I hope you are all doing well…I’m sorry it’s been a little bit since my last post. My family and I went on vacation for just over a week to visit family, and when we came home I had some major catching up to do around the house.
This tutorial is slightly based on my last post. I created this tag using the same Distress Oxide Smudging Technique that I learned at the Mega Meet. You’ll recall that I stood and watched Tim demo and this was one of the techniques he was showing. I’m kind of addicted to it right now, the effects are so dreamy… (be sure to pop over to that post to check out exactly how you get this background effect) You can press HERE to check it out!
You’ll notice that I’ve been working on creating several bug and nature inspired tags and I am planning on using them in an upcoming project that I will be sharing with you in the near future…but for now, let’s create another tag!
First, I started by creating a background using the smudging technique and several Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Stamp Sets.
The stamp sets and distress oxide colors that I used for the background were… Papillon (CMS106), Fabulous Flourishes (CMS070), Entomology (CMS328), Illustrated Garden (CMS295), Tiny Things (CMS164)…Oxides colors – Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Evergreen Bough, Antique Linen, Forest Moss, Bundled Sage, Gathered Twigs, Shaded Lilac…
Whoa!!! I know what you’re thinking, “that’s a lot of stamp sets and colors my friend” and I may have gone a tiny bit crazy…but any combination of stamps sets or colors that you have would make a great background…that is the beauty of this technique! So play and create your own. 🙂
Actually, this tag almost ended up in the trash bin. I started out with too many of the yellow oxides and the combo just wasn’t talking to me, I decided to walk away from it one evening and by the next morning, I sat down and things just started clicking. Sometimes that is the only way it works for me. If I get too much in my head, it just doesn’t come together.
After my tag background was complete, I sprayed a couple drips of Distress Resist Spray onto the tag and sprinkled it with some Ranger Ink Gold Embossing Powder and set it aside to dry, then I heat set it with my heat gun.
For the Embellishments…
The Bee- I stamped a bee from the Entomology set with Black Soot Archival Ink and colored him with Distress Markers and a Clear Wink Of Stella marker. Then I fussy cut him out (fingers crossed that Sizzix will eventually come out with the Entomology Die Set, fussy cutting these little guys can be tricky) and set him aside.
The Honeycomb – I dug through my scrap box and found a piece of watercolor paper that had been blended with a few different yellow and brown oxide inks, I cut it with the honeycomb die from the Sizzix Mixed Media Set.
I then sprayed the honeycomb with Distress Resist Spray and sprinkled it with Emerald Creek Baked Texture Vintage Beeswax Embossing Powder, when it was dry, I heat set it with my heat gun.
The Flowers –
I stamped a few of the flowers from the Flower Jar Stamp Set with Watering Can Archival Ink onto Distress Specialty Stamping Paper. (I highly recommend this paper for these type of tiny detailed stamps. It really made a difference with the details and then cutting them out was a breeze.) I colored the flowers with distress markers and a detail water brush and then cut the flowers with the matching Sizzix dies.
How amazing are these itty bitty tiny flowers!!??! I love them! The detail in each one of them is phenomenal! They may become one of my new Stamp Staples…thank you Zoe, her creations are what hooked me.
The Idea-ology Milk Caps were distressed with my Sanding Grip and blended with a bit of Gathered Twigs Oxide Ink and Mushroom Alcohol Ink.
The Sticker Clippings were blended with a bit of Gathered Twigs Oxide Ink.
I tore a piece of book page from an old book and sanded it with my Sanding Grip…you’ll notice that there is a bit of tape on the book paper. It tore in half as I was sanding it, so a grabbed a piece of tape, cut it to a smaller width and with some brown archival ink and my finger, blended a bit of Acorn Archival Ink onto the tape to give it an aged look. I love when you see old tape on vintage ephemera and it has turned a slight brown/orange tint….A happy mistake 🙂
All of my embellishments were then adhered to my tag.
Thank you so much for stopping by today!!
Have a wonderful day!
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GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES –
Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous- Papillon (CMS106), Fabulous Flourishes (CMS070), Entomology (CMS328), Illustrated Garden (CMS295), Tiny Things (CMS164), Flower Jar (CMS297)
Tim Holtz/Ranger- Black Soot Archival Ink, Watering Can Archival Ink, Acorn Archival Ink, Mushroom Alcohol Ink, Gold Embossing Powder
Distress Oxide Ink- Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Evergreen Bough, Antique Linen, Forest Moss, Bundled Sage, Gathered Twigs, Shaded Lilac
Distress Markers- Various colors
Distress Tools/Mediums- Distress Water Brush Detail Tip, Distress Collage Medium, Distress Sprayer, Media Mat, Heat it Heat tool, Blending Tools, Distress Watercolor Paper, Distress Mixed Media Tag, Sanding Grip, Distress Resist Spray and Splatbox
Tim Holtz/Sizzix- Vagabond 2, Precision base plate, Flower Jar Set, Entomology, Mixed Media
Tim Holtz/Idea-ology- Milk Caps, Sticker Clippings
Other- Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Clear Brush Marker, Emerald Creek Baked Texture Vintage Beeswax Embossing Powder, Vintage book page scrap, tape, jute