Wrinkle-Free Distress

by Sherry Cheever

Create gorgeous backgrounds in just a few minutes.


  • Non-Stick Craft Sheet or alternative

  • Three Different Colors Ranger™ Distress Inks

  • Water Mister

  • Heat/Embossing Tool

  • Shipping tag or cardstock


  1. Step 1

    Swipe the inks across the non-stick surface, by lying felt to surface and wipe across. Try not to overlay the inks, as this will contaminate the colors.

  2. Step 2

    Mist the inks with water until small beads form.

  3. Step 3

    Lay the paper into the watered ink to pick up color. It is not necessary to twist or turn the paper. Take paper out of ink.

  4. Step 4

    Use heat/embossing tool to dry the paper. The paper may curl, but when dry will flatten out.

  5. Step 5

    Add more color to the paper by placing in ink again.

  6. Step 6

    Dry paper once again with heat tool.

  7. Step 7

    Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have the desired level of color and layers. Remember to dry each layer before repeating.

  8. Step 8

    Using the paper just made, complete card.

    Special thanks to Tim Holtz for allowing me to create this tutorial based on his technique.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Wrinkle-Free Distress. 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.

Yea! I remember seeing you do this last Nov. at our stamp show and now that I have some distress inks I get to try it out!
Michelle  |  Wed May 20, 2009 at 1:51 PM
what type of paper do you use to swipe the felt pads onto? What do you mean by non stick craft sheet? It looks like wax paper in the picture.
Thanks for your answer.
susan maguire  |  Wed May 20, 2009 at 1:53 PM
This is really cool. I would like to try this. But does it have to be Ranger Distress Inks.
Thank you for this tutorial.
Lori  |  Wed May 20, 2009 at 1:53 PM
In regard to the technique "Wrinkle-Free Distress", what would be considered a non-stick craft sheet?
Dori  |  Wed May 20, 2009 at 1:54 PM
I am sure that a non stick surface can be wax paper, freezer paper, or saran wrap type paper.
stamps4funGin  |  Wed May 20, 2009 at 2:06 PM
Beautiful card--thanks for sharing the idea.
Jeanie  |  Wed May 20, 2009 at 2:07 PM
Great tute Sherry! I'll have to try this one soon! smile
Bev  |  Wed May 20, 2009 at 2:10 PM
Beautiful! And so easy.

Thank you!
Andrea Bouchard  |  Wed May 20, 2009 at 2:14 PM
Susan you could use aluminum foil, a glass cutting board, anything that would not absorb the ink. I happen to use a non-stick craft sheet made by Ranger.
Sherry Cheever  |  Wed May 20, 2009 at 2:15 PM
Lori you can try different inks if you wish. Here's what the Ranger Site says about their Inks.

COLOR WICKS OR SPREADS OUT - (these inks will travel across the surface of your paper when spritzed with water) other dyes do not travel as much although they might bleed a little when wet, the Distress Inks actually "wick" or spread out much further creating several tone on tones.
Sherry Cheever  |  Wed May 20, 2009 at 2:19 PM
Wonderful, usable technique and lovely card. Thank you!
Leanne  |  Wed May 20, 2009 at 3:05 PM
Gorgeous card!! Love the technique and also the stamps you used to create the end result!!! Would you mind sharing what stamps they are???
Nicki  |  Wed May 20, 2009 at 4:01 PM
Wow, what beautiful work, your card is beautiful.
noreen clarke  |  Wed May 20, 2009 at 4:04 PM
Nicki the stamps are listed on my card in the Wrinkle Free Distress Gallery.
Sherry Cheever  |  Wed May 20, 2009 at 4:13 PM
I LOVE the card. thank you for sharing the technique. I would like to know where and what are the stamps you used they are beautiful.
margaret  |  Wed May 20, 2009 at 4:13 PM
Your card is beautiful. Do you need distress inks or can you use stampin up inks instead and is the craft paper wax paper?

kylie  |  Wed May 20, 2009 at 4:51 PM
Answers to all your questions have been answered above.
Sherry Cheever  |  Wed May 20, 2009 at 4:59 PM
Wow, what a gorgeous tag! Thanks for sharing this technique; looks straight-forward - I can't wait to try it!
claudia zimmerman  |  Wed May 20, 2009 at 6:39 PM
WOW - this is just gorgeous!!! Totally love how this turned out!!!
Silke Ledlow  |  Wed May 20, 2009 at 6:49 PM
Your card is fabulous! Thank you.
I have Alcohol Inks by Tim Holtz. Do you think I
could achieve the same or similar results? I have to use shiny paper and I would use the alcohol
blending solution instead of water.
Thanks, Betty
Betty  |  Wed May 20, 2009 at 8:08 PM

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