Tuesday Tutorial: Beautiful Blends #1

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One part I really love about making tags is creating the backgrounds for the stamped images.  Sometimes I love the background so much that I don’t want to potentially mess it up by stamping on it!  I recently created a blended background that I absolutely fell in love with.  I had the frosty de-boss technique in my head and the beautifully blended tag was set to be the background.  After I made some experimental errors, which ruined the tag and the background, it dawned on me that maybe I should make myself some recipe type cards to remember some of my favorite blends so that I can recreate them again and again.  And of course, what better way to save the process than through pictures.  And of course, if I am going to photograph it, I am going to share it, so I am happy to present, Beautiful Blends #1.

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Begin with a manila tag.  Use an ink blending tool to apply Evergreen Bough Distress Ink to the lower right half of the tag.  Normally when I apply ink for blending, I work in a circular motion.  For this tag I worked in straight swipes, beginning off of the edge and moving toward the middle.

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Next, I applied Festive Berries Distress Ink to the top right half of the tag.  Again, I worked in straight swipes, starting off of the edge and moving toward the center.  I allowed the two colors to overlap in the middle.

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On the whole left half of the tag, I applied Iced Spruce Distress Ink.  As before, I applied it in straight swipes, beginning off of the edge of the tag.  I tried to keep the overlap to a minimum with the previous two ink colors.

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Next, I picked up the tag and brushed on more Festive Berries Distress Ink to the edges using the ink blending tool.  I dried the tag using a heat tool.

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I applied Picket Fence Distress Stain in straight swipes from the top of the tag to the bottom.

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After drying, you can see the incredible difference the Picket Fence Stain makes in the original color.  I can not say enough how very much I love this product.

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To take the blending another step further, I sprayed the entire tag generously with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist.  I allowed the mist to sit on the tag for a moment before blotting it off with a dry cloth and then drying with a heat tool.

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After drying, I darkened the edges of the tag by applying Iced Spruce Distress Ink with an ink blending tool.  I applied the ink in a small circular motion, starting off of the edge of the tag and moving onto the tag just along the edges.

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I think the difference in the tag before the addition of the Picket Fence Distress Stain and after is remarkable.  The finished blend is so soft and dreamy.  I think this blend in particular really demonstrates how far you can stretch your Distress color palate with just one bottle of stain.

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Comments

  1. says

    I am loving the effect and yes Picket fence is going to be the most used I think :0))
    I really look forward to Tuesdays now !
    Thanks

  2. Kirsten Alicia says

    That looks lovely, very impressive blending. I’ve decided I have to have Picket Fence asap. :)

  3. Elaine Allen says

    Tammy –
    This is such a wonderful blend. I’m just really amazed that the Picket Fence Stain makes such a big difference. Gorgeous! Thanks for the Tutorial. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
    Elaine Allen

  4. says

    I never would have thought those colors started as they did. Very stunning! I wasn’t sure if I needed the Picket Fence Stain, you have convinced me, I need it!

  5. Barb in AK says

    Wow! That is simply beautiful! Something I want to try :-)
    Thank you so much for sharing.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. says

    Beautiful! I’ll have to get some “Picket Fence”! I was excited to read you will be visiting Indiana! Hope to make it to your classes @ the Doodlebug!

  7. says

    That’s REALLY beautiful, Tammy! I haven’t picked up any of the stains yet and now I know which one to start with! Thank you very much! :)

  8. KimMJ says

    A mini recipe book for backgrounds would be a great project to work on! Thanx for sharing and the tutorial. Love your work! Happy Turkey Day to you and yours!

  9. Jennifer says

    i just came across your blog about a week ago, (thanks to Tim) and I have to say…I’m in love!! You rock and your blog is one I will watch daily!! thanks for sharing and all your wonderful tips!! I’m not very creative myself, but I like to say I can duplicate like it’s noboby’s business!! Thanks again! Looking forward to you wowing me some more!!

  10. cindy says

    This is great! I love the blended winter colors and agree with a previous comment that we (hint-hint) should make a swatch (tag) book of great blended colors, based of course on your hard work as you have a MUCH greater eye than I do.
    I’ll be making this tag later tonight!
    Thank you for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends.