Today we have a How To-sday from our design team member Sara Case Strickland. I am quite excited about this post as I have always loved the look of these distressed backgrounds but have always been afraid of trying it.

I love a good background technique. Something that can go from card to layout to canvas just makes my heart happy and today, I want to make yours happy too! Here’s one of my favorites – it’s all about Distress Ink!

First, pick your colors, usually three or four is a good start. Make sure they will blend well, brown isn’t normally what we’re going for here! I started with red, yellow, and blue by pressing each ink pad onto my non-stick craft mat:

The next step is to mist until you see drops of colour:

For an extra pop, I like to mist with Perfect Pearls Mist instead of plain water – the shimmer is amazing!

Then simply lay your surface onto the puddles of ink and press down to blend the colours. Lift your tag and dry. It’s important to dry between steps or you’ll simply end up with all blended colour, no layers.

Once the surface is dry, lightly tap it into the drops of ink left on your craft mat to get extra dimension.

After that step is finished, use the leftover ink to make another background in the same way!

I find that when mixing colours, I can normally get two, maybe three, backgrounds but if you use several shades of the same colour, you can get many more. For example, I used four shades of green and made six complete backgrounds!

Now, simply embellish:

Or cut up the backgrounds to use on other surfaces. Here, I used the original background I made and adhered a fussy cut tree from the green background:

I hope you try it this out and have fun playing. Try mixing up your own colour combos – I promise, it’s fun and addictive!

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Thanks Sara! Come back tomorrow for the next installment of our Citrine  Mid Week Mojo!