Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Vintage Style Inking Tutorial

Hello folks, I'm back today with my promised tutorial for the inking technique I used on my easel card for the Make My Monday challenge last week. It gives a really lovely mottled effect with a definite vintage flavour and is really easy and quick to do.
You might want to get a cuppa before you start reading as it's quite photo heavy to show all the different stages and there's a card at the end which I made with the paper.
Here we go!

You'll need some baby wipes and some toning shades of Distress inks - here I've used Wild Honey, Dried Marigold and Crushed Olive. You'll also need some fairly textured card as it works best on rough textures so you could also use cold pressed watercolour paper.

Step 1 - Using a baby wipe, apply a layer of the lightest ink to your piece of card and allow to dry for a couple of minutes.

Step 2 - Shape the baby wipe into a ball and pick up some of the next ink shade and tap this onto the inked card. If your ink pad is very wet, you'll need to tap gently as you're aiming for a "fluffy" look to the applied ink. Repeat until the card is covered as shown.

Step 3 -  Repeat the second step with the first ink shade. You'll see the mottling start to build up now.

Step 4 - Repeat the second step again with the third ink shade until the card is well covered with the mottled effect.

 Step 5 - Your final result should look something like this.

Step 6 - Your decorated paper is now ready to use as it is, or stamped on like mine. I've used the jumbo cling rosehip design by Stampendous with VersaFine Toffee ink.

Here's the card I made with the paper, adding the woman image (Rubber Stampede) a little inking on the roses with Topaz and Paprika VersaColor inks, some computer generated text (I saw this lovely quote in a craft magazine) and some stamped, cut out leaves adding a slightly more textured look to the design.

Hoping you like this as it really is easy and you can achieve loads of different effects depending on the colours and inks you use. You could also try the technique with paint.
Hugs, Fliss xx


  1. Great tutorial for a fab background effect. Love it. Thanks for sharing Fliss. Hugs, Buttons x

  2. Fabulous tutorial Fliss. Caroline xxx

  3. thanks for the turorial Fliss! I will definitely be giving this one a go.
    Dot x

  4. Stunning card and a brilliant technique - Jacqueline xx

  5. Hi Fliss, thanks for this, will definitely give this a try. LOVE the finished card,(Image is my latest EBay purchase)
    Avril xx

  6. What a fabulous background and thanks for the tutorial. Usually when I do a background I think that's it and don't want to add anything to it, so as not to hide the background...how silly is that?

  7. thanks for sharing your technique Fliss, the background looks amazing will deffo have to give this ago
    hugs and best wishes

  8. Hey Fliss, thank you for the super tutorial. One question, is baby wipe dabbed straight onto ink pad or do you swipe ink pad onto a smooth surface (ie, a tile) and pick up from that??. Wasn't sure if it would affect the ink pad. Your finished card looks beautiful. Hugs Clare xxxx

  9. Fab tutorial and beautiful card. Claire x

  10. A gorgeous effect Fliss and a generous tutorial.
    The colours work to perfection with that stamp of the femme, so beautiful.

  11. oh this is brilliant Hun i love using that technique too,when I get time to play,this is just stunning hun,and love the colours you used,hugs Cherylxxxxxxx

  12. Wonderful effect and great tutorial, Fliss!

  13. Such depth Fliss...gorgeous! Thank you for sharing!

  14. That's an interesting technique, thanks for sharing.

  15. great tutorial Fliss and a fab card. Thanks for sharing

  16. Love the mottled effect Fliss, thanks for sharing and showing us clearly how you did it.
    hugs {brenda} xox

  17. Great tutorial Fliss thank you i will have to try this x

  18. Wow! Fliss.... Fab-U-lous as Craig would say...(Strictly) I love it.
    suzi b xx


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Fliss xx