Sunday, November 28, 2010

Distress inks (and more) galore

What did I do before distress inks came along?  Not sure, but everything that leaves my stamp room these days has at least one distress ink on it and possibly lots more, including other distress products.  Just can't get enough of them!  How about a vintage holiday tag that has really been distressed?

The background technique was one Tim used in 2007 on one of his first Christmas tags.  I made some faux printer blocks, added holiday tissue tape, sticker from the seasonal stash, stamps, grungeboard tree die, a rusty snowman and a bulldog clip (neither are Tim's).

Let's see...Distress Ink colors include Weathered Wood, Black Soot, Barn Door, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Tea Dye, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Crushed Olive, Shabby Shutters, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, and Pine Needles.

I always use more than one shade of a color when distressing.  Not only does it add more color interest but the shading has more depth.  Try color combos that you haven't before...add a bit of dark blue to the edges instead of dark brown or black.  You'd be amazed at how neat it looks!

I do need to find a way to keep the ink color from bleeding because it makes snow no longer white.  Maybe heat setting the ink would help or finding another product to create the snowy effect.  At least it's green and not yellow!

10 comments:

  1. This is fabulous Susan. I love distress inks and grunge too!

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  2. Love your work! I can't make anything unless it's distressed. I'm allergic to 'white space'. The faux printer blocks are awesome..can I ask how you made them?

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  3. Tim & Mario showed these faux printer box letters...chipboard letters are glued onto 2 layers of grungeboard. Paint black acrylic paint over front and sides. When dry, distress with sandpaper then apply brown distress ink over all.

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  4. wow, that's an awesome tag! lots of things going on, but it all works really well together!

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  5. Absolutely fabulous distress tag!! Love the vintage Christmas feel of it! :)

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  6. Your tag is beautiful, Susan!! I love all of the details on it!

    Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge - I'm so glad you're always there!

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  7. This is positively gorgeous! Love the background, and those printer blocks are too cool! The tree is great, and I had the same issue with the Liquid Pearls I used on the roofs, turned a little brown! lol!

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  8. Thanks for the Faux Printer Letter info. Love your work.

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  9. I'm glad you described the faux printer letter tech already - I was going to ask! you are already making tags and Tim doesn't start until tomorrow! You are going to have a LOT of tags!

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  10. This tag is even MORE beautiful in person! Yep, it's in MY hands - Susan sent it to me for my birthday! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

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