Welcome to Part 2 of the Get Distressed series the E-Team is presenting! Today, the Team is showcasing the Wrinkle Free Distress Technique (tutorial courtesy of our own team member Sherry!)
Of course, Daisy has some great wrinkle free goodies to share with two lucky people!! All you have to do is leave a comment on each team member's blog for the random chance to win some new goodies that are just hitting the store! You will have the weekend to leave a comment and the winners will be chosen Sunday night!
In all honesty, this has to be just about my FAVORITE technique! It is perfect for making custom background papers, adding a grunge look to a project or just an excuse to mix and match!!
For the LIFE OF ME, I could NOT get the "blues" to photograph with the actual "sea green" tone that the paper has in real life versus this turquoise color that is invading my photo! You will just have to take my word on the fact that the "blues" are more green and that the ribbon matches much better in person!!
Quick Tip: this technique does work best with Distress Inks. Distress inks maintain their true colors when mixed with water, versus other water based inks, which become diluted.
Of course, I have my own little twist to this technique. Instead of swiping my ink across my craft mat in a nice row, I swipe in splotches. I start with my lightest color and then randomly smoosh the ink on my craft mat.
Yes, these are different colors than what I ended up using. This would be step one of a failed attempt at an experiment. But it illustrates my method just the same!
Then I spritz the inks with Glimmer Mist. You could easily use Perfect Pearl mists too. I just happen to have more GM then PP!!
Then I smoosh my paper ( I used a 5 x 5 vanilla tag for my project today) in the beaded up ink. I usually dry my paper and repeat the steps until I get the look I like. Using a glimmer mist or the like, gives a soft shimmer to your project adding that little extra punch!
Then comes the fun part!! You can use the paper as it is, or make a custom design paper to match your project (and at 1/2 the cost of regular design paper!!)
I first stamped the Aged Music Sheet from Cornish Heritage farms (no longer available...sorry!) with Distress Tea Dye. Then I overstamped the Fabulous Flourishes Distress Sage Shadow. The edges were sponged with Vintage Photo.
The cage is from the Alterations Die Caged Bird. It was die cut from TenSecond Studios Dark Chocolate metal, that I "distressed" by wrinkling the metal, then lightly sanding the bumps before smoothing it out with the roller tool in the finishing set. I cut two frames and attached them only at the top and bottom, rounding out the front frame to give it a more realistic dimension.
The bird (from the same die) and the sentiment frame were cut from Graphic 45's Steampunk Debutante paper line. I cut the bird out twice. By chance, the paper pattern lent itself to being the birds legs perfectly! I cut out the branch from the bird and layered it over the second die cut. The Spellbinders Label Eleven frame is raised over the sentiment (Flights of Fancy) with dimensional tape.
The ribbon was from idea-ology findings Trimmings that I sponged Sage Shadow, a bit of Broken China and Vintage Photo onto. I FINALLY got it to fray and crinkle by pulling threads (why is it, that ribbon always frays when you don't want it too, but won't do it when you need it too?!!)
The tassel was made with some fine chain that I had in my stash. It started out silver, but I used some Alcohol Ink in Espresso to darken. The chain and the beads (again, from my stash) were attached to the cage with idea-ology jump rings. The whole sha-bang was adhered to a piece of presentation foam board with Scor Tape to give it some stability.
I hope you found the E-Team's Distress ideas inspiring and Wrinkle Free!