sparkly easter grunge…

okay i admit it, sometimes my imagination gets the best of me, but like i always say "trust your crazy ideas".  when i was designing my seasonal grungeboard pack (which many of you have from the 12 tags of christmas), i wanted to incorporate a variety of seasons in one pack.  i thought i would share an easter tag with all of you – i know it might seem a little late since easter is this sunday, but if you're like me, that's still 2 more days to figure something out – right?  so i've decided to use my favorite grungeboard shape.  the one that most people ask "what is that?" – well look close and you'll see what i saw!  of course i could have stuck with a traditional easter motif when i was designing, but let's face it, i'm not traditional – or normal for that matter.  i had a more eclectic vision for easter shapes, what makes me think of easter most…candy!  so in the seasonal grungeboard pack on the sheet with the hearts and cupid are 2 chocolate bunnies complete with bows!  for those of you who've been asking for another step out tutorial, here you go: check out this simple, sparkly, yet totally distressed easter tag that looks good enough to eat.  hopefully you'll take some time this weekend to create one – even if it's just for you…t!m

supplies: craft sheet, distress inks/walnut stain, worn lipstick, broken china, peeled paint, spiced marmalade, dusty concord, vintage photo, scattered straw, distress stickles/walnut stain, worn lipstick, ink blending tool, mini inky roller, glossy accents, archival ink/jet black (ranger); grungeboard seasonal, tiny attacher (tim holtz idea-ology); grunge alpha stamp (stampers anonymous); paper distresser (tonic); mini dot n' go (glue dots); #8 manila tag, ribbon, dymo, foam tape
Step1 step 1: remove grungeboard bunny and bow shapes from grungeboard seasonal set. (there's even a mini bunny & funky chicken!)
Step2 step 2: ink bunny with walnut stain distress ink using ink blending tool.
Step3 step 3: apply walnut stain distress stickles over inked grunge by squirting out a blob.
Step4 step 4: spread out with your finger. i know it looks lu
mpy right now, but it will self level once the glue dries *distress stickles are chunky, pearly, glitter glues that look like sugary glass crystals when they dry.  they are even inkable after they dry too – i love these things!  so easy to create that nostalgic sparkle of crushed glass.
Step5 step 5: ink grunge bow with worn lipstick using ink blending tool.
Step6 step 6: apply worn lipstick distress stickles over inked grunge and spread out with your finger. allow these to dry.
Step7 step 7: for distressed plaid begin by rolling inky roller over your first color of distress ink – it's important to only ink up PART of the brayer to create various widths of ink.  *be sure to roll and lift to ink up the brayer all the way around.
Step8 step 8: begin at one end of the tag and roll ink from end to end.
Step9 step 9: ink up roller again and this time roll a strip in the opposite direction.
Step10 step 10: repeat for additional colors being sure that each time you ink up the roller you ink up a different width of color. *do not use the darkest color for these stripes.
Step11 step 11: continue rolling colors on tag going in horizontal and vertical directions. *note: your stripes do not have to be straight – the more distressed the better.
Step12 step 12: once you're happy with several passes and colors, create darker accent lines in your plaid by inking a thin stripe of the darkest color. i used dusty concord for this.
Step13 step 13: roll on dark thin stripes in both directions.  sometimes i create more than 2 lines of this darkest color.
Step14 step 14: ink edges of tag with distress ink using ink blending tool.
Step15 step 15: drag paper distresser along edge of inked tag to create a tattered tag – cool!
Step16 step 16: stamp the grunge alpha on to another tag or cardstock with jet black archival and stamp the letters you want for your word. *note: sometimes you have to stamp the same row twice.
Step17 step 17: cut out letters you will use.
Step18 step 18: ink edges of each cut letter with distress ink using ink blending tool.
Step19 step 19: attach to tag with mini glue dots to create letter tiles. (what a great use for this stamp!)
Step20 step 20: create word "happy" with dymo.
Step21 step 21: remove back and adhere to tag.  accent with tiny attacher and trim ends of dymo.
Step22 step 22: if stickles are not dry yet, you can finish drying with a heat tool – that's right, you can HEAT distress stickles and they won't blister like regular stickles!  let cool.
Step23 step 23: apply foam tape to back of grunge bunny.
Step24 step 24: attach to tag creating a dimensional raised look.
Step25 step 25: apply small amount of glossy accents to back of grunge bow.
Step26 step 26: adhere to neck of bunny.
Closeup bonus: check out the shimmer of those distress stickles!  looks like sugar to me….let's face it, martha would be proud! 

…and time for a weekend giveaway too!  post a comment of your favorite easter candy and i'll pick 5 winners on monday – mmmm!!!  so what will it be?&#
0160; chocolate bunnies?  cadbury creme eggs?  russel stover eggs?  jelly beans?  those freaky peeps?  robin eggs?  reeses peanut butter eggs?  or MY favorite brachs chicks & rabbits (those easter circus peanut type goodies)?  whatever it is, i hope it drums up those childhood memories of fun.  happy easter everyone…now time for me to eat some candy!!!

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934 Comments to “sparkly easter grunge…”

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  3. pam bray says:

    Love malted eggs, they are my favorite along with any other chocolate Easter candy. Love the tag. Will have to get some of the distressing stickles. TFS

  4. sonja says:

    truffle eggs are yummy,
    your tag is Gorgeous,would fit in my Tim album.
    x0x sonja

  5. Aki says:

    I love it! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Lesley Dupont says:

    I have been diabetic all my 47 years so the tag is more scrumptious to me than the candies. Blood sugar wouldn’t like them too much but the tag I could really really really handle….are you getting the hint???
    Thanks again T!m.

