the excess and heat using a heat tool.
All of the inked areas should now be set!
Use another shade of Distress Ink (we’re using Cracked Pistachio) to colour all of the white areas. The embossed areas will repel the Distress Inks, so you won’t ‘muddy’ the inks you’ve already laid down.
Mount the panel onto a square of coordinating card – we’ve chosen to use some silver card.
Heat emboss a sentiment, choosing a coordinating colour to the card – we’ve gone for platinum. Add ink to a craft mat, then brush over the sentiment. Cut into a curved rectangle.
Cut or die-cut a flower, then ink. Apply clear embossing paste over another stencil – we’ve gone for a distressed dots stencil.
Sprinkle with fine glitter (we’re using Glamour Dust) and add a ribbon bow.
Add the panel, sentiment and floral detail to your card. Colour some ribbon with Coral ink and heat to dry. (If you have some matching ribbon to start with – you don’t need to colour your ribbon!)
Tie into a bow and attach to finish. The heat embossed design with the inked background will create a lovely, glossy and textured finish.
Try this Mr & Mrs card
- Score and fold a 15 x 21cm piece of white card in half to make a base with the fold at the top.
- Cut a 14.5 x 10cm piece of thick white textured card. Press Cracked Pistachio, Abandoned Coral and Worn Lipstick Distress Ink pads onto a non-stick craft mat. Spritz with water and use a large paintbrush to paint a line of each colour onto the card, as shown in the picture above.
- Once dry, cover with the Distressed Dots mask and dab with Abandoned Coral ink using a blending tool. Edge the panel with Cracked Pistachio ink and machine stitch a border with white thread. If you don’t have time to add machine stitching to your card – grab a fine liner and add faux stitching instead!
- Stamp a sentiment with clear VersaMark ink and heat emboss in platinum. Paint the size flower centres with Abandoned Coral ink, trim and edge with Cracked Pistachio ink. Machine stitch or add faux stitch, then stick it to the panel.
- Cut two hearts and colour with Pistachio ink. Stitch or stick to the panel. Mount the panel onto some silver card and stick to the card front. Add sequins.