Friday, February 19, 2010

2nd Saturday Recap

This month we learned about the different uses of Distressing Inks and the effects they can accomplish.

Above the flag was inked after being dry embossed. The stars and the "USA" were made by rubbing the ink pad on a flat sheet of paper and then die cutting the desired shapes from it. The edges of the white paper were torn and all the edges where inked using a sponge to apply the ink.

Using distressing ink can soften the edges and make elements of design blend (as above) or it can define the edges and make them more obvious as below.

With distressing inks you can stamp as well. The difference between stamping with permanent ink and distressing ink is that the distressing ink is more subtle, as in the title below.

Below, the brown card stock was spritzed with water and wadded up and then flattened. Then the distressing pad was rubbed over the creases of the paper, thus creating the look of leather.

Below the photos on this layout were printed onto textured card stock and then rubbed with a sponge using distressing ink to create a tattered and worn look.

You can also create this effect on photos printed at the stores. It is not recommended to use this process on photos printed at home on photo paper. It may cause the inks from the photo to smear.

Remember you can use distressing inks on flowers, ribbons, buttons and other embellishments as well.

This month's assignment is to use distressing inks to create a background layout for your March calendars.

Good luck! We look forward to seeing you at class!


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