Something I have started doing is writing the set # in Sharpie marker on the bottom of each pad. The Distress Inks are totally mix and match of course, but I like the thought of knowing what combinations Tim put together. Seems the colors always work together perfectly and when I need a quick pre-made combination...I can just look at the bottom and know they will work together.
First, I cut the butterfly out of Ranger Watercolor paper using the Bigz die.
I'm using set #7 that has Old Paper, Worn Lipstick, Wild Honey and Weathered Wood. I used a Mini Distress Tool to rub Old Paper Distress ink over the raised portion of the butterfly. If you get the ink into the recessed part, it's not a problem, just keep going.
The goal is to color the recessed areas of the butterfly. If the colors get on the raised area it is not a problem...just keep moving.
I cut a 6 x 12" piece of turquoise Core'dinations cardstock. I folded the left side towards the center 4 1/4" and the right side toward the center 2" (you will see this in a later step).
I also cut a piece of patterned paper to go on the front of the card from the 8 x 8" mini Stash - Menagerie. I inked the edges with Weathered Wood.
Just keep turning and sopping up the ink. Keep a good watch on the ink so the 3 colors don't become muddy. If at any point you think it might be heading that direction. Stop. Dry your ribbon. Add more ink/water to the craft mat and start a new layer over the dried one.
Wind the 23" piece around your fingers in a loop till you run out of ribbon.
Pull the ribbon from your fingers (pinching in the middle), then secure the loops with the two ends of the 16" ribbon. (you can see step-outs here).
Okay, so now I'm ready for the butterfly!
Once the butterfly was on the card, I decided I wanted to give it a more vintage look, so I rubbed Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the top of the crackle. This step is totally a matter of taste. You can always be done at the previous step and leave the butterfly nice and shiny.
I love how the butterfly turned out.
In honor of the new release colors, Ranger also sent me an extra set of each to give away. I'm going to split up the sets, so there are 3 winners (one set each). If you are interested in winning a set of the new Mini Distress Inks just leave me a comment and tell me if you have a favorite combination.
Be sure to check back on Thursday morning (19th) to see who won! Good Luck everyone.
now carry on,