new to "distressing"... I'd really like to dive into the "distressing" technique...

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Posted 1/30/2013 by Nancie52 in General Stamping
 

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Posted: 1/30/2013 12:39:22 PM
where to start?

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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:05:12 PM
I just recently dived into distress inks, and I'm in love I watched a few Tim Holtz videos and jumped right in. I still have alot to learn but it's fun!!


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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:06:33 PM
Hi Nancie!

Distressing can be fun. However, I kindof feel like each person's definition of distressing might be different. Can you possibly link to a project that you like that uses distressing?

Then maybe we'd know better how to help


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:14:52 PM
Well it would depend on what type of "distressing" you would like to do.

If you are referring to using "distressing inks", like those by Tim Holtz, then I would start with buying a few Tim Holtz distress inks at Michael's (don't forget a coupon for more savings!) and though you can apply the inks with makeup sponges, it sure is easier (to me) to use the sponge blending tool, by Inkessentials: blending tool Then I played around with coloring white cardstock until I got the hang of using them. It does help, I think, to have a craft mat or something non-porous to rub the sponge blending tool on BEFORE you slide it onto the card stock---this lessens the chance of having ink splotches from the sponge come off onto the CS. It does take practice though to get the hang of applying distressed ink the way you want it to look.

If you are referring to distressing paper, so it looks worn, you can use the edge of scissors along the edge of paper to really fray the edge. There is also a tool sold by Tim Holtz I think, that looks very similar (to me) to those thread cutter you find in the notions section of Joann's and Hobby Lobby, that will do the same as the scissor's edge.

You can use sandpaper or emory boards to distress the tops of embossed sections of paper you dry embossed through the Cuttlebug or Big Shot.

HTH!


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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:31:51 PM
see how "newbie" I really am?? I didn't even think of the MANY ways of distressing!!of course!! thanks, Melissa...for all of your advice, I'm going to bookmark this and all of your ideas...thanks!

I am speaking of Distress inking (Holtz)... and I will try and link a project later.. but mainly I see edges of projects/ cards / or pieces of cards... being "distressed."

I will plan on a trip to M's to purchase the items mentioned and "play" a bit... thanks!

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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:33:03 PM
'Diving into distressing'? Well... I'd be distressed if I dived into an empty pool.

OK. I'll be serious. I'm with Heidi. There are lots of ways to interpret 'distressing'--not just DIs (good as they are).

For me? 'Distressing' often means creating a stamping project that looks like it's been around for a few years (decades) and been thru the mill along the way.

Unlike 'shabby chic', my distressed pieces often look used, abused & loved (almost to death).

I'm apt to take sandpaper & steel wool to the project--even do a bit of (controlled) burning if necessary.

How far (& how) you go with distressing depends on your goal for what the project 'says'--not just what it looks like.

For me? 'Distressing' is not a specific 'formula', but can use formula.

Sorry if my post confuses...


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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:37:15 PM
Distressed

I think this card has a distressed look that I like and it involves more than inking, I know.. but I think ink would play a part in this...

I'm going to search for a TH video/tutorial... I'm sure that will hel pme.



@ Daniel.. thank you for your ideas...

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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:39:54 PM
Great! Melissa covered a lot of the basics for distress inking. I would recommend the color "tea dye" for a good first color, especially if you like things to look old. But I now have about 12 colors and I wish I had them all.

Running the edge of a scissor over the side of the paper also gives a good distressed look by fraying the edge.

A GREAT resource about using distress inks is right here on Two Peas, an old class by Jennifer McGuire. http://www.jennifermcguireink.com/2010/10/week-1-part-1-distress-ink-message-board-class-part-2-distress-ink-stamping-message-board-class-part-3.html Click on "Class" or "video".


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:42:03 PM
Hi Nancie! Welcome to 2p's.

