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

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I am trying this out as I am watching your video, wonderful project, thank so much.
christi hicks  |  Tue Aug 10, 2010 at 5:57 PM
What a wonderful technique. It is like a secret
of very accomplished artists with works on display all over, but made with simple glue.
Kudos to you
happycat stamper  |  Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 1:00 AM
thank you--neat! i'll use this on cards--will be wonderful background. Diane
Diane  |  Sun Aug 15, 2010 at 11:50 AM
i love it!!!
Zara  |  Mon Aug 16, 2010 at 2:38 PM
Thank's for sharing it ,cant wait to try
If i knew where to get the large tags?
olive  |  Tue Aug 17, 2010 at 2:16 PM
Found my large Tags at our Local Newsagency
Vonnie  |  Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 12:50 AM
I really like the distressed look you did. I hope to do it soon. Thanks for showing it.
Edna Harner  |  Sun Jun 17, 2012 at 6:05 PM
Can you stamp with the glue? I would like to try it but I am afraid I might ruin the stamp. I never thought of using glue. Great idea!
Cathy DiBlasi  |  Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 7:14 AM
I never tried to stamp with glue. I think it should work. I would use water soluble glue and clean your stamp as soon as you are done stamping.
Beate Johns  |  Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 7:22 AM

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