Handmade Cards

Peony and distress ink background

Distress inks are great for creating a loose watercolour background on a card. Team it with embossing for simply beautiful results.


How I made this card:

I prepped a piece of watercolour cardstock with my homemade powder tool, to stop embossing powder sticking where I didn’t want it. I then stamped flowers and leaves from the WPlus9 Pretty Peonies stamp set in Versamark ink, before heat embossing them in white. I covered about 3/4 of the card with embossed flowers, leaving the top free.

I chose some bright colours of distress ink. I added some ink to an acrylic block, then mixed with water. I covered the embossed background with a good amount of water, the dropped the colours onto it. I gave it help in places with the paint brush. I dried it with the heat tool, then cut it down, rounded the corners, and attached to the front of a card base. I also rounded the corners of the card base.

For the greeting, I die cut some glitter paper in silver, with stick-it adhesive on the reverse side, making it easier to adhere to the card. I added some sequins to finish the card.

Products used to make this card:

  • WPlus9 Pretty Peonies
  • MFT Brushstroke Birthday Greetings Die-namic
  • Distress ink
  • Pretty Pink Posh sequins
  • DCWV ’Glitzy Glitter’ paper
  • Stick it adhesive sheets
  • WOW Embossing Powder – White
  • Versamark ink
  • Corner Chomper
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