Wednesday 6 August 2014

Tag - you are it, with Distress Inks

Hello dear friends,

Kripa here, I hope you are all enjoying the mind blowing cards presented by the DT for the current challenge

Lulupu Challenge #36 

Make It Macho

Please find the general guidelines here

Challenge Guidelines
1. Only cards or tags are allowed for this challenge
2. We are looking for masculine cards and tags so it would be a nice way to create something for Rakshabandhan too!
3.You must use Distress Inks as a main product in your project
4. Have fun.. ;)

I am an ink lover - especially of distress inks. Its on my MUST have list for a mixed media project, primarily because of the versatility that these water-based inks offer. So, for this project, I decided to use only distress ink and experiment the many ways to use it, here are a few

1. Through stencil - First, rub distress ink over a stencil , spritz it with a little water and then press the ink on the tag to get the reverse image stamp on the paper. The image will not be perfect, but gives a lovely pattern. On my tag, the first layers of gears (stencil) is hardly visible.

2. To stamp - Lesson learnt : Distress inks give sharper images when used on rubber stamps, clear/acrylic stamps the image is a little hazy.

3. Add to texture paste- Rub some distress ink onto your craft sheet. Using a palette knife, mix it with modelling paste and apply though stencil. The clocks on the tag are made using this technique - I mixed a few brown shades to get the final colour.

4. Colour chipboard - Rub some distress ink onto the craft mat and spritz it with water. Swipe the gessoed chipboard on it. Some places will catch more colour than others. This was used to colour the trellis chipboard (cut with the Silhouette). I also rubbed on some colour with my fingers. The gears in the forefront were not gessoed. The ink pads were directly rubbed onto it, to give more intense and darker shade.

5. Colour wash - The ink spritzed with water was used through a waterpen, to colour the gauze and also blend the background and splatter using a paintbrush.

By the way, the pattern paper for the tag comes from Kaisercraft Basecoat - this collection has the most amazing backgrounds, perfect for a grunge project.

So, what do you have in mind for this challenge my friends? We are eagerly waiting to see what projects you link and hope you too have as much fun with distress inks.


Supplies from the Lulupu Store used for this project:


  1. This is such an amazing tag... and thanku for the cool tips related to distress ink.. :)

  2. Your tag is just gorgeous Kripa and I loved the way you have given us step by step on how to create this tag ..Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Very inspiring Kripa... :-)

  4. Love this grungy tag, Kripa!! TFS Step*step

  5. Thanks for giving us some wonderful tips kripa!!


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