Today I wanted to share with you the technique I use for applying and blending Distress Inks onto my stamping projects. I received an email from a blog reader who said that her inking didn’t turn out the way mine did. I thought that perhaps it would be easier to demonstrate in a video how I apply ink. Hopefully it will be helpful to anyone with questions about applying different colors of ink into a blended background. After the video I am following up with photos of additional steps to show how I created the tree branches tag above.
I was trying out a new microphone and the sound is a little soft so you may want to turn up the volume when you watch. I am a video novice so don’t be too hard on me!
And now for the rest of the tag…
After inking the tag as shown in the video, mist the center of the tag generously with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist.
Use a dry cloth to absorb the excess mist. (I use cloth diapers for art towels. They are super absorbent and wash up nicely.)
Dry the tag with a heat tool.
Scribble Walnut Stain Distress Stain onto a script stamp. This script stamp is from a Christmas set. You can’t read the script so even though it is from a Christmas themed set, it is a great stamp to use all year long.
Randomly stamp the script onto the tag. (On this tag, I inked the stamp only once. I stamped lightly and quickly several times for a very broken image.) Make sure to not stamp too much text in the lower area where the sentiment will be. Text on text will be very busy and make the sentiment hard to read.
Dry the Distress Stain.
Ink the flock of birds stamp with Coffee Archival Ink. Stamp the bird image in the upper part of the tag.
Ink the tree branch stamp with Jet Black Archival Ink. Stamp the image along the left side of the tag toward the middle.
Not shown: Lightly ink the edges of the tag directly with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Sprinkle clear embossing powder on the wet ink. Heat the powder to melt it.
Stamp a sentiment in the lower part of the tag below the tree using Jet Black Archival Ink. If the sentiment is long, try using a t-square or corner ruler to keep the lines of stamping straight. You can accent select words and break up the visual of a large block of text by stamping some words on scraps of manila cardstock. After stamping the word, cut it out in a block shape. Ink the edge of the block and adhere it in stamped sentiment. This technique is a great way to disguise any mistakes in spelling of bad stamping. (I stamped the q sideways and had to use this technique to hide that!)
Many times when I create a tag, I make the tag first and then find a sentiment that works with it. This time, I was searching for quotes that described my mood before creating the tag. With the recent tragic events in Connecticut I had such a heavy heart and wanted to create something that spoke of comfort and strength in trying times. When I came across the quote I used on this tag, I could immediately picture the scene. When I went to my stamps and saw that I had this amazing tree branch image… well, it just felt like the art was meant to be. I love when art happens that way.
I love that there is a subtle sheen on the tag from the Perfect Pearls Mist. It gives such a soft sparkle, just like the sun should in this scene.
I have always loved this flock of birds stamp. Along with the tree, it was simply the perfect stamp for what I wanted to create.
The bold, dark edge of Walnut Stain Distress Ink with clear embossing powder is a perfect way to frame this image. It is bold and dramatic, just like the scene.
I ran out of space for the name of the author below the quote. I like to always include the author’s name so I was a little miffed at myself that I hadn’t started my stamping slightly higher and had let myself run out of space. I ended up adding it to the side of the tag above the tree. It is a happy accident because I really like it on the side like there. It lets the quote stand alone and be the last thought.
And finally, the quote:
In times of quietness, our hearts should be like a tree, lifting their branches to heaven to draw down strength which they need to face the storms that will surely come in life. -Salesians of Don Bosco
It is as if that tree stamp and that quote were made to create art together. I am so happy that they both found their way to my art on a day when my heart was heavy. There is something in the imagery of a tall and strong tree reaching for the heavens that fills me with comfort.