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Last week for Crafty #TBT I shared a link to a tag tutorial for my Thankful Tag that features my frosty deboss technique. I shared that I had always wanted to revisit that tag and make a similar tag for each season. Today I am sharing my spring themed tag.
Begin by inking the inside of a Texture Fade embossing folder with Tattered Rose, Milled Lavender, Bundled Sage, and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink Minis. You will ink the side that has the printing on it that creates the background of the design.
Place a tag on the un-inked side of the embossing folder. I have a slit cut in the fold of my folder that I slipped the top of the tag through.
Close the folder over the tag. Run the folder through your die cutting machine.
Embossing will transfer the ink onto the tag in the background of the design. The raised design will be the color of the tag.
Use an ink blending tool to add color to the top of the tag.
Use a paint brush to apply Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint over the entire surface of the tag.
Use the edge of a scrap of chipboard or some other smooth straight edge tool to squeegee the surface of the tag. This will remove the paint from the raised embossed design while leaving it in the low areas of the design. The tool I use is a Pampered Chef cutting board scraper. You will want something with a soft edge so that it doesn’t scrape the moist paper under the paint. Set the tag aside to dry.
When I plan to die cut small intricate pieces I like to color the paper before die cutting. I often color larger pieces of paper than I need so that I will have extra for future projects. Begin by scribbling ink directly from the ink pad onto a craft sheet. For this project I used assorted green inks: Bundled Sage, Shabby Shutters, Iced Spruce, and Pine Needles.
Mist the ink with water until it beads up.
Lay manila cardstock down onto the ink. Lift up and let any excess drip off back onto the craft sheet.
Dry the paper with a heat tool.
Continue applying ink, dripping, and drying until you like the coverage on the paper.
For the flowers, repeat the dip, drip, and dry process for another piece of manila using Tattered Rose, Milled Lavender, and Squeezed Lemonade.
Die cut two twigs from manila cardstock. I also like to apply color to delicate die cuts by inking them before removing them from the scrap. I often rub the mini ink pad directly onto the paper over the die cut, using like a big fat marker. I used Brushed Corduroy over the two twig die cuts.
Die cut two long branches and a leaf cluster from the green manila cardstock and multiple flowers from the pink and yellow manila cardstock. Use an ink blending tool to apply Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to the edges of the die cuts.
Tip- Die cut one of the leaves color side up and the other color side down to get two sets of leaves facing two different directions.
You can also use an ink blending tool to add more punches of color randomly to the flowers. The watercolor effect of the dipping, dripping, and drying creates very soft coloring. Adding a few random touches of the same colors adds bolder punches of color.
Randomly pounce over the twig die cuts with an ink blending tool using Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. The new ink will add some color variation so that the twigs won’t be just flat brown.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink around the edges of the tag.
Scribble Tattered Rose and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink onto a craft sheet. Mist the ink with water. Toss Crinkle ribbon in the ink to add color to the ribbon. Dry the ribbon with a heat tool. I used about 28″ of ribbon.
Tie about 12″ of ribbon around the upper part of the tag.
Make figure 8 loops with the remaining ribbon.
Place the bundle of ribbon over the tied ribbon on the tag. Tie the two ribbon tails from the ribbon on the tag around the bundle. Tie in a knot to secure. Fluff the bow.
Adhere the two long leaf branches to the tag below the bow. Place the small leaf cluster above the bow.
Adhere the two brown branches to the tag below the bow.
Fold, crinkle, and curl all the flowers. Stack two flowers together. Add a brad through the center of each. Use a paint brush to dab a bit of Forest Moss Distress Paint onto the brad.
Cluster and adhere the flowers around the bow.
Create filler flowers from the larger flowers by cutting them apart into two petal sections. Roll the two petal sections into cones. Fold and curl the petals back. Tuck into gaps into the flowers around the bow.
Stamp a sentiment onto a scrap of manila cardstock. With the new Tag Collection Framelits dies you can easily center the tag over the stamped words. It is so much easier than trying to stamp and center a phrase on a pre-cut tag!
Add a punch of color with Squeezed Lemonade and an ink blending tool. Blend Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink onto the edges of the tag using an ink blending tool.
Separate the two strands of a length of Paper String. Add one ply of the the Paper String to the tag. Pounce Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink over the string with an ink blending tool.
Adhere the mini tag to the front of the tag at the bottom of the flowers and leaves. Weave the string through the flowers and leaves up to the bow.
I love the watercolor effect that the dip, drip, and dry technique gives manila. Having the manila colored before die cutting makes coloring these intricate die cuts so easy!
I always say that if you have a great staple die for flowers that you will never have to buy pre-made flowers again. Look at how lovely these flowers are. They were so simple to make and match the tag so perfectly! Being able to make my own matched embellishments is one of my very favorite things about die cutting!
No matter how many times I do the frosty deboss technique I never get tired of it. It is so incredibly pretty in person. I wish these photos could capture it better.
The sentiment for the tag is from a favorite song, Every Season by Nichole Nordeman. The idea of creating a tag for each season reminds me of this song. In the verse about spring, the lyrics talk about all things being new. I think that is one of my very favorite things about spring- the newness, the green, the first blooms. Spring is my favorite season and I think this tag is a fitting tribute to the things I love about it.
PS. If you would like a printable version of this tutorial, you can find it in my Tags of 2014 e-book.