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I love submission calls! Often when I am out of creative ideas, a page call is just the thing to spark ideas! For the Spring issue of Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine (PICK YOURS UP TODAY) there is a fun loving article for Tye Dye you won’t want to miss!

For the TIE DYE page call, my first thought was how to create the look using products I have. The more I thought of it the more I realized that TIE DYE was more than just a technique, it evoked a feeling. A feeling of free spirit, happy times, freedom and just “chilling” with your friends! So these cards evolved…

For the TIE DYE technique I used Ranger Distress Ink Refills and Perfect Pearl Mists. I chose these inks because they are very reactive with water or water based products such as the Pearl Mists, which allow them to flow, move and blend without turning “muddy” or brown!

I first chose some fun, bright colors and randomly applied them to a non-stick craft sheet using the dropper included in the refills, I then liberally sprayed the ink with Pearl Mist to make the ink more “wet” and flowable.

Next I took a piece of white cardstock and placed it flat on top of the ink, flattening it out with my hands. Pull it off and use a piece of paper towel to absorb excess ink. I just gently ball the paper towel and tap it over the inked paper.

Wait for this to dry or use a dry iron to dry your ink. I like to take a yellow distress ink and apply it to the whole page, with a foam applicator, so it fills in any white space. This also gives brightness to the TIE DYE effect that I like.

I like to mat my TIE DYE background with a mat between it and the card; it adds layers and contrast that I find pleasing to the eye!

Now it’s all about embellishing the background paper you have just created! You’ll want to be careful not to cover too much of it up or you’ll lose the effect you worked to create! I used rubber stamps from Stampin’ Up! and Unity Stamps as well as the Cricut cartridge Groovy Times.  All adhesives I use are from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.

Hope you create some GROOVY cards of your own!

Want to see more GREAT Tie Dye ideas – order your copy of the Spring 2013 issue of Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine today – CLICK HERE

Have a wonderful week everyone

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  1. Connie Nichol Reply

    awesome cards and tutorial!!!!!!!! As a child of the 60’s, seeing the big old yellow happy face just made ME happy!!! LOL

  2. Although I am MUCH too young to remember anything of tie-dye or the 1960’s….I do ADORE these cards! Thanks for sharing your groovy technique, Kim!

  3. Robin Mowat Reply

    Clever and so cute! I must tell you the story of your/my friend Heather and the happy face!

  4. Anne Girard Reply

    This certainly brought back memories of the “good old days”! Loved tye dye then and still do. Thanks for the ideas.

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