Monday, 7 January 2013

distress rainbow

 i was browsing 'simon says stamp' and saw this dry ink pad.

the opportunity to make my own custom 'distress ink' 
rainbow was just too much to pass up.

i inked the pad using 'distressed reinkers' 
in some of my fave colours.

from the bottom:
festive berries
spiced marmalade
squeezed lemonade
shabby shutters
peacock feathers
salty ocean
shaded lilac
picked raspberry

it took a couple of days for the 
colours to blend together.

i used a brayer to ink the lid!!!

now to make some thing?

i used a brayer to ink a manila tag.
i had to do it in two halves as my brayer wasn't wide enough.

water flicked over tag and dried.

tim holtz 'seasonal reflections' stamped using 'archival' coffee.

edges distressed and inked using 'distress ink' vintage photo.

flower from tim holtz 'nature's discoveries' stamped with 'versamark' and embossed with white embossing powder.

butterflies from 'nature's discoveries' and flowers from 'tim holtz' spring sprung stamped with 'archival' jet black.

words from 'indigoblu' sarah's choice stamped onto manila card in jet black, edged with vintage photo and fixed in place with shaker tape.

wet crinkle ribbon pressed onto custom ink pad then dried
 and tied through top of tag.

'idea-ology' wire pin with locket key and some pearls,
 pinned through ribbon.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

stamp making

i'd been looking at a number of my embossing folders 
thinking what lovely stamps they would make.
so i had a search online for something i could 
'emboss' that i could then use as a stamp.

liquid latex???

i taped down an embossing folder onto a tray, 
and poured some liquid latex over the pattern.
after this had set i added a second layer and left 
it for a week.
then the exciting bit, i peeled the latex from the folder
 and apart from a few bubbles, it was pretty good.

tim holtz 'textured fades' bubbles and dot matrix.

they wouldn't be any good to use on a block, 
as i didn't get them  level.

but they did work quite well with 'dylusions' sprays!

i also used a couple a masks from 'prima'
lava lamp and corona bubbles.

apart from a couple of hard lines, 
not a bad second attempt at 'dylusions'!

Saturday, 5 January 2013


my 'dylusions' inks and stencils finally
 arrived from the states this week.
this was my first attempt...

i think i'm addicted!

although i need to find a bigger craft sheet, 
as i got ink everywhere!!!

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

tim holtz - 12 tags of 2013 - january

new year tag

manila tag embossed using 'crafters workshop' stencil - time 
travel.  tag inked with blending tool using 'distress ink' ripe 
persimmon, broken china and walnut stain and edges distressed.

'bigz' gadget gears cut from grunge paper, painted with 
black acrylic paint and then 'distress crackle'
 brushed pewter, tarnished brass and antiqued bronze.  
gears adhered to tag and trimmed.

manila card stamped with words from 'tim holtz' stamp set 
fairytale frenzy and stamp from 'indigoblu' sarah's choice
 using 'archival ink' jet black.  card cut to size,
 distressed and fixed to tag using shaker tape.

'idea-ology' film strip fixed to tag using wonder tape and 
trimmed to size.  

calender ticket from 'tim holtz' stamp set odds and ends, stamped 
onto manila card using 'archival ink' jet black and cut using 
'decorative strip'  ticket strip die.  ticket distressed and 
inked using 'distress ink' broken china and walnut stain.
  'jan' and '1' ringed using red pen and ticket fixed to tag with 
distressed bulldog clip.

'2013' embossed onto red 'dymo' tape and glued in place with 
3d glue.

'idea-ology' sprocket gears, mini gears and game spinner fixed to  
centre of gadget gears using paper fasteners.

crinkle ribbon stamped with calender ticket from earlier using 
'archival ink' jet black, coloured with 'distress ink' weathered 
wood, distressed and then tied through top of tag.