I am the Swap Hostess for this round of YCDI and I choose…wait for it…YES! Tags! I am LOVING doing different techniques on tags! I've had such a great time this month creating all of these babies! Leave me a comment telling me which was your favorite for a chance to win some BLOG CANDY! Today, I did two tags for two of my friends, Daryl and Gussie. They're both amazing women and I thought they'd enjoy a Tag bookmark. One of the things I enjoy most about Paper Crafting is the thought that I can make other people happy with my creations! Daryl is going to Italy so I used the Mona Lisa stamp. She lost over 90 pounds and is a huge inspiration to others as a Health Coach so I used the "inspire" tag on the ribbon. Gussie's husband underwent a heart transplant in May and is FINALLY coming home from the hospital! Yay! So I used the "Believe" tag on hers. She's Italian so I thought the Mona Lisa would work for her as well. After all, who doesn't love the Mona Lisa!
After it dried, I began applying the inks. I always get so involved with creating that I forget to take pictures of each step! (I'll try to do that next time.) I applied a few different color inks – Blue, Purple, Yellow – and then spritzed the tag with water so they'd blend. I heat set that using a Heat Tool and added more of the same colors and heat set that. Then, I dropped some water droplets on top and heat set that. I "mopped up" some of the excess ink that was on my mat by touching the tag to the color droplets in different places. I put some Metallic stain on my craft mat and touched the tag to it in different places. When the ink is applied over and over, it gives the tag better depth and texture and almost makes the ink look like it's moving.
Once the tag dried, I began stamping on it. Instead of inking a stamp and stamping directly onto the tag, I wanted to create faded spots of ink in the background. I did that by rubbing the black ink onto spots of the background stamps and then touching the tag to them. When you do that, you get the faded image instead of stamping directly onto the tag. You can see the difference in the clock and postmark as opposed to the numbers which were stamped directly. (I learned that from my "boyfriend," T!m.) On the tag below, I added some Whisper White Craft Ink to my stamp and quickly touched a cloth to it to remove some of the ink and then heat set it.
I stamped the Mona Lisa directly onto the tag in Stazon Jet Black Ink. The Crackle Paint takes the ink really well. I distressed the edges with my Distress Tool (Love it!) and Black Ink. Don't you love how that makes the center pop!
The words were added and then outlined with a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker and then smudged a little to make them look distressed. The ribbons were dyed with the same color inks. Put a few drops of ink onto your craft mat, spritz your ribbon with water and dip it into the inks. Heat set a little so the colors don't mix too much, crinkle, and heat set again. I touched the ribbon to a script background stamp that had some ink left over. I backed each tag with a Black Tag and added the Vintage trinkets.
One of the things I love is how no tag looks exactly like the other. Now…this works sometimes better than others! The two tags below are examples of when this fails! They're still ugly – even after I tried and tried to "fix" them. But then I remided myself that it's only a tag and started over! LOL
Here's the line-up of my September Tags minus any that I already gave away! I hope you've enjoyed them! Which one was your favorite??? (Links are left to right) Tag I'm It!, Land of The Free, Gussie's Tag, Believe in Yourself Fall Tag Live The Life You've Imagined, Gussie's Tag, Crackle-Paint-Distressed-Background, Not Shown: Tim's Tag, Vintage Tag,
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- Manila Tag
- Black Tag
- Various Inks
- Metallic Distress Stain
- Basic Black Ink #126980
- Whiser White Craft Ink #101731
- Jet Black Stazon Ink #101406
- Basic Black Stampn' Distress Marker #100082
- Heat Tool #129053
- Distress Tool #127562
- Stampin' Sponges #101610
- Crinkle Ribbon or 7/8" Cotton Ribbon #127844
- Vintage Trinkets
- Various Stamps
- Sticky Strip #104294
- Glue Dots #103683