Tutorial Tuesday: Inchie Art 2–Toothbrush Distressing


I have a new love for inchies, and couldn’t resist buying these inchie stamps, called Butterflies and Birds, by Inkadinkado.  Not wanting to let them get lonely, I quickly put a tutorial together, and stamped these cuties out.

My coordinating background is a technique from the Technique Junkie’s Newsletter.  With so many past and current techniques, you are sure to find one that is suited just for you!

Time to get painting, so let’s begin by pulling out that paper you bought and now say, “What was I thinking?!!”  Let’s do  my Toothbrush Distressing technique.



Stamps (inchie stamps or small images)


Variety of Acrylic Paints

Old Toothbrush

Ink pads


Embossing Powder (clear and colour)

Heat Gun


To start Step 1, pull out your “What was I thinking?!!” paper and scrap paper.  In my case, I had 12 x 12 paper and used a corner for scrap as I did not need the entire sheet of paper for this project.  I did paint most of the paper because I wanted to create extra inchies to use later.


Take your toothbrush, dip it into acrylic paint, and wipe off excess paint on scrap paper.  Pull your toothbrush across your paper in short little strokes.  You will continue adding a variety of colour until you are satisfied.  Pull your toothbrush in different directions.


When there is a strong colour difference, you may want to mix the two colours together.


Cut your inchies out.  Be sure to make extras because experimentation could ruin many inchies.  While filming this tutorial I made many mistakes in my experiments, and ended up going in the direction of rubberstamping onto this background, rather than embossing.  Unfortunately, I lost a lot of inchies in the process.


Rubberstamp onto the inchie.


This step is optional:  Apply VersaMark over top of the background and inchies, sprinkle with clear embossing powder, and heat emboss.


You may wonder why I chose to clear emboss my background and inchies.  I like to embellish and work my cards to the max, and only stop when I hit the wall separating “awesome” and “gaudy–overkill.”  Embossing powder enhances the quality of work when using the right products.  In my case, this template makes my paper look like leather once embossed.  When you maximize your talent, you are able to show your love for the recipient.  If you sell your cards, you are able to ask for more money.

I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial.

For a complete listing on tutorials, see my Tutorial page at the top of the page.

Posted on : Sep 22 2009
Posted under Technique Junkie Newsletter, Tutorials |

7 People have left comments on this post

Sep 22, 2009 - 02:09:24
Juliet A said:

These are very nice inchies, I would love to see them in real life. I’m an Ultimate Junkie, but I must confess, I do not know which tech involves using a toothbrush to scrub paint into yucky paper – please tell me what it is!

Twist twist twist – do you think I could twist your arm and get you to put a few of these inchies onto ATCs and send them into the TJ ATC swap? I’m sure I’m not the only one who would like to hold them.

Sep 22, 2009 - 03:09:40
Kim H said:

HOLEY CATFISH BATMAN!!!! These totally rock! I have never thought to use a tooth brush with the paint! You are amazing GF!

Sep 22, 2009 - 03:09:29
Danni said:

How interesting and unique!! Fun tutorial!

Sep 22, 2009 - 03:09:48
Corie said:

What a beautiful card — love it

Sep 22, 2009 - 10:09:30
margie said:

Stunning cards and colors! I’ve never seen anything like it and I am loving it!!!
TFS :*)
~ margie

Sep 22, 2009 - 11:09:48
silvia haynes said:

LOVE,LOVE,LOVE what you did with these inchiees!!! I have the same stamps and I haven’t even taken them out of the package.

Sep 24, 2009 - 08:09:15
Risa said:

Very interesting tutorial Beth! I LOVE the results…very stunning!

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