On NGS group, we're doing a study of Tim Holtz's book "A Compendium of Curiosities". This week is the section "Perfect Distress". You'll learn more about this technique by watching Tim doing a video demo here.
First step is to ink the card/tag any way you choose and heat set. The one on the left is Direct to Paper (DTP) with wild honey Distress Ink. The one on the right is DTP with peeled paint Distress Ink and then rubbed on shabby shutters Distress Ink with a blending tool.
I added text over the background with black Distress Ink and heat set.
For the technique these next steps need to be done quickly so I don't have individual photos. On this one, stamped clock image with aged mahogany Distress ink, immediately, while the ink is still wet, apply dry Perfect Pearls (I used gold) over the image, work the powder around with the brush and brush the excess powder off. Then mist the card with water from a mini mister. This is supposed to set the Perfect Pearls and also wick the Distress Ink color from underneath the Perfect Pearls. I must of used too much water, both the ink the the Perfect Pearls ran. Use a heat tool to stop the ink running. I'm sure I can use this piece later, when I play with it some more.
For the second one, stamped butterflies with dusty concord Distress ink, brushed on blue Perfect Pearls and misted with water. This one I used less water. The Perfect Pearls didn't run, but the ink didn't run much either with this try.
I still like how it turned out:
One more try! DTP Distress ink to card, then used StazOn ink for the script, set with a heat tool.
Did as above, but used less water when misting.
Piece photographed straight on:
Card tilted so you can see the Perfect Pearls over the stamped image.
Interesting technique, but takes a careful touch with how much water to spray on.