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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

A Frugal Journey Through January Day 14

Welcome back. Today I have a very quick distressed background that you can create to be as subtle or vibrant as you wish, or that as suits the stamps you plan to use over it

I have used a selection of Distress Inks, Dried Marigold, Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry, Peeled Paint and Broken China, applied randomly to a piece of white card then using the same colours of ink I stamped a selection of texture stamps from Kaisercraft in patches over the base. When I do this I never put my stamp on an acrylic block, I simply ink it and lightly press only the bit I want onto the background.

I cut the card into three and stamped half of the main image from Donna Downey's She is... set using a strip of the third piece of card to stamp the words. Both pieces were backed onto black card and this is now ready to add to a card or journal page.

I used the other half of the stamp and a different sentiment and now have two finished pieces in less than 10 minutes. On both images I used a water brush and tissue to blot away the ink on her eyes and lips to make them stand out a little better.

With a slightly different mix of inks I created a more grungy background,


using some water splatters, blotted, and inked edges to add to the look.


I used up all the leftovers with some die cuts to use as embellishments.

Another day over on my Frugal Journey, I hope you enjoyed my distressed background. I will be back tomorrow with two different layouts from the same idea and some leftover pages from 6x6 paper pads.

Thank you so much for dropping by, and for all the comments, likes, retweets, favouriting etc, I very much appreciate it xx




  1. Hi Val a wonderful master board using Distress ink Pads and i really love the kind of stamping when you don't need a block! So many great cards etc you have made, the sentiments are also wonderful.

    Thanks for another Frugal Day on your blog :-) xxx

  2. These are all wonderful Val:and I can't pick a favourite! I have got the fabulous Donna Downey stamps right at the top of my wish list though!

    I'm thoroughly enjoying your frugal journey and thanks for all the brilliant inspiration.

    Lesley Xx

    1. Thank you Lesley, these DD stamps are very popular and seem to be out of stock more often than not! Xx