This workshop shows how to create a decorative background using the distress inks, distress markers and a Cosmic Shimmer mister. This technique gives a soft effect perfect for a back drop to a christening card or when a little colour is needed to enhance the project.
This is a close up of the wrinkled ribbon bow which has been coloured using distress inks & the mister. The Spellbinder crosses have been layered up & placed onto a floral oval panel.
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Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL
Spellbinders Floral Oval Die : WIZS4-356
& Spellbinders Cross 2 Die: WIZS5-093
Spellinders M-Bossibilities Dainty Dots : WIZEG-002
Coconut White 220 gsm A4 Card Stock : 40980 & Pink A4 Cardstock
Ink Blending Mat : INKBLENDMATA3
Grime Boss : GB30
Cosmic Shimmer Glue – Pearl : CSPEAWHGLU
Wrinkled Ribbon : Champagne – NK02
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink Pad : DPVINTAGEPHO or
Walnut Stain : DPWALNUT
& Aged Mahogany : DMAGED
Cosmic Shimmer Angel Mist Mister : CSMAN
Creative Expressions Non Stick Craft Sheet CRAFTSHEET
Cut `n` Dry Foam : FOAMCUT
Step by Step Instructions
1 Select the colour scheme and then choose the different distress markers & inks within that colour range. Also add the crushed pewter distress stain to the mix of products used. The ink blending mat & grime boss wipes will also be used in this project too.
2 Take the Victorian velvet distress ink pad and randomly stamp it directly onto the ink blending mat leaving gaps in between the ink.
3 Take the Victorian velvet distress marker and squiggle small amounts of colour again at random in between the distress ink pad patches.
4 Continue to build the colours up by adding the aged mahogany and the spun sugar distress markers until you are happy with the pattern on the ink blending mat.
5 Go in and lay down some dabs of the crushed pewter distress stain to build the colour pattern.
6 Take the angel mist Cosmic Shimmer mister and spritz it over the inks & markers to make the colour react and blend with one another.
7 Take a piece of the coconut A4 card stock and place it face down over the inked blending mat. Press all over the card making sure the card doesn`t move in the first press. Lift the paper & go back in pickup areas of colour around the edges if they are still white. You may have to add more colour & mist to the blending mat first.
8 Once the card has been lifted the white card will have changed to a lovely soft pink background. As the Cosmic Shimmer mist was used to blend the ink the piece will have a wonderful shimmery feel.
9 Take a Grime Boss wipe & wipe across the ink blending mat to pick up all the remaining ink and to clean the mat with ease.
10 Here is a close up of the shimmer effect on the background card just made.
11 Place a sheet of the coconut card in the dainty dot embossing folder and emboss using the base plate & the raspberry Spellbinder plate. Emboss the card & then remove the white card from the folder and cut out an oval frame Spellbinder die in the white card only.
12 Take a piece of cut`n`dry foam & ink it up using the spun sugar distress ink for a light effect. For a more vintage feel add a small amount of vintage photo ink to the foam & blend the edges for a 2 tone effect. Also pick up the dots with the ink.
13 Place the entire Spellbinder cross 2 die set onto some coconut card. Cut and emboss them through the Grand Calibur machine.
14 Group the crosses & the backing paper together and match up with the wrinkled ribbon – ideally use the dusky rose ribbon but if not why not colour the champagne or white wrinkled ribbon.
15 Firstly swipe the Victorian velvet ink pad along the ribbon on the ink blending mat. This will allow the wrinkled edges to be caught with ink.
16 Now add some of the Victorian ink and the Cosmic shimmer angel mist to the blending mat.
17 Roll the ribbon into the inky liquid and make sure the ribbon is covered. Either set the ribbon a side to dry or lightly dry the ribbon using a heat tool. Be very careful not to burn the ribbon if using the heat tool as it will become holey very easily. Alternatively lay the ribbon on an old tea towel and place over a radiator to dry the ribbon.
18 Once the ribbon is dry loop it twice around your hand & make a double bow. Now add some vintage photo distress ink onto the cut`n`dry foam & distress the edges of the pink panel.
19 Attach the panel onto the pink base card using foam tape for added dimension & add the floral oval again using some foam tape. Add the prepared bow to the corner of the card.
20 Layer up 4 selected cross shapes starting with the filigree cross at the bottom. Add pearl faux glue dots around the border edge of the card and on the ends of the crosses to marry up the design.
21 Here is a close up of the bow made using the wrinkled ribbon & the crosses. A perfect card for a Christening or confirmation card for a girl or try making a blue themed card. As there are 48 colours in the distress range the options are vast.