supplies: craft sheet, alcohol inks/cranberry/red pepper/watermelon, ink applicator tool, archival ink/jet black, paint dabber/lettuce, distress ink/pumice stone, ink blending tool, glossy accents, glossy cardstock; grungepaper, tiny attacher, sanding grip; dies/regal crest/tag & bookplate; cms112 seasonal reflections, grid-blocks; clearly heavy transparency; pearls
step 1: die cut a #8 tag from white glossy cardstock and a piece of clearly heavy transparency (from hambly studios). *note: you can use clear packaging for this step too, but i like the thickness of the clearly heavy from hambly – great for books too.
step 6: continue inking until the tag is completely covered and allow the tag to dry for 10 seconds before adding more ink. note: to build the intensity of the color, reapply as many layers of ink as you wish. as long as the first layer is allowed to dry, additional layers will create intensity. allow the tag to dry completely – do not heat.
step 12: place your tag over your white cardstock and check it out! cool huh? *note: the more layers of alcohol ink you apply to the tag, the more “marbling” you get in the tag – i like it though, very distressed.
since we’re done with that tag already, how about another idea? i wanted to do this technique on fragments of course. so here’s a bonus tag for you!!!
step 6: place fragment on a cutting mat (my cutting mat is glass so i’m NOT cutting through my craft sheet like it looks like) and cut of excess tape using craft knife. *note: scissors don’t work well for this and could tear the tape.
step 13: stamp the silhouette deer following the distress to distress reflections stamping technique i shared in the video earlier in this post. ink the background with distress ink (iced spruce, tumbled glass) using an ink blending tool.
so you might be asking yourself, will this technique only work with reflections stamps? the answer…nope! you can really use any bold design for this, but keep in mind that whatever design you use will end up backwards, that’s why reflections stamps are all words or music. here is one of my favorite stamp sets (tiny textures) to use for this technique and just great backgrounds in general. check these out…
well my advice for this technique is practice makes perfect – so if at first it doesn’t work, try, try it again. it’s so fun to do on anything non-porous like plastic, metal, or glass and you can see the effects are pretty neat. now what about that wreath out of the regal crest die? i think creativity is all about perspective. hopefully these tags are challenging you to see things a little different too. just be sure to have fun…t!m