On Tuesday I shared how I created a tag using Tim Holtz Frosted film as a base for a pattern paper transfer. Today I wanted to share a tag I created using the same technique, but this time using Tim Holtz Mirrored Sheets. In this first photo, you really don’t see the magic of the mirrored sheet, but once you move the tag, you see the silver peeking and shining through.
Just like the tutorial for the frosted film, you adhere pattern paper onto the adhesive side of the mirrored sheet (remember, the pattern you want is placed onto the adhesive). After burnishing the surface to make sure it is adhered well, mist the paper with water. Let the water soak in until you can rub the paper pulp away. The more you rub, the more of the silver will show. I like the soft look of leaving a thin layer of paper pulp. I think it creates a really great vintage worn look.
After removing the pulp, I allowed the piece to air dry. Once it was dry I die cut it using the Tim Holtz Sizzix Tag & Bookplates die. I used an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of the tag. I love the way the ink takes on a metallic look.
While the ink was still wet, I sprinkled clear embossing powder along the edges. I used a heat tool to melt the powder. I was worried that the heat tool would warp the plastic mirrored sheet but didn’t have any trouble with warping at all. I love the way the edges look wet from the embossing powder.
To embellish the tag, I die cut a small doily from vellum. I inked the vellum with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I sprinkled some water onto the vellum to speckle the ink. I dried the vellum with a heat tool. The water and heat warped the vellum die cut, which gave it more dimension. I wrapped the doily around the edge of the tag.
I dyed Crinkle Ribbon with blue and green Distress Ink. I dried the ribbon without crinkling it. I wrapped the tag from top to bottom and tied a bow over the top of the doily. I embellished the bow with small Petaloo Color Me Crazy flowers and leaves. To color the flowers, I colored the center with a Mustard Seed Distress Marker and Broken China Distress Ink. I chose blue and yellow to represent Forget Me Nots. I misted them with water to blend the inks. After drying the flowers with a heat tool I adhered them along with some leaves to the tag around the bow. (You can see how I colored the flowers here: https://www.tammytutterow.com/2013/05/tuesday-tutorial-frosted-film-transparent-tag/)
Finally, I die cut a small banner from vellum and added a phrase with alphabet stamps. I attached the banner using a long hat pin style pin.
The phrase is from a song that was stuck in my head while I was working. Sometimes I think songs get stuck in your head because you need to hear the message of them over and over. This particular song, “I Am New” by Jason Grey is really speaking to me right now as I let go of some things of the past and learn to be a new me. I love that this tag captures some of that feeling too, with a mixture of old and bright newness. I love that I can use art to create such a sweet reminder of the joy I feel in being “new”.
Until next time-