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Dylusions and Distress 4th of July Tag by Linda Ledbetter


Dylusions and Distress 4th of July Tag

Following our patriotic theme this week, today we have a Dylusions and Distress 4th of July Tag to share with you. Linda Ledbetter created this tag with a technique that was Tim Holtz originally used with Alcohol Inks for his 12 Tags of 2012. If you haven’t seen this technique before, check out this video from Tim.

Now that you’re up to speed on the compressed air technique, lets start on this fun project. First, you will need:




Gather several bright shades of Distress Stain, and a can of compressed air. Cut a sheet of Gloss Paper to 4.25 x 9.25″.


For each firework, dab a small circle of Distress Stain onto the paper, then immediately blast it with compressed air. Keep the little tube from the air can very close to the paper so the stain really splatters out!


Once the stain is dry, outline the paper with Black Soot Distress Paint.


Dab sparkly Stickles in coordinating colors onto the fireworks. Set this aside to dry.


Stamp the man and the top hat from Dylusions “Man About Town” set onto Specialty Stamping Paper, using Jet Black Archival Ink.


Color the images with Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans and Barn Door Distress Markers. Cut out the images and arrange them on the Gloss Paper so you can determine where you’d like to stamp the text.


Use Tim Holtz’s Tall Text set and Grid Blocks to stamp the letters, using Jet Black Archival Ink.


Use Black Soot Distress Paint to create a wide border on a Giant #12 Manila Tag.


Dab Xmas Red and True Blue Stickles onto the painted border. Allow to dry, then glue the components together with Studio Multi-Medium in Matte.


Wet two 8″ pieces of Tim Holtz Trimmings Ribbon, then color one with Festive Berries Distress Stain, and the other with Salty Ocean. Crumple them and dry them with your heat tool. Run both pieces through the hole at the top of your tag.

Happy 4th of July!


5 thoughts on “Dylusions and Distress 4th of July Tag by Linda Ledbetter

  1. Oh, Linda that’s so fun ( you reminded me I was gonna buy some of that air the next time I went out… been out 4 times since… oh well) !! Happy 4th 🙂 !