Krafty Tips and Tutes: Week #10 - Let's DISTRESS!!

 Welcome to another week of Krafty Tips and Tutes here at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!  Each week one of our fabulous Krafty Girls will be sharing a little post with some sort of tip or tutorial for you and we hope you find them inspirational!  This week our hostess is CHERYL!!!  And she's prepared a fabulous step by step tutorial with pics showing how to DISTRESS your creations featuring our new SHOW STOPPERS stamp set!  Enjoy the tutorial and then go ahead and get krafty and make your own!  We'd love to see what you create!!

Hey, all!  Cheryl of The Inktrap here and I'm quite fond of adding a little distress and grunge to a card.  Sit back and grab a cup o' joe, cuz I've got a few tips for making that pristine card look old and ratty ;)

I've gathered all my card elements and though they look like they're ready to assemble, I'm going to rough them up a bit to add more interest.

Here are some of my favorite tools for distress.  Distress Ink Pads in Pumice Stone and Gathered Twigs are a couple of my "go to" grunge ingredients.  I know you're jealous of my skully themed scissors!

I start with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and sponge it just on the edges of each of my patterned papers.    

Using those adorable skully themed scissors I scrape the edges of each of my layers, careful not to rip the sheets.  If you don't have skull themed scissors, regular scissors will do ;) 

Next, I sponge Pumice Stone Distress Ink onto a die cut panel with the die cut still intact in the die.  This will act as a stencil and give me a nice white border.  In order to maintain a smooth finish, I apply the ink using a circular motion starting off the die and gradually work my way onto it.  

Then I sponge Pumice Stone onto the edges of the die.  

I rim the edge of the die with Diamond Stickles glitter glue.  This has a subtle gold fleck in it and picks up whatever color you put it over.  In this case it picks up that Pumice Stone and the results are something in between a vintage gold and pewter.

I've distressed all my edges and let the Stickles dry, now I'm ready to get this show on the road.  Let's build this card!

I've adhered all my layers together, but added a couple of carefully placed tears in the polka dot panel to expose a gem stone.

I've continued my layering adding a bit of cheese cloth for more texture.  Cheese cloth is inexpensive and makes for a great unexpected detail.  My die cuts all have a layer of dimensional foam tape between them for depth.

I add my Show Stopper image also using a foam tape.

A few last minute additions and this card is ready to go!  Check out that old button.  I buy them by the jar at antique stores and always have a great assortment to chose from.

My card is finished and ready to be handed off to it's recipient :)  Notice how my Show Stopper is adorned in green in celebration of St. Paddy's day.  Are you wearing green?  Better put some on, 'cuz I've got my pinchers ready ;)  

Thanks for hanging out with me today :)


  1. Thank you for sharing this tutorial! I'm in love with the papier you used. What's this collection?

  2. Thanks for a fabulous tutorial.

    Yes! I am jealous of your skull scissors! Wherever did you find them?

    I love the cheesecloth wisps. I'll have to nab some from our supply. We use it to strain older wines when decanting!

  3. this is a true SHOW STOPPER!! What a fabulous card, love everything x

  4. Fabulous job, Cheryl!! I love it, you have taught me a couple of tips I didn't know!! Your work is fantastic, thanks for sharing this!!

  5. Wow this is Gorgeous Cheryl!!!!!!!!!

  6. Gorgeous! Stunning! This card rocks girl! Thanks for sharing all of the distressing tips! xx Becky