Saturday, 21 August 2010

Distress Ink background technique

Here's a real quick and easy background technique that I have been playing around with lately. All you need is a ribbler.....I'm guessing everyone has one of those from the early days of crafting, if not call Karen in the shop on 01234 714848, we have them in the shop. You''l need some tags, Distress inks and ink blending tools. Start by covering your tag with a reasonably light colour Distress Ink, I used Wild Honey.
Pop it through your ribbler.

Add some highlights of a darker colour, my choice was Forest Moss and you'll see the lines magically appear.

Add a second colour.....I used Rusty Hinge.

Pop it back through the ribbler, in the opposite direction.

Rub on Distress Inks again and the pattern will emerge.

For the second sample I used Broken China and Wild Honey although my photography is so rubbish, the colours do not look like this in real life.

Simply repeat the whole process.

THis time I just used a straight ribbler.

And added a touch of Brushed Corduroy for the edges.

Just lovely!!! Of course if you now want to stamp on this, simply iron it to flatten.

Try it, it's fun!!
Have a fab weekend, Lin


Val said...

Fun idea - will have to give that a go.

Enjoy your weekend.


Claire said...

Ooh fabby idea, will have to accquire a ribbler to try it

Saskia said...

Great idea, don't own a ribbler but I guess it wil work just as great with an embossingfolder in the cuttlebug.
Thanks for sharing!

Helen said...

I knew there was something I'd forgotten from Sunday!! Now to hunt out my ribbler...... could be gone some time, lol!

Hels Sheridan said...

Cool and pretty technique.. I haven't got a ribbler.. do I need one Lin??? thanks for the tips x

Art By Wanda said...

These are way cool!!!

Girlsinthecraft said...

What a cool effect from such a simple technique. Here in the States I believe we call that tool a crimper. When you mentioned a ribbler I got really excited about seeing a new contraption--ha! ;)

Anne Temple said...

Great use of an old tool that's been collecting dust in my craft room. Fun technique - thanks for the ideas.

Scrap Vamp said...

That looks like a lot of fun and sure gives an interesting effect! TFS!

Carmen said...

Wow Lin, very cool! I've never heard of or seen of a ribbler. I thought it was a Batman character ;). I love the effect!!

Angie said...

This is a brilliant technique where is my ribbler?????

Chris Arlington said...

What a great idea, must dust of my ribbler. We call it a crimper on this side of the pond (LOL)

Ali H said...

Hi Lin
this looks great fun - stumbled across my ribbler the other day on a "it has to be somewhere in this stash" hunt for something else - will be giving this one a try ! Ali x

Ellie said...

Oh dear, guess I'll have to buy a ribbler now! lol

Lola G. said...

Love it -- I just ordered myself a ribbler (crimper over here -- ribbler is much more fun to say) that will arrive soon, and this is yet another technique that looks like fun to try!

Anonymous said...

Lovely idea.Thank you so much for sharing.

Suzanne Bouchard said...

great idea! Thanks!

carole said...

Really great idea.... I never how use this machine... thanks !!!