I admit it…I am a Stage Five Groupie. I love all things T!m! I look forward to the monthly Tags and participate every month. This month was Watercolor Monoprint with Stencils. I love stencils and I love watercolor so I was anxious to try it! It is not an exact science so I ended up doing two and I'm sure I'll do a few more also 'cause it's kinda addicting! LOL
I started with some Mini Distress Ink Pads (Crushed Olive, Dusty Concord, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry). I thought I didn't need the minis because I have ALL of the regular Distress Ink Pads but they're SO awesome that I had to buy them too! This technique is a great example of WHY. I smushed them onto the BACK side of the Chevron Texture Fade Stencil and then spritzed with water.
Then, flipped the stencil over onto the smooth side of Watercolor Cardstock and pressed with a paper towel. It seemed a little too "neat" so I spritzed the paper with water and I didn't love the results. (It's the one on the right.) I immediately spritzed the stencil again and repeated the procedure onto another piece of Watercolor Cardstock to get another version. I actually like the second one better! (Left is the second impression.) I mopped up the remaining ink with a third piece of Watercolor Cardstock because Distress Ink should never go to waste! 😉
I trimmed down the Watercolor Cardstock and tore a small piece off the bottom. I then inked the edges of both tags with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and a Blending tool. I stamped the "Creativity" sentiment in Black Archival Ink and then stamped the butterflies from the Papillon Stamp Set and adhered the watercolor piece to the manila tag.
Next, I smushed some Distress Inks onto the Craft Mat and layed 2 pieces of Crinkle Ribbon (8" and 24") into the ink allowing it to absorb.
I fed the smaller piece of Ribbon through the tag. Next, I wrapped the Crinkle Ribbon around my hand and squashed it in the center, layed it over the other ribbon and tied a knot around the ribbon to create the bow. (As per Tim's instructions.)
I assembled the Idea-ology Gears like T!m did on his tag.
I repeated the procedure using the same inks and the Latticework Texture Fade Stencil.
I trimmed the Watercolor Cardstock to fit the Manila Tag.
I stamped the butterflies from Papillon onto the tag and again onto another piece of Watercolor Cardstock and then watercolored them by swiping an Aqua Painter across the Mini Distress Pads and then hand cut them. I put a piece of Foam Tape on the backs and adhered them over the stamped butterflies.
Simon Says Stamp – Wednesday – Stencils