Happy International Friendship Day + Dimensional Background with Distress Ink Refills + Embossing Paste

International Friendship Day

Hello crafters, it’s Nina-Marie here with you; Happy International Friendship day! 

Today is one of those “fun” holidays, in which friendship is promoted and celebrated. As cardmakers, we have many friends around the world that love and support us. And what better way to celebrate International Friendship day than to send a card to one of our friends! I encourage you to send a handmade card to a friend, letting them know how much you love and appreciate them.

Need inspiration for making a friendship card?? Well, I have a bright and happy card to share with you today in honor of this special day! This card spawned from a crazy experimental-idea that I had one day and just had to try. 

I wondered what would happen if I combined Distress Ink refills with Embossing Paste. I’ve done techniques in the past where you color the Embossing Paste with Distress Ink refills and that looks cool too. But my idea was to add the Distress Ink refills after I applied the paste onto my card. The result was even better than I had hoped!

There is such a unique blend of color by using the refills in this way! This has more of a watercolor effect, yet it still has the dimension of the Embossing Paste.

Overall, the technique is really easy to recreate. The hardest part is letting it dry, LOL! I ended up letting this dry overnight because I wanted to ensure that the paste was completely dry. Depending on your climate, drying time will vary.

I finished off the card with a die cut friend word from Simon Says Stamp and a supporting sentiment from Altenew. I covered the friend die with glitter embossing powder from Tonic Studios and added a little heart Shape Sprinkle from Doodlebug over the dot of the “i” for an extra bit of embellishment.

Be sure to watch the video below to see this card in action! I think you’re really going to enjoy watching the Distress Ink refills and the paste combine together for an amazing result! 

Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me today; I’ll be back again tomorrow with a new Studio Monday video for you!






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  1. Happy International Friendship Day dear Nina-Marie and everyone!!! I love so much your awesome card!!! Colors, technique and sentiment are absolutely stunning!!!

  2. What beautiful results! I have coloured paste before but not this way around. You get a much deeper colour, looks fabulous!

  3. What fun card. I have not used embossing paste but after seeing this I just might have to give it a try.

  4. A very colorful card! Thanks for the great idea. I tend to have trouble with embossing paste so this is very inspiring!

  5. You are a glorious genius! What a fabulous technique.
    I can’t wait to try it. Love having another way to use my supplies. Thank you.

  6. This video came at just the right time. I’ve been intrigued with the idea of using paste on cards for the dimensional aspect it brings. Thanks so much for sharing Nina’s great designs and tutorial.

  7. I have the distress sprays and tried it with that. It worked well but I did have a little bit of color bleeding. It still looks very cool though. Thanks for the inspiration

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