12 tags of christmas…day 4


supplies: (ranger) craft sheet, adirondack alcohol inks/denim/sailboat blue/pool, archival ink/jet black, glossy accents, stickles/silver, ink applicator tool, distress ink/faded jeans, ink blending tool; (idea-ology) facets, swivel clasp, jump rings, baubles, trimmings, mini pins, mini clips, adage tickets, seasonal paper stash; (stampers anonymous) mini holidays stamp set, mini holidays 2 stamp set; (tonic) scissors; (misc) bling on a roll, pearls on a roll

(step 1): we're working with facets and the cool thing about these is they are flat on one side and faceted on the other so we have lots of options to be creative with – they also come with small jump rings so they're ready to be attached.

(step 2): apply felt to the ink applicator tool.

(step 3): apply random colors of adirondack alcohol ink to felt by squeezing the ink into the felt.

(step 4): working on the FLAT side of the facet, tap inked tool over facet to colorize.

(step 5): allow inks to dry for about 5 seconds and repeat with additional layers until desired look is achieved.  let dry.

*here i wanted to show you the variation in color intensity you can achieve by stopping at one layer of ink vs. adding additional layers. *for more info on using alcohol inks click here.

(step 6): apply jet black archival ink to stamp and leave stamp rubber side up.

(step 7): press facet flat side down on to the stamp creating an INK to INK contact (alcohol ink to archival ink) and lift off.

*okay so at this point you have an image stamped in black on the back of the facet – looks nice!  you could leave it this way and dry it with a heat tool if you wish – BUT….we're not!

(step 8): what we're going to do instead is immediately blot the archival ink off (while it's wet) with a soft dry cloth.  blotting is going to lift the wet archival directly off of the facet.  DO NOT wipe for this step, just blot off as much ink as you can.  *it's important to work quickly becasue if the archival ink dries it will be permanent.

(step 9): once you've blotted off the majority of the archival ink with the cloth, lightly wipe the remaining archival ink off with a soft cloth….and check it out!

*that's right – the jet black archival ink removed the alcohol ink leaving the image completely clear!  now if this step didn't work out quite right, don't worry you can simply go back and reink the facet covering everything up and try it again…another thing to keep in mind is that the image is now reverse so you shouldn't really do this technique with words…

(step 10): apply a small amount of glossy accents to the outside edges only of the facet on the inked side.

(step 11): place the facet on to white cardstock and hold in place to dry.

(step 12): cut around the outside of the facet with a sharp pair of non-stick scissors.

(step 13): pierce the hole through top of the facet.

*there you have it – an alcohol ink resist facet….cool technique isn't it?

(step 14): i wanted a festive background so i placed a tag over a piece of seasonal paper and traced around it.

(step 15): cut out paper and adhere to tag.

(step 16): punch hole in top of tag.

(step 17): ink the edges of the tag with distress ink using ink blending tool.

(step 18): i've found these really cool embellishments…bling on a roll…at michaels.

(step 19): they are self adhesive so i adhered them to the bottom of the tag.

(step 20): next i cut up some prima bling flourishes and adhered to the tag.

(step 21): attach facet to a mini pin with a small jump ring that are included with the facets.

(step 22): color trimmings with distress ink (*see steps in previous tags) and tie on to tag.  attach baubles to mini pin with jump rings and pin to trimmings.

(step 23): select an adage ticket.

(step 24): ink edges of ticket with distress ink using an ink blending tool and secure to tag with mini clip.

*in the details: i love the way the inked facet pops off of this tag.  this could also make a cool ornament, wearable piece of jewelry or accent on a holiday journal.

so now…more ideas (sorry i simply couldn't help myself again).  sometimes i like to use a stamped image behind a facet instead of stamping on them, but i wanted to create a subtle tint around the image and still add a little sparkle – here's how i did it…

(sparkly snowman) apply alcohol ink to the edges of the flat side of the facet with ink applicator tool – it's important to leave the center clear for this one.

(sparkly snowman) stamp the mini snowman on to a piece of white cardstock with archival ink and let dry.

(sparkly snowman) apply silver stickles around the clear center on the back of the facet. *distress stickles don't work real well for this effect.

(sparkly snowman) apply glossy accents across the entire back of the facet.

(sparkly snowman) press facet on to stamped image and hold to dry – this one can get pretty messy but don't worry since we're cutting it out anyways.

(sparkly snowman) cut around excess paper with non-stick scissors and marvel at your sparkly creation!

*here i attached the facet to a swivel clasp with a word stick and a few baubles…perfect for an ornament or gift tag!

okay so i also wanted to show you a very simple way to create a custom facet just from using your favorite papers.

(custom facet) select the paper you would like to use – i'm using my seasonal paper stash.  *i love this paper stash becasue it has all of the seasons in one stash: vintage valentines, easter, spring, 4th of july, halloween, thanksgiving, and christmas!

(custom facet) apply glossy accents to the flat side of the facet and spread around the whole surface the tip of the bottle.

(custom facet) press facet on to paper and move in a slight circular motion to spread out the glossy accents.

(custom facet) press facet down and hold to dry.

(custom facet) trim excess paper with non-stick scissors.

*just check out the possibilities of this one….you could even use these over photos (just not ink jet)!

*here i attached the facet to a swivel clasp with a philosophy tag and a few baubles…perfect for an ornament or gift tag too!

Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 101