When I got my stencil I immediately had the phrase “All roads lead to home” come to mind. It also reminded me of looking down from an airplane. I love looking at the patches of green with the straight borders down below when I fly. I decided that it would be fun to try to capture that look with this stencil. I decided that it would be a great time to try my new jar of Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Embossing Paste. It seemed like the perfect choice to add texture and dimension. I love, LOVE the way it turned out. It totally reminds me of the patchwork of green.
Here is how I created my tag…
Begin by misting a #8 manila tag with Black Marble Dylusions Mist. I chose black to represent the road.
Blot the excess mist with a dry cloth.
Mist the tag randomly with Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist to add shimmer to the black.
Use a heat tool to dry the tag.
Place the stencil over the tag on a craft sheet. You can use low tack tape (I used washi tape) to hold the stencil in place.
Spread the embossing paste over the tag over the top of the stencil. The instructions say to apply the paste with a palette knife. I didn’t have one so I used the fan end of a BasicGrey Rub-on Stylus. The isn’t flexible, but I was able to spread the paste fairly well with it. The paste will dry just like it looks when you apply it, so any variations in thickness, lines and ridges will stay. Lift the stencil off of the tag. Set the tag aside to air dry. Scrape any excess paste off of the stencil and return it to the jar. Wash the stencil with water to remove any remaining paste.
I was curious about drying time and to learn more about embossing paste so I sent Wendy an email. She shared with me that drying time can vary depending on the thickness of the paste. Generally speaking, it might be about 25 minutes. She shared that she likes to place her pieces near a sunny window and use the heat from the sun to help the drying along. She also shared that using a heat gun can bubble the paste (but it looks cool!) but you could help drying along with a few quick passes from top to bottom with a heat tool.
She shared a ton of tips with me that I can’t wait to try out and share with you. You will not believe what you can do with this stuff! I am totally hooked! For more ideas, be sure to check out Wendy’s blog: http://studio490art.blogspot.com/.
While the paste is drying, move ahead to creating the embellishments. Die cut a small flag from manila cardstock. (I used the small tag from the Heart, Keys, and Tags Sizzix Thinlits Set.) Mist the tag with Antique Linen Distress Stain placed in a mister bottle. Allow the stain to sit for a moment to soak into the paper. Blot the excess stain with a dry cloth. Dry the tag with a heat tool.
Trim the tag so that it fits only the word you want to stamp on it. Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the tag die cut.
Stamp the word “HOME” using small alphabet stamps and Potting Soil Archival Ink. Punch a small hole in the end of the tag.
I colored in my small stamped heart using a Spun Sugar Distress Ink Marker.
Place adhesive on the back of a scrap of paper large enough to die cut a heart from. (I used my Xryon 510 Creative Station to make it quick, clean, and easy.) Adhere the paper to a scrap of manila cardstock the same size. Die cut a heart to fit the front of the tag. I used the heart from the Tim Holtz Love Struck die. Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the heart die cut.
Place Xyron Adhesive Dots on a Tim Holtz Word Key. If you don’t want to use the word on the key, place adhesive on the word side to make it the back (hidden) side of the key.
Use embroidery thread to tie the small tag to the top of the key. Adhere the key to the front of the heart. If desired, use a needle and embroidery thread to stitch a large X over the key to make it look as if the key is stitched to the heart.
Place strips of Xryon High Tack Tape on the back of the heart to secure the stitches. Leave the backing tape on the tape strips for now.
Mist or dab assorted green Distress Stains on a craft sheet. Mist over the stain with Biscotti Perfect Pearls to add a touch of sparkle to the stain. Use a paint brush to pick up the stain and paint it onto the dried embossing paste. The dried embossing paste has a foamy like texture. I thought it would be plaster like so I was very surprised at the texture and mat finish. Allow the stain a few minutes to dry.
Mist a piece of crinkle ribbon with water. Toss the ribbon in any excess stain on the craft sheet. Use a heat tool to dry the ribbon. Tap over the dried ribbon with Vintage Photo Distress Ink with an ink blending tool.
Die cute a star border from vellum using the Tim Holtz Stacked Stars On the Edge Die. Place adhesive on the back of the vellum. (I use my Xryon Creative Station for all vellum. I think it is hands down the best no-show adhesive for vellum.)
Adhere the star border to the edge of the tag so that the edge of the design lines up with the edge of the tag. Use a pair of non-stick scissors to cut along the edge of the tag to cut away the excess vellum away.
Wrap the tag with the dyed crinkle ribbon. Tie the ribbon in a bow along the left side of the tag.
Remove the backing strips from the strips of Xryon High Tack Tape on the back of the heart. Adhere the heart to the front of the tag under the bow. Add a staple to the two ends of the ribbon on each side of the tag. Place a Xyron Adhesive Dot to the back of the small tag. Adhere the small tag to the front of the tag.
Randomly sand the edge of the tag to show the manila under the ink and to add a distressed effect.
After finishing the tag, I decided that I wanted to remove some of the stars from the top and bottom of the Stacked Stars border. I felt they were too much of a focus and detracted from the background. They were easy to shorten with a few snips.
I really love the shimmer of the combination of Black Marble and Pewter creates. And that sanded edge, yeah, I love it. For me, I almost always have to have an inked edge on a tag for a tag to feel finished to me. Since an inked edge wouldn’t show on the black, sanding helped me create the border that inking creates.
I hope this photo does justice to the dimension that this tag has. Each square is raised with different ridges and depths on each of them. I love the way the paste takes the stain. The texture helps create the look of color variation within each space. I only used one color of ink in each space so any variation within each space created by the the texture and thickness of the paste. To me, it creates the look of the ground from the airplane just as I hoped it would.
Although I didn’t end up adding the rest of my inspiration phrase, I think the art says it perfectly.