Thursday, May 10, 2012

New Distress Inks From Tim-Can You Keep a Secret?

I recently got my new Spring Seasonal Distress pads from Inspiration Emporium!

Now I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Peacock's right up my ally....but I wasn't so sure about the other 2  colors....until I put them on a tag.

And YES, they are SUPER!!!! The Squeezed Lemonade is wonderful for that spot of "light" that you need to give contrast to your other colors.

And the Shaded Lilac, well it just speaks for itself....SEE BELOW....

Here's the "Can You Keep a Secret" part of the post.

This is going on my Grandson Alex's Graduation card.....and he, I'm sure, doesn't read my blog, so I'm pretty sure he won't see it.

And I'm positive he wouldn't care anyway!

So here's a little tutorial on the process...

Now, I started with the 3 new colors all around the tag.

As you can see, a single swipe shows the lightness of the 2 on the left, and the intense color of the Peacock Feathers on the right.

Also see how the overlap of the 2 on the right make a FABULOUS color.

I NEVER use just one color, or one layer of color. It's always several colors to create the intensity that I want.

Then I started adding more colors here in the sample to show how the colors mix.

 Last I show you how Seedless Preserves and Ripe Persimmon from the Autumn Collection pads effect the other colors.

 Here is the end result of my tag. Dark in some areas and rather translucent in others.

To lighten it up, I laid my Dylusions Number Jumble stencil over it and sprayed with water.

Then blotted it and hit with the Heat-it Tool.

You can see the difference and the outline of the stencil.

Then the Dusty Concord came out with  Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's The Crafter's Workshop-Mini Gears and the magic begins.

This stencil is TOO COOL!

I stamped the Chicken Wire stamp from Tim's Mixed Media set with Jet Black Archival Ink, and began using a black permanent pen to outline some parts of the stencil elements.
I heat set all the Distress Inks before I get out the white pen. Here the Sharpie Poster Pen.

Let your mind go to the ARTISTIC side of your brain and just have fun.

Squint...see where the piece "needs" something...color, white, a stamp....?

"Enjoy the Journey" and have fun.

The letters are cut from Grungeboard and Metal Foil Tape (thank you Mario) and the new Sizzix Bigz XL Alphabet Die - Word Play from Tim.

VERY fun! Then they're embossed with the Gridlock Texture Fade folder.

I layered up the tag onto 2 pieces of cardstock...I almost could not cover up the gears....

But, it needed to be for Alex, so on went the letters.

You can add some jute and a Locket Key to the top to balance out the space, and it's done.

I photographed it here on one of my favorite sheets of Tim's paper from the Kraft Resist pad that I've colored with Distress Markers.

So...give it a go.

Get your ink pads ordered and make some fun cards for all those
"grads to be" out there.

Now for Brittany's 21st Birthday card..

She literally threw herself on the ground and cried when I sent her a card that had "a BAR CODE on it, for Pete's sake!"  That was several years ago, but the picture is still in my head. They have their way, don't they?

Yes, she's an actress with several productions in her life, but she made her point.

And so, I'm off to make something for her as well.

Cause that's what Grandma's do!

And one last note....if you have not read this post by Lisa M. Pace, you should. She said it all, and she said it brilliantly. I personally spend at least 3-4 hours on a post...from start to finish. And the comments you leave us is what makes it all worthwhile...and not much more.

PLEASE read it here.....


Products Used:
Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Seasonal Spring Pad set, Seasonal Autumn Pad set, Dusty Concord
Tim Holtz Alterations - Sizzix Bigz XL Alphabet Die - Word Play, Texture Fade- Gridlock
Tim Holtz Stamps - Mixed Media
Dylusions Stencils - Number Jumble 5x8
The Crafter's Workshop-Julie Fei-Fan Balzer Stencils - Mini Gears
Tim Holtz - Grungeboard - Basics, Kraft Resist Paper Stash
Ranger - Metal Foil Tape, #8 Manila Tag, Jet Black Archival Ink
Tim Holtz - Distress Markers
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Locket Keys
Sharpie-White Poster Pen-Fine Point (discontinued and hard to find...I'm just sayin')


Netty said...

wow thank you for the demo Linda, your tag is totally fabulous. x

Sarah said...

scrumptious colours and love the layers...I had to scroll down to check Alex hadn't peeked...never say never - caught my mum on mine!

Helen said...

What a fabulous tag! I love the rich colours, they all work so well together; even before you start adding to the base it looks wonderful. Hope Alex's graduation goes well.

cheryl said...

oh wow this is one,really stunning tag,the colours on this is just amazing,they work beautifully Hun,and just love it,super detail hugs Cherylxxxx

Michelle Webb said...

You really did have fun! This tag is brilliant, so much detail and work. I'm not surprised you spend hours on writing the blog post, you spend hours making a wonderful creation, and to do it justice you always give us a great post to go with it. Thanks for sharing Linda. Michelle

Joy said...

WOW! Love love love it Linda! :)

Shelly Hickox said...

Totally Linda, totally gorgeous!! I NEED that stencil!!

Connie said...

You really got creative on this tag . . . it is wonderful! Thank you for visiting my blog and your sweet comments. Have a great weekend, Connie :)

Gio said...

Thank you for this colourful, useful and long post. The tag is wonderful!

I'm going to read that article, I totally understand when someone put time and efforts on every post, it's not easy and sometimes frustating but I still think it worths it!

Dottie said...

Love your tag! The color palette is beautiful; the design elements work together perfectly. Thanks for sharing your talent and expertise.

marymac said...

Beautiful linda. Love that stencil, I have a few but don't play with them as much as I should.

Debby said...

I DO appreciate the sharing that you and other artists post on your blogs. I do not know if I could create on demand as you must be called upon to do at times. Can't wait to get my new inks so I can have a chance to play with them. Thanks again for all that you do!

Diana said...

i so enjoy your work. i love how you walked us through this tag. it is brilliant!! i don't have my new distress colours yet but soon!
as far as lisa's post hat goes off to her and all who are out in blog land. it is a lot of work and i so only know what little i do and how much time it takes to do it. i simply can't imagine how you all do it and within 24 hours.. yikers!
i appreciate YOU and all YOU share. thank you

Art By Wanda said...

Beautiful tag!!! I'm sure Alex will love it!!!

Marijane said...

I always look forward to seeing a new post from you, Linda. It's apparent that you spend a lot of time creating them... the instructional tutorials and attention to detail are impeccable. Best of all, your creations are a joy to behold and my day is always a little brighter when I get to see some of your brilliantly colored works of art. You have been an inspiration to me and I THANK YOU!!!

Linda M. Cain said...

Marijane, you always make my heart sing! Thanks so much for your wonderful words. I wish I had so many people's emails to personally thank them, but blogger doesn't always provide them.
So I thank you here.
Big Hugs,

Marjie Kemper said...

Linda, the colors on this Alex tag are drop dead gorgeous! Love love LOVE the stenciling and just your whole eye for placement... it's fantabulous! Great link to Lisa's post... thanks for sharing.

Karin said...

I love the tag you've made for Alex, he's sure to love it. Off to see the link to Lisa's blog.