// September 20th, 2012 // Mixed Media, Journals & Papercraft
Time for another Compendium of Curiosity Vol 2 Tag. This week is all about Blended Stains (pg 45). Of course this challenge is all based on the instructions in Tim Holtz’s amazing book of the same name and because it is Tim’s intellectual property I cannot share the trade secrets behind the how-to. Ah, but I can share how to make the cute ticket that I added to my tag (below).
First, I apologize for taking the pictures on my nasty silicon mat- it’s a mess but I was not paying attention and didn’t realize it until I was editing. Second, I took them horizontally and they don’t convert to vertical without becoming freakishly distorted…. so I’m stuck with a weird horizontal photo.
Personally I think the bow is just fabulous. I used the Blended Stains technique on the seam binding as well as the background of the tag. This ribbon was made using two colors of Distress Stain- Spiced Marmalade and Dried Marigold. I love the results.
1. I started with a die cut using Tim Holtz Alterations Decorative Strip Ticket Strip. The cardstock is old piece of Basic Grey that already had a cobweb design on it but you could start with a solid cardstock as well.
2. Begin by inking the edges with a Blending Tool and Dried Marigold Distress Ink. Don’t cover the entire surface but cover almost all of it-leaving the center lighter than the edges.
3. Ink the edges with a Blending Tool (use the same foam pad) and Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink.
This time you want to ink toward the center but not as far as you did in step 2.
4. Finally you want to tip the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink and the Blending Tool (I use a new pad for each color family).
5. This is what you want the strip to look like after you have inked the edges. Stamp the Halloween ticket from Stampers Anonymous Odds and Ends on to each ticket using black Archival Ink.