Distressed Glue

by Roni Johnson

Sponge over dried glue to create a unique background.


  • Tacky Glue®, or other clear drying glue

  • Dye inks (Ranger distress inks used here)

  • Blending tool or sponges

  • Cardstock, tag or other paper


  1. Step 1

    Apply several drops of glue to the cardstock/tag in various areas.

  2. Step 2

    Smear the glue with your finger.

    You can do so in side to side motions or in a variety of directions. Let the glue dry completely before moving to the next step.

  3. Step 3

    After the glue has dried, apply one or more dye inks using the blending tool or sponge. You will notice immediately how the inks highlight the glue, yielding a grungy, distressed feel.

  4. Step 4

    Finish stamping the project as desired.



  1. -Apply a layer of distress inks to the cardstock before Step 1. This will add a new layer of color below the glue.

    -Use Glossy Accents™ sparingly in place of the Aleene’s Tacky Glue®. This will add an amazing shine to the finished “distressed” areas.

    -Go monochromatic for a dramatic look.

    -Apply the glue diagonally or in other patterns for a funky new look.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Distressed Glue. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Love this. So simple with such stunning results. Hope to try it out later today!
Kathy Wddy  |  Wed Aug 4, 2010 at 5:23 AM
Oh, this looks so cool! Wonderful technique and samples - thanks so much!
Karen Aicken  |  Wed Aug 4, 2010 at 7:54 AM
I see a run on tacky glue! Love the way you use the diecut to frame it!

Card is gorgeous!!!!
Joan  |  Wed Aug 4, 2010 at 8:52 AM
Great technique. I love the colors that you used.
cathy T.  |  Wed Aug 4, 2010 at 10:29 AM
waouh merci super md
md  |  Wed Aug 4, 2010 at 10:39 AM
Will definitely try this out, thank you.
Annette  |  Wed Aug 4, 2010 at 1:55 PM
What a great...and EASY...technique! Can't wait to try it! Thanks, Roni!
Sallie(hobbydujour)  |  Wed Aug 4, 2010 at 2:46 PM
Hi Roni, thank you for this great tutorial! I linked to it in the daily scrapbook news article today at http://exm.nr/d4k3Ib smile
Irene at GoneScrapbooking.com  |  Wed Aug 4, 2010 at 4:44 PM
O gosh this is so NEAT!!! Makes it look like it was a LOT OF Work... Lots of WORK!! Thank UUUU
MaryNSC  |  Wed Aug 4, 2010 at 6:24 PM
This looks neat. Would love to see gallery but was not allowed in. What would it take to see it. thanks.
Bonnie K.  |  Wed Aug 4, 2010 at 8:18 PM
So very cool...now for my glue drizzles to dry so I can try this goodie. Thanks Beate! SOOO very cool!
Deebi27  |  Wed Aug 4, 2010 at 9:51 PM
I love trying out new things, and I'll try this one tonight while at my art table, I can see trying out different variations. Thanks for the idea.
Louella Turvey  |  Thu Aug 5, 2010 at 1:11 AM
I was amazed how simpkle this technique was Ronnie. Thank you for sharing it and enhancing my learning.
Joanne Stoddart  |  Thu Aug 5, 2010 at 4:10 PM
Why can't I access the gallery for the most recent tutorial on distressed glue?
2xGrammy  |  Thu Aug 5, 2010 at 5:49 PM
Same questions as 2xGrammy. Why can't I access the gallery for the most recent tutorial on distressed glue?
judy7271  |  Fri Aug 6, 2010 at 9:06 AM
Judy - 2xGrammy - you need to be logged into the site to see our techniques gallery. If you log in, you should be good to go!
lydia  |  Fri Aug 6, 2010 at 9:27 AM
Thanks Roni. I need a birthday card for tomorrow and I'm going to give this a try.
Diane  |  Sat Aug 7, 2010 at 7:35 AM
Hello' I love anything distressed and this sounds really good will try it now. Patricia
Patricia O'Leary  |  Sun Aug 8, 2010 at 12:58 PM
This is too funny. I "discovered" this effect by accident today while playing with my matte medium. Got some on a piece I was using distress ink on. Never even saw this tutorial but I thought what a neat effect.
Lori  |  Mon Aug 9, 2010 at 8:48 PM
Does anyone where to get the large tags? I have some small ones but looked all over our litlle town and can't find them anywhere.
Bonnie  |  Tue Aug 10, 2010 at 12:30 PM

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