Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Let's Get Inky!

A new tag along with some great and exciting news for you today: I am a brand new and very proud new member of Try It On Tuesday's awesome design team! Whoooeeeeh!!!

The very first challenge I participate in as a DT member is called "Let's Get Inky!", which inspired me to combine various techniques using Distress ink and also to try a real fun technique for creating backgrounds: marbling with washing up liquid and ink. I used Distress ink "vintage photo" (my all time favourite) for the whole tag (for stamping, distressing, marbling and blending).



All you need for that marbling technique is some light coloured cardboard, a cup, a thin straw, washing up liquid and Distress dye ink. Mix some (few) drops of washing up liquid and ink with a tiny bit of water, dip the straw into it and blow bubbles until the bubbles flow over the cup's seam. Dip the cardboard into the bubbles (avoid touching the cup's seam with the paper as it will create circle prints on your marbled piece), blow again with the straw for a new "pile of bubbles", dip another area of the cardboard onto the bubbles asf. until you are satisfied with the result.

Hope the texture created by the inky bubbles is visible: 



I had my son helping me, after he told me he was an expert in blowing bubbles from soft drinks (which he in fact is) and would do a better job in it than me. ;) We had a lot of fun and did four or five tag sized pieces of marbled cardboard in that way.

I also dipped some cardboard into Distress ink, which I first had applied to my craft sheet and diluted with some sprays of water. From that cardboard I tore a thin strip, which I blended with "vintage photo", using the blending tool. I glued the strip onto the cut out tag. After that I distressed the tag's edges with the distressing tool and blended them with "vintage photo" too. The images of the cone and the boys on the sleigh (all from Oxford Impressions) were stamped onto white cardboard, cut out and blended as well. I did likewise with the sentiment. Before attaching the images, I stamped the holly image directly onto the tag and coloured the berries, using Stickles "Icicle".



The lace ribbon was inked as well by giving it a bath in diluted Distress ink "vintage photo".

A lot of inky stuff... hope you like the result and maybe even wanna try some of it for yourself. Please, hop over to TIOT to have a look at all the fabulous projects of my fellow team members (and maybe even pay a visit at their blogs). Hope to see your entries there too of course! The sponsor for this month's challenges will be
who are offering this months winner their own choice of 4 Digi Stamps from their store.

I am also entering Sugar Creek Hollow's and  Simons Says Stamp Challenges' with this tag. 


Hope you enjoyed your visit with me today! 



Hugs,
die amelie xx

26 comments:

  1. Firstly, huge congrats on your well deserved DT spot. Secondly, just love that bubbly background! That is now on the 'to do' list. Love how you've complimented it beautifully with some clever inky ideas and superb images. Perfect first DT project! Hugs, Buttons x

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    1. Thank you very much, Buttons! :)

      Looking forward to your bubbly backgrounds then! ;)

      Hugs,
      Claudia x

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  2. Congratulations, we are so happy that you have joined us on the TioT's team.
    I love your tag, fabulous vintage and the inky details look amazing.
    Yvonne x

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    1. This is so kind of you, Yvonne! I am so happy to be part of the team! :)
      Hugs,
      Claudia x

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  3. I love the marbeling effect, thanks for the tip on how to do it Claudia, I also like the tearing and inking! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

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    1. Thank you, Sandee!
      Bought some chocolate today after having stopped by your blog ;)
      xx

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  4. Huge congratulations - fantastic to have you on the team at one of my favourite challenges! What a powerhouse DT with you, Ellie and Trace on board (and I'm looking forward to getting to know the other newbies too)...

    Absolutely fabulous first project - the marbling is to die for, as are your gorgeous colours, great stamping, and the texture from that wonderful torn strip - wowow!
    Alison xx

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    1. Thank you so very much, Alison,

      for your encouraging words! I am really proud that they wanted me in their team! :))

      Claudia xxx

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  5. Congratulations!!!!
    Love this - colours are so beautiful.
    I was using this same stamp at the weekend to make a Christmas card for a male cousin.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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    1. Thank you very much, Lynne! :))

      Love this stamp too!
      Wishes,
      Claudia xx

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  6. love love love your bubbly background!! fab trace x

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  7. I missed this earlier, I tend to gloss over xmas stuff, Not a big fan ;)
    Congrats on another awesome DT, some great artists over there.
    The tag is beautiful (even if it is xmas) The bubble technique has worked really well and gives a fantastic texture.
    congrats again. Mark

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    1. Thank you very much, mark! :)
      I would say my tag is a winter tag, not really a xmas thing...maybe that's why you like it...*lol

      Thanks again for the congrats!

      Claudia x

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  8. Congratulations for being on the DT for TIOT! Didn't know you also applied. Glad they chose you AND me! LOL
    Just another note, as far as I know, if you answer the comments as above, these people won't see your answer, unless they come to your blog again! Try it out with me, if I don't answer, you know it doen't get to me automatically...

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    1. I know that people won't see my answers to their comments if they don't come back, but that's my way of thanking them for leaving a comment. I'm afraid I will have to change that, if things keep developing that fast and switch to thanking them in general. But for now it still works.

      Thanks for the congrats! ;)
      Claudia x

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  9. WOW, das schaut ja toll aus!
    LG, Gaby

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  10. Gorgeous vintage tag! Just perfect! Thanks for joining us for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!

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  11. Great tag! Love the image.
    Hugz, Z

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  12. Congrats on being selected for the DT. How exciting for you!
    Love your "inky" tag and that bubble technique.

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  13. Herzlichen Glückwunsch zur neuen DT Aufgabe :) Dein Tag sieht klasse aus.

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  14. What a lovely tag - a great vintage feel and distressed look, love the image!

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  15. Congrats on your new DT spot!
    I love this bubble technique and can't wait to give it a try. Such a fabulous tag!!! Love your image and broken sentiment.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Sugar Creek Hollow.

    Patti SCH/DT

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  16. Claudia, first congratulations for DT membership!!! Like I said before you and yours creations are always stunning and so creative! I was not here a lot lately but I did admire your work from behind. Stay so fantastic!
    Hugs

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  17. That watery background gives such a great texture to this tag - lovely!

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  18. Och Claudia, die scheinen eine Menge Spaß zu haben, das Tag ist aber auch wieder eine Augenweide ;o)

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