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

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what stamp did you use the effect is awesome.
Jeannie  |  Mon Feb 13, 2012 at 7:03 AM
Hi Jeannie, Sherry listed these stamps in her gallery upload:

Stamps: 427 Butterfly Inchies, 467 Floral Silhouette, 461 Scraps & Scuffs, 436 Flourish and 423 Flourish Inchies from Rubbernecker Stamps
beate  |  Mon Feb 13, 2012 at 8:36 AM
please tell me what is distrssed ink
lbugg  |  Wed Aug 8, 2012 at 8:17 AM
Distress Inks are water based dye inks from Ranger. They stay wet longer then regular dye inks and come in a beautiful assortment of colors.
Beate  |  Wed Aug 8, 2012 at 8:22 AM
Sherry, I can't wait to try this method. I saw this same method except swiping the ink direct onto the craft mat. I didn't see what kind of felt was used in the supply list. Did you use a cut n dry felt stamp pad or regular craft felt?
Seattle Donna  |  Wed Aug 8, 2012 at 7:43 PM
I have never seen this done this way, really want to try it. I like finding different background technique. thank you. Your tag is beautiful !
diana willig  |  Wed Jan 21, 2015 at 10:40 AM
Fabulous! And thanks for sharing!
kelly  |  Mon Jul 20, 2015 at 9:14 AM
Love this site.
No other site has so much variety. Something for everyone.
Kind regards to all.
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