12 tags of christmas…day 3


supplies: (ranger) craft sheet, distress ink/bundled sage/forest moss/peeled paint/walnut stain/vintage photo, adirondack paint dabber/snow cap, adirondack alcohol ink/red pepper/watermelon, ink blending/applicator tool, distress stickles/rock candy, glossy accents, mini mister, archival ink/jet black, #8 tag; (idea-ology) grungeboard, tissue tape/symphony, accoutrements/fanciful, salvage stickers/seasonal, trimmings, memo pin, tiny attacher, sanding grip; (tonic) scissors, distresser; (stampers anonymous) winter sketchbook stamp set, letters to santa stamp set, speckle wood mount stamp; (sizzix alterations) caged bird bigz die; (misc)tinsel, circle punch, moss

so on with today's tag which starts with a video!  let's go….

(step 1): apply rock candy distress stickles to inked grunge.

(step 2): spread to a thin layer with your finger and let dry.  *this will create a vintage sparkly, twinkly, sugary looking goodness when it dries!

(step 3): gather up your tag and tree stamp….wait a minute…tree stamp?

(step 4): turn the stamp and stamp the tree sideways on the tag with archival ink – gotcha!  let dry or dry with heat tool.

(step 5): ink tag with bundled sage distress ink using ink blending tool.

(step 6): begin adding darker shades of green distress ink using blending tool.

(step 7): ink edges of tag with walnut stain distress ink using blending tool.

(step 8): make a cup with your hand and mist water into it from mini mister.

(step 9): open your fingers and slick water on to the inked tag to create droplets.

(step 10): dry water with heat tool and watch as lighter dots appear.  *you can repeat the previous steps for more dots if desired.

(step 11): drag paper distresser along the edges of the tag to tatter.

(step 12): repeat for all edges leaving some of the lighter core of the tag exposed.

(step 13): stamp script stamp over entire background of tag with bundled sage distress ink.

(step 14): remove mini postcard salvage sticker.

(step 15): apply sticker to scrap of grungeboard.

(step 16): cut out grunge/sticker.

(step 17): sand the edges of the sticker with a sanding grip.

(step 18): ink the edges with vintage photo distress ink using ink blending tool.

(step 19): okay now i must confess…i said yesterday that the "life is the art" stamp was one of my favorites, and it's one of them, but THIS stamp is by far my most favorite stamp.  i know some people would think it's the large flourish that i'm always sporting around when i demo (i do love that one too), but honestly this stamp gets used all the time.  i'm sure you'll know when you see it but it's the speckled stamp.  apply snow cap dabber to the stamp.

(step 20): stamp the edge of the tag with painted stamp to create a snow flurry look.  *this stamp makes snow, stars, speckles, sand, confetti…so many uses!

(step 21): repeat around the edges of the entire tag.  some areas i stamped more than once.

(step 22): once rock candy distress stickles is dry, ink edges of grunge bird with walnut stain distress ink to create a vintage shadow on the glitter.  i lone how distress stickles are inkable.

(step 23): adhere grunge wing to bird with glossy accents.

(step 24): cut off the branch from the grunge bird with scissors.

(step 25): adhere grunge bird to tag with glossy accents.

(step 26): cut trimmings and color with distress ink. (*check out the previous 2 tags for instructions on this step)

(step 27): cut elastic trimmings to width of tag.

(step 28): secure the trimmings to the bottom of the tag on each end with the tiny attacher.

(step 29): cut a piece of mini tinsel garland the width of the tag as well.

(step 30): attach the tinsel over the trimmings with the tiny attacher securing it through the tinsel, elastic trimmings, and tag. *yes the tiny attacher is that good!  it is designed to go through several layers – love it!

(step 31): adhere some moss, twine, weeds, etc. to the base of the bird's feet on the branch to give it a more natural look.

now how about another video???  oh yes!

(step 32): attach mini postcard sticker to memo pin.

(step 33): adhere tissue tape flower to tag with adhesive of choice (i use my glue gun) and secure memo pin under flower.

(step 34): tie trimmings and tulle through tag and you're done!

*in the details: i really like the ruffled texture and vintage look these tissue tape flowers and accoutrments create.  they are so simple to make, and you can design any size for any project!

Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 101