Smudge Stamping

Hello. Today’s card features a technique I recently discovered from Mr. Distress Ink himself, Tim Holtz. I took one of his classes at a stamping convention all about Distress Oxide Inks and Smudge Stamping was my favorite technique he shared.

I started by stamping the images from THIS stamp set using Distress Oxide Inks. Once the image is stamped, you immediately use one of THESE to smear or smudge the ink. I used circular motions right on top of the image just as I would to ink blend. Since Distress Oxide Inks have dye and pigment ink properties, the image stays crisp like a dye ink but the wet ink like pigment smears or smudges. It’s so much fun! I also sprayed some water on top to achieve a bleached look.

I die-cut THIS die from white and vellum. I heat embossed several layers of gold embossing powder on the white cardstock word to give an embellishment look. I also heat embossed a sentiment from THIS set underneath. I finished off the card with a sprinkling of sequins.

I hope this inspires you to try smudge stamping.



  1. Kat Wubbenhorst
    September 14, 2017

    Thanks for sharing your creativity with us

  2. Lisa Tilson
    September 12, 2017

    How clever is that that it smudges and the image stays crisp… I have a lot to learn about distress oxides! A stunning card, gorgeous colours 😍. Added to my list to try!

  3. Sally Greiner
    September 10, 2017

    Very cool! I love your color choices. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Ardyth
    September 10, 2017

    What a great technique! Came from IG to learn your 'secret'! Such a pretty card!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *