Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Hi everyone,

This is actually a card I made sometime in October using Tim Holtz Distress Ink for it’s background.  I made this card for my long time friend who is all alone on a work assignment in London for three years but the card was lost in the mail and it never arrived.  *Sob sob…

The whole inspiration of this card design is to reflect a wet and gloomy weather in London (the background) while a bright and cheery Tilda will definitely bring a smile to my friend.

Doing the background is a whole lot of excitement as I wasn’t sure if the masking of the stamped Tilda image will protect it effectively.  But after making this, I was really happy with the overall effect.  The blurry, sad and gloomy background with a bright and cheery Tilda at the front!

Using Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Broken China and Worn Lipstick colors), I stamped Worn Lipstick over the top of my clear acrylic block and Broken China over the bottom.  I sprayed a little water over the acrylic block and swirl it a bit and that’s why there is a slight mix of Broken China and Worn Lipstick that created a hue of purple (oh…that’s really gloomy! LOL).

After masking the Tilda image, I transferred the distress ink on the acrylic block over the card base and by controlling the pressure, I was able to transfer PART of the distress ink, leaving some white space in between.  Just wanted a subtle water mark effect from the distress ink.

Noticed the matching envelope?  It says “Hug Enclosed”.  This is from Simon Says Stamp Envelope Sentiment and it is really a great clear stamp to have.  Very versatile, with beautiful fonts and lets you customize your matching envelope.  Wonderful product!

Supplies and Tools

  • Cream cardstock as card base.
  • Magnolia I Can Fly Tilda stamp.
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink Pad.
  • Versafine Crimson Red Ink Pad.
  • Copic Markers.
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Broken China and Worn Lipstick).
  • Simon Says Stamp Envelope Sentiment

Step by step instructions

  • Stamp I Can Fly Tilda on cream card base using Memento dye ink.
  • Stamp again on masking paper, trim out image and place over stamped Tilda on card base.
  • Mask the card base forming a frame where the background is to be stamped.
  • Ink clear acrylic block with distress ink.  Spray a little water and swirl acrylic block so that the ink blends slightly.  Stamp on card base, controlling the pressure so that the ink transferred over to card base shows differing tone and doesn’t just smudge everything.
  • Dry the distress ink transfer with heat tool.
  • Remove masking paper.
  • Color Tilda using Copic Markers.
  • Stamp “Hug Enclosed” on the envelope using Simon Says Stamp Envelope Sentiment and Versafine Crimson Red ink.

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