Hello! During a visit to a local craft store, I was inspired by a project they had on display. There were 6 tags on a banner, each tag being stenciled with various colors and having a Dina Wakley Scribbly Bird as the focal point. Each tag also had an inspirational verse and I decided to make something similar for my daughter…with my own spin, of course. The colors stenciled on their tags were pretty subdued, but I wanted something bright and cheery to go along with those verses. Initially, I wasn’t sure how I would finish it – I didn’t want a banner, but what do do? Luckily, I remembered buying a 12″ x 12″ tray, but did it have enough compartments…why yes, it did.
I started out using Picket Fence Distress paint and stenciled something on each tag, then blended different colors for the backgrounds. The remaining colors are all Tim Holtz Distress inks…there are layers and layers of ink on each tag. I wanted the tags to have a common element, so I used my TCW Sweet Butterfly stencil and added those in pink and/or purple to each tag. Other stencils used:
Tim Holtz layering: Flourish, Gothic, Latticeworks, Lace
Clear Scraps Swirls, TCW Mini Cabbage Roses, TCW Viva La Art, TCW Mini Harlequin and TCW Mini Gears. I think that’s all I used!
When I was done with the stencils, I needed to tone down all that color. I stamped text from the Tim Holtz Visual Artistry, Purely Random set using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The other text stamp I used was Stampabilities Faded Text background stamp. Then I wanted each bird to have something to stand on, so I used stamps from Tim Holtz Visual Artistry, Nature’s Elements. These were also stamped with Memento’s Tuxedo Black.
I colored my birds using my blending tool and Distress inks, then fussy cut them out. Here they are before I started putting everything together:
Here’s the one that got away:
This was one of my practice tags and I really loved it. I was going to keep it for another project since I decided not to die cut any of the other tags (though I thought it was pretty that way). I wanted to seal all of the tags and had already tried multi-matte medium on another practice bird and all was good. The next day I started sealing this tag…and forgot not to wet the brush. Of course, everything was a blur after that because I had used Distress inks that react with water – DUH!! Why, oh why, was I so dumb??? Sigh.
Next, I needed to figure out what I was going to put behind all of those busy tags in my painter’s tray. I decided to use different colors of Shimmer Sheetz (from Elizabeth Craft Designs) with various embossing folders (Sizzix, Anna Griffin, Elizabeth Craft). If you’ve never heard of them, look at these pretty colors:
They look so cool embossed and you can sand them or use Staz-on to bring out the embossing. I love the white iridescent ones above.
Next, I needed to decide what buttons to use in the tag holes. Although I ended up with ones that reminded me of the doorknobs at my Grandmother’s house (that I loved as a child), I also considered these:
Here’s a close-up of the buttons I used and I added hot pink embroidery thread to the buttonholes:
I typed and printed all of the phrases for the tags, cut them and inked around the edges. I added a key to the bottom middle compartment, but decided not to do any distressing to it or the tray…didn’t think my daughter would care for it too much. Plus, I think the dark colors are a nice complement. I didn’t add anything else except the pink bow at the top because it’s just so busy!
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I would like to play along in the following challenges:
(my tray is a 12″ x 12″ square and the tags do look like they came from the 70’s!)
(there’s lots of color!)
(showcasing Ranger products – plenty of those in my project!)