Sunday, July 25, 2010

Blended Batik Monochromatic Tag Tutorial

On my Yahoo! Group, PBS Swappers, a fairly new papercraft swap group, we did a monochromatic project challenge for week #30.  For my project I chose to do a Blended Batik Monochromatic Tag. A few of the members were wanting the directions, so here they are. Be easy on me this is my first tutorial.

Pictured above is the finished Blended Batik Monochromatic Tag.

Pictured above are a few of the supplies that are used for this project. Tim Holtz Distressed Inks in "walnut stain", "worn lipstick", "fired brick" and the embossing ink. Tim Holtz Distressed Embossing Powder in "fired brick" and Clear Embossing Powder by Ala Mode.  The Tim Holtz Blending Tool, the Ranger craft mat, a tag, Tim Holtz Clear Stamps "Regal Flourish" and a wood mounted background stamp by Anna Griffen.

Not pictured above, you will also need a stamp with sentiment, acrylic block for clear stamps, a iron, a piece of  newspaper, a heat gun and a piece of paper or tray to catch the embossing powder with.


First you will take your "fired brick" distressed ink pad and with the blending tool you will ink your tag along the sides. Be sure to use your craft sheet when blending the ink. I stamp some color onto my craft mat and work the ink into the tag with a circular motion for a well blended look. Using your heat gun, dry the tag thoroughly before going on.

Next you will ink your background stamp with the clear embossing ink and apply to your tag, using even pressure for a clean and crisp handstamped print.

After applying the clear embossing ink you will then apply the clear embossing powder. Next you will turn your tag over your tray or your piece of paper and shake the tag to get the excess embossing powder off. I usually like to give the back of my project a few good flicks with my fingers.

You will now melt the clear embossing powder with your heat gun.

This is a close up shot of your tag. If you look closely you can see the difference between the left hand side of the tag, where the clear embossing powder is melted and the right hand corner where it is not.

Next you will take your distressed ink in "worn lipstick" and ink the entire tag. Again, work with your craft mat by applying ink to the mat first and work your blending tool into the ink and onto your tag in a circular motion for a blended, even look.


See how the embossed image resists the ink in the photo above?

Next you will place a piece of newspaper print on top of your tag and with your iron on high, iron over your tag. This will remelt the embossing powder and absorb it into the newspaper, which gives you your Blended Batik look. Continue to iron and slowly remove the newspaper while it is still hot. If you wait till it is cool it will stick. Simply get it hot again and it will come right off.

Above is a close-up view of what your tag and newspaper will look like after you use the iron. See how the newspaper absorbed the melted embossing powder?


Next ink the right side of the wings with clear distress embossing ink and handstamp directly onto your tag. This is what is nice about clear stamps. You can see exactly where you want your image to be placed.


You will then sprinkle on your distressed embossing powder in "fired brick".  After you have your image covered completely, turn your project over and shake the extra off onto your tray or paper. Next melt the embossing powder with your heat tool. The above is a close up view of what your project will look like after the embosssing powder is melted. You can not overheat distressed embossing powder.

A Tip: You always want to make sure that you shake up your distressed embossing powder before you use it to make sure that all the powder and release crystals get mixed up evenly, or when you get to the end of your bottle you will not have enough of the release crystals for the proper effect.

You will then take the flourish image from your clear stamp set and stamp on random spots on your tag with distressed ink in "fired brick". I stamped once in the upper right and left hand corners and the lower right corner as well.

Using your distress ink in "walnut stain" you will stamp the sentiment, "believe".

Your final step is to apply ribbon and fibers to the tag. I used a 1/4" red organza ribbon and two different kinds of white fibers by Making Memories.

Above is another view of your finished Blended Batik Monochromatic Tag. I guess I could of threw in the word distressed in there to but it would have been a little much.

I Hope you enjoyed the tutorial. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me in the comments section and I will be happy to get back with you. Of course comments are always welcomed and considered a gift.

Until Next time... Take Care! 


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  2. This is a fantastic tutorial, you have a gift with words. I understand exactly how to make this and going to give it a try. Thanks so much for sharing. :)

  3. Hi Sherry! This is such a great tutorial. I'll have to give this technique a try. Thank you so much for visiting my studio post and for your kind words. As for my Martha ribbon, I have only one of the official Martha storage boxes (clearance at Michaels) which I have just gotten and haven't even filled it yet! I visited your studio pics and love your nice, bright studio, especially those pretty desks to work upon. Your storage ideas are great too. Hope your week is wonderful. ~ Angela

  4. Hi Sherry,
    I hope you'll hop over to my blog...I've got something to show you...I just need your, email me your address,okay?
    I'm at:

    Sending hugs your way,

  5. P.S. I mean my I Owe it All to Him blog...
    and your tag is gorgeous!!!!


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