it’s day 6 – so let’s mist…

Tag6 "elegant Christmas" – tim holtz 2007
stamp set (stampers anonymous)
craft sheet
distress ink pads: aged mahogany, fired brick, black soot
distress re-inkers: brushed corduroy
mini misters
perfect pearls: heirloom gold
ink blending tool & foam (ranger)
damask mask (heidi swapp)
grungeboard (tim holtz idea-ology)
paper distresser (tonic studios)
tag and embellishments


step 1: we are going to make our "pearlized-distress" mist solution first.  here’s how: add 1 DROPPER full (not drop) of distress re-inker into an empty mini mister. (*tip: i use distress re-inkers for this because they are a concentrated dye, color stable, so you don’t have to use much ink to get vibrant colors.)


step 2: add a small scoop of perfect pearls to the ink in the mister. (*tip: i like to use the end of a craft stick for this – it fits the mouth of the mister perfect! – wow, using the word perfect a lot today)


step 3: fill the mini mister about 3/4 of the way with water, replace the sprayer, and shake the solution up to mix it very well.  it’s important the the ink and perfect pearls emulsify. (*tip: you need to leave room in the mini mister to help everything mix together.  by emulsifying everything/like salad dressing, it keeps the perfect pearls from separating.)


step 4: here’s a color swatch of a few other color combinations of distress re-inkers and perfect pearls.  it’s so easy and affordable to make your own "pearlized distress" sprays.  this ink and pearl solution can be used on cardstock, grungeboard, chipboard, canvas, ribbon, etc.  another great way to use those distress re-inkers – and 24 colors in the palette, unlimited possibilities!


step 5: apply mask to your tag. (*tip: a mask is a reusable, repositionable adhesive backed vinyl die cut that can be inked or painted over – another addiction of mine…guilty!)


step 6: shake mini mister solution and spray over masked tag.  the tag will start to curl but don’t worry.  let the tag air dry. (*tip: if you feel the need to speed this up, you can use a heat tool but keep your distance because the masks are not heat stable – experience speaking once again!)


step 7: while the tag is drying remove 2 flourish pieces of grungeboard and place on craft sheet.  spray both pieces with mini mister to stain and pearlize these accents.  dry with heat tool. (*tip: grungeboard is a stainable material and won’t fall apart or swell like chipboard will – it’s heat stable too.)


step 8: once the ink on tag is dry, carefully remove the mask to reveal your design – so cool!


step 9: apply distress ink from the pad to the ink applicator tool with foam.  do this by simply tapping the foam on to the pad.  i am using 2 tones of red – aged mahogany and fired brick to get more depth.  it doesn’t matter which color you start with.


step 10: starting on your craft sheet – if you don’t have a craft sheet, this is a must have work surface. place the tool on the sheet and begin pulling the color from the sheet on to your tag using a circular motion. continue inking using both colors of distress ink until the desired look is achieved. (*tip: using the ink blending tool & foam on the craft sheet will provide and soft shading of color and avoid any harsh ink lines)


step 11: next, fill an empty mini mister with plain water and spray some water in your hand.


step 12: flick the water on to your inked tag creating droplets and let them sit there for about 10 seconds.


step 13: using a paper towel, blot off the water drops, this will lift the ink off of those areas.


step 14: dry the tag with a heat tool. (*tip: by drying the tag with a heat tool it raises the fibers in the paper and creates a bleaching effect – love it!)


step 15: drag the paper distresser along the edges of the tag to create a tattered look.


step 16: ink edges with ink blending tool and black soot distress ink. (*tip: this creates a burnt edge effect)


step 17: ink stamp with black soot and stamp on tag slightly overlapping masked design.


step 18: adhere grungeboard elements to tag using adhesive of choice and add any other embellishments to finish the tag.

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  6. Joan Hajek says:

    Wow! This one looks like velvet! So vintage and victorian looking! You really amaze me with your creations!

  7. WAY COOL that there’s a way to create such shimmer with just a drop of ink, powder, and water…sort of like magic! again, your step by step illustrations are fab, and i’m grateful for the exposure to another new technique. my world of stamping is expanding WAY beyond SU!, thanks to you.

  8. Sheryl says:

    Thank you for showing this technique. I love the look and appreciate the creativity and heart you put into your work. After yesterday’s post, I ran out and bought the supplies I needed to make the last tag…and now after today I’m thinking I might have to make another trip! LOL!

  9. christy says:

    That is a very beautiful tag! Thanks for the great ideas!

  10. Dolly says:

    All I can say is thank goodness I work at an incredible scrapbook store that loves Tim Holtz, Ranger, Advantus and most of all it’s employee’s…because if I didn’t have that employee discount I could be in some serious trouble LOL…at the very least Starbucks would see much less of me. I love todays technique…can we say some vintage glass glitter on those grungeboard swirls?? Speaking of the swirls, glass glitter…can I just say that the flexibility of grungeboard allows you to wrap it around things? Imagine glass candle holders (bigger than votives), grungboard swirls with glitter glass wrapped around the holder. They are beautiful!

