One of the things I love about the beginning of a new month is participating in Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2014. For this month, his tags illustrate Smudge Stamping. It's a subtle change in the stamped image but it creates a softer look. These tags are first and second generation stamping of the same images. All Supplies are Tim Holtz unless otherwise noted.
To begin, I stamped the pear from Tim Holtz's Classics #1 Stamp Set (my favorite!) in Walnut Stain Distress Ink onto a manila tag. I stamped it again onto another tag and immediately smudged both images with a clean foam blending tool.
Next, I inked the butterflies from the Papillon Stamp Set in Wild Honey, Dusty Concord and Chipped Saphire Distress Inks and stamped them onto the tags. I smudged the image again.
I didn't have a lot of distress markers so I used the Ink pads and a Stampin' Up! BlenderPen to color in the pear. I stamped "Voyage" in Broken China Distress Ink and smudged it. The edges of the tags were inked using Walnut Stain and a Blending Tool.
They were then attached to the tags using a Tiny Attacher. The "Figs" are from Botanical Remnant Rubs. Next, Cording was wrapped around the bottom of each tag and tied in a knot. Tissue Tape was attached and then sponged with Walnut Ink and a Blending Tool. A little piece of Filmstrip was stapled to the tag using the Tiny Attacher. Crinkle Ribbon was dyed using Weathered Wood Distress Stain and attached to the top of the tags.
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! Leave me a comment to let me know which version you like better. 🙂