Hello everyone, it’s Tuesday! That means it is time for another Tuesday Tutorial! This week I have a video tutorial for you sharing an inking technique I used to create this wood grain pattern for this tag.
I used this technique first on a card I created for CHA. I thought it turned out really super cool and have been itching to share it. I will be posting that card on Thursday so be sure to stop back by to see it. For today, I created a tag to share the technique. It is a messy finger one, I hope you will enjoy!
In the video I mentioned a video of Tim Holtz’s that talks about misting with Distress Stain and how to put the stain into a Mini Mister. You can find that video on this blog post by Tim: http://timholtz.com/video-distress-stain-ideas/.
As I mentioned in the video, after finishing the background, I sanded the edge of the tag to knock off some of the coating so I could add a crisp inked edge.
To embellish the tag, I die cut a Styled Label from grungepaper. I colored the label with Brushed Pewter Distress Stain. After drying the stain I applied Walnut Stain Distress Ink to the edges and onto the surface using an ink blending tool. I also die cut a heart from Sticky Back Canvas and cotton batting using the Mini Hearts die. I inked the surface of the heart with pink Distress Ink (I just used ink that was already on my pink blending foam, so no specific color here) and Walnut Stain Distress Ink using an ink blending tool. I love adding a layer of batting under the canvas (I die cut them as one piece) because it makes the heart a little more puffy and quilty once it is sewed in place. I adhered the assembled heart to the label and then sewed both of them to the front of the tag.
I picked three died stems from a hydrangea in my yard, trimmed them to fit the front of the tag and then stapled them in place using the Tiny Attacher.
I colored some crinkle ribbon with Seedless Preserves and Walnut Stain Distress Ink. After crinkling and drying the ribbon, I tied it around the tag, tying it off in a simple knot on the front. I stamped the word “touch” to a scrap of manila cardstock using Coffee Archival Ink. I attached the word piece to a Memo Pin which I inserted through the knot of the ribbon.
As a last step, I stamped a quote along the edge of the card using Coffee Archival Ink.
Without Touch we are all but hunks of wood.
I really don’t think I will ever get over the magic of coloring Crinkle Ribbon. I love the color variations you can get by dabbing bits of ink and water here and there. Each finished piece feels like such a mini work of art.
I think this photo is a great example of what I really love about this technique, that the speckles of Picket Fence peek through the layers of color above it and create so much color variation. The background was created with just two colors of stain in addition to Picket Fence and yet there is so much variation in color and intensity that it looks like many layers of colors.
And I love how fluid the wood grain image is from stamping with the Distress Stain. It really allows you to use a bold design like the wood grain without it overpowering and being the focal point of the design. It is subtle, you know that it is wood grain, but you don’t look at the finished tag and see just wood grain.
Tip: Do you see my fingerprint there? It doesn’t bother me, but if it would bother you on your art, make sure to clean your fingers often as you work. This is a messy finger technique and you can very easily transfer your fingerprints onto the surface if you aren’t careful. Be sure too that before you start embellishing or handling the tag a lot that you have dried it well. This surface stays wet longer than you may be used to, so be careful with those dirty fingers!
In the video I also mentioned that I transferred the design of my fabric towel onto the tag. You can see it here between the letters and the flower. I happen to like it and think of it as bonus texture, but if you don’t, be careful when you blot.
I hope this technique has given you some ideas of ways to experiment with Distress Stains! I really love them and think they are a “must have” for every ink collection!
Don’t forget, on Thursday I will be sharing the card from CHA where I used this technique. I hope you will come back by to check it out!