Friday, August 07, 2009

Distress Inked Flower Tutorial

Here is a an example of using Distress Inks to colour a flower. I used "A Lovely Blossom & Butterfly" set but used it as a template, I am colouring the other side of the paper after I cut them out. Another great thing about this, you don't have to be as careful cutting out the flower and leaves... I even exaggerated the jaggyness of the petals. For this card, I also used one of Donna's awesome papers from her Designer Extreme Vol. 2 CD ( Bearly Mine Designs). I used Ranger Distress Inks Dusty Concord and Antique Linen ( and Peeled Paint on green bit). I antiqued the gold dew drops by changing the tone with a peach BIC Mark It and then dabbed on some Platinum Stickles.

Here is another example. I used some leftover leaves from Fred's Flowers V1 . Distressed Inks: Scattered Straw and Worn Lipstick. Peeled Paint on leaves.

All the examples I edged the flowers and petals with pearlescent paints.


I want to show you how I distress inked the flowers.

Here's my supplies:
-Scor-mat or craft sheet
-Some cut flowers and leaves - I am using a 27 lb paper, if ink shows through on other side, try draft mode on your printer.
-Distress Inks: Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Broken China, Faded Jeans
-Blending Tools and a foam pad ( or use cosmetic sponges )
-Water brush ( only used to darken the leaves ) OPTIONAL
-fantastix or style stix or a small eye makeup applicator, q-tip might work.
-Large embossing stylus( or something round like a pencil eraser), Small stylus or a skinny crochet hook or something similar.
-Foam pad or mouse pad

Please excuse the grossness of my mouse pad. ick shudder... just don't look too close. LOL

Draw/Emboss multiple lines on petals - BOTH sides.

Like so...

Dab blender tool into Shabby Shutters pad. Swirl on craft sheet or scor-mat ( shiny side) to blend into foam then apply to petals from center out - repeat to build up colour.. you may need to pick up more ink. This layer I make sure there is still white showing. Notice how the embossed lines take the ink.

NOTE: Now for the peach flower, I went over the petals the same way with another colour ( first Scattered Straw then Worn Lipstick). You can apply another color the same way. Instead, I wanted a more streaky flower so....

I have these cool foam brushes called Style Stix. I dabbed it into Broken China.

I blended off on the scor-mat then started making streaks on the petals - center out, going back over areas until the I got the look I wanted. I didn't show you but I repeated colouring the flower with the style stix using Faded Jeans.

I used the large stylus to push the center in to make the petals pop up.

I like to use my fingers to bend and pinch the petals, they are your best tool ;)

Here is one layer of the flower. You can arrange flowers however you like, just one layer, try multiple sizes and layers.


I embossed the vein lines and creased down the center and bent & moulded using my fingers.

I inked with Shabby Shutters, another good colour is Peeled Paint.

I shaded the center using a darker ink... Peeled Paint.

The END.

I hope I inspired you! You could easily vary this using watercolour paints, acrylics, other inks, twinkling H2O's, the skies the limit. Have fun and .... Have a great day!

:)* Fred


CarlavdM said...

Great Tut, Tracey.
Very clear to understand.
Love the card you made with it.

PinksyDoodles said...

Fabulous tutorial. Thank you.
Clare x

Christine said...

Fabulous tutorial, thankyou Tracey.
I love the card you made with it.
Christine xx

Anita said...

Wow! This is fantastic! I hope to try this soon.

KAT said...

Wow these flowers are fabulous... thanks for the tut I'll have to give it a try!

Tricia said...

stunning results! great tut!

Georgia Ehrmann said...

great tutorial! I love the card you show!

Anonymous said...

wheeee tracey- amazing work and nice step by step instructions


Sue said...

Great tutorial and what a gorgeous card.
Sue xx

Lora said...

Great tutorial Tracey. I always wondered how you done the flowers with distress inks. They look amazing! I might just have to have a go at this but first I need to get some more distress inks cos I only have 3. well actualy 2 because I can't find the third one lol.
Hugs Lora x

RosesMarijke said...

Very beautiful card!!

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Thanks for the tutorial. It helps me so much to "see" how things are done! And your images are wonderful!

Karen W said...

Awesome, thanks so much, your cards are always so pretty.

Wendy K. said...

What beautiful flowers! Thanks for the tutorial!

Whimsey said...

How beautiful; love your tutorial! I really love those foam brushes!! LOL

Vicki said...

Great tutorial and easy to follow! I believe I will try this...the card is gorgeous.


Jeni C Slack (^0^) said...

This is so terrific, Tracey! I can't wait to try it. Beautiful coloring :) best, ~Jeni

Susan Says (Stupid Stuff) said...

What a fab tutorial, thanks very much :)

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed your tutorial. I'm very interested in acquiring those really cool sponge applicators, Can you share where you got them?
Thanks in advance,