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