I've been having fun experimenting with different techniques (while watching the SF Giants play on TV!) and I love the look of this one called Rusted Enamel (Tim Holtz technique). It's a cool technique and pretty easy to do and I love this color combo. The only thing is I think my Stazon Ink pad is needing to be refilled so the stamped images are not as pronounced as I would have liked. I've been using tags (this particular one is from Ranger, #8 size : 6-1/2" x 3-1/8" Manila colored) which is perfect for tryout the distress and mixed media techniques. I want to eventually use a canvas but I'd like to play around on a smaller less expensive medium first.
Here are the steps to create the background on the tag before stamping.
You'll need 2 Ranger Distress Inks, I've used Broken China and Frayed Burlap and clear embossing powder (I've used Ranger Clear Embossing Powder) for this tag. You will want to use a Non Stick Craft Sheet (Ranger) on your craft table surface.
Step 1: Cover the tag in the Broken China color using the stamp pad itself.
Step 2: Immediately cover the tag with embossing powder and then flick the back of the tag to remove the excess.
Step 2: Heat emboss the tag with your heat gun. Be careful the embossing powder melts and is hot to touch. Let it cool
Step 3: Using a blending tool go over the entire tag with the brown ink
Step 4: Wipe off excess ink with cloth or paper towel.
Step 5: Stamp your design
This close up really shows the texture of the embossed technique and the the brown color in the grooves.
Same technique using Distress Ink, Peeled Paint and I tried using Aged Mahogany Distress Stain (instead of the stamp pad)and it worked just fine. I put a little puddle of the stain on my craft sheet and worked it onto the tag using a Blending Tool (Ranger).
Other supplies used: Stamps from Taylored Expressions, Ranger Dylusions and Our Daily Bread; Stazon jet black ink pad; Black Sharpie pen; Claudine Helmuth Studio Paint (color: Dab of Yellow) Distress Ink, Pine Needles (shading of leaves on tree and trunk) and Q-tips.
I've entered this tag at the Word Art Wednesday Challenge #24
I learned this technique at our local scrapbook store, Scrapper's Edge a couple of years ago at the Distress to Impress Class #1.
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