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Advanced Techniques

Embossing with distress inks

Distress inks are slow-drying and stay wet long enough to emboss with. A clear embossing powder can be sprinkled over the wet ink and this can then be set with a heat gun to raise the image.

This effect can be teamed with other distressing techniques such as colouring the edges of the card with the ink. This can be achieved using a stippling brush.

Achieving a softer look

Distress ink pads stay wet longer than the majority of dye ink pads, and this property enables even greater versatility when using them.

For example, you can drag the ink from the image outline and blend it, using water to enhance the effect. This will colour the stamped image, creating a softer look.

The image to the right is a before and after shot. The bottom butterfly has has the softer effect technique applied to it.

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