|All my Heart tray class from Spring Edition Event, New Zealand|
So on to today's tutorial, I was recently asked by a friend to create a simple project for a small class of beginning crafters. I thought an introduction to Distress Ink was an easy way to jump into crafting and feel successful, I know I always do when I use them. So here we go...easy, fun, cheap and not a lot of time. Sounds like the perfect project to me.
The picture frame -
I went Walmart and picked up a 8 x 10" frame for $3. It was one of the only frames ($3 and under) that was made from wood not plastic although it was dark brown. When I got it home, I painted it black and sanded it. Now I like it much better.
The mat -
The frame came with a thin mat. As you can see, it does not have a beveled edge but that's okay, in fact probably better. I got out my Distress ink and inked up the mat using Dried Marigold, Tumbled Glass and Crushed Olive, but really any combination of Distress Ink colors will do. When mixing colors I try and stick with 3 to start (not counting a brown just for darkening the edges) since 3 can make multiple combinations when layered on your surface.
When the coloring was complete I used Tim's spritz and flick technique to make the water spots. Just spritz a bit of water in the palm of your hand from a mini mister and flick it on to your surface. Give it 10 seconds and dry it with a Heat Tool. Super easy technique I learned at Ranger U a few years ago that always makes an impact, possibly making you seem smarter than you actually are (at least in my case it does).
I also sprayed it with Perfect Pearls Mist in Heirloom Gold to give it a shimmer.
The center -
Next, something for the center of the mat.
I cut out a simple heart from plain manila cardstock and inked it with Dried Marigold, Scattered Straw and Frayed Burlap. I used the same water flick technique as on the frame to remove ink from the heart. The quote stamp is from the SA - Going Somewhere stamp set which I stamped in Archival Ink - coffee. I use the same plant stamp (SA - Nature's Discovery) from my last tutorial to add in some blue (Archival Ink - Aquamarine). Then finished it off by distressing the edges with the Tonic distress tool.
So, just in the name of experimentation I created 3 different backgrounds.Background No.1:
Distress inks used: Broken China and Crushed Olive.
Stamp: Mixed Media, Distress in in Crushed Olive
Background No. 2:
Distress Ink: Broken China, Crushed Olive, Frayed Burlap
Stamp: Papillon with Archival Ink in Coffee
I might have liked this one better if I had used a lighter shade of ink on the butterflies. Hummm...lets keep going.
Background No. 3Manila cardstock
Distress ink: Frayed Burlap
Stamp: Postcard, spills and splatters with Archival Ink in Coffee
The Postcard stamp is hard to gauge whether or not it is straight on the block so I used Tim's acrylic blocks with the lines. I can place the cling stamp on the block using one of the lines as a guide. Super simple.
(I do know my frame is upside down in this picture but I was just using it as a guide at this point)
Note: I did stamp off some of the brown ink before stamping since the ink was dark.
This project is easily adaptable to any stamp set you might already have and any Distress Ink colors you want to use. Seriously, super easy project.
cheers for a great weekend!