12 tags of christmas…day 7


supplies: (ranger) craft sheet, color wash/cranberry/red pepper/meadow/lettuce, distress ink/aged mahogany/forest moss/walnut stain/vintage photo/crushed olive/frayed burlap, distress stickles/rock candy, paint dabber/snow cap, archival ink/jet black, glossy accents, heat tool, claudine hellmuth studio sticky back canvas/natural, mini mister, ink blending tool, perfect pearls mist/forever red/forever green, #8 tag; (idea-ology) grungeboard, grungepaper, type charms, trinket pins, adornments, accoutrements/fanciful, grunge alphabet soup, trimmings, lost & found paper stash, sanding grip; (sizzix alterations) woodgrain texture fade, tattered florals die, tattered leaves die, elegant flourishes die, vagabond machine; (tonic) scissors, scratcher; (stamp) love; (misc) glue gun

(step 1): cut an 8 1/2"x11" piece of natural sticky back canvas in half to 8 1/2"x5 1/2".

(step 2): cut that piece to 6"x5 1/2" leaving a 2 1/2"x5 1/2" piece leftover.

(step 3): remove backing from sticky back canvas exposing the sticky side.

(step 4): press the canvas on to non-stick craft sheet. *this is a perfect use for the craft sheet.

(step 5): mist canvas with water from mini mister until canvas is damp.

*the reason i adhere the canvas to the craft sheet first is the canvas will curl when wet if you don't – nice discovery huh?

(step 6): next, mist the canvas with cranberry color wash. *this is a concentrated textile dye.  yes you can use distress reinkers or other dyes to color this canvas, but with color wash, a few sprays and you're done since a little goes a long way.

(step 7): mist the canvas with red pepper color wash.

(step 8): shake perfect pearls mists and mist canvas with forever red.  *this will make the color wash spread throughout the canvas and give it a pearlized finish when it dries.

(step 9): dry the canvas with a heat tool. *the cool thing about sticky back canvas is that it's designed to take wet mediums and when you dry it, the canvas is still sticky!

(step 10): with a towel, wipe up the excess over-spray of color wash and perfect pearls mist.

(step 11): repeat the above steps on the remaining 2 1/2"x5 1/2" strip of sticky back canvas using lettuce and meadow color wash, and finished with forever green perfect pearls mist.  dry with heat tool.

(step 12): remove the dry canvas pieces from the craft sheet and adhere to a piece of grungepaper.

(step 13): cut excess grungepaper off creating 2 pieces.

(step 14): die cut the red canvas/grunge with the tattered florals die.  cut the green canvas/grunge strip in half and cut 2 rose leaves with the tattered leaves die (you can stack both canvas/grunge pieces and cut 2 at once).

(step 15): draw a small dot on to the grunge side of 3 of the tattered florals (we are not using the daisy for this tag).

(step 16): with a sharp pair of scissors, make a snip between each petal on the largest flower to the center dot.

*you should now have 6 individual petals.

(step 17): repeat for the remaining flowers.

(step 18): ink the edges of each petal with aged mahogany distress ink using ink blending tool.

(step 19): ink the edges of both leaves with forest moss distress ink using ink tool.

(step 20): place each petal on to a piece of scrap paper and tatter the canvas edge tips with a scratch tool.

(step 21): repeat for all petals and leaves.  *the scratch tool makes these canvas petals even more textured – so cool.

(step 22): create your woodgrain tag following yesterday's video steps.

(step 23): begin applying colors of distress ink using ink blending tool.  i started with a lighter color like frayed burlap.

(step 24): continue inking adding additional accent colors like crushed olive. yum!

(step 25): drag a paper distresser along the edges of the tag.

(step 26): finish inking edges with a darker shade of brown like vintage photo to create shadows – this is really starting to look like a piece of wood.

(step 27): apply a generous scribble of rock candy distress stickles to the tag.

(step 28): immediately spread it out into a thin layer on the tag.  this will react with the distress inks and start to create a cool stained look.

(step 29): dry the distress stickles with a heat tool until the rock candy begins to have the nostalgic look of glass glitter or sprinkled sugar.  *i suggest drying immediately to avoid your tag curling too much.  also remember you cannot heat regular stickles like this or they will burn and smoke!

(step 30): apply a very small amount of rock candy distress stickles to one edge of the petal only.

(step 31): pat the stickles down on the one edge only.

(step 32): dry the distress stickles with a heat tool. *you can apply the distress stickles to the edge of all petals and leaves and dry all of them at once.

(step 33): fold each petal at the base with your fingers by pinching them together.

(step 34): repeat for all petals – this will give them a cool shape which is why we adhered the sticky back canvas to the grungepapergrungepaper will always keep it's shape!

(step 35): create texture in both leaves as well. *it's pretty neat how grungepaper does that huh?

(step 36): remove grunge letter from alphabet soup – my favorite grunge letter set. *of course you can use whatever alphabets you have for this tag.

(step 37): ink the letters with fired brick distress ink using an ink tool.

(step 38): stamp the "love" definition across all of the letters at once with archival ink.  *i use this stamp so much for the perfect dictionary background.

(step 39): adhere the letters to the bottom of the tag with glossy accents.

(step 40): apply a drop of hot glue to the back of a large petal.

(step 41): press on to the tag and repeat for all large petals creating a ring of petals.

(step 42): repeat with the next size petals tucking them in between and on top of the larger ones.  each petal is adhered with a drop of hot glue.  be careful on those small ones!

(step 43): repeat for all 3 sizes of petals leaving the center of the flower open.

*now if you're like me a hate the hot glue strings doing a project like this, not to worry simply wave your heat tool over them and poof – they're gone!

(step 44): snip the ends of the leaves with scissors.

(step 45): adhere the leaves to the flower with hot glue by tucking them under the petals – almost there…

*gather your favorite accoutrement buttons and choose just one – definitely hard to do!

(step 46): adhere the button to the center with hot glue and check that out – a poinsettia using the tattered florals die.  now who would have thought?  ummm…me!  đŸ™‚

(step 47): die cut a flourish from grungeboard using the elegant flourish die. *this is also the flourish in the grungeboard elements pack.

(step 48): paint the flourish snow cap white.  let dry.

(step 49): scuff the edges of the flourish with sanding grip.

(step 50): ink the flourish with walnut stain distress ink using ink tool.

(step 51): using your fingers, simply rub over the flourish to remove some of the excess distress ink and reveal the white in places.

(step 52): snip the flourish in half with scissors.

(step 53): adhere flourish behind the flower with glossy accents.

(step 54): to create a custom type charm, punch anything out with a 1/2" punch. *here i used my lost & found paper stash.

(step 55): adhere that to the center of a type charm with glossy accents.

(step 56): press on the epoxy sticker that comes with the type charms to finish.

(step 57): attach bird adornment and type charm to trinket pin with jump ring and secure to trimmings on tag.

*in the details: this tag is pure dimensional goodness!  starting with the woodgrain background of the tag, the shaped canvas and grungepaper flowers, and the sparkle of the rock candy distress stickles makes it look like ice – love it i tell you…

Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 101