Monday, June 23, 2014

Technique with distress inks!

 Hey Crafty people!!

Hope you are are doing good and creating something pretty and nice !
I hope that this months challenge has kept you all on toes and have given a boost to your thinking caps on different ways of using the distress inks!!!

I'm here with a nice tutorial on distress ink blending, and I guess that this technique will provide you with much more ideas and thoughts about how to go with the distress inks.
Here's a little brief about distress inks first!
Tim Holtz Distress Inks are a collection of 48 acid-free, non-toxic, fade resistant, water-based dye inks. They're perfect for the new vintage, stained, aged effect crafters are creating in their altered books, scrapbook pages, cards and paper craft projects.

PS: This is a picture heavy post with little tips and tricks I follow(With an added perk of a tutorial too) so sit back, relax and enjoy with a nice cuppa coffee!!! :)

Here's what I made with the inks!

Isn't it pretty nice with all and summer'y and peppy colors!!

And yes, I almost forgot to tell you guys one thing, Happy Crafter has launched its very first dies in India which have been designed here in India itself !!! Check out the site for the these pretty dies, they have nice shapes and are reasonably priced too!! 
Did you noticed the big pink flower in the tag?? I made it using the circle scallop die from the store!! Here's a closer version of the flower, I very much loved it!!! 

Lets hop below to see how the tag is made !!

The first thing that you need to start with the tag is a tag cut out from a cardstock paper and your distress inks.
I have used the following colors, Mustard Seed, Salty ocean, Peacock feathers and spice marmalade. 
Here's a pictorial step by step instructions on how to do the distress ink blending. 

A Little tip: The way you hold your distress tool to do the blending is what determines how the color would come out to be. Hold the tool with a steady hand, but not forcefully. Always place your index finger on the handle of the tool and hold the tool with with your thumb and the middle finger :)

I start off with one of the sides of the tag and used Mustard seed ink and inked my tag with a distress ink tool (Ohh between, Imaginations has all the Distress inks and the tools needed, you can check the store and fill up your stock of the distress inks)
I then took the Spice marmalade ink and started to blend it with the mustard seed and went on till where I wanted the ink to spread around. 
I then took the salty ocean ink and started to blend in the same way above the mustard seed ink (did you notice that little patch of green which comes in when the 2 inks blend with each other?? ) they best part if the inks is the generation of a new color with any two inks are blended with each other!

I then completed my distress tag with the peacock feather's ink and spritzed the whole tag with a little water, precisely by taking a little water in my hand and spatting little droplets on my tags. You can see in the above picture that the water has created pretty effect on the tags and has given me a nicer effect. 
Then I took a white ribbon and dabbed it with the spice marmalade ink and then spritzed it with a little water and allowed the color to react with water and spread out !! (I dried the ribbon for a little while before tying it !!)

As in the 6th picture above, before putting up the whole tag together, I check on how I would be placing my embellishments (This step is a little wiser to do since you do not want to pull out everything after fixing things in place incase the final look is not appealing to you) 
A little tip here: I normally ensemble my embellishments the way I want them to be at different places and click pictures, and then go back see all the pictures to see which one looks the best and then select the best one which I like and which also looks the best. 

I then assembled the whole tag together and added a little doily behind the stamped image, and ta daaaa... my tag is complete!!!
Here's a closer look at the stamped image, I have used Mustard seed to ink the image and then have used spiced marmalade around the edges to darker the edges.

I hope you all enjoyed the tag making process and tempted enough to try this technique to make some nice pretty creations!

I could not resist making another tag and here it is

This is not based on ink blending, but I have coloured the entire tag with peacock feather ink and then took the kaisercraft stamp and stamped it using the same ink. Doesn't it gives a nice pattern paper ? I like using my stamps for making pattern paper for myself too sometimes(Especially when I need a different looking paper).
The Prima doll is coloured with distress inks too!!! Doesn't that makes the distress inks very much versatile?? 

Here are the two tags placed together

I love both of them ( couldn't select a better than the other one), which one do you like??? (Please say both :) )

I do hope you enjoyed the tutorial. I had awesome fun making these tags and shall I tell you the secret?? This has been my second attempt at making the tags, and I loved them.
Do leave some love and do not forget to try this pretty technique out yourself, it's fun and a really cool one too.
Incase you have some query, do leave a comment and I would be happy to help !!!!
Also do not forget to enter into this months challenge at imaginations.. Here's a link to the same #1 Distress inks

Happy crafting!

