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Distress me once, twice and ink me thrice


Today I’m taking you on an inky journey with the Reveal It Mats from Stamp It II and then showing you how you can create your own Distressed Background.

Since the launch of Stamp It II and the amazing Reveal Its – there has been a flurry of questions and requests relating to how to use the Reveal It mats. So let’s run through a few then you can start creating your own ‘arty’ cards.

We’re doing more of a visual tutorial today and I really hope that you like it…

Materials used: Altenew Inks, Momento Inks, Distress Inks, Gelatos, Spectrum Noirs, ProMarkers, Tsukineko Neon Pigment Inks, Distress Crayons, Kuretake Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Watercolour Brush Pens, Lindy’s Stamp Gang Ink Magicals Flat Set Hawaiian Islands, Colourcraft Brusho Crystal Colour and I’ve even thrown in some Colour Cloud Inks – PHEW!


  1. Brusho. I quite liked this effect but was worred too much water would damage the Reveal It Mats so left it gritty looking. 2. The Magicals went on really really well and was pleased with the blendability. 3. Clean Colour Brush Pens were hard work and didn’t blend too well, however they looked vibrant and could easily be used under a topper. 4. The Gelatos surprised me and blended really well. I shall be using these again and again as the colours I have are bright and look fab. 5. The Spectrum Noirs were a disaster. They do not blend AT ALL and streak and leave an ugly mess. Avoid.


6. Although the Tsukineko Neon Pigment Inks look messy the outcome was wonderful. The Pigment inks have a lot of colour and what a dream to blend. If you get some blue roll or tissue, rub the Mats to wipe away excess ink. You’re left with a great background mat. Repeat for a more vivid colour.


7. Having failed with the SN’s I was happy to see that the ProMarkers worked really well! They needed a good rub and a few layers to blend but I think the colour is beautiful. 8. The Altenew Inks were an absolute dream to use and blend. Again, I was surprised at how easy they were to use and I would definitely recommend these.  9. I’ve thrown in some Cosmic Shimmer Colouor Cloud that I found in ny desk drawer (oops! haha). It glided on, however a LOT of ink came off and didn’t blend too well. As you can see, it just covered up the yellow and left two slightly different shades of blue instead! If you’re going for single colour this is the ink to use as it literally took seconds, otherwise don’t bother as you’ll end up with one colur any way.


10. I was expecting the Momento Inks to blend better than they did. It was an awful lot of hard work to get the colours blended, which is why I’ve taken so many pictres for you to see. The end result was ok but not worth the 10 mins it took! Compare that witht he Cosmic Shimmer above (I know it’s a different shade) that only took 10 seconds and you can see why I wouldn’t use these again.


11. Distress Inks were amazing for colour, coverage and blendability. Highly recommended and my go to inks for the Reveal Its Mats.


12. last but certainly not least were the Distress Crayons. I didn’t think they would work as they are water activated and thought they would turn into a puddle of mess. I sprayed each area carefully with a little water and gently rubbed in a circular motion with some soft tissue and this worked a treat! I went in a couple more times in localised areas and this time didn’t spritz, just rubbed with tissue and this enhanced the colour even more. The finish was perfectly blended and you can add layers of colour for a more intense look if you want. Another winner and highly recommended.


But wait, there’s more!
Both Stamp It and Stamp It II Collections had Distress It Mats but what if you wanted to make your own? Let me show you how easy it is…

To start I grabbed some Distress and Momento Inks, lightest first and used CWC Plain white card stock cut 5.25″ x 5.25″.  With my Mini Ink Blending Tool, I began inking the card in a circular motion in the exact same way as number 11 above, slowly building up the colours.


Once dry, I took a small watercolour brush and dipped it in clean water and flicked over the inked card. You can let dry naturally or use a heat gun. I repeated this 4 times and then inked the edges again for the final finish.


My distressed background  on the left; Craftwork Cards Distress It Mat on the right.

jk-cwcI didn’t want to duplicate the CWC Distress It Mat exactly but think I’ve shown how easy it is to make.
So, now that I’ve answered a heap of your questions it’s over to you – have a stab at some of the inky examples shown today.

Time to get your ink on, ladies! I’d be over the moon if you left me a litle note to say that you enjoyed this post – or if you had any additional questions just hit me up! Get makin’ and don’t forget to share your beautiful projects. I NEED to see them all 😉

Have a super day and happy crafting!

