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Hello everyone! Welcome back to Technique Tuesday with Pam!  I first want to thank the fabulous Tara Martinez for filling in for me last week when I was under the weather!

I have a special treat for today – not just one technique but THREE!! That’s right, I am going to share how to use distress inks/markers and a the same stencil for 3 different background looks!  I call it Distress Three Ways!

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In the cards above I used the same Crafter’s Workshop stencil with a different distress technique, from left to right – Distress Marker Spritzer, Stencil Mono print (seen in a previous Technique Tuesday with Pam), and lastly Embossing through Stencils. My favorite is the stencil mono print which I covered in a previous tutorial so today we will focus on the other two! The stamp set featured today is No Place Like Home.  What a super fun set and it pairs fantastic with the arrow stencil!

First up Distress Marker Spritzing! I just love the soft effect you get from spritzing with the markers!

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And here’s how you do it:

(Look for helpful Tips in BOLD)

Secure your white card stock to your craft mat with post-it tape or paper tape

Secure your white card stock to your craft mat with post-it tape or paper tape

Line up and secure the desired stencil over the card stock.

Line up and secure the desired stencil over the card stock.

Ensuring the stencil is secure is key to getting a crisp image!

Load the Distress Spritzer with your first color of Distress Marker (gathered twigs).

Load the Distress Spritzer with your first color of Distress Marker (gathered twigs).

The farther from the paper you hold the spritzer the finer the mist will be!

Holding the spritzer upright, squeeze the barrel. As you squeeze the air flow created will mist the color from the marker nib onto your project.

Holding the spritzer upright, squeeze the barrel. As you squeeze the air flow created will mist the color from the marker nib onto your project.

Remove the stencil carefully to reveal the misted background.

Remove the stencil carefully to reveal the misted background.

Ink edges with Vintage Photo distress ink.

Ink edges with Vintage Photo distress ink.

EMBOSSING THROUGH STENCIL

The embossing through stencil technique-gives the background some shine as it’s covered with clear embossing powder!

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For this technique, follow these steps:

Apply distress ink (gathered twigs) over the stencil using a blending tool.

Apply distress ink (gathered twigs) over the stencil using a blending tool.

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Switch colors of distress (Peeled Paint) and continue to apply until all areas of stencil are full with color.

The smaller (mini) ink blending tool works better for smaller areas of the stencil!

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BEFORE removing the stencil- apply Versamark Watermark ink over all the open areas of the stencil.

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Carefully remove the stencil and apply clear embossing powder over the inked background.

Although Distress stays wet long enough to emboss under normal circumstances (when stamping), it is best to apply a layer of Versamark to ensure even embossing powder coverage.

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Melt embossing powder carefully with heat gun.

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Apply brown and green distress ink to the open white areas of the background. (The embossed arrows will resist this ink).

To finish off all three cards, I stamped the United States Stamp from in Versamark Black ink onto patterned paper (map), embossed with clear embossing powder and cut out. The sentiment “Today’s Adventure”, the small plane, and the heart – all from the No Place Like Home set – were added to all three cards as well!

Hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial showing the versatility of distress!

Embrace Imperfection!

Pam

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  1. Laura says:

    cool!!