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Monday, February 29, 2016

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016 February

Hello Everyone,
    It's February and it is time for a new tag. Love is in the air and this month's challenge is just right for the romantic in all of us. As I did for the January challenge, I will give full instructions of each step in creating the tag, lots of step-by-step photos, and a list of the products used in the process. So, sit back, grab some chocolate, and enjoy. I would also love to see the tags you create so please feel free to share.

The Process:

Step One: I used Strathmore Watercolor paper that was 140 pound and cut it into the shape of a Size 8  tag. Because I was going to use a lot of wet media in my project, I found watercolor paper to work well.

 Step Two: Apply Distress Ink Walnut Stain to the entire tag with a blending tool and then spritz with water mist to created the desired effect. Dry with a heat tool and wipe the excess liquid off with a piece a kitchen paper.

Step Three: Take the stencil of your choice and lay it over the areas you want the image to go and then use a blending tool to apply the color of Distress Ink of your choice. I chose Tea Dye for my color and Gothic for my stencil. I applied the color to the stencil three separate times allowing each layer to dry completely.

Step Four: I took another Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and used a blending tool to add more aging to the stenciled image. Looks pretty grungy doesn't it?

Step Five: Next, take molding paste and using a flexible pallet knife, push the paste through the stencil, gently scrape off the excess and allow to dry completely. I used the Dylusions Heart Border Small stencil designed by the lovely Dyan Reaveley! Some of the darker color came through the paste as it dried and gave the hearts a soft, vintage pink hue. I loved the effect so I left it as it was.

Step Six: To give a few of the stenciled hearts a golden effect, I used a metallic gold paint and used a cotton bud to apply the paint.

Step Seven: Using the same heart stencil, take a cotton bud and apply the color of your choice through select hearts on your tag for a pop of color. I chose a Distress Ink Mini in Candied Apple. Remember, Candied Apple was introduced in December 2015 as one of the newest additions to the awesome line of Distress products.

Step Eight: Using Glue N' Seal in Glossy Finish, take a small brush and apply to the hearts painted with metallic gold paint. Next, apply Distress Glitter in Antique Linen to the wet glue and let dry completely. When the glitter dries, you can use Distress Ink to add a touch of flair if you wish or just leave it as is. Just play and have fun.

Step Nine: Paint a shape of your choice with metallic gold paint. I found this laser cut wooden heart at my local Michael's Arts and Craft's store.

Step Ten: To make the golden heart look like an antique, I used a blending tool and used the Distress Ink colors Walnut Stain and Tea Dye. It came out really subtle and pretty.

Step Eleven: I adhered the heart onto the tag using 1/4 inch double-sided adhesive tape. For the arrow, I used a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Arrows Adornments and attached a tag from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Philosophy Tags with a distressed piece of kitchen twine and a jump ring. Then, I used foam adhesive squares to adhere the arrow to the tag.

Step Twelve: Take some thin satin ribbon and use some Distress Ink to age it and then crinkle the ribbon up in your hand to make it look grungy.

Step Thirteen: I found some small flowers the the craft store and distressed them using Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. Use the distressed ribbon and make a bouquet of the flowers to apply to the wooden

Step Fourteen: Next, use a vintage photo of your own or one from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Photobooth Collection. Bend the edges upward and distress with the Distress Ink of your choice to give the photo an even more worn look. To adhere the photo, use foam squares and to adhere the bouquet, use hot glue or a craft glue of your choice.

Step Fifteen: On the bottom left of the tag, adhere a Chitchat sticker to a Vial Label and fold some of the label over the side of the tag for a cool effect. On the top left of the tag, apply some Chitchat stickers to give the tag a finished and unifying look. 

Step Sixteen: For the final step, take some ribbon and distress it using Distress Ink. I used Vintage Photo and Fired Brick to give both an aged look with a soft pop of red. It may be hard to see the red but it is there, even if oh, so slightly!

And, there you have it! A lovely tag to share or hoard! Hope you enjoyed the project! Let me know!
Creative Blessings,
Jeanne a.k.a. ScrappyMum

The Products:
Ranger/Tim Holtz:
     Distress Ink--Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Candied Apple, and Fired Brick
     Distress Glitter--Antique Linen
     Distress Ink Blending Tool
     Glue N' Seal Gloss Finish
     Idea-ology: Jump Rings, Adornments Arrows, Philosophy Tags, Vial Labels, Chitchat stickers, and Photobooth
     Tim Holtz Collection--Layering Stencil Gothic
     Dylusions- Small Stencil Heart Boarder Small

     Martha Stewart Crafts Metallic Gold Acrylic Paint
     Martha Stewart Crafts Glitter Trays and Brush
     Martha Stewart Crafts Heating Tool
     Strathmore Watercolor Paper 140 pound weight
     Double-sided adhesive tape, foam squares, and craft glue
     Laser cut wooden heart
     Small flowers with leaves
     Golden Gel Medium Molding Paste
     Flexible pallet knife

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Technique Time: February

I just love new months! Don't you? Well, February is here and I can hardly wait to get started being creative. So, I will begin each new month with a feature I call Technique Time where I will be sharing a cool technique with all of you. This month, I want to show you a cool technique I learned about on a cable show from the 90's called Aleene's Creative Living. Some of you may remember the awesome show and magazine that came out with fabulous arts and crafts articles and step by step instructions. The technique I will feature is called Burnt Brown Bag.

Step 1:  Take your brown paper bag and cut into the shape you want. I usually use 3 layers of bag just to make my piece nice and stiff when I go to burn the top layer.

Step 2: Apply a nice even coat of glue and sandwich the layers of bag together, leaving the top and bottom of shape without glue.

Step 3: Light a candle and grab a pair of tongs! Now you are ready to burn your bag shape. Of course, if you have young kids do this part yourself.

Step 4: Hold the bag shape just over the flame using a sweeping or circular motion until the glue begins to burn. When the glue burns it does smell a bit so just burn the shape in a well ventilated area.

See how nice and toasty it got! This is exactly the effect you want! The surface will be a bit hot so use care until it cools. Also, you don't want to smear any of the glue that may still be damp.

Step 5:  Using a piece of kitchen paper, gently buff the burnt shape until it begins to look like metal.

Step 6:  Now comes the fun part. To make your piece look even more like metal, you can use some metallic ink like I did. For my piece, I used Dew Drop Brilliance Fast-drying Pigment Ink by Tsukineko in Galaxy Gold and Cosmic Copper. I simply applied the ink to the raised surfaces of the shape to get this cool effect. I apologize for the blurry photos above.

 Step 7:  I used foam adhesive squares to the back of my finished piece because I was using it for a tag.

See how cool it turned out! This technique has so many splendid applications to use in all your arts and crafts adventures. So, try the Burnt Brown Bag technique and be sure to post your project photos on the blog post. I'd love to see what you come up with.

As always,
Creative Blessings!