Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Distress Inks !!!


Yes, I am going to admit I am a distress ink addict and becoming addicted to Tim Holt'z 12 Tags of 2014.

Yes that is right, I am admiring the very talented creative designer and  I cannot get enough of his products, I am hoping soon I will have in possession Tim Holt'z layering stencils and distress markers, very soon, yes very soon, soon i hope when i save up some mulla.....very very soon !!!!

I am also very admiring his matched up stamps and dies (I wonder if they will work in my cuttlebug), especially the butterflies set and dragonfly...oh please lord ( i do not usually pray!!) may i have this opportunity to save some $$$ so I may purchase some fantastic Tim Holtz products (would be fantastic to have some of his awesome idea-ology stuff too!!)...pretty please....(you may have a giggle, I will understand!!)

Ok enough of drooling (me!!), here is my tag for June inspired by
Tim Holt 12 Tags of 2014 June  Please click pictures for details.

If you go to his inspirational and flawless tag for June....wow how cool is his technique for water coloring with mini distress inks (they are on my list for the future!!) on stencils, very cool.....so many color opportunities.

I choose my favorite distress inks (wild honey, scattered straw and barn door), love how they blend and create orange, one of my favorite combos.   I also used a favorite stencil, gears (I think by KaiserCraft).

I sponged three inks onto the stencil and spritz with water, turned upside down onto water color paper, pressed down with paper towel and lift.  Dry with heat tool...wow what an outcome (wish i took pictures).  I then torn the bottom edge and sponged with wild honey and glued the water colored image onto a manilla tag and sponged the edges with wild honey as well.

I then stamped butterflies from STAMPlorations artful flutters with archival ink coffee (gotta get me some black) and stamped them again with Stazon jet black on water color paper and water colored them with the three distress inks and cut them out and used pop dots to add dimension to them on the tag.  I also painted them with copper glitter and gloss mod pod for that extra shine.  Just love those butterflies.

Then I stamped the sentiment which is complimentary to the butterflies (from the same stamp set) with the barn door (wish I stamped with black) and painted some copper glitter onto the letters (hoping that it would tone down the color, did not much!!). 

Next was the ribbon, I heard on the grape vine, that tags are suppose to have ribbons and such.  So here I gave it a shot.   I bought a beautiful light blue ribbon and I sponged it with the three distress inks and spritzed with water and dried with heat gun, love how the ribbon looks, very cool and I also painted with copper glitter.  Finally, i did not have the gears and such for embellishment, so I used golden star brads.

AND there you have it my tag inspired by Tim Holtz. 12 Tags of 2014 - June.

Inks Used :- Distress Inks - wild honey, scattered straw, barn door
Stamps Used :- STAMPlorations - artful flutter
Stencil :- KaiserCraft - gears
Brads :- mixit - mini gold stars
Ribbon :- Shmick light blue ribbon
Glitter :- Mont Marte - glitter paint copper/gold

I hope you enjoyed my tag, I did.

Looking forward to purchasing more from the Tim Holtz range of goodness.

My favorite store is STAMPlorations
Shery has some fabulous products.

I would like to enter my tag into following challenges :-

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 - June

Thanks for commenting and stopping by hope to see ya soon.
Apologies for me babbling and raving on, tis my birthday and feeling all giddy for some reason.

ciao bellas
(did you know bella is meaning for beautiful, thought I would let you know!!)



P.S. i am freezing here as I am typing, crappy weather in Melbourne, first week of winter, yukky!!

Ok lovely's. PPs

Just searching through other blogs for challenges, well, inspiration to share to create more projects....
Anyways, there is one challenge about bookmarks, cool, is different and I thought this water color technique of TH is pretty cool....so thinking....and here is a picture....is this not cool or what.
This one is dry (with heat gun)


  1. Fabulous!!! Absolutely love your take on the original, great colours too!!

  2. Happy belated Birthday and thank you for the comment about my canvas on the CATW only just seen it and much appreciated-I love your fabulous tag great background and love the beautiful coloured butterflies
    Carol x