These are just standard tags I bought in a bulk bin a while back and thought they would be perfect for learning different techniques with various mediums. For the most part - the colors and mediums you will see in this post are ones I buy from Ranger Ink's Tim Holtz Distress Stain Line. Right now I'm only working with 3 colors but I hope to get more - especially now that I am hooked on using them!
What makes these Distress Stains different from the other mediums? Well, this is what they say on the website...
Distress Stains are fluid water-based dyes for papers and other porous surfaces. Use for quick and easy ink coverage for backgrounds and larger areas. Mist with water to lighten color and create mottled effects. Apply layers of stain to achieve more saturated color. Available in the entire Distress color palette, including Metallic shades.
The brushed nylon dabber top has a built-in spring valve. This allows for controlling the release of Distress Stains from the bottle. By pressing the dabber top down onto surface, the valve opens and fluid releases. Lift dabber away from surface to stop fluid flow. Spread Distress Stains by swiping the dabber top lightly as a brush across the surface.
As for this next tag - I used the technique mentioned about but covered it more and pressed harder on the distress stain padding and bottle and layered it more while half dry. After it completely dried I used a small clear acrylic stamp with white ink and stamped it several times in various directions and let dry again.
I will sometimes use water or hairspray to move the stain around or give it a different look or to help layer. I'm finding more and more ways to layer and make the stains move and am constantly coming up with new textures! It's quite FUN!
With this tag laying on top of the red background you will see I only used the brown but went really dark and heavy with it. I squeezed the liquid out on on hard plastic surface and then directly pressed the outside of the tag around the liquid to 'sop it up' so to speak. On the surface there was still a little color from a previous project on there but I like the way it looked and decided to keep it that way. For the shiny finish I used Modge Podge and let it dry. The cream color in the center of this one is the natural color of the tags I was using.
I have been mixing the Distress Stains and Alcohol Inks in various projects and they look pretty cool together, too! This is just the first batch of tags! I have LOTS more to share in the very near future! What do you think so far!?