Hello there fellow crafters! I am trying out the marbling technique again and I think it turned out amazing! I needed a ribbon dispenser, didn’t really like what I saw at stores, so I made my own!
If you’re wanting step by step, please understand I’m only going to describe broad strokes here… creativity lives in your imagination, so CREATE!! Leave a comment with pics or a link so I can see into your world because I truly admire what other people come up with!
Here’s a mini list of supplies (again its general):
• Photo Box
• Tim Holtz keyhole and foundation leg embellishments; LOVE how his elements all coordinate with how different they are.
• Studio Multi-Medium Matte
• Tim Holtz Distress Paints (various colors, as any colors will work with this technique)
• Tim Holtz Distress Inks
• WATER!! (spritzer)
• Archival ink
• A ruler, Exact-o knife, stamps etc… whatever you have will work! 🙂
I then cut paper to my desired size to cover the sides of the box, and the sides of the box lid. I utilized Tim’s water marbling technique to make the background, then stamped the lid liner strips. I distressed the edges with black. I tried this with archival ink because my mini’s hadn’t come in yet… and I must tell you it didn’t go well. Luckily it turned out fine, but Tim Holtz distress ink and blender pads are DEFINITELY the way you want to go.
*SIDE TIP 1: For your mini blending pads, I figured out that can store them on the flip side of the ink pad. I suggest placing the ink side to the inside (unlike the picture), so you can just press your blending tool to the pad and you’re ready to rock!
I placed the box on its side and marked where I needed to cut my holes, then went to town with an Exact-o knife. Next, I cut and scored a piece of cardboard scrap (which it’s a word I like because everything can eventually be used for SOMEthing…) and placed it inside so the ribbon would have something to keep t in place.
**SIDE TIP 2: You can make your dispenser double sided OR use the other side for more storage. Again the creativity is up to you! 🙂
I used Studio Multi-Medium Matte to adhere the paper to the box. This stuff is amazing (Thank you again Cheryl Grigsby!) For the box top, I wanted to use something from the new paper packs I bought, BUT I couldn’t decide which sheet… SO I used the cover of the pack which displays ALL of them. I distress inked the edges and stuck it on with Medium Matte.
I used Tim Holtz keyhole and foundation elements to give the box some more flair and finished the top with another of Tim’s inspirational phrases, a butterfly die cut from grunge board, and a few paper flowers (using the Tim Holtz layered Angel Wings and Tattered Pinecone dies).
Thanks for checking this out. Hope to see what you create!
– Love Luck and Lollipops, Mandy