Halloween Tag Madness!
Strangely, I'm a fairly recent recruit to the Tim Holtz distress inks movement. I've used them for a few years for basic shading and edging, but I found myself totally clueless when it came to some of the beautiful color blends I'd seen in his work. For these tags, I used Distress Stains, the Distress Ink Pads and waterproof archival ink for the crisp stamped images. I'd also invested in a few new Holtz embossing folders and put them to use too.
All I can say is thank the stars for YouTube and the product tutorials Tim demonstrates on his channel here: http://www.youtube.com/user/timholtz.
For someone like me, with no natural artistic skill, these videos are the best way to get the most out of my inks and stains, without the wasteful learning curve of failure. These products do seem to last a long time, however - even when I feel like most of the color is on my table, rather than on the paper. :)
The manila shipping tags used in the tutorials are rather inexpensive too. I used size #6 tags, measuring 2 5/8"W x 5 1/4"H. If you completely black one out with too many ink blends, it's not painful to throw the tag away and start a new experiment. They are sturdy enough to take the water mottling some techniques use, and when dry, they don't curl up like regular card stock wants to.
This weekend, I made a variety of 24 manila tags, using different techniques and it was one of the most fun craft sessions I've had in quite some time. I loved the mess, the unexpected results and learning what works for my personal, dreary tastes. I've learned to never let a mainstream product intimidate me, and to just go for it. This project has inspired me to try my hand at Distress Markers - just as soon as I can afford to invest in them!
Distressing is so wonderful as there are no mistakes. And even if there kinda might be one, it usually comes out looking better than what I intended to do in the first place!
All of these tags are now available for purchase from my Etsy shop. While you are there, check out the growing Halloween section too!
Make a mess,