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!!!

Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 101