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Coloring with Distress Inks

PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 6:56 am
by Alison
I am going to show you a simple tutorial for coloring in your Bombshells with Distress Inks from Ranger. You can create some beautiful effects with these inks using only a few supplies.

Here's what you need:
Distress Inks- I usually use about 4 or 5 colors. For this project I used Antique Linen, Milled Lavender, Tattered Rose, Weathered Wood and Walnut Stain.
Cut-N-Dry-Nibs- Also from Ranger
Cream Colored Cardstock- I used Butter Cream from Prism
Brown Dye Ink- I used Chestnut Roan from Color Box

Let's get started!
1. Stamp your image in brown onto your cream cardstock. We use brown because it's so much softer looking than black, and a dye based so that it dries quickly and doesn't blend with the Distress Inks.

2. Starting with Antique Linen, rub a Cut-N-Dry Nib in a circular motion into the pad. You'll be using this color for her skin. Test how much color you have on the Niob on a scrap piece of the same cream cardstock.Color in the lowlight, or more shadowed areas of her body. You can use either a circular or linear motion, depending on the look you want.

Here's a photo of one leg colored in. Please note that it's not colored in entirely...I just colored in what would be the shadowed areas. Let the cardstock work for you by creating a nice base color!

3.Finish her body using this same technique.

4. Pick up a new Nib and start coloring in her outfit using the Milled Lavender. Make sure to use a different Nib for each color! I like to keep each Nib on top of the color I used so that I don't mix them up. You don't want the colors mixing on the Nib! Again, color in just the shadowed areas, not the entire section.

5. Apply some Tattered Rose to her outfit in what would be the most shadowed areas of her outfit. It not only adds more color, but even more dimension.

7. Then, using Weathered Wood and Walnut Stain color in her accesories. Leave some cream showing!

8. Don't forget her makeup! Experiment with your colors to make her look fabulous!

Here she is completely colored in.

9. Now you can cut her out and add her to a card! But don't forget to use some of the awesome elements in your stamp set! Here's my completed card

Check out her parrot!


And here is another card I made in July using the same technique but different colors.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial! Please don't heistate to ask questions. I cannot wait to see what you create!

Re: Coloring with Distress Inks

PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:20 am
by kasmello
Great tutorial. I never thought of using distressing inks before! I will now!

Re: Coloring with Distress Inks

PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:46 am
by cajunstampingqueen
AWESOME!!! I am the same as Kas, I never thought to color with them. I am so doing this now though!

Re: Coloring with Distress Inks

PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 8:45 am
by GlitteryKatie
A fabulous vintage look! :D

Re: Coloring with Distress Inks

PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:21 am
by Kathi
Wow. Great tutorial Alison! I really like the vintage soft look you've created.

I have never used my Distress Inks to color an image. I'll have to give it a go!

Re: Coloring with Distress Inks

PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:45 am
by PinkStar
Looks great! Never thought to colour using the Distress Inks before!

Re: Coloring with Distress Inks

PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:53 am
by Alison
Yay! I'm so glad that this is something new for so many of you!!! Thank you for the kind words. Looking forward to seeing your fabulous creations! :D

Re: Coloring with Distress Inks

PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 5:22 am
by AnitaMarie
wow Alison you totally rocked this tutorial the colouring with the inks is way kool..!!! :D

Re: Coloring with Distress Inks

PostPosted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:12 pm
by bombshellstamps
Fantastic tutorial Alison! Love all the descriptive pics! ;D

Re: Coloring with Distress Inks

PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 12:03 pm
by Alison
Thank you, Shannon!