I don’t consider myself a technique junkie, but I recently jumped at the chance to try something new when ATCs Are Us sponsored a Tim Holtz swap.
I went to Tim Holtz’s website, browsed through his video demos, and decided to learn more about Distress Inks since I have a lot of those in my stash.
The lesson was fabulous! After learning that Distress Inks are reactive with water, I purchased Ranger’s Mini Misters and decided to experiment with making cool backgrounds. The catch? I no longer have a heat gun (or any of the other “tools” shown in the video), so finding a way to create cards that weren’t drenched and curled proved to be a challenge! Ultimately, I used a plastic-coated paper plate to dab the inks and spritz the water, and I dried the cards in front of both a fan and a heater (I forget which one worked better). How’s that for scrapping on a budget?
The Distress Inks used to create the background watercolor effect are Tattered Rose, Milled Lavender, and Weathered Wood. The stamped images come from Tim’s Flights of Fancy Stamps from his Visual Artistry Line and were stamped using CTMH dye inks.