Happy Tuesday! I hope you all had an amazing week and managed to squeeze some creative time in! I squeezed in two big tutorials this week… this one, and another I will be sharing a link to on the 20th.
Today I am sharing how I created this tag. I love the finished tag, but I really love how the background turned out. I loved it so much as I was creating it that I almost hated to cover it up with embellishments!
To create my tag, begin by placing a large background design stamp face up on your work surface. Scribble Picket Fence Distress Paint onto the stamp. I used the Wallpaper stamp from the Woodgrain and Wallpaper Tim Holtz set. The paint should be random in thickness and coverage.
Place a #8 manila tag on the stamp. Rub your fingers over the back of the tag to help transfer the impression.
Use a heat tool to dry the paint thoroughly. (My stamp had a little residual color from another project. If your stamp is clean you won’t see much of anything on the tag. The dried paint will be very subtle.)
Once the paint is dry, mist the tag with water.
Mist the wet tag with Picked Raspberry Distress Stain (placed in a mister bottle). Leave some manila uncolored.
Mist a couple of spots with Victorian Velvet Distress Stain (placed in a mister bottle).
Blot the surface with a dry towel. Dry the tag thoroughly with a heat tool.
Place a script stamp face up on your work surface. Scribble over the stamp with Vintage Photo Distress Stain. The stain should random in thickness and coverage.
Place the tag face down on the inked stamp. Press over the back lightly to transfer the design onto the tag.
Lift the tag off gently. The stain will be very fluid and can smudge easily if not lifted off gently.
Use a dry cloth to blot the excess stain from the tag. Use a heat tool to dry the stain.
Use an ink applicator tool to apply Scattered Straw Distress Ink to the upper left and lower right corners. The yellow will mix with the pink to create a punch of orange-yellow. Use a heat tool to dry the tag.
Mist the yellow areas with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist. Blot the excess mist with a dry cloth. Dry the tag with a heat tool.
Use an ink applicator tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of the tag.
Die cut a vellum doily using the small doily from the Sizzix Thinlits Note To Self set. Use an ink applicator tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges.
Mist water into your hand and flick it onto the vellum. The ink will speckle and the vellum with curl up.
Dry the vellum with a heat tool. The heat will buckle and ripple the vellum slightly. It will keep it from laying flat on the tag and give it a little more dimension.
Adhere the vellum doily so that it extends slightly off the edge of the tag. Fold the excess to the back of the tag. Use a Collage Glue Stick to adhere the solid center part of the doily to the tag.
If desired, add a line of stitching along the edge of the tag where the doily is folded over to the back.
To create a die cut ribbon flower, lay a wide strip of 1 1/2″ wide ribbon over the Snowflake Rosette die. Place the bottom edge of the ribbon just above the bottom cut line of the rosette. Die cut the ribbon. (Ribbon- Ribbons Unlimited Lyon Wired Ribbon Mauve)
Use a needle and thread to make a running stitch along the lower uncut edge of the ribbon. Knot the end of the thread so that it doesn’t pull through. The ribbon will fray along the top edges. I think the fraying adds a nice touch.
Pull the thread until the ribbon is gathered into a circle. Once the ribbon is all gathered, place a few stitches to secure the end of the ribbon to the beginning.
Place a stamen stem through the center of the gathered ribbon. Place liquid glue on the back the secure the stamen stem to the ribbon. When the glue is dry, trim the stem near the base of the ribbon flower.
To create ribbon leaves, begin with a 4 inch piece of 1 1/2″ wide ribbon. (Ribbon- Ribbons Unlimited Lyon Wired Olive)
Fold the two ends down from the middle (like a tent).
Fold the two ends to the back so that the meet in the center (making it a house shape). Make a running stitch through the leaf. Place the stitch through the leaf so that you are stitching through the original bottom edge of the ribbon.
Pull the ribbon until the ribbon is gathered. Wrap the thread around the ribbon. Secure the thread with a few stitches.
Shape the leaf with your fingers. Either side may be used as the front. Trim the “stem” of the leaf as needed.
Adhere two leaves to the doily.
Adhere the flower to the doily, overlapping the leaves.
Die cut a number strip from kraft cardstock using the number strip die from the Note To Self set. Cut the numbers apart. Place adhesive on the back of the numbers.
Place the two sections of numbers above and below the doily along the left edge of the tag. (Remember, I photograph these tutorials as I make them up. The numbers were an unplanned addition. If you are recreating the tag, it would be easier to add the numbers before the doily and flower.)
Die cut a small manila tag using the tag die from the Heart, Keys, & Tag die set. Mist the tag with Antique Linen Distress Stain (placed in a Mister bottle.) Allow the stain to set for a minute to soak in.
Use a dry cloth to blot away the excess stain. Dry the tag with a heat tool.
Use letter stamps to add a sentiment.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of the tag.
Add a loop of Tim Holtz Paper String. Tap the string with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using an ink applicator tool.
Curl the tag to give it some shape. Adhere the small tag to the large tag using an adhesive foam square. Tuck the string under the flower.
My favorite part of this tag is the background. I love how you can see the different layers. Even though the white stamped layer was the first, the layers added above it seem to sink behind it creating so much depth.
I also really love the subtle shimmer that the Biscotti Mist adds. Even though I own ever color of Perfect Pearls Mist, it is Biscotti that I reach for again and again. It works with every ink color and adds such a pretty shimmer.
This little number strip is so perfect for tags. It is brand new. I can totally see using it again and again.
I think that the flower made from die cut ribbon is so interesting looking. It looks fragile with the fraying. The intricate detail from the snowflake design makes me think of asters.
I think the finished tag is so pretty! It would be lovely as a gift or adapted onto a card for Mother’s Day.
I hope today’s tutorial gave you some ideas and inspiration! Don’t forget, I have another tutorial this week that I will be sharing a link to on the 20th. I think it is a great one so be sure to check back!