Hugs and lots of love!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Distress Inks - Making backgrounds

Tim Holtz Distress Inks are a collection of 48 acid-free, non-toxic, fade resistant, water-based dye inks. They're perfect for the new vintage, stained, aged effect crafters are creating in their altered books, scrapbook pages, cards and paper craft projects.

Here are some key points that make Distress Inks different: 
STAYS WET LONGER – (allows you to blend and shade on photos and paper – also emboss) other dye inks dry too fast especially on photos so you end up with lines and marks if you go direct from the pad. 
COLOR WICKS OR SPREADS OUT – (these inks will travel across the surface of your paper when spritzed with water) other dyes do not travel as much although they might bleed a little when wet, the Distress Inks actually “wick” or spread out much further creating several tone on tones. 
COLOR STABILITY – (the colors of the Distress Inks will not break down when wet or heated allowing you to have more color control for the finished look) other “brown colored” dyes will break down when water is added leaving a pink & green hue.

Short of pattern paper - don't worry, you can create wonderful backgrounds using distress inks.

Here I am sharing with you couple of techniques to make backgrounds using the resist method.

The first method is using the embossing as resist. 

 I stamped the card with the Versamark ink and embossed the image. 

 I then colored the same using my favourite color - BLUE (salty ocean). And wipped the stamped image with a tissue. The heat set it using the heat gun. All these products are available online on our store - Can you see that the stamped image did not catch the distress ink. You can work around this technique using back ground stamps. 

Alternatively, instead of directly applying color onto the paper, I dabbed the colors onto my craft sheet and sprayed some water on it. And then ran the tag over it. This gives a water color effect which is so beautiful.  

Don't forget to dry the tag using the heat gun and then wipe off the stamped image with a tissue. You can use any color of the embossing powder - could be black or even gold, the effects are wonderful. 

The next technique is resist using "Glossy Accents" - yes, you read it right - glossy accents. 

I first colored the entire tag using a light color. 

I then stamped using Black Archival Ink which is also available in our store. 

Then covered the stamped image with glossy accents and let it dry. 

And then again distressed the tag. Can you see the areas where there is glossy accents, it did not catch the second color. You could just draw designs using glossy accents and let it dry and then use the distress inks on it. 

In the above techniques, I have used only one color, but you can mix more colors and get wonderful backgrounds in colors of your choice. Now, you can make your own pattern papers matching the colors to your mood or your stamped images. 

I made this card using the embossing resist method. It was a quick card.

Don't forget to check this blog again for some more techniques by the other DT's. 

And yes, check out the new look of Has more products at very reasonable prices. 

Happy crafting.


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

TRINKET BOX : #Anything goes with Distress inks..!!

 Hello Everyone..
This is Reena here.. Well to start off with I'm glad to be selected and be a part of the Design Team for Imaginations Online. This is my first ever post as a DT member and I'm too nervous and confused about it. Hope I'll make good justice to it. (excuse me incase of any mistakes).

Coming to a little introduction of myself.. I am a graduate and past out college just last year. I have been a crazy craft lover since I was very tiny. And started crafting nearly 9 years back. I started crafting Professionally at quite an early age.. And its been 6 years since I took crafting as a profession.

Crafting for me is like cardio..( I'm glad I dont have to gym.. :P) Its a passion turned into profession.. But yeah, will remain a passion for life..

Here is a my first post for Imaginations.. A trinket box made by me using the Papers and diecuts by Imaginations Online.
I started off with colouring the box. Then I cut the papers as per the size of the box and distressed the edges of the papers and the diecuts to enhance the edges.. Finally pasted them on to the box and embellished it..

Here I have used the most basic way of using the Distress inks and have focused on using the supplies from Imaginations Online more. Will be catering with versatility of the Distress inks in my posts to come..
Hope you all like my effort..
Please share your Love in the form of your valuable comments..
Cheers..!! Happy crafting.

Warm Regards,
Reena Gupta.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

A wall Hanging

Hi everyone,

It is such an amazing feeling to be part of the Imaginations DT.. Thank you so much Aditya, Vishakha and Nikkita for this opportunity. I hope I would be able to do justice to the store and blog and also inspire some of you out there with my creations.

So, the very first challenge is anything goes with distress inks. Now I LOVE my distress inks. I can go on and on using it and not get bored. There is just so much to try with it. The sky is the limit when it comes to distress inks. Our store has all the colors of distress inks at a great price too.  Get your creativity unleashed with these wonderful inks.

