i’m lovin’ summertime! the time to get out and enjoy a little sunshine, take a vacation, or just enjoy the longer days to take time to dream. i’m always saying that inspiration is everywhere, many times it’s simply a matter of changing your perspective of a technique, and use what you already know in a different way. in fact, a couple of today’s techniques were shared a few years ago here on the blog during the original 12 tags of christmas (back in 2008 with the faux snow, and 2010 with embossing plastic). well this month’s 12 tags of 2014 is inspired by summer with a trip to the beach to smell the fresh sea air, feel the sand between your toes, and catch a glimpse of an underwater world. not to worry if you don’t have the chance to get to the beach anytime soon, at least we can let our creativity take us there right? paradise found…t!m
- surfaces: #8 manila tag, shrink plastic, grungboard, kraft core,
- dies: sand & sea, mini movers die/sand & sea, spring greenery
- texture fades: bubbles
- embellishments: word band,
- trimmings: linen ribbon, jute string
- distress ink: gathered twigs/salty ocean/evergreen bough
- distress markers: frayed burlap/pumice stone
- distress stain: weathered wood/pumice stone
- distress paint: peacock feathers/tumbled glass/salty ocean/rusty hinge/crushed olive/wild honey
- distress crackle paint: rock candy
- distress embossing powder: antique linen/black soot
- distress glitter: antique linen
- mediums: utee/clear
- adheisves: glossy accents
- tools: distress marker spritzer, mister, mini blending tool, heat tool, craft sheet, tiny attacher, sanding grip, vagabond machine, scissors, paper distresser, craft stick, palette knife
step 1: first let’s start with our accent pieces by die cutting a large seahorse and two mini sand dollars from grungeboard. *i chose to use both the bigz and mini versions of these dies simply for scale.
step 2: paint the seahorse with various colors of distress paint using mini blending tool. *i find this tool really convenient for dabbing various colors of paint to a surface (remember the blending foam is washable after use too).
step 29: emboss the top portion of the die cut tag using the bubbles texture fade. *the cool thing about shrink plastic is it “stresses” the plastic when embossed creating a white halo around the design. other plastics do this as well so try what you have.
step 32: adhere seahorse to the background using glossy accents or dimension adhesive. *creative confession…okay, i could resist spritzing a little gold krylon metallic paint pen and black paint pen on the seahorse using the distress marker spritzer – i love that thing…
*so are you ready to mix things up a little? we’re going to make our own unique “sand” for this tag. if you’ve ever tried to glue actual sand to a project you know it doesn’t turn out so great, however this trick will create dimension, textured “sand” that can adhere to any type of surface.
note: i don’t have a measured recipe for this, i just wing it to get the look that i like – you should too…
step 35: gather all of these ingredients together since once you start making this you have to use it right away: glossy accents, distress glitter, distress embossing powder, clear utee, disposable mixing cup, craft stick, palette knife.
step 40: add a good squeeze of glossy accents to the mixture. i suggest starting with less since you can always add more glossy accents. if you get the sand too wet, you’ll need to add more powder to get the right consistency.
step 41: begin mixing all of the ingredients with a craft stick. be sure to scrape the stick along the edge of the cup so you can continue to mix the wet glossy accents into the powder – we’re going for a crumbly “wet sand” consistency.
step 45: using the palette knife to add finishing texture to the sand and set it aside to dry completely. *note: keep in mind some of the sand will fall off or become too brittle when dry, however you can always adhere areas back with glossy accents if needed.
*the details: i just love the finished textured look of this tag between the crackled seahorse, the embossed plastic bubble layer, the paper and grungeboard elements, and of course the “sand”. this technique can be used on a burlap panel, the cover of a mini book, or in a shadowbox or configuration – endless possibilities…
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