Distressing and Quartering with Tabbatha!

Distressing and Quartering with Tabbatha!


Hello my lovelies! I’m Tabbatha, your host for today’s adventure in mediums. We have already had some great tutorials about creating an ombre effect,  pencils and gamsol and using watercolor pencils. So now it is my turn to talk about a medium that is close to my heart – Distress Inks.

I love this stuff!

The colors, the texture – everything about these Inks are just super cool.  I wanted to share a bit on how I use them to create a super fun and easy-ish CAS card using the lovely Flower Background

Here is the finished card:


The reason I say this is an easy-ish technique is due to the image itself. As you see from the image in Step 1, I first took Flower into MS Office and literally quartered the image in four perfectly sized boxes. If you skip this step or quarter the image after you Distress it, then this is a SUPER easy project! I tend to make life hard for me though. Plus, I had a clean look in mind when I started, but it turned out that I can’t cut worth a darn so I distressed the heck out of the edges. That’s a pro tip btw: if you cut like Tabbatha, distress, distress, distress! Hehe

I wanted to include a video tutorial on how I quartered the Flower image to begin with. It is a tad complicated, but worth it to get the look. If you are into inchies this technique is definitely for you. It is my first video tutorial, but I hope it isn’t the last. Hop over here to get the skinny. 😀

Now that we have the image it is time to get started on the actual distressing!

Step 1: The Supplies
For the purposes of this tutorial I used the following colors of Distress Inks: Worn Liptstick, Picked Raspberry, Broken China and Dusty Concord. You will also want your printed image for this. I printed the Flower Background just on my normal cardstock, you could do this on textured cardstock or watercolor paper for some lovely added texture.


Step 2: Blending
To get a nice, smooth blend I went from light  to dark using my Ranger Blending Tool. I also kept the image print out intact so that I could easily blend within all four quadrants smoothly.

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Step 3: The Distressing
Spritz a nice amount of water in the palm of your hand. Casually flick the water over the distressed card. Let it be for a half a minute, then dry with a heat tool or let air dry. You will notice the paper will warp a bit from the water – that is to be expected. I also lightly misted the colors with my water, so to bring out some brightness in the inks themselves.


Step 4: The Quadrants
In this step, I first cut out the image squares. If you are like me and can’t cut a straight line for nothing, you can further distress the edges like I did. 🙂 Due to warping of the paper (from the water) I mounted each square onto a larger black mat (1/8″ mat all around). 


Step 5: Finishing
Mount the matted squares onto a white square base using foam squares and Bob’s Your Uncle! The look is seriously chic and on trend. You can easily add a sentiment if you wish, I chose to keep it purely artistic so that I can hang it on my cork board next to me like a little piece of art. 😀

Here is the finished card again! I really hope you got some lovely inspiration and will try combining Distress Inks and Some Odd Girl in your own, funky way!




  1. wow—this is so nice!! Lots of possibilities for this technique. Thanks!

  2. Wow Tabbatha, what a fantastic tutorial, I will have to try this soon!!!

  3. This is fabulous Tabbatha and I would never have thought to use a background stamp like this- so creative!!

  4. So pretty! I like the distressed ink and water effect! It’s like looking out the window after a summer rain!

  5. This is so pretty. I love the colours you’ve used and the way they blend together. Thanks for the tutorial – great job. I’ll have to try this now too. Love this image. I haven’t worked with digis before so I should figure how to get going with some;)

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