It doesn't get old

One of the many things I love about scrapbooking is that when you keep educating yourself and working at your skill the hobby just doesn't get old. I think that is what keeps me interested and creating. This winter I was enjoying watch Tim Holtz Blog has he created the 12 tags of Christmas. I know the tool he used...the ink blending tool...has been around a long time. For me the light bulb kicked on about how this tool can be so useful in my scrapbook pages and projects.

Here is a fun technique I've been playing around with all winter. Gather supplies: a tag, Distress Ink, Mini Mister, Ink blending tool.

The mini mister is actually an empty bottle..simple enough. Fill with water and you've got a simple way to get things wet so you can distress them. Spray the tag, wod it up and flatten it out.

The ink blending tool has a replaceable pad on it. Use a different pad for each color you use. Use the ink blending tool to transfer ink from the pad to your tag. This gives you a smooth even coat of ink. Apply more for a darker look. Use the ink blending tool to touch up the edges. What you have a left is a great distressed tag!

We used the ink blending tool and this technique on the artist print tray accessory kit we offer.
I also used the tool on this layout

This is a layout I adapted from one I saw on the 7 Gypsies blog. It uses the Ink Blending tool in a really cool way. (you know.... keeping me interested and creating!). I cut white cards around 2.5x3. I stamped the images with versa mark with the 7 Gypsies Venice Stamp collection. I put clear Ultra Thick Embossing powder on the images and heat set them.

What you see when you look at the white is actually the white paper showing through the clear embossing powder. The cards are accented with the distress ink, using the ink blending tool just like we talked about earlier.

I wanted to have some hidden journaling so I slipped a tag accented with ink behind the upper edge. It's a great way to get more photos on too!
We used Creek Bank Creations 1.5" letters here, and filmstrip ribbon from Tim Holtz, along with paper from 7 gypies. We do have 7 gypies newest products in stock, and a custom album made by Creek Bank Creations in stock and shipping.
We will be open tomorrow at the shop in Muncie from 10am-5pm. If you aren't local we'll be in St. Louis April 9-10.
We will be bringing all this product and more! Here are two new lines that arrived from Fancy Pants this week!
Rusted Sun
My Family

If you are looking for certain products that you would like to pick up in St. Louis please email us at We'll pack it for you, and bring it to the show!
Bring this coupon to the show and use it for 20% off any one item. (excludes clearance merchandise).
Just a reminder...Our 210 Crop is April 30-May 1. We've added the ability to purchase meals from McAllister's Deli for the crop. Purchase cropping tickets and meals here. If you are attending the crop please email us at and let us know that you are aware of meal chooses so that we know everyone is covered. Room is limited and we will sell out..sign up early to reserve your place.
Happy Scrapbooking!
Julie Creek
Creek Bank Creations, Inc.
101 Ross Street
Muncie IL 61857

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