Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Blending with Tim Holtz Distress Inks


with Distress Inks


mix a substance  with another substance so that they combine together as a mass 
  • mix thoroughly so that the things mixed cannot be recognized
  • to shade into each other (merge)
Any dye, or water-based, ink is blend-able.  Are you familiar with those triangle makeup sponge wedges? 

I started blending inks with those. Put copy paper or a craft mat down to protect your work surface. Use the larger end of the sponge, tap the ink pad. Start off your project so there won't be any distinct sharp edges, with a light circular motion, rub ink onto your paper. Try at a corner and keep adding ink until you have your desired shade. 

Slowly put another color in the next corner. It's easier to start with colors next to each other on the color wheel. Slowly rub into the original color. As you work back and forth between the two colors the divide becomes less clear. one color has blended into another.

Jen uses a blending tool and peices of felt. The felt lasts longer than the sponge and is easier to move across the paper. She shows a great example of this technique during last week's Friday Free Play! 

 Square Blending tool  Mini Blending Tool

 Jen chose Pumice Stone Distress Ink to blend around the edge of her Petal Card last Friday. Click the picture to see the video!

 The Petal Card

When I saw how Jen had put ink along the edges and stamping with it, I wanted to dig mine out and play with that color!  

Distress inks have been specially formulated to move across the paper easily. Because it's a dye-based ink, it dries quickly. The ink becomes movable again when it comes into contact with any liquid. Putting water droplets onto the inked paper and then blotting them with a dry paper towel, creates patches of removed ink! This technique creates texture and interest to any project!

Distress Ink can be purchased individually in 3" x 3" pads or 

Distress Inks can also come in a mini 1" x 1" pad and there are re-inkers available 
for all 61 colors. The minis are sold in packs of four called kits.

 Mini Ink Pad Kits 1, 2 & 3

Jen uses Neenah Exact Index 110# for all her paper crafting! This card stock is durable, smooth and acid-free. 

 Neenah Exact Index Cardstock

Show the Koala T Crafts your blending work by downloading a picture and description (colors, paper, what will YOU use it for?) to the Koala T Crafts Facebook page! 

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