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Monday, July 16, 2012

Kill Your Monday Blues with Hils Hints: All Things Distress Part 13




All Things Distress

Part 13
Distress Inks, and why they are so special
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Last week, I showed you how to get a rusted effect with colour poking through, reminiscent of a metal painted or enamelled object that was mostly rusty.

This week, I’m going to show you how to get the look of metal that has gone completely rusty, to the point where it is starting to flake.  But, like last week’s technique, although it will look just like metal, it will be much safer for your scrapbooks!
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what do you need?
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Grungeboard
{I have used a large key-shaped grungeboard die-cut.}
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Vintage Photo Distress embossing powder
Clear embossing ink
{any will do.  I have used Versamark, I prefer this because it is nice and sticky.}
Ink blending tool
A heat gun
Craft sheet
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instructions:
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Apply your clear embossing ink direct to the grungeboard shape from the pad.  Make sure the die-cut is completely covered.

Cover the die-cut completely with Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder, and pour off any excess.

Heat emboss the die shape until the powder melts.  I found this can take a bit longer than with other embossing powders, and it can also be quite difficult to tell when it is completely done.  Keep an eye on the colour of the powder – it will go a bit darker when it has melted.  (Light coloured distress embossing powders will go a bit lighter.)

Let it cool completely.

Rub off the “release crystals” with your fingers.  These crystals don’t melt, and so come off quite easily.  Note – do NOT pour these crystals back in with your embossing powder, or you will quite quickly end up with a mix that is more release crystals than embossing powder.

Ink over the die-cut with the vintage photo distress ink, using your blending tool.  You will need to work the ink into the grungeboard quite hard, and possibly in several coats.  It would be quicker and easier to rub the inkpad directly onto the grungeboard, but don’t be tempted to do so – the scratchy embossing powder will ruin your inkpad!  (It may also mess up your ink blending foam, but at least they are much cheaper to replace!)

When you have finished, you will have a die-cut that looks just like a piece of rusted metal!
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There are lots of possibilities with this technique – a rusted hinge or lock and key would look perfect on a mini book, or an altered box.
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Handy tip
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Make sure you shake your distress embossing powder before using it, to ensure the powder and release crystals are evenly distributed.
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