Hello everyone! I hope you are having a great week! I have a tutorial to share with you today for a tag that I really love! My friends at Simon Says Stamp just released their new exclusive collection for spring 2014. They were super sweet and sent me a some goodies from the collection! I could not wait to get a little creative time so I could play with the new goodies! I instantly feel in love with the script in the Birthday Balloons set and knew I had to use it… but not for a birthday project.
Begin by sanding the surface of a #8 Ranger manila tag. Sand the tag in a cross-hatch pattern keeping my sanding lines nice and straight. Sanding will knock the finish off of the tag and create a subtle texture.
Mist the tag with Tumbled Glass Distress Stain placed in a mister bottle.
Allow the stain to set for a moment. Blot the excess stain with a dry cloth.
Dry the tag with a heat tool.
Apply Pumice Stone Distress Ink to the edges of the tag using an ink blending tool.
The Distress Ink will accent the fine grooves created by the sanding. They are soft and very subtle looking.
Add a small amount of contrasting color on the upper right and lower left edges to add a highlight. On my tag, I used the ink that was already on my yellow blending tool without re-inking.
Place the large Bubbles & Bars stamp on your work surface face up. Ink the stamp by tapping Pumice Stone Distress Ink over the surface of the stamp.
Use your finger to wipe away or smudge any ink on the top edge of the stamp so that you don’t end up stamping a hard line across the top of the tag. On my stamp, I tapped the ink pad around randomly, varying how much ink was in some areas so that I would have some areas stamp darker than others. I also inked it so that I created lines and fabric grain patterns on the stamp with the ink pad.
Place the tag face down onto the inked stamp. Rub your fingers over the back of the tag to transfer the image.
Blot any areas with heavy ink transfer using a dry cloth. Notice how the ink patterns on the stamp transferred?
Dry the ink with a heat tool.
Place the Bubbles & Bars stencil over the stamped design. They do not match exactly so place it as closely as possible. Use an ink blending tool to apply Pumice Stone Distress Ink to the edges of the bubbles to accent them.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of the tag.
Place the stencil over the tag again lining up the design as closely as possible. Mist the lower portion of the tag with Blue Smoke Perfect Pearls Mist.
Blot the excess mist with a dry cloth. Use a heat tool to dry the tag.
Place the Happy Birthday script sentiment on a stamping block. Curve the “happy” part as you place the stamp on the block so that it matches the curve of the bubbles as much as possible.
Place a piece of tape over the “birthday” part of the stamp. Ink the stamp.
Remove the tape and stamp the word “happy” on the tag on the bubbles. Repeat for each stamping.
Follow the same steps to isolate other words or phrases to add to your tag. On my tag, I wanted to use the phrase “celebrate you” from a larger sentiment stamp.
Again, after inking, remove the tape and stamp the inked part of the stamp onto the tag.
Ink the different sized star stamps using Pumice Stone Distress Ink. Stamp the stars randomly on the tag.
Dye a piece of crinkle ribbon to match the project. Tie the ribbon around the tag. Use a Tiny Attacher to secure the ribbon in place.
Die cut stars out of Tim Holtz Mirror sheets using the stars on the Tim Holtz Crescent Moon & Stars die. For a hollowed out star, die cut a star and then place it back on the die over a smaller star and die cut again.
Add a star and sentiment to a Tim Holtz Enameled Tag using Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs. Attach the Enameled Tag to the ribbon using a jump ring.
Pieces of stars placed along the edges will make it feel like the design goes on beyond the edges of the tag.
How cool is that texture under the ink? How simple to create it by just sanding!
The sanding also helps create a very matte finish on the tag. It really creates a worn and vintage feel.
I love how there are so many elements built on top of each other on this tag. Using the same ink color to build with adds to that layering. You would think that they would blend together and cancel each other out, but they don’t. Instead they layer adding lots of depth.
I loved this background so much that I almost wanted to stop and not embellish it at all. I really think sometimes there is beauty in just the ink. Of course I am glad I finished it because the finished tag really makes me smile. I think it has a whimsical feel while still being very vintage.
The word “happy” has really been stuck in my brain a lot lately. I think very often it is a mindset. We have to want to be happy and we have to just determine ourselves that we will be happy. I think happiness is a choice and many times we forget to choose it. Today I want to remember to “just be happy” through it all.
PS. If you would like a printable version of this tutorial, you can find it in my Tags of 2014 e-book.