  7. toni says:

    ….hi Tim… I have a terrible sweet tooth, so to pick just one isn’t fair… but at Easter one of my favs has to be “PEEPS”… any color, any shape, just give me a peep…. Happy Easter… love your tags…. your work is so awesome… thnx for the inspiration.

  8. Robinn says:

    I love the tag…except for the bunny. I love how you did the plaid – will have to get one of those cute little brayers for myeself! I have a stapler that does those tiny stapler but yours is much more versatile for creating.
    Sorry about not liking the bunny! To me, it just doesn’t fit the style of the tag. Maybe a stamped bunny?

  9. Keitha says:

    How could anyone not recognize a chocolate bunny, even without the chocolate LOL? My current fave is Cadbury’s mini eggs, and I fondly remember slicing into Laura Secord chocolate cream with chopped cashew eggs.
    I can’t wait to try that plaid technique, and I even have an inky roller at home! Thanks for another fun tutorial.

  10. Mary Lib says:

    Just watched the Ranger video. Wow ! Perfect choice of music as that is my idea of a real candy store !!! Thanks for sharing……Mary Lib

  11. Linda H. says:

    Great tags!
    I remember my dad and I “fighting” over the black jelly beans! Still love them!

  12. Lyssa says:


  13. Terri says:

    That plaid is awesome! My favorite Easter candy is black jelly beans. My kids don’t like them so I get the whole bag to myself. πŸ™‚

  14. Susan B says:

    My favorite has to be Cadbury caramel eggs followed by microwaved Peeps as my close second. Yummy!!!

  15. CraftyKJ says:

    Okay, hands down–my favorite Easter candy is the Reeses Eggs–although I do think Peeps are the cutest!!!
    Love, love, love this new tag you’ve shared–that bunny is just beggin’ for me to bite off his ear!!! πŸ˜‰
    I am totally amazed with how you did your plaid background–and although I’m not convinced mine will end up anything like yours–thanks to your 12 Days of Xmas Tags–I have plenty of colors of Distressed Ink to play with!!! πŸ˜‰
    What I wouldn’t give for your gift–I’m talking about your amazing crafting talent–not your give-a-way–athough that would put a huge smile on my face, as well!!! πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for the turorial–now I’m off to get all Inked Up!!! πŸ˜‰
    KJ aka CraftyKJ

  16. Amber Letuli says:

    I love the cadburry eggs with carmel, they just make me happy.

  17. Ristak says:

    Hope its not to late!
    I love the White Chocoloate Bunnies!

  18. Anita Abercrombie says:

    Fab bunny!!! Wish I’d seen it in time, hey-ho have to make some anyway!! It’s gotta be Cadbury’s Milk Chocolate Button filled Bunny for me…. Melted chocolate mixes so well with the ink dontcha think??!!

  19. Heidi Gore says:

    Favorite Easter Candy is yellow marshmallow peeps.

  20. Liezbeth says:

    Love the bunny, and it’s my favorite easter candy, the chocolate bunny.

  21. Elizabeth B. says:

    Oh my goodness! I love your tags!!! I’m probably too late for the contest, but I just had to add my favorite Easter candy. There is no better chocolate than Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg!!!! Not even regular Reese’s peanut butter cups or the miniature eggs can measure up to the regular sized peanut butter egg!

  22. Beate says:

    I love homemade peanut butter eggs the best. Yum Yum!

  23. Cherie Intintolo says:

    I love the Easter tag, Tim! My favorite Easter candy is Jelly Beans and Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs. LOVE ‘EM! I used to love those circus peanuts when I was a kid but haven’t had them in a long time. Hmmmmm….might have to find me some.

  24. Jenni says:

    Very cute Tim! Thanks for the Easter tag! LOVE chocolate eggs – hazelnut praline are my favourites.. Enjoy the rest of your Easter

  25. Ashlie says:

    Thank you for sharing the plad design, I NEVER would have thought of it, but after seeing your description I REDID a dozen cards (Yes, I said REDID), they came out so freeking cute I can’t stand it! Candy – I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Cadbury Eggs, how could I not, they are so sweet that you feel the sugar rush as soon as you bite into the chocolate shell. And the commercials always make me smile, a bunny clucking like a chick. Thanks again Tim

  26. Love that stickles bunny ……. and it’s so much fun to do the madras plaid with roller and ink ……. Linda F

  27. Cameron H says:

    Reese’s peanut butter eggs for sure! Great tag.

  28. conniemelancon says:

    I am probably too late for this (home computer is down). I love your Easter tag. My favorite Easter candy is the Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs.

  29. D'Ann Swanson says:

    Ohhh Tim,
    Up till now I was sure that chocolate bunnies were the best kind. But now I know that grunge & Distress Stickles bunnies are the absolute best kind!!

  30. Eleanor Gona says:

    Hey Tim, I keep coming back to look at the tag. I am going to have to share this with my card making group on Cafe Mom, they are always looking for new ideas.
    I hope you had a great Easter, the only candy I had was 3 pieces of Almond Rocha. This isn’t my favorite but it brings back memories. This is my mom’s fav and as a kid it was very special when she would share her candy with us six kids. Sometimes the memory is sweeter than the candy.

  31. LenaS says:

    Love the plaid on your tag.
    Bunnies are my fav–all kinds.

  32. Denise morris says:

    Cadbury Eggs!!!
    xoxo Denise (Beer?)

  33. Lynn Barwald says:

    Hi Tim! I just know that Peeps are one of your favorites too, right? How can they NOT BE? Chocolate Peanut Butter eggs are also yummy, but not as perfect as Peeps. Looking forward to hearing all about Ranger and Ranger U. Lynn B

  34. Pamela Bennett says:

    My favourite Easter Candy has to be Lindor Chocolate Bunny`s just like the one you made on this gorgeous tag. Thanks for the inspiration T!m

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