  11. Leslee says:

    I am in awe!!! This tag is stunning and I think my favourite thus far. Thank you again for another wonderful technique.
    Leslee in MT

  12. Kelly H says:

    You totally rock Tim!!! I have been so inspired by these tags that I ordered some of your stamps last night. Thanks so much for sharing your techniques. Wishing I was one of those lucky 36 to attend your class!!!
    ~Kelly H in Indy

  13. Loydene says:

    I’m wishin’ I was at the retreat! Your ideas make me feel like creating something!

  14. Lee says:

    I just used a set of your grungeboard on one of my pages. The added dimension to the page turned out so cool.
    Thanks for putting a product out there like no other. You out did yourself today.

  15. GoChandra says:

    Ah ha! Another project I can’t wait to try! 🙂

  16. artcricket says:

    So enjoying the series – you are a mad scientist and I love all the tips on mixing and manipulating different products for beautiful, unique art! Thank you for taking the time in your busy schedule to do this for your loyal fans!

  17. Laura says:

    This tag is GORGEOUS!! I can’t wait to come home from work tonight and try this one out! Lucky me…I have your Merry Christmas stamp!!! Wahoo!!! I am thrilled to come here each day and find blog content that makes my heart skip a beat!! I am really looking forward to hearing about your lucky 36 people next week!!! How exciting!! Merry Christmas Tim!

  18. Chris Sather says:

    WOW!! How did I ever miss this blog?? I’ve had some alcohol inks for awhile and never knew what to do with them!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!

  19. aNNe says:

    Fabulous! This is the best one yet. Love the elegant look.

  20. Penny B. says:

    Ahhh…now I know what to do with those Perfect Pearls! Every day I learn something new and my “need to have” list is getting so long now! I’ve been playing with the Grungeboard and it is my favorite product so far!
    Have fun at the Holiday Hideaway…it sounds amazing!

  21. Debby says:

    Oh, The weathered wood and silver pefect pearls is stunning! I have to go mix some up and spray it on everything. Ok, maybe not everything (the dog and cat may not like it much). Keep the great ideas coming.

  22. Roberta says:

    Another awesome tag! I wish I didn’t have a full time job so I had more time to play. I can’t wait to see the last 6 tags. Keep the inspiration coming!
    Roberta K

  23. Valerie says:

    totally cool!!! thanks!

  24. Mary Manese says:

    let you in on a secret—the only real reason i go to carson is to see YOU! if you’re not there, i won’t either! you rock and it’s because of stuff like this!!!!!!!

  25. marshan says:

    Once again you pulled off amazing me. This tag might be one of my favorites!! AWESOME!!! Thanks again for the daily inspiration.

  26. Kerry J. says:

    Another awesome tag! I’m misted away (blown away!). I’ve always wanted to learn more about all these techniques, and I’m so happy to be able to through your blog. Thank you!

  27. Roseann says:

    This is the next best thing to attending a class at CHA {which I never seem to be able to get into} or watching you do a demo {if I can get close enough to the table}. I love the color sample tags … puts it all into perspective and is a great springboard for other ideas. Thanks for doing this!

  28. Judy Matheny says:

    My grungeboard is on order so I now have ny first ptoject lined up. Thanks again, Tim!

  29. ellen says:

    wow wow wow! I need that little one that sprays like that, love that. I bet I can use a regular little spray bottle? Fabulous ideas…thanks so much for all the inspiration!

  30. Ramona Croushore says:

    I’ve never used perfect pearls or the mister. They sound like they would be very easy to use and I love the look. I have learned more from you in these six days then I’ve learned in the past six months. Thank you so much for this wonderful gift!

  31. Janice Nielson says:

    My mouth has dropped open in awe! I wish that I had your talent. I love how those scrolls hang over the edges. I just ordered some of your grunge stuff. Hopefully I can try this tag!

  32. Melanie Messana says:

    OMG! New uses for my perfect pearls!!!
    So happy!
    Couple of my scrappin’ compadres worked on some of your tags at AE last night….
    Hey, make sure to tell Kate that the Wed night croppers say hello!
    Have a great day!
    aka The Craft Diva

  33. Synettra says:

    Once again amazing technique. You have stretched my creativity this week. Thanks bunches. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for tomorrow.

  34. chel says:

    Lovely, lovely. Love the Perfect Pearls. Another “clay” tool I need to bring over to the other side of the studio. Thanks!

  35. Shermala says:

    Beautiful tag! I love the random drawing details. I will have to check that out!

  36. Marcia says:

    Hi Tim. Thanks so much for sharing the step by step techniques on your great projects. It makes it so much more inviting to give them a try. Looking forward to day 7. Marcia

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