Are you thinking about a unique décor piece to add to your home? Today we have a fantastic idea for using our Naturals collection, Tim Holtz stains and Clear Stamps to create a fantastic tartan/plaid frame. We also have a home décor category in our Naturals contest - just sayin'
We asked our design team to give you a great idea each day, and Robbie Herring has come up with a really creative one. Not to mention that the Clear Stamps and Ranger Ink totally enhanced the look of this project and really make the colored stains pop.
I have never used the Tim Holtz Stains before and was so excited to see the applicator when I opened them! They are kind of like an old-time bingo marker. My first thought was how fun it would be to make polka-dots with them. After I purchased my frame, I decided to experiment and the plaid look is what I came up with. I still think it would be cool to add polka-dots and I'm going to do that soon, but I like the look of the plaid. I picked up this frame at Michaels. It has a 5x7 opening for a photo, but I chose to use a sheet of cork instead. It's also available at Michaels. The bird is a wooden bird that I picked up at a craft fair. If you can't find a shape you like, I think this would be great with a wooden initial instead.
The tartan/plaid is SO easy to do! All you have to do is choose your first color, grab a ruler and get started. Make some random lines going each way with the first color. After that, you have a 'pattern' to follow. Simply start filling it in randomly with the other two colors. No need for a brush, just use the applicator tip.
1. Have some paper towels handy. As I did each of the stripes, I ran a paper towel over it. The wood on my frame was very pourous, so this helped cut down on bleeding.
2. To get deeper colors, go over the lines again until you have the look you want.
For the stamping on the bird, I wanted softer edges to go with the softer edges of the frame. I chose to use the distress ink to get softer stamped words that are still great images, just not quite as crisp as the archival ink stamps.
Coloring the flowers was very simple, too! Little Yellow Bicycle has made them so easy to separate. Did you know that each layer has a thin foam dot between it? If not, now you do!
Tip: Just pull apart each of the layers. Let them dry completely. Re-assemble them and adhere to your page!
Tip: If you don't like your initial color choice, try stamping slightly off-set with a second color. The clear stamps make this so easy to do and to line up.
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Gathered Twigs
Ranger Tim Holtz Archival Ink - Aquamarine
Ranger Tim Holtz Stain - Walnut, Peeled Paint, Faded Jeans
Wood Craft Bird
Prizes: We already gave away one big box of Naturals and we have another one to give away this Friday, March 15th. Just leave a comment here on the blog and/or on our facebook (maybe do both just to be safe) to enter to win. Leave a comment each day and increase your chances.
AND we are giving away a set of stamps each day on each of our social sites: Blog, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Leave a comment at each of those sites each day and increase your chances to win some of our amazing stamps. We gave away stamps to 20 people last week!
Also, be sure to visit our friends at Ranger Ink on their facebook page. They have wonderful inspiration to share on their FB and blog each day. And, quite frankly, we love how their ink works with our stamps.
Don't forget... to use all of the inspiration from our Design Team to enter our Naturals Contest. See details HERE.