Hi everyone! How are you liking this World Card Making Day celebration at Firefly Crafts? One thing I love about Firefly Crafts is Debbie our mama Firefly carries ALL the Tim Holtz distress ink pads. Every color!! How cool is that?
Today I am going to show you how to use some of these ink pads to create amazing backgrounds or..gasp..wood grain. In this tutorial I use the mini ink pads but you can use the large ones just the same. So lets get this party started shall we?
This is the finished scene I did
I prefer to use a really smooth paper because it helps glide the ink pads across it. For this demo I used Marker paper. I started with the Mustard Seed Pad and just rubbed it directly on the paper where I wanted the Sun to be.
Rub the Carved Pumpkin Ink pad above and below the first one
Use the Abandoned Coral ink around where you want some sunset looking pink
Use the Candied Apple ink to give your sunset that deep red color
Next take the Tumbled Glass ink pad and color in the rest of the sky. At any point while doing these colors you can use a finger or cotton ball to blend areas if you would like.
Use the stormy sky to add more color to your sky
Stamp whatever image you would like on the scene. I used a Motorcycle and then colored it in to leave a silhouette.
USe the black soot to color in from the bottom of your stamped image to edge of paper
Finish Card as desired! This techqnique can be used for many things from skys to oceans or WOOD like I show you below.
I always look in craft stores for wood grain paper. I am a bit obsessed with it. Maybe because I can hardly ever find it or when I do find it the print is too large for cards ( must be made for scrapbooks). So when I saw a tutorial awhile back on making your own I was so excited. Here is how you can make your own too!
Draw lines on paper using glue. The lines should be going whichever way you want the grain to go. I again used smooth paper for this. Once you are done doing your lines let the glue dry.
Once glue has dried flip paper over so glue is facing down and score lines however wide you want your "boards" to be . This paper is 4"x 5 1/4" and I scored it every half inch.
Flip paper back over and rub the Antique Linen pad over entire piece
Repeat with Rusty Hinge and Weathered wood pads
Finish Card as desired.
I hope you have enjoyed these tutorials and will run over to Firefly Crafts to get some of these adorable ink pads.