Friday, 8 August 2014

Tag you are it - with Disress Inks

Hello dear friends,

Here is my creation for Lulupu Challenge #36 - Make It Macho: Cards / Tags using Distress Inks
I am an ink lover - especially of distress inks. Its on my MUST have list for a mixed media project, primarily because of the versatility that these water-based inks offer. So, for this project, I decided to use only distress ink and experiment the many ways to use it, here are a few

1. Through stencil - First, rub distress ink over a stencil , spritz it with a little water and then press the ink on the tag to get the reverse image stamp on the paper. The image will not be perfect, but gives a lovely pattern. On my tag, the first layers of gears (stencil) is hardly visible.

2. To stamp - Lesson learnt : Distress inks give sharper images when used on rubber stamps, clear/acrylic stamps the image is a little hazy.

3. Add to texture paste- Rub some distress ink onto your craft sheet. Using a palette knife, mix it with modelling paste and apply though stencil. The clocks on the tag are made using this technique - I mixed a few brown shades to get the final colour.

4. Colour chipboard - Rub some distress ink onto the craft mat and spritz it with water. Swipe the gessoed chipboard on it. Some places will catch more colour than others. This was used to colour the trellis chipboard (cut with the Silhouette). I also rubbed on some colour with my fingers. The gears in the forefront were not gessoed. The ink pads were directly rubbed onto it, to give more intense and darker shade.

5. Colour wash - The ink spritzed with water was used through a waterpen, to colour the gauze and also blend the background and splatter using a paintbrush.

By the way, the pattern paper for the tag comes from Kaisercraft Basecoat - this collection has the most amazing backgrounds, perfect for a grunge project.

So, what do you have in mind for this challenge my friends? We are eagerly waiting to see what projects you link and hope you too have as much fun with distress inks.



  1. Amazing tag Kripa. Love all the layers and dimension using distress inks. Thanks for all the tips on how you used DIs.

  2. This is stunning, Kripa! It is always a pleasure to see the mastery you have over color blending and layering! I really love how this turned out and I really enjoyed reading about the different ways you used distress inks to create it. As always, thank you for the inspiration!

  3. Wow awesome textures ! I love this tag :)

  4. Fabulous tag, Kripa - love all the detail and layers.



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