Sunday, April 8, 2012

Up, Up, and Away Tutorial with Dylusions Inks

Happy Easter to everyone! Here's a fun tag tutorial to play around with.

The Balloon kinda looks like an Egg and the background tags are SO Easter in their colors.

I am in love with the new Dylusions Ink Sprays from Dylan Reaveley.

The colors are brilliant....but what would you expect from the perfectly names sprays like...Bubblegum Pink or Squeezed Orange?

So let's get started with our little tutorial on a tag!

I started with a #8 Manila Tag and spritzed it lightly with water.

Then the magic begins.

I sprayed the middle tag with several different colors of Dylusions Ink. Patted with a paper towel and dried with the Heat tool. Then I spritzed it with a bit of Walnut Stain Ink. Picked up some drops from the Non-Stick Craft Sheet and dried again.

Then I thought....try Dylan's technique of spraying one, then blotting a second one on top to capture the excess ink....

So the ones on the sides are that process.

I wasn't sure what I was going to do, didn't want to ruin the "cool" tag, so I started with the dark one on the left. (who says "it's just a piece of paper???) I'm a chicken sometimes.

So off we go! I used the Picket Fence Distress Stain on the dots in the Mixed Media stamp set from Tim Holtz.

Works like a charm!

Then I stamped the Balloon from the Remnants set with Jet Black Archival Ink and embossed with Super-Fine Clear Embossing Powder...LOVE that stuff.

You can still see the white dots underneath the Balloon...amazing!

Here I used a tiny border stamp I got a couple of years back at CHA...sorry I am not positive of the brand. Just stamped, not embossed.

Then the WONDERFUL Chicken Wire stamp from Mixed Media with Coffee Archival Ink went over the top using Dylan's "roll the stamp" method rather than putting it on a block.

The Flourish was stamped with Deep Purple Archival Ink.


White Gelly Roll Medium tip Sharpie here.

Add the color around the stamped images at the bottom, and around the Flourish to make it look like the wind blowing.

I added pen to areas of the Balloon and in the middle of the Chicken Wire.

Have you tried the new Specialty Stamping Paper from RANGER????? OMGosh!

Amazing stuff. I'm not easily impressed, but I'm here to tell you that stuff is a Totally Different Animal to stamp on...WOW!

So, off my soapbox. Stamp the Air Mail stamp using Venetian Orange Archival Ink on the paper.

Here I used the Deep Purple, then a Venetian Orange (not too cleaned off stamp) and a CLEAN stamp with Venetian Orange. (see the darker difference)

The ink wasn't completely dry on the paper and kind of pooled here and there, so I decided to EMBOSS them all with the Clear embossing powder.

It gave them a really cool mottled edge. I cut them out and added Broken China to the edge, and Old Paper to the middle, with Distress Markers to soften the stark whiteness of the paper.

Then a thin black pen line made the whole piece stand out.

Now here's something I learned from Michele Charles YEARS ago in a class I took from her.

I used my Pumice Stone Distress Marker to add an edge to the Balloon and Flag. This creates a shadow and makes the figures have dimension.

The edges are darkened with Walnut Stain and Black Soot Distress Ink, and the tag is layered onto a piece of Black Chipboard. At this point I was going to add a ribbon, but I liked it just the was it was.

Enjoy and let me know what you think.

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  1. What a great tag! I love all the layers of inky goodness.

  2. absolutely *stunning*. you blow me away every time! that white gel pen is like magic, and i love the tip on using the pumice stone marker for shadows - will definitely be trying that! happy easter to you and your family, Linda.

    Ellen x

  3. Fantastic!!! Love all the layers and of course the Dylusions colours! I believe that I really need the chickenwire stamp, really cool!

  4. Beautiful! I got my sprays this week and haven't played with them yet.

  5. fabby tag Linda, great tutorial. And I agree the stamping paper is THE best. x

  6. Hi Linda -

    Gorgeous tag and an awesome tutorial! Thanks for sharing with us. HAPPY EASTER TO YOU AND THE FAMILY!

    Elaine Allen

  7. BEAUTIFUL!! Love all the detail and the whoite pen work is faberoonie!

  8. The tags are beautiful - I have these sprays on my wishlist. The balloon stamp is one of my favourites from Tim's new release, I've used it loads already. hope you are having a good Easter.

  9. First I want to wish you Happy Easter Linda and loving your tag, the background shows great movement. Annette x

  10. Really love this tag Linda, I love the layering and the highlighting very, very much. Michelle x

  11. I can't get into Dyan's bright colors but you certainly make the most of them and may get me to change my mind! This is cool!

  12. Just gorrrrrrrrrrrrgeous! I love what you do with those Dylusional Inks and the white gel pen.

  13. Fabulous Tag!! Have you tried using the sprays on glossy card? Check out my tut from Friday Am waiting patiently for Dy's sprays to get me......taps
    Happy Easter to you

  14. Fabulous! Great tute, love how all the layers come together! Great tip about the shadowing too...keep forgetting that!

  15. Wow, that great, thank you for sharing

  16. Linda, I am in love with this tag. Doing sprayed ink colors on a tag like you did is by far my favorite backgrounds there are to do. Yours looks amazing of
    course and I now have to buy that stamp set (didn't think I wanted it).

    As usual I will be leaving your blog inspired, thank you for that and for sharing your talents with us.

  17. Awesome!. Great tute!. I love the colors and the layers. Thank you so much for sharing.

  18. Wonderful tag! Love everything you did. I want to learn to do the white gel pen technique, it just seems to make it pop. Thanks for sharing.

  19. I'm loving the spray inks too and making big, glorious messes! Your tag is fantastic - love all the layers.

  20. Oh my you really made this stuff pop ... all those wonderful vivid colors and then set them off with black and white .......... just wonderful .... Linda F

  21. Woo Hoo! What a glorious tag! I love everything about it from the vibrancy of the colours to the gloriously multi layered effect - a banquet for the eyes!

  22. I recently got to play with these inks as well and they are wonderful! I love the colors and your tag is awesome~

  23. Just found you & your blog & I love your tag! I'm going to be a new follower for sure. Tons of inspiration!


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