- Tim Holtz Tag and Bookplates Die
- Distress inks in multiple colours
- Adirondack paint dabber - white
- Distress Paint
- Fired Brick
- Wild Honey
- Mustard seed
- Peeled Paint
- Broken China
- Chipped Sapphire
- Tim holtz embossing folder - Rays
- Technique Tuesday Stamp set - Bring on the Sun
- Alcohol Inks
- Tim Holtz Ideology - Facets
- Tim Holtz Components Rubber stamp - Dots
- Stampendous embossing powder - White
- Visible Image stamp set - Ink splats
First of all, I apologize for starting the pics in the middle of everything and not from the beginning. I often start projects with no idea what Im doing or where Im going with it so I tend to forget to take the pictures a long the way!
So here we go. For the background tag I used distress inks in various colours and to be honest this particular tag probably started out as using up leftover ink from another tag I was doing. I promise I will make a tutorial on that technique in the future and post the link here. So I had my lovely spare tag already colours and just got a random bit of inspiration and decided to paint a rainbow on it! I had new distress paints that I really wanted to use so here is where these came in. Distress paints are not completely opaque like most paints and with my lack of planning ahead I had to improvise so what I did here was paint the background shape with white acrylic paint. I had my Adirondack paint dabber at hand but since I wasn't dabbing I just removed the lid and stuck a paintbrush in.
Once I let that dry I did the usual ROYGBIV on the rainbow colour in distress paint, Except for the purple which I did a bit of colour mixing with the blue and red as I don't yet have purple. The slickness of the white paint and the distinct properties of the distress paint made it separate a bit but to be honest, I quite like that look as it sort of gave it a grungy effect. I then used my blending tool and some chipped sapphire distress ink to bring in a vignette affect around the edges. This is something I do a lot as it seems to add a lot of depth to my tags with just a small amount of effort.
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|without coloured edges|
At this point I left that tag to fully dry and using a clear tag that I cut from used packaging I embossed it with Tim Holtz Rays embossing folder and coloured it with some red and yellow alcohol inks.
Going back to my first tag, I created a mask of my rainbow by tracing it onto a post it and used white paint to stamp some texture onto the background with my sanded wooden stamp. I pulled out my 'Bring on the sunshine' stamp set by Technique Tuesday and selected the Sun=<3, the Irish blessing and the definition stamps and randomly stamped them with memento black ink. I also used Visible Image Ink splat stamps and stamped those in mustard seed distress paint all over the tag. Its a subtle look but I think it gives it a bit of extra texture. We like texture!
I placed the clear tag on top for positioning and drew and cut out a cloud shape from white vellum, which I then embossed in white embossing powder with a dots stamp. I wasn't overly fussed about perfection in this case with the embossing powder because, remember, we are going for a bit of a grungy look. This I stuck to the clear tag with foam adhesive squares. I cut these small and stuck them behind each of the dots so it was very secure but the foam wasn't visible.
I stamped the 'Live in the Sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air' stamp, again from Technique Tuesday, onto white card and cut out Live in the sunshine which I then framed with black pen and stuck to the clear tag as my sentiment.
Once everything was attached where I wanted it, I fastened the clear tag to the other in the corners with mini brads. I chose an orange ribbon to tie to the top, attached a droplet style facet and sun charm to it. Below you can see the finished products.
I hope you enjoyed and maybe got some ideas and inspiration along the way!
Have a crafty day!