Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Wish Granted: Distress inks

Hello everyone,

Here's our second "wish granted" post, this time talking about Distress inks.
On August 24th,  Yvonne wished (amongst other things):

- basic and advanced ideas and techniques for using distress inks

So here's another way to use your Distress inks: to alter papier maché items. Chris Dark had altered some of our lovely mini suitcases and wanted to share those with you.

So Yvonne, congratulations. You have won a set of two suitcases. Please get in touch with Sandy to give her your snail mail address, and this will be posted to you shortly.

Remember to go and make a wish on the Wishing Well post  to tell us what you would like to see on this blog. Even if it's been mentioned already, just post your wish. You might be the next person who gets her wish granted.

There is another set of Mini Suitcases to win for anyone who will leave a comment on this post. Remember, you have to be a follower to enter.
Best of luck and enjoy Chris' project.


Materials for the Grunge style cases:
mini paper mache mini suitcases (two in a set)
Ranger distress inks in vintage photo, walnut stain
Viva Decor Inka Gold in Old Gold and Lava Green
Crafty Individuals Tickets and Post Stamps
Archival ink, Cocoa
Cut and dry foam


Using cut and dry foam blend Vintage Photo distress ink over the larger case building up the colour until you achieve a good coverage. You may notice that you'll get a patchy effect in places but this all adds to the vintage look. Use the same process on the smaller suitcase using walnut stain ink.

Using another piece of cut and dry foam and the Inca gold paste blend the paste over the straps, handle and corner areas on the suitcases.

Stamp some of the images from the Crafty Individuals stamp set using Cocoa Archival ink, cut them out, distress with scissors and blend a little distress ink around the edges and over the stamped images for a worn effect then glue to the cases.

Cut out some of the image panels from patterned paper (here Graphic 45) and glue to the cases, these can also be torn and sponged with distress ink to age them a little. Attach one of the Graphic 45 die cut tages and the metal key to the handle of the large case.

Materials for the Girly style cases:
mini paper mache mini suitcases (two in a set)
Crafty Individuals Tickets and Post Stamps
Eco Green Dye based ink pads Blue Silk and Red Leather
Versacolour White ink
Versafine Ink, Smokey Grey
Viva Decor Inca Gold Paint Blue Steel
Cut and dry foam
Scraps of lace/feathers/pearl string
Spray Varnish
White gel pen

Sponge the white ink all over the small suitcase and allow to dry. Coat with the Eco Green Blue Silk ink building up the colour but avoiding the straps and corner pieces.

When dry stamp randomly around the case using the Crafty Individuals Tickets and Post stamps in Smokey Grey Versafine ink.

Spray the case with the varnish (following instructions) and allow to dry.

Add scraps of feathers/pearl string/lace or other pretty scraps to peek out of the case.

Use the same method to decorate the larger suitcase using red leather ink but this time omitting the white ink. Add some faux stitches around the case with a white gel pen Colour the staps, corners and handle with the Blue Steel Inca Gold paint using cut and dry foam. Spray with the spray varnish as before and when dry decorate with feathers/pearl string/lace or other scraps.


  1. Thanks for the projects and tips. I wish that you would post some hints and tips on friendly plastic. :)

  2. this is a GREAT mini tutorial! amazing transformation :-)

  3. ooo they are great...always been tempted, but not sure what to do with them :) Thanks

  4. Love the vintage suitcases. What about a tutorial on shrink plastic?


  5. Oh I love these Chris, the blue one is extra cool. Thanks for sharing these with us.

  6. Those look amazing - great to see the 'before and after' photos.

    Helen x


  7. They all look fab! But I love the top ones more, I associate old suitcases with being battered, brown and with lots of labels and stickers. Nicky x

  8. I love the distress ink cases. They look like they've travelled well & have many exciting stories to share.

  9. I LIKE those, I looked at the cases last time I was at the shop, now I definately need to add them onto my list!!!!!!

  10. Wow these look so fantastic love the ideas of the two different types.Thanks for sharing off to play with my little box,as havent got any cases yet!
    hugs judex

  11. The cases look totally yummy even to start with - but oh, how gorgeous are they once they've been altered? Love how the two looks are so different but both so effective :-)

  12. Those suitcases are simply lovely. I never taught of using distress ink on a big thing like this but it's gorgeous. Congrat and I wish to win them.........

  13. These are absolutely amazing. Thanks for the techniques. I'm thrilled to be so lucky to win them. I've emailed. Super.


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