Video 1: Fall Leaf with Distress Inks Tutorial


Fall Leaf with Distress Inks

Hello everyone!  How is the weather in your part of the world?  Here in Central Ohio, we are enjoying a beautiful autumn. What I love most about this season is watching the leaves change colors.  And that's the inspiration for my project today: fall leaf colors with distress inks.  This technique is better explain with a video demonstration.  So I went ahead and put together a little video tutorial for you below!  I hope you like it.   If you'd like to see how to create a similar look using alcohol inks, I have a video tutorial for you here.   All supplies are linked at the end of this post.  

This is a very fun and easy technique.  I started out by first die cut out the Impression Obsession Leaf Background from a piece of watercoloring paper.  But you can use any white cardstock.  Next, to protect my work surface, I lay out the Ranger's non-stick craft sheet. Then, one by one I randomly press down each ink pads in wild honey, fire brick and crushed olive onto the craft sheet. Give a good mist of water over the inks. Then press the fall leaf dies cut paper over.  Once the paper completely dried, I mount it over a piece of Bazzill Licorice Twist cardstock.  Then onto my A2 card using Bazzill Easter Grass cardstock.

Impression Obsession Leaf Background

You can also create the ink background paper first.  Allow the paper to completely dried.  Then dies cut it out.  What so neat about this technique is that there is no right or wrong way of doing it.  You can lay down your inks in any order, any direction you like and the result is so amazing and different each time.

I find it very hard coloring fall leaves.  So this is my most favorite technique to use.

I made a set of cards.  Here is another layout.  I adhere the Leaf Background over a piece of Bazzill Marshmallow cardstock first before adhere to my A2 scallop card which I created using Lawn Fawn Scalloped Rectangle Stackables.


I hope you enjoy the video tutorial and hopefully will give this distress inks technique a try.  Don't forget to check out my next video tutorial post on fall leaf with alcohol inks.  Thanks for visiting.  May you have a lovely day.


You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below; click on the thumbnail picture or wording to take you directly to the product. I do not belong to any affiliate programs. If I am, I will sure to clearly disclosed in the post.  All supplies listed here I purchased.

IO Leaf Background Dies

Bazzill Card Shoppe-Marshmallow

Bazzill Card Shoppe-Licorice Twist

Bazzill Card Shoppe-Easter Grass

Sizzix Big Shot Express

Ranger Multi Medium Matte Mini

Lawn Fawn Scalloped Rectangle Stackables

Ranger Mini Mister

Ranger Distress Ink- Crushed Olive

Ranger Distress Ink- Fire Brick

Ranger Distress Ink- Wild Honey

Ranger's non-stick craft sheet

Canson Watercolor Pad



  1. So pretty! Fall is my favourite season! Love these colours! You have a wonderful background die!

  2. Awesome tutorial Christina! You do such a great job on explaining how to do it, and you are easy to understand.