Welcome! This is my second Tutorial and I think that I have come up with a format that I would like to use. I still feel new to blogging and I am thinking of new ideas all the time. Also creating a tutorial takes way more time that I expected it to take. It is much easier to create something than to document it, reproduce it, and tell the story of how it is made.
I’d like to start my tutorials with a picture of all the items that I used on my craft sheet, along with the finished item.
I have missed putting a few things in the photo. ( White Picket Fence Distress Paint, ribbon, hello stamp, and gems)
To start with, I used a white tag and Stormy Sky Distress Ink.
You can either put ink directly on a tag like I did or you can use a blending tool.
Cover the entire tag with the distress ink. Do not worry very much if you have streaks on it or not, you will see in a bit how they all blend really nicely.
Next you will want to put some water in your hand and flick the water onto the tag. You will will see the droplets of water reacting with the ink. You can use a paper towel to remove the excess water or dry it with a heat gun.
It give a really neat tie dye effect.
Allow this layer to dry. (I used a heat tool to speed up the process. )
While you are waiting for the paint to dry you can use this time to stamp your primary image onto a piece of card stock or another tag. In case you are wondering where I got my Cephalopod stam… I bought it in Hawaii at very cool place called Rubber Stamp Plantation. You do not have to go all the way to Hawaii to get it… they also ship their stamps all over the world.
After your tag is dry take some circle collage stamp or bubble stamp to cover your first tag with bubbles.
What I did on my tag was ink up my circles/ bubbles and use the stamp several times before re-inking the stamp. This adds color and dimension to tag.
My blending tool tip…I started with only one blending tool and many many foam pads to save money and storage space. I keep the pads in a snack baggie and pull out the colors that I need when I need to use them. I also write the name of them on one of sides. These foam pads are cleanable and reusable.
In the picture below you will see some green tint at the edges near the middle of tag where I had started to apply the orange marmalade … this happened because of the properties of the distress ink make them very blendable and you can make new colors.
Attach your Stamped piece with foam dots. I use all the parts of my dots. I tend to use the dots first then use the res t of the sheet and I cut it to fit to and customize the piece that I am going to attach.
This large piece takes the place of using 2-3 pop dots, and still pops it up to the same height.
This is the very end of some ribbon that I got from Target’s ‘One Spot’ and I decided to personalize it: I added distress ink to the back of the ribbon to cover up the white and add more color to the ribbon.
Then I last but not least I added a few gems from my bling box.
Here is my beautiful and finished under the sea Cephalopod Tag.
Please feel free to share your creations with me!
Inky paws are happy paws!