Hello! It’s time to play around with another tag challenge. I love Tim’s tag for September – the colors are beautiful. I hadn’t tried most of these techniques before, so I was looking forward to trying them out.
I didn’t have all of the supplies listed, so I used what was on hand with the exception of going out and buying gold mixative (I love that stuff and need the other colors – LOL!) and glossy cardstock for alcohol ink paper. I followed all of Tim’s techniques (and added a few extras) and here’s what I ended up with:
I went ahead and blended all of the colors I had – if I had yellow, it definitely would have brightened it up more.
You’re probably wondering what that mess is under the butterflies – it’s my grunge butterfly stamp and it wasn’t easy getting a decent image on my tag. I’ve only used this stamp once before and liked the butterfly idea, but wanted something different. Here’s how it looks:
I used the top layer of the 2-step set for my frosted film butterflies. I could have used the bottom layer to stamp on my tag, but that would have been too easy, right? I evidently like to do things the difficult way! Since I’ve mentioned the frosted film butterflies…I don’t have “frosted”; I have frosted film which has an adhesive on the back. I put it on a sheet of thin transparency and it worked out fine – I was even able to cut the butterflies out with my die.
It’s hard to see the butterfly images under my frosted film butterflies. They’re under there, but not a solid image and part of that is the “grunge” (that’s what I’m telling myself, anyway):
Since there was a lot of black on my image, I was careful about highlighting the texture paste with more black ink. I did add some, but ended up rubbing Inka Gold (copper) over it here and there and then removing with a baby wipe. The Inka Gold that remained “outlined” my swirls and I liked how it added some color.
I didn’t have any word bands, so I made my own sign by embossing 3 layers of gold embossing powder and then stamping into it while still warm with a rubber stamp (I’ve seen that technique done first by Kristina Werner and then by Gail Booth on a Paper Wishes webisode). I was happy with how it turned out, but then I punched a hole too close to the word “choose”. Oh well. Since it was a small sign, I only added brads and no wire.
For my manilla tag, I used the Brushed Pewter Distress Stain dabber, so there was a lot of dabbing and misting and then inking the edges to get it how I wanted it. I also splattered it with black specs – I used my black soot distress marker, stamp block and paintbrush to splatter the entire image just a bit, not too much.
To top it off, I added a burgundy bow to bring out some of the pink/red at the bottom of my tag.
What did I learn? Well, in addition to trying out some very cool techniques, I learned that I need to think my projects through instead of just jumping in. I’m specifically referring to the stamp I chose and how large it was and how much black it added to my project. I learned I really do need a craft mat because my alcohol ink products were soaking into my cheap mat and I only ended up with 2 tags – one of which had to be tossed because I over-inked the grunge butterfly and ended up with a huge black blob. Did I have fun? You bet!!!
Sorry for the lengthy post…thanks for looking and feel free to leave comments.
Ranger Archival Ink – Black (and mini dabber)
Ranger Tags – Manilla and Black
Ranger Glossy Cardstock (for alcohol inks)
Adirondack Alcohol Inks: Red Pepper, Botanical, Oregano, Pink Sherbet, Mermaid & Gold Mixative
Adirondack Alcohol Blending Solution
Brushed Pewter Distress Stain Dabber
Rubber Stamps: Our Daily Bread Grunge Butterfly and coordinating 2-step butterfly
Grunge Butterfly die
Inka Gold Metallic Rub- Copper (& make-up sponge)
Ranger Super Fine Gold Embossing Powder
Wendy Vecchi Translucent Embossing Paste
Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
1/8″ Score Tape
Burgundy Crepe Ribbon