1. Rub three patches of ink onto a teflon craft sheet-the patches should not touch (or you can transfer ink colors from pad to pad).
2. Mist with several squirts of water (about 4 for distress pads; more with others). You can experiment to get the look that you like. More water will give a less defined, more blended,watercolor look. One option is to use Smooch Spritz or Glimmer Mist or Perfect Pearls Spray (or your own mixture of perfect pearls powder and water with a bit of reinker for color; google it for lots of ideas to try) instead of just water for that added shine.
3. Lay a negative image, bold stamp onto the ink; lift and turn it to another postion on the ink. The more you walk the stamp around, the more blended the inks will be (your choice) I usually find that two, maybe three, shifts gives me a look I like. Remember that your choice of colors will also be important; if you use opposite colors, like red and green, you will end up with a lot of mud when it blends.
5. If you choose to try for a second image, wipe your stamp clean and then mist the ink lightly again. Walk the stamp on your ink and stamp. The second image is usually paler and less defined.
6. If you absolutely hate the results, try a quick wipe with a paper towel. Most of the color will come off. Clean your teflon sheet with a paper towel.
November 6, 2011: Kissing and Embellishments
This background technique requires a background stamp with some solid area (like the one used above) rather than detailed lines. Another stamp of detailed lines is needed for the "kissing."
1. Apply VersaMark to your background stamp.
2. Ink detailed stamp with distress ink.
3. The "kissing" comes next: stamp inked detail stamp onto versamarked large stamp. Work carefully to not slide or rock the stamp. 4. Stamp large kissed stamp onto glossy paper. Be aware that the detailed stamp will now be a reverse image. If you like using words, check out Tim Holtz reflections stamp sets (he has two) because they are reversed to begin with so you end up with the correct image. LET DRY!
5. The last step is to choose another color of distress ink and DTP over the top. I know, it doesn't look very good right now, but use a cloth to buff off excess ink; it will be beautiful. More samples can be seen on the Nov 6 post: Kissing.
The ribbon and trim was dyed to match using distress stains. The embellishments were so much fun (and so addicting) to make. Directions are given under the Tag Book page on Nov 8.