A great way to learn about distress inks and all they can do is through a two peas "thinking inking" you tube video series that Jennifer McGuire did a few years ago. Lots of great info there. Also if you YouTube Tim Holtz distress inks, he covers a lot about his inks too and gives good tutorials.
I would link them but I'm posting from my phone. You should be able to find them fairly easily if you search on YouTube.
I love Distress inks, they're addicting! Lots of uses for them and the colors are fantastic!


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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:49:55 PM
Nancie. The link isn't working for me, but I went to your gallery. The wedding piece looks like a good candidate for distressing.



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Posted: 1/30/2013 2:38:45 PM
The link didn't load for me either Nancie---but I'll show you one of my cards I recently did that used Tim Holtz distressed inks for all the card (including the stamping) except the black fans and sentiment were stamped in Versafine and the green fan is heat embossed with Tim Holtz embossing powder. The thing I really like about distressed inks is that they do not always have to give an aged look---or at least I didn't think this birthday card I made looked aged! lol!

birthday card using distressed inks

I agree with Heidi--my first distressed ink was the "tea dye" one and a blue and green one (thought I'd use it at least to do skies and grasses if I ended up not really enjoying using distressed inks---boy was I wrong!!

I haven't gotten the hang of "activating the ink with water" as many crafters will mention in videos and blogs, etc.

(And I know I mentioned using a coupon at M's---well this week M's doesn't have a coupon, but they DO accept Joanns and Hobby Lobby coupons--so you can take one of those instead! )


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Posted: 1/30/2013 5:16:43 PM
Melissa.. that's EXACTLY the ink distressing I was talking about.. LOVE your card... it didn't "age" it. it just gave it a lot more interest.!!
thank you for sharing.. and for the suggestions on what ink to "dabble' in first!!

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Posted: 1/30/2013 5:34:31 PM
Thank you Nancie for your kind words about my card!

I am glad to help!


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Posted: 1/31/2013 8:58:30 AM
Always glad when someone has a 'visual' they can share--often helps.

I would not have characterized Melissa's lovely piece as 'distressed', but good to know it's what you were looking for, Nancie.


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Posted: 1/31/2013 9:08:13 AM
Love your card Melissa. And Daniel, being new to card making, that is what I would have called distressed also. Maybe it's because Tim Holtz is so popular and that's what I first learned to do with my 1 Tim Holtz distress ink, hehehe



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Posted: 1/31/2013 1:39:51 PM

would not have characterized Melissa's lovely piece as 'distressed', but good to know it's what you were looking for, Nancie.


I didn't characterize it as "distressed" either.. but the inks used are "distress inks"... hence I would think that the technique is called "distressing?"


being new to card making, that is what I would have called distressed also. Maybe it's because Tim Holtz is so popular and that's what I first learned to do with my 1 Tim Holtz distress ink, hehehe


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Posted: 1/31/2013 2:12:05 PM
LOL, Nancie & Kathy & others!

One of the potentialy 'distressing' aspects of crafting--including stamping--is that so many craft words can have many different definitions. And likewise a technique can be 'known' by many different names--i.e. 'mortise masking'.

The good news for us here is we have lots of folks who are able & willing to share their experience. And...We have people like you, Nancie, who don't just start a thread & leave it hanging. WTG!

I went thru my gallery to see if I had an example of a 'distressed' project. Here's one of my early 2Ps pieces that has a somewhat 'distressed' look for me due to the torn paper. I could have done more distressing with sanding, but I was new to the idea of distress-look, too. And I did not then have any of the DIs--not that they are necessary to obtaining the look. 'Course I love DIs now & if I were to revisit this design I'd definitely use them in it.


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Posted: 1/31/2013 2:49:59 PM
Thank you , Daniel.. Tho I am not a "newbie" to either scrapbooking or this site (actually been coming here since 1999)... I can see that my post title SHOULD have referred to the DI's.. since that is what I wanted to "learn"... and Melissa's card showed exactly what I meant, and the others referred me to video tutorials regarding the DI.. somehow, they must have read my mind!!! (keep a thread "hanging"..?? how does one do that)

However, I SO appreciate your expertise on the subject and will keep this thread bookmarked for future reference.

thanks, again
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