Dry Stamping with Distress Paint

ChristyInk & Paper, Stamping Techniques, Tutorials13 Comments

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I think I just discovered my all time favorite stamping technique. I invented it last week for my make-and-take at MLO, and I haven’t been able to stop since. It has all the hallmarks of a great craft. Simple? Check. Beautiful? Check. High potential for messiness? Double check. Okay, I’m exaggerating on the mess. As long as you’ve got a craft mat and a large supply of baby wipes, you’re fine, I promise.

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This is something Distress Paints can do that no other product can. And the results are so pretty that I’m pretty sure as soon as you try it you’ll be as addicted as I can.

It really can’t be easier. All you need is your Distress Paints, a paint brush, a background stamp, a baby wipe, and a piece of paper.

dry stamping supplies


First, liberally blot the Distress Paint all over your paper. Darker colors tend to overpower the lighter ones, so I used a lot more Broken China than I did Chipped Sapphire.

dry stamping step 1

Use a paintbrush to blend the paint across the entire page. I tend to use wide, sweeping strokes back and forth across the whole page, but you can blend in circles or zigzags or really however you want.

dry stamping step 2

Working quickly, use a baby wipe (or just a damp rag) to lightly dampen the surface of a clean stamp. This step may not be necessary if your paint is incredibly wet, but it helps.

dry stamping step 3

Then, while the paint is still wet, press the stamp onto the surface of the paint. (Note that I don’t use a block for background stamps. They’re not necessary.)

dry stamping step 4


The stamp will remove some of the paint, leaving this really awesome ghosted texture behind.

dry stamped image

How cool is that? You are going to want to experiment with lots of different colors and textures.

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The possibilities are endless, and suddenly you’ll have a set of notecards that took you practically no time to create!

dry stamped note cards



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13 Comments on “Dry Stamping with Distress Paint”

  1. Kelly

    Thank you for showing us your technique, it is perfect for the quick card. Thank you for joining us at Divas by Design
    Hugs Kelly

  2. Melanie

    Lovely cards and soo easy to make!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "use your favourite colour" challenge & good luck in the draw…
    Hope to see you again in our new challenge on Wednesday.

    (DT Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges)

  3. Jacqueline

    A great technique and a lovely set of cards – thanks for joining in this week at ATSAM – Jacqueline xx

  4. Karen

    Fantastic technique – thank you so much for the tutorial/sharing the technique – def something I will try once I get some distress paints!
    Thank you so much for joining us at Creative Moments Challenge #11 Shades of Blue. We really appreciate it and hope to see you again Karen P CM DT http://stampinginpink.blogspot.co.uk/

  5. Florence

    Fabulous card and a great technique. Thank you for playing along with the ATS&M challenge this week.
    Regards Florence.

  6. Jeanette

    What an interesting technique! The cards are beautiful!

    Thank you for participating in the Craft Us Crazy Anything Goes Challenge!

  7. Elizabeth @ Guidecentral

    Hi Christy, I love your tutorials. I have an app for visual how to guides for crafts, I think the community would love a guide on something like this if you fancy creating one! Check out the site and see what you think :)

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