Thursday, 30 April 2015

Back to Business

I've recently got into using Distress Inks by Tim Holtz / Ranger and am really impressed with their quality and versatility. I had heard of Distress Inks, but thought they were just to darken the edges of paper when scrapbooking. I didn't realise you can stamp with them, make backgrounds, mix with water, colour ribbons etc, etc....There are many tutorials on how to use these inks and Tim Holtz has a great blog with very informative and entertaining step-by-step tutorials. Speaking of which, I decided to do his 12 Tags of 2015 challenge this month. You can read about it here. When I saw his tag for April (which you can find here) I was spellbound. When I saw the list of supplies required less so. But then I thought, what is it Tim always says? Embrace the imperfection? Yes! So with my imperfect supplies, I spent a happy couple of hours tinkering around and this is what I came up with:

Tim Holtz, Distress Ink, 12 tags of 2015-April



Basically I had a few colours of Distress ink, a blending tool, water and a couple of stamps. I didn't have the spritzy thing Tim has to make the mottled background so just flicked the watered down ink from a paintbrush at the wet watercolour paper. I don't have a die cutting machine so punched the flower shape with a normal punch, then stamped the strip with my new text stamp - which I am very pleased with. Now the sewing round the edge thing stumped me and I laid the whole thing to one side for a day or two. Basically, the sewing machine and I are not good friends. In fact, we are barely on speaking terms. I considered drawing the lines in and pretending they were stitches, but in the end I thought about the imperfection thing and went for it. And, what do you know - it worked perfectly! No broken threads and not too wonky and so no cursing and swearing on my part. I added that metal button at the end as it fell out of my craft cupboard as I was rifling through my sparse supplies, so I took that as a sign!! Oh and the ribbon was a bit from some Easter packaging which I dyed with the Distress Ink. 

It feels good to write on the blog again after such a long time.

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