Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Ink-stained fingers = FUN!

Hello fellow bloggers and friends! The June techniques class was a success! Everyone seemed to enjoy it and learn some fun new things. As promised, here are some pictures of some of the things we learned in class. Please feel free to link us to your blog. Also, please leave us a comment about how we are doing and what you would like to see in the future. All comments are read and appreciated!

Remember, when distressing chipboard, you can ink it by applying the Distress Ink pad directly to the chipboard. (Don't forget to use your craft mat!) Then, for an antique look use the Tim Holtz Texture Hammer.

But don't forget to mist the chipboard with water first or you could pound it all day and not get the look you are after. You can also paint chipboard with acrylic paints then sand with a sanding block.

My favorite technique is to apply distress inks directly to the craft sheet. Mist it with water until you see the ink bead up and the color intensify. Then lay the tag or paper in the inks. You can pick it up directly or give it a slight turn then remove. Set it with a heat gun. If you like the effect, great! If not, place it back in the inks and heat set again. You can do this as many times as you like, just set with heat between each layer. If you get big blotches of ink, you can dab it with a paper towel to remove. Once you have the look you like, use an edge distresser to give the edges a torn, worn look. Then you can apply distress ink to the torn edges. I like to create small tears in the paper and curl the corners for a more distress look. Add a stamp, flowers or brads and you have a very unique embellishment to add to your layout or card.

I hope these tips help spark your creativity. Try something new today!



AJoy4Me2 said...

I really enjoyed the class.

Wendy said...

Love the tips and pictures! Please consider making this a regular feature on the blog. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I loved learning easy, new techniques!