Thursday 25 May 2017

InkBuds - Distress techniques

The second project we made at the InkBuds weekender was a tag book of different distress techniques taught by Hels Sheriden who is a qualified Ranger Educator. In order to prevent us getting brain fog from all the techniques, we added stamping to the tags before making them up into a book with mount board covers. I wasn't feeling brilliant and so I left early. Hels did offer to assemble my book for me, but I decided to bring it home unfinished instead. The photos show the front and back of the tags, we did the same techniques on both sides.
There was a mix of experience in the group and so we started off with the basics and progressed onwards, with lots of tips as we went. I won't go into details about all the techniques, but I will share the top tip of the day. Your most important distress ink is Antique Linen. If you're doing a blending technique, then put down a base coat of Antique Linen before you add your colours. It won't affect the colour of your inks significantly, but it will allow the inks to move more freely as they're sat on top of it and so you will get a smoother blend. If you're having trouble with a hard edge on a blend then if you go over the top of it with Antique Linen then it will smooth it out.
I had a play with some of the techniques a couple of days after the workshop and used the spare blank tags we'd been given to practice the techniques and to write down the steps on the back as a reference.


  1. Hi Cara, you've been really busy with these beautiful tags, fabulous stamping and colours.
    Thanks for the tip about using the Antique Linen inks, very helpful, Kate x

  2. What fantastic tags, gorgeous colours and some lovely images, wouldn't want to have to choose my favourite.

    Kath x

  3. What fun colors and tag designs Cara.

    Hugs Diane

  4. Beautiful tags. Love the colors.

  5. Sorry to hear you felt unwell and had to leave early because it looks as though the course was excellent fun.

    THANK YOU for sharing your top tip . . . it so happens I have some Antique Linen ink and never realised just how useful it could be. I will try VERY HARD to remember to use it when I next have ink troubles!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  6. Hi Cara,
    oh these are so gorgeous, and wonderfully created.
    The colours and designs are super.
    So sorry to hear you felt unwell and couldn't finish your book.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  7. OMG these are amazing.. You should be playing along with ICAD - go to Daisy Yellow's website if you are interesting. Hope you are feeling better and that you have managed to find the space to finish your book, because it will look fabulous when done. Cx


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