Hello friends! I’m back today with a look at one of my new projects that I created for yesterday’s Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous release. Rubberstamps are such a fabulous tool to have in your crafting supplies and background stamps are one of my absolute favorite ways to add visual texture to my backgrounds.
Today, I’m going to share with you how the background for this project was made using the new Tiny Prints Background Stamp Set CMS460. To me, this background took on the look of worn or peeling paper, a cool way of tricking your eye to think that it’s layered, but it’s really not!
Here’s a closeup of the stamp set.. isn’t it beautiful? I just LOVE it!
Now, let’s get to it!
I started with a #8 Mixed Media Tag and the stamp. I inked up my stamp with some Ground Espresso Distress Ink, then spritzed the stamp with one quick mist of water, then using just the stamp, randomly stamped some areas of the pattern onto the tag. The stamp is stamped without using a stamping block. This gives the stamping an organic and random look. It doesn’t have to be perfect for this technique..in fact, the more imperfect, the better.
Once the areas were stamped, I dried the ink with a heat tool, then took a detail water brush and around the edges of the stamped area, wet it to create some depth. Again, this doesn’t have to be perfect…you want the color to run. Then, I dried it with the heat tool again.
I smooshed some Peeled Paint Distress Ink onto my craft mat, then using the water brush, colored in some of the leaves of the flowers. The ground espresso ink will run into the green because of it being water reactive, but that is the look that I was going for. Once I has some areas colored in, I dried it again with my heat tool.
Using a blending tool, I randomly blended some Victorian Velvet Ink onto the floral stamped areas of the tag.
Next, I spritzed the tag with some water and some drips of Pumice Stone Spray Stain. Then I dried it with my heat tool.
After the tag was dry, I blended on some Pumice Stone Distress Ink with a blending tool in the open areas where I hadn’t stamped, then spritzed those areas with water. Then, with a dry cloth, picked up some of the ink to create water marks. The edges of the tag were blended with some Walnut Stain Distress ink.
Here’s an up, close and personal look at that texture made with a background stamp, inks and water!!!!!!! Crazy, right? I love it!!
Now, the rest of the tag was made using little bits and pieces of things I have collected in my studio.
The bird was made using alcohol ink, Black Alcohol Ink Paper and Alcohol Pearls and the Silhouette Birds Sizzix thinlet set …you’ll find the directions to how that was created on THIS BLOG POST. It is always a good thing to have some creative play and keep all those little bits that you create…they come in handy for future projects!
I added a piece of idea-ology Worn Wallpaper that had been embossed using the Lumber 3D Texture Fade. Using a palette knife, I added some Crackle Texture Paste, then set it aside to dry and crackle. Once dry, I rubbed the piece of paper with collage medium, then let it dry…this made it so that I could rub on some Walnut Stain Distress Crayon and work it into the cracks. I tattered up and tore the paper, then used a blending tool to add some Walnut Stain Distress Ink, spritzed it and dried it with my heat tool.
The small Sizzix greens were cut from scrap inky paper using the new Brushstroke Flowers Mini.
I added moss, torn pieces of fabric, some quilt batting and a piece of Ephemera found in an idea-ology Ephemera Snippets Number Strips Pack.
The nest was made using sisal fibers. I tore a small clump off and rolled it in my hand, spritzed it with water, then spritzed it with Walnut Stain Spray Stain, then dried it with my heat tool. I formed the little nest to fit the front of my collage, this was eventually adhered to the front using collage medium.
I rubbed 3 idea-ology eggs with some Antique Linen Distress Paint, then dried them with a heat tool.
Once the eggs were dry, I rubbed them again, but this time with a little Tattered Rose Distress Paint, and let them dry again. Next, I splattered the eggs using my splatter tool and some Ground Espresso Distress Paint, then set them aside to dry.
I then set all the nest parts and pieces aside and went back to working on the edge of the tag.. I dyed a couple pieces of Seam Binding Ribbon using Victorian Velvet and Lost Shadow Spray Stain then pulled apart and unraveled some pieces of jute, added some scraps of fabric and stitched the pieces around the edges of the tag using my sewing machine. This was done very randomly. In the end, I grabbed tiny it of thread and even stitched on some bits of moss to the edges! Super unorganized and imperfect.. a gathering of bits!
The tag was then applied to the front of a #8 Etcetera Tag using collage medium.
I rearranged the collage on the front and tag, and placed the tiny eggs within the nest and adhered it all using collage medium. This was then set aside to dry over night.
The next day, after the glue was dry, I gathered some tiny pearl buttons on a loop pin, then pinned it to a piece of fabric that was stitched to the edge of the tag.
Some of the leftover dyed ribbon and more jute was tied to the top of the tag, and with that, my project was complete!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you missed the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous LIVE click here to check it out…you will be so inspired by all the wonderful new products, fabulous creativity and awesome Tim demos.
Have a great week!
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Love this! It looks like the nest currently being built in the rafters of our deck. I love throwing snippets of ribbon to see if mama bird uses them, very natural looking
Sharon Newman says
Marvelous Stacy! This is such a wonderful spring look. You always amaze me.
Jan Francis says
Stacey, you’re still the Queen of vintage-y goodness!!!
Another fabulous make and the background is just amazing!! This make is definitely a “tattered nest” as only you can do it!!!
Tiny Prints is on my want list! Thank you for sharing your beautiful creativity with us! ❤️
Denise collier says
LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!! You are so talented. 😊
Looks perfectly imperfect, just like a real bird’s nest. Mrs. Birdie best be keeping watch over her eggs. One of them showed some cracking and will surely be hatched out pretty soon. Love how you can throw “stuff” at a project, and it always looks like it was always there. Love it.