Lots of love xx




  1. Sheila Bubb

    29th November 2016 - 12:34 pm

    Wow! Thank you Jennifer lots of different techniques to try xx

    • Jennifer Kray

      29th November 2016 - 7:57 pm

      Oh Sheila, thank you for your lovely comment! Please do try some of these and share with us on the fan page. x

  2. Janette Delbarre

    29th November 2016 - 12:48 pm

    Absolutely wonderful summary and ‘go to’ reference info for those of us with less than reliable memories….thank you so much…..brilliant!

    • Jennifer Kray

      29th November 2016 - 8:06 pm

      Hi Janette, thank you so much for coming to read my post. I really hope that it has helped with the Reveal It Mats and that you are able to try some new techniques. And maybe you’ll try something new to share with us all; I’d love that! xx

  3. Elisabeth Hogarth

    29th November 2016 - 1:38 pm

    Amazing tutorial Jennifer. I will read it properly when I have more time. We would pay good money in a workshop to be shown this level of detail. Thank you x Elisabeth x

    • Jennifer Kray

      29th November 2016 - 8:06 pm

      Hi Elisabeth. Thanks for your feedback and know that you’ll get inky with it! Please share everyrthing you make or you can just send it direct to me if you want haha 😉 x

  4. sue

    29th November 2016 - 2:13 pm

    Great informative post that will be very useful, thank you x

    • Jennifer Kray

      29th November 2016 - 8:00 pm

      Hi Sue
      I’m so pleased you enjoyed my post and that it was useful. It makes me so happy when I see positive comments from CWC fans and customers. I hope that you will try some of these techniques and share with us all – I’d love to see what you create! x

    • Jennifer Kray

      29th November 2016 - 8:05 pm

      Hi Sue. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog post today. It always means so much to me when I know that people find them useful/helpful. x

  5. Nicky Gilburt

    29th November 2016 - 4:33 pm

    This is fantastic, a clear and thorough tour of pens and inks. It brings Distress crayons further up my wish list, that’s for certain, thanks for sharing this and taking the time to include so many helpful photos. The visuals are just so helpful so we know what to look out for on our next crafty shopping trips! You will cost me a fortune! xx

    • Jennifer Kray

      29th November 2016 - 7:32 pm

      Haha, thanks Nicky! Yes you really NEED distress crayons, they are amazing. I appreciate you reading my post – it makes it all worthwhile. x

  6. Ann Jaramillo

    29th November 2016 - 5:04 pm

    Brilliant post will give it a try with what I ave can you use twinkling H2Os or would they be too wet xx

    • Jennifer Kray

      29th November 2016 - 7:30 pm

      Hi Ann
      Oh I’d love to see what you’ve made – and yes, your twinkling H2O’s will work as Ncky Gilburt has used them in one of her tutorials.
      Thanks for taking the time to read my blog post. x

  7. Tracey

    29th November 2016 - 6:30 pm

    Brilliant to see so many different mediums used and the different results obtained, this will definitely inspire me to have a go, thank you x

    • Jennifer Kray

      29th November 2016 - 8:03 pm

      Hi Tracey – oh this makes me so happy to read this! I cannot wait to see what you make and hope that you share with us all. If you have any other questions, please just ask – we will do our best for you. x

  8. Jeanette Handley

    29th November 2016 - 6:53 pm

    Brill tutorial. Just whag I am looking for. Thank you.

    • Jennifer Kray

      29th November 2016 - 8:02 pm

      Hi Jeanette
      I’m so pleased you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and if there is ever anything else you want to see just let me know and either me or one of my fellow DT’s would be happy to share. x

  9. Jane Lee

    30th November 2016 - 11:06 am

    Brilliant tutorial, thanks so much for sharing your experiments! xx

    • Jennifer Kray

      10th December 2016 - 10:51 am

      Hi Jane
      It was fun experimenting and that’s what we’re here for – making messes so you don’t have too haha

  10. Sue Smith

    30th November 2016 - 9:59 pm

    Interesting read Jennifer, thanks so much! Loving your homemade distress it matts! xXx

    • Jennifer Kray

      10th December 2016 - 10:53 am

      Thanks Sue
      It was really fun trying out different mediums and I loved making the distress it mats. x

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