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.
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 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 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!
Jeanne a.k.a. ScrappyMum
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