I love my Distress Stains.

I usually use them for making quick backgrounds on my art journaling pages, which are matte paper. This week I decided to see how they work on glossy cardstock. The stain is not as vivid, but I love how it adds just a wash of color to the background.

This week I’m in a hoping-for-spring mood (no new snow this week!) so I went for pink and butterflies.

Sara Naumann blog handmade card

I am dreaming of spring…or at least, temperatures above freezing…


– Stamps: Judikins Butterfly Stream, Paper Artsy ESN04

– Distress Stain in Spun Sugar from Ranger

Black Archival ink from Ranger

– Glossy white cardstock

– Lime green cardstock

– Book paper

– White acrylic paint

– Green dotted ribbon

– 5″ blank square card


1) Paint the sheet of book paper with white. Let dry, then glue it to the card front.

2) Apply Spun Sugar Distress Stain to a 4 1/4″ square of glossy white cardstock. Let it air dry.

3) Stamp the butterflies and the words with black ink. Let dry, then edge the cardstock with black ink.

Sara Naumann blog cardmaking instructions

A close-up of the Distress Stain—it dries much lighter on glossy cardstock.

4) Mat on lime green cardstock. Tie a knot in a piece of green dot ribbon, wrap the bottom corner and secure to the back. Glue to the card front.

Happy Wednesday! (And happy spring!)