Hello everyone! Since completing my rainbow clothesline bag back here, I’ve been planning several other similar projects…for special people in my life who’ve asked for one, and maybe possibly another for myself. So to that end, I’ve been spying batik fabrics everywhere I go and drooling over the gorgeous colors and patterns till they float through my dreams even! No surprise then, that I’d recently be hooked by a batik-ing technique using stamps and distress inks! So I finally pulled out my stamps and inks and sat down to play!
I tried a couple of practice samples with white cardstock and another 2 with kraft cardstock.
I started by stamping and clear heat embossing about 4 images randomly on the cardstock. Then I creased and folded the paper many times in all directions to distress the paper so it would soak up more distress ink in those spots.
Next, I used the Tim Holtz blending foam tool to layer on the lightest color of ink in the color scheme I was using.
After that, I stamped a few more images in random patterns, and clear heat embossed once again. This second embossing allowed the first color of distress ink to be covered and preserved when I went back and added a 2nd color of distress ink.
See how much whiter the first stamped images are, than the 2nd layer of stamped images? I repeated this step once more and distressed with the 3rd color of ink.
For this sample, I used Crushed Olive, Pine Needles and Forest Moss.
Here are a few more color combos and practice samples.
These 2 samples, above and below were done on the kraft cardstock, and if you like a more muted design, that’s the way to go, but I found I like the crisper result better, of the white cardstock ones.
Let me just jump in here and explain that the various tutorials I found suggested that this technique works better with large, filled in stamp designs, than fine, detailed ones. Diving into my vastly limited stamp stash here at the cottage, I found a couple of floral designs that I thought would work ok. I would have liked some of the foliage stamps I have back home though. But then I realized, I might not have foliage stamps, but I DO have foliage dies!!
So I die cut a stencil design from four different leaf designs and used them with a Versamark ink pad and a foam distress blending tool, pouncing and daubing inside the outline.
Anyway, that fun little activity filled an afternoon but it also gave me some samples to use on these cards.
The Leafy die cut above, is the Large Olive Branch by Memory Box.
That distress ink colored leaf on the above card is a wood veneer design by Prima.
And a detail shot so you can appreciate the pretty silver glitter leaf die cut and the gemstones added to jazz things up!
I haven’t had time lately for any sewing projects other than refitting a much-too-large slipcover for a small couch, but I may have satisfied both the need to get inky AND play with batik fabrics, with this fun technique! I’d love to hear about it, if you decide to give it a try!