Today I want to share with you how I created this tag. I like that it has a very mixed media collage feel, with very few layers of product. I think it is a fairly simple look to achieve and gives a lot of impact on the finished project.
Begin by spreading a medium layer of Glue ‘n Seal on your desired paper. You don’t want a really heavy layer of glue that will be goopy, but you also don’t want it to be so thin that it absorbs right away. I chose Ranger’s Kraft Cardstock for my background because I wanted a medium colored background (and I love kraft!). The color of the cardstock will show through some and affect the color of the tag, so if you want a lighter color, manila cardstock would be a good choice. I spread my glue in an area large enough that I could die cut two tags from it, one to use now and one to save for later.
Tear off a piece of Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap that is slightly larger than the area on your cardstock with glue.
Use your fingers to push the tissue wrap around in the glue creating wrinkles, pockets, and folds in the paper.
Let the paper air dry or use a heat tool to speed up the drying process. As you can see in the photo, the areas where the tissue paper is flat against the cardstock becomes somewhat translucent while the wrinkles and pockets stay more white. After the glue is completely dry, cut away any excess tissue paper from the edges of the cardstock so that the piece will be easier to work with when die cutting.
Use a sanding grip to sand over the tissue paper. Sanding will remove the surface finish on the tissue paper, allowing those areas to absorb ink differently, creating more color variation. The sanding grip’s flat surface will make it easier to sand the raised areas and leave the lower areas as is.
Sanding also adds a distress and worn look to the surface.
Die cut the cardstock into a tag using the Tim Holtz Sizzix Tag & Bookplate die, which cuts a #8 size tag. After die cutting, apply Distress Ink to the tag using an ink blending tool. For my tag, I applied Tumbled Glass along the bottom, Rusty Hinge through the center, and Squeezed Lemonade to the top. I dried the ink with a heat tool.
By the way, you could work with a pre-made tag (Ranger makes a number #8 sized tag in Kraft also.) and skip the die cutting part if you don’t have the die. I preferred working with a larger piece of paper for this one so that I could create several backgrounds at once.
To add another layer to the image, stamp a flourish design to the top left and lower right corners of the tag. I used Ranger’s Coffee Archival Ink to stamp the flourishes. I chose the brown ink because the design on the tissue paper is printed in black. Stamping with black would make the flourishes compete and be on the same level as the printed images and look flat. By stamping in brown, the flourishes “sink” behind the black and look more subtle and like a layer in the overall design.
After the ink is dry, mist the tag using Perfect Pearls Mist. I applied Sunflower Sparkle over the yellow areas of my tag and Blue Patina over the blue areas. Blot away the excess with a dry cloth and heat dry.
Accent designs on the tissue paper with Distress Ink Markers. I wanted mine to look very soft, so I used my fingers to blend the marker ink while it was still wet.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of the tag. Dry the ink with a heat tool.
Ink the edges of the tag with Black Soot Distress Ink by raking the pad directly onto the edges of the tag. In some areas I kept the ink on the edge, in others, I allowed the ink to get on the face of the tag and look smudged.
While the ink is still wet, sprinkled clear embossing powder onto the tag. The light areas around the edges in the photo is embossing powder on my tag. If powder gets in random places aside from the edges, leave it, it will add to the multi media look. On my tag above, my brown ink from the step before wasn’t completely dry so I have embossing powder on a few areas beyond the black ink. I let it stick where ever it wanted. Heat the tag to melt the powder.
To embellish the tag, tear a scrap of vellum to fit the tag and wrinkle it slightly. Stamp the desired phrase on the tag using Black Soot Distress Ink. While the ink is still wet, sprinkle with embossing powder and heat. Embossing the ink serves two purposes. First, ink on vellum can get really smudgy before it is dry and seems to dry slower on vellum so heat setting is really helpful. Second, if you are going to heat it anyway, you might as well add embossing powder! Ink on vellum can look kind of dull, adding embossing powder intensifies the color and makes it more bold.
Rake Black Soot Distress Ink onto the edges of the vellum and add embossing powder to the ink. Heat set the embossing powder. Like the tag, I left any random sprinkles of powder to add more texture. My vellum had some static and so I had lots of little random specks, which I really loved!
I wanted to add a small butterfly to the tag, so I stamped the strip of them from the Papillon stamp set on Specialty Stamping Paper (seriously, this stuff is like High Def stamping paper!) using Jet Black Archival ink. I cut each butterfly out using Stamp2Cut on my eclips machine. I decided to use only the smallest of the set of butterflies so I set the others aside for another project. I colored the butterfly with Distress Ink Markers in oranges and yellows.
Finally, adhere the vellum to the tag using Mini Fasteners. Adhere the butterfly to the vellum using small Zots.
I think this tag is a great example for pushing on, even when you aren’t “feeling” how a project is coming along. Before adding the black ink to the edges I was just not in love with this tag. The one step further of adding the black and the embossing powder totally turned it around for me. I suddenly really liked the tag. One step more really made the difference and inspired the rest of the project.
This photo really demonstrates what I was talking about with the brown ink “sinking” below the black printed image. It is a simple step that really added a nice touch. And I love the way the Perfect Pearls Mist adds a little something extra here.
I am a huge fan of clear embossing powder and love what it can add to a project. I really think that the shine it gives to the black edges makes this project.
Here is a spot where I had extra powder. I love it!
You can see here how the sanding on the wrinkle picks up extra color making it darker.
And you can see here the definition the powder gives the letters. I think that is another touch that takes it from ordinary to special!
I love when you are working on a project and the right words come to you for a sentiment. Sometimes on a project, like this one, the sentiment is really what ties together all the pieces and elements. When I make tags they are like art journals and what ever sentiment I include usually reflects my mood. When I was making this tag I was thinking a lot about being able to raise above the things that break us down and how beautiful it is to be able to rise above them and fly. I am pretty grateful lately for the ability to fly. 🙂