A new tag along with some great and exciting news for you today: I am a brand new and very proud new member of Try It On Tuesday's awesome design team! Whoooeeeeh!!!
The very first challenge I participate in as a DT member is called "Let's Get Inky!", which inspired me to combine various techniques using Distress ink and also to try a real fun technique for creating backgrounds: marbling with washing up liquid and ink. I used Distress ink "vintage photo" (my all time favourite) for the whole tag (for stamping, distressing, marbling and blending).
All you need for that marbling technique is some light coloured cardboard, a cup, a thin straw, washing up liquid and Distress dye ink. Mix some (few) drops of washing up liquid and ink with a tiny bit of water, dip the straw into it and blow bubbles until the bubbles flow over the cup's seam. Dip the cardboard into the bubbles (avoid touching the cup's seam with the paper as it will create circle prints on your marbled piece), blow again with the straw for a new "pile of bubbles", dip another area of the cardboard onto the bubbles asf. until you are satisfied with the result.
Hope the texture created by the inky bubbles is visible:
I had my son helping me, after he told me he was an expert in blowing bubbles from soft drinks (which he in fact is) and would do a better job in it than me. ;) We had a lot of fun and did four or five tag sized pieces of marbled cardboard in that way.
I also dipped some cardboard into Distress ink, which I first had applied to my craft sheet and diluted with some sprays of water. From that cardboard I tore a thin strip, which I blended with "vintage photo", using the blending tool. I glued the strip onto the cut out tag. After that I distressed the tag's edges with the distressing tool and blended them with "vintage photo" too. The images of the cone and the boys on the sleigh (all from Oxford Impressions) were stamped onto white cardboard, cut out and blended as well. I did likewise with the sentiment. Before attaching the images, I stamped the holly image directly onto the tag and coloured the berries, using Stickles "Icicle".
The lace ribbon was inked as well by giving it a bath in diluted Distress ink "vintage photo".
A lot of inky stuff... hope you like the result and maybe even wanna try some of it for yourself. Please, hop over to TIOT to have a look at all the fabulous projects of my fellow team members (and maybe even pay a visit at their blogs). Hope to see your entries there too of course! The sponsor for this month's challenges will be
who are offering this months winner their own choice of 4 Digi Stamps from their store.
I am also entering Sugar Creek Hollow's and Simons Says Stamp Challenges' with this tag.
Hope you enjoyed your visit with me today!
die amelie xx