Tuesday, April 12, 2011

TIPsy Tuesday - From Rags to Riches

One of the techniques for using Ranger distress inks is to press the ink pads directly on an acrylic block or a craft sheet and spritz with water.  Then dip paper (I use watercolor paper) into the inks for a background.  You can do this repeatedly on the same paper for more color.  

Eventually, you need to wipe of the acrylic block or the craft sheet.  I've been using a paper towel and I always notice what pretty color combos you get on the paper towel. I wondered if you could get similar results with fabric?  So I tried wiping the ink off my craft sheet with a piece of plain muslin. 

Here is my 'dyed' piece of muslin.

Before using it to make the flower below, I stamped the flourish in Vintage Photo.

And you get a really interesting fabric to make a flower or other embellishment.

I did find that I still needed a paper towel to get the surface completely dry.

The remainder of the card was inspired by a tag Tim Holtz made for 2 P's month of cardmaking and stamping.  I layered a lot of different stamps and mostly used distress inks for a soft, worn look.

Thanks for visiting today, Happy Tuesday!

Ingredients:  Stamps:  God's Beauty, Baroque Motifs by Stampin' Up!; Line dots by Hero Arts
Ink:  Vintage Photo, Tea Dye, Concord Crush, Weathered Wood, from Ranger
Cardstock:  Plum Pudding by PTI
Lace:  Prima
Brad:  Vintage from Stampin' Up!


  1. What a perfect idea. I love that you don't waste any ink either. So cool.

  2. this is such a pretty card lisa-great technique-and I love the fabric flower

  3. Lisa! This is beautiful. What a fabulous technique. The flower is awesome.


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