Hello again, friends!
How are you? Have you settled down from all of the excitement this past weekend from the release of the new Distress Color, Lost Shadow? Man, what a color! I absolutely love it and all the inspiration that Tim shared during his Youtube Live with the color. Can you believe it’s number 11 and we only have one more color to go before Tim says that the collection is complete. It’s been quite the beautiful ride and I am so grateful for all the new colors he has introduced.
Anyways, I am not here today to talk about color…but to share a quick tutorial for a technique that I did using the new Distress Sanding Disks. This is a slick little tool that fits onto the end of your Mini Ink Blending Tool. Have you heard about them yet? Well, let me tell you, it’s AWESOME!
I shared a tag the other day on my instagram feed that featured the new Tailored Thinlet Set. Here’s a look at the photo from my post.
I had a few people message me asking how I created the label that is featured on it. So, I thought I’d share how I did it…it’s a really easy technique that was made even easier using the new sanding disks.
I started by creating some brown inky backgrounds using a selection of Distress Spray Stains. I spritzed a piece of Distress Kraft Heavystock with some water, then spritzed on the inks. I just wanted to get a good dark base of ink, so I switched it up and used different combos of the browns. (Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso and Gathered Twigs). Once I had a good mix of color, I dried it with my heat tool. Once dry, I spritzed on a few more drips of water and dried it again..drips and splats are always good!
Next, I grabbed my Framed Tags and Vintage Labels Thinlet Sets and ran a variety of shapes through my Sizzix Foldaway machine using the brown papers. Both of these sets of thinlets feature a framed & embossed edge that creates a wonderful indent into all the shapes. You are meant to ink the edges prior to cutting them by using Archival Ink and a Brayer, but in this case, I was just wanting the embossed edges.
Next, I pulled out a scrap of chipboard and placed it on my Media Mat. This is super important because you do not want to sand anything directly on the mat because it is glass and it will scratch, so be sure to cover your work surface.
I placed a sanding disk onto the end of a Mini Blending Tool, then, in a circular motion, began lightly sanding around the embossed areas of all my pieces…you can see the results in the photos below… how cool is that???! Instantly worn to vintage perfection – lickety split! Just like that, I’ve got a good collection of tags and labels ready to go!
And… this technique will work with other colors too, just switch it up and go to town! The red reinforcement below,was created using the Distress Kraft Heavystock, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany and Vintage Photo distress inks, spritzed with water, dried with a heat tool and then cut and sanded. Love it!
Thanks so much for stopping by today…I hope you found this quick tutorial helpful and that you give the new Sanding Disks a try!
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danielle coutu says
Beautiful thank you
Stacie, you’re techniques are always so helpful and right-on-target to get the desired look. I can’t wait to try it – after we finish painting – a room, not the one with crafts.
Anne Agar-krill says
Thank you so much for sharing this!So helpful.
Deborah Saaranen says
Oh Stacy; your designs and tutorials always delight me! I absolutely love what you have done with these masculine dies! I had to order them, although I usually am drawn to floral, etc. The texture and colors that you have achieved are pretty amazing! Thanks so much for being an inspiration!
Thank you, Stacy. Your creativity makes life fun. I didn’t buy this Sizzix die set with the hat and shirt.. but now i am thinking it would be really awesome to add to my collection because of this make. Hope you are having a great day.
Thanks for the tips Stacy. I love the photos especially the one with all the vintage books. You have so many lovely old objects and use them so well to display your wonderful makes. It makes following your blog a visual treat xox