I created a wall hanging for my project using inks stamps and dies. Everything is handmade including the base frame which I made using sturdy card stock..

full view

Sharing a few close ups of some of the elements of the wall hanging .

the focal image with sentiment

 layered butterflies- stamped and stacked and hand colored

die cut tags distressed with some stamping for writing you own personal message

The base panel was scored using my Scor-Pal to give it the look of the bricks. I know the orientation is wrong but MY husband insisted I do it this way, he said.. Go Ahead Defy Gravity. Who am I to deny my DH.

The whole base was distressed using vintage photo, tea dye and walnut stain distress inks. There is a play of colours behind the sentiment. Wait for a while to know how it was done. The scallop square is the Happy Crafters Die from our store which was distressed using mustard seed distress ink.

Most of the products used on this wall hanging is available on Imaginations

Thank you for dropping by, Be glued for more stunning inspirations coming your way. Till next time


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Distress Inks all the way : #1 ANYTHING GOES WITH DISTRESS INKS

 Hi. This is Seema here. I am a weekend crafter and for me crafting is an absolute de-stress. I have a daughter who is gonna be entering her teens in the next couple of months and she is my best critic and my officially photographer. 

I am so glad to be a part of the DT for Imaginations Online. Thanks for the opportunity. It's my first post as a DT and am very nervous. 

The challenge for this month is "Anything goes with Distress Inks" and I created this card. When I was introduced to Distress Inks, I only used to distress the sides. But over time, I realised its versatility. You can create your own backgrounds. You can even stamp with them (image is not as crisp as the Archival Ink). 

I started off with a plain white card. Not used any pattern paper for this card. I have made the backgrounds using the distress inks. 

For the first background - I embossed the paper using my darling BIG SHOT and then distressed the entire paper. Even the other backgrounds, I have distress the entire paper and then water sprayed them. Distress inks being water based inks react with water and give wonderful effects. 

Have used the distress inks to even color the little girl. Although, me and coloring don't go together, I seem to be loving to color with distress inks. The effect is so wonderful. 

We have all the colors of distress inks and their re-inkers available in our store. Do check

Do you see the scalloped square die cut behind the girl - well, thats a new collection of dies now available on www.imaginationsonline. com. Its from the brand called "Happy Crafters".  They are so reasonably priced. 


Sunday, June 1, 2014

We are back with a bang !! and a new challenge #1 ANYTHING GOES WITH DISTRESS INKS

 Hello Everyone!

Imaginations is back, with a bang and a brand new challenge for all of you !!
I'm  quite happy and thrilled to host the first challenge for the year 2014 for Imaginations and we have a whole new team of our very talented designers too who would be showcasing their take on the challenge and bring out their creative best !!!
I would also Thank the Imaginations team for having shown faith in me and I hope to do justice to all my projects in collaboration with Imaginations :)

HI, I am MANU GUPTA..a software proffesional turned craftpenter.. I am a mom to a 6 month old cutie pie ans she has made my life all the more enjoyable and fun!
I find crafting extremely satisfying and relaxing and it just brings out a smile when someone is happy because of my work!!
I am blessed with loving and supporting husband who is always by my side encouraging me, amd now..
Lets check out what the current challenge is all about, and I'm sure you are gonna love it

Challenge #1: Techniques with Distress inks!!!
Yes, you read it right, Technique with distress inks, now dont we all love our distress inks?? So lets get a little crafty, go wild with our imaginations and come up with something colorful and vibrant using the distress inks!! And yes, distress inks can be very very addictive.

WINNER will get a voucher worth rs 500 and a badge..
and the TOP 3 will be getting badges ... 

Now, here is my take for the challenge. Since it's quite hot and you never feel like taking a stroll in this weather (and not much nice flowers to see around) I decided to add a color bash to my crafty table !!!

Here's a flower pot card with loads of distressed flowers!! Now aren't they adorable?? I simply love them!!! The flowers are embossed with black EP and then filled up with distress inks using a blending tool.

Here's another pic with the insert out, and which has space for the messages to be written!

Please find the general rules for participating in the challenge
1) You need to be a follower of our blog.
2) You can enter a maximum of 3 times  in the challenge.
3) The projects needs to be made after the challenge announcement date. No past projects please, and no back-linking.
4) You can created anything, as long as it uses a distress ink technique. You would also need to mention the technique name
5) You need to have a blog and link up the challenge post only, and not the complete blog address to be eligible for the challenge non bloggers can add there projects on imaginations facebook page
6) Above all, have loads of fun!!!

So get set all you crafty peeps, and show us your creative best with the distress inks usage!! Have a creative good day!!
Kindly link up your entries here



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