Back in January when I was making samples for CHA, I got this fun new sand dollar die and seashell stamps from Tim Holtz. In the midwest we were dealing with a never-ending winter so I found myself day dreaming about sunshine soaked beaches thanks to these new goodies. I love the way that the tag captures the texture and feel of the ocean. It makes me long for a trip to the beach to feel the sand between my toes!
To create this tag, I cut a piece of 8 1/2″ x 11″ manila cardstock using the new Tim Holtz Confetti die. I placed the die about an inch from the edge of the paper. I wanted to place the “bubbles” as close to the middle of my tag. I was careful to not knock many of the circles out since I wanted to leave some in place. I cut a tag from the piece using the large tag Framelits die from the Tim Holtz Tag Collection set.
After randomly removing different circles, I used an ink blending tool to apply Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, and Broken China Distress Inks on the tag. I misted water onto my hand and flicked it on the tag to create water spots. After drying the tag with a heat tool, I inked the edges of the tag with an ink blending tool and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
I added Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs and Label stickers to the lower corner to create a title. I added a few other Remnant Rubs along the upper and lower edges of the tag also.
I applied a piece of Tim Holtz Frosted Film to the back of the tag, trimming it to fit. The sticky side of the frosted film shows through the open bubbles. I sprinkled clear embossing powder over the open bubbles. The powder clung adhesive from the frosted film. I gently heated the tag to melt the powder. It created glossy areas in the bubbles and emphasized the texture of the Frosted Film.
To embellish the tag, I die cut two mini sand dollars from manilla cardstock using the Tim Holtz Mini Sand & Sea die set. I cut the center star shape out of one and kept the second one intact. I inked the pieces with Antique Linen, Old Paper, Vintage Photo, and Pumice Stone Distress Inks. I dried the ink with a heat tool. Next, I splattered Picket Fence Distress Paint randomly onto the sand dollars. While the paint was still wet, I sprinkled clear embossing powder randomly over the paint. The wet paint will hold the powder in place while it is heated. I used a heat tool to dry the paint and melt the powder. The finished result is a very textured and porous look. I adhered the cut out sand dollar center to the larger whole sand dollar to create some dimension.
I stamped two mini seashells from the Tim Holtz Mini Blueprints 6 stamp set onto manila cardstock using Jet Black Archival ink. I colored the shells with Antique Linen and Victorian Velvet Distress Ink Markers using a waterbrush. I used an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of the shells. I used a clear embossing ink marker to accent the areas on the shell that would be shiny. I added clear embossing powder to the ink. I melted the powder using a heat tool.
To finish off the tag, I dyed a piece of Tim Holtz Crinkle Ribbon with Tumbled Glass and Picket Fence Distress Stains. I blended the stains with water. I tapped the wet ribbon with my brown blending tool to add a few touches of brown for aging. After drying the ribbon I tied it in a bow around the tag. I adhered the shells and the sand dollar around the bow.
I think this tag could be one of my most favorites ever! I love the transparent elements of the bubbles and the texture that the embossing powder added. And I love the shades of blue! The finished tag really takes be away for a moment on a mental holiday to the beach!