Sunday when I started to work on the tutorial for the week I was totally stumped about what to make. I wanted to share some type of technique but just couldn’t settle on what. Instead I decided to just create and let whatever happen. This tag is the result of permission to create without a specific goal. I had some things on my mind that day and was feeling a real sense of thankfulness. The result was this tag that took on a very fall and Thanksgiving feel. I hope you enjoy the process…
Remember, the supplies are all listed below at the very bottom of the post.
This one is super long with tons of photos, so grab a drink and warm up your scrolling finger…
Die cut a tag from manila cardstsock using the Tag & Bookplates die. (A pre-made tag can also be used.) Use a craft knife to cut an opening in the fold of an embossing folder. Insert the tag into the folder so that the top of the tag extends through the opening in the slit cut in the fold. Emboss the tag.
Apply Dried Marigold Distress Ink to the tag using an ink blending tool. Leave the center area light with less ink.
Spread Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint onto the tag.
Apply the paint in straight swipes from the top of the tag to the bottom. The application can be streaky with areas that are thicker and thinner than others.
Use a straight edge of something firm but with a soft edge (chipboard works well) to swipe from top to bottom, skimming the paint off of the raised areas. The tool shown in the photo is a Handy Scraper from The Pampered Chef (http://www.pamperedchef.com/ordering/prod_details.tpc?prodId=186). It works well for this because it is a firm tool with a soft edge that wipes clean easily. A small household squeegee would work similarly.
Pick up a pinch Rock Candy Stickles Dry Glitter. Sprinkle it lightly over the tag onto the wet paint.
Allow the paint to air dry until you see cracks in the paint forming. Once cracks begin to appear you can speed along the drying with a heat tool.
Apply Wild Honey Distress Stain over random areas of the tag. Prime the applicator of the stain on your craft sheet first so that the applicator will be really juicy when applying stain to the tag. The stain will begin settling in between the cracks in the paint.
Mist the areas with stain with water. The will help wick the stain into cracks and areas with less paint.
Blot the surface of the tag with a dry cloth and then heat dry the tag. Areas that had thick pockets of crackle paint will have resisted the stain, leaving areas with nice color variations.
Use an ink applicator tool to apply Walnut Stain Distress Ink to the edges of the tag.
Cut a piece of Crinkle Ribbon long enough to wrap around the tag and tie in a bow. Use an ink blending tool to rub Dried Marigold Distress Ink onto the ribbon on both sides. Leave areas without ink. Also cut a piece of Paper String the same length as the ribbon. Set the string aside.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Walnut Stain Distress Ink to the uncolored areas on both sides of the ribbon. The colors may overlap.
Add a couple of random blots of Wild Honey Distress Stain to the ribbon.
Mist the ribbon with water until the colors blend. The wetter the ribbon, the more the color will blend so add water in increments, stopping when you are pleased with the level of blending.
Blot the ribbon with a dry cloth. Lay the ribbon flat (do not crinkle) and dry using a heat tool.
Hold the ribbon taught between your fingers. Use an ink blending tool to apply Walnut Stain Distress Ink to the edges of the ribbon.
Wrap the ribbon and a piece of Paper String around the tag. Tie the string in a knot. Tie the ribbon in a single loop bow. (To tie a single loop bow, tie the ribbon in a bow like tying your shoes. As you pull to tighten, pull one end of one loop out leaving only one loop.)
Add two Tiny Attacher Staples to the sides of the tag over the ribbon and the string. Place a Wire Pin through the knot of the bow.
Die cut a piece of manila cardstock using the Tim Holtz Autumn Gatherings die. Use an ink blending tool to apply Distress Ink to the pieces to color them.
The pieces may be accented with Distress Ink Markers to add more precise coloring. In the example, the grain pieces were colored with Scattered Straw Distress Ink and accented with a Mustard Seed Distress Marker. The edges were accented with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
The leaves were colored with combinations of Dried Marigold and Scattered Straw. Red and green accents were added using ink already on the red and green ink blending tools. (I keep a tool for each color family so that I don’t have to change foams pieces to switch colors.) The leaf stems were accented with Barn Red and Peeled Paint Distress Ink Markers. The edges were accented with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
Mist the leaves with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist.
Blot the excess mist with a dry cloth and heat dry. The mist will mute the colors slightly and will add a pretty shimmer.
Ink the edges of the leaves with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
Ink the small branch pieces with Walnut Stain Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.
Die cut a large branch from the Tim Holtz Bird Branch die using manila cardstock. Use scissors to cut the bird from the branch. Discard or save the bird for another project.
Color the branch with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and an ink blending tool.
Apply wet glue to the back of the branch. Leave the small branches free from any glue so that they will lay loose on the tag and not be stuck down.
Place the large branch on the tag under the ribbon with the branch ends pointing toward the bottom of the tag.
Shape the leaves by bending the cardstock with your fingers. Apply glue to the backs of the leaves toward the stem, leaving the ends of the leaves free from glue.
After applying glue to the leaves, grains, and small branches, tuck the pieces under the ribbon and around the large branch to create a cluster.
Die cut a small Tim Holtz Tattered Banner from manila cardstock. Apply Scattered Straw to the front of the banner using an ink applicator tool. If there is ink on your craft sheet, turn the banner over, ink side down onto the craft sheet. Use your fingers to scoot the banner around a bit on the craft sheet.
When you turn the banner back over, it will have a unique ink transfer on it that looks vintage and grungy.
Rake the edges of the banner onto a Walnut Stain Distress Ink pad to add a crisp inked edge.
Stamp a word onto the banner using Jet Black Archival Ink and small alphabet letter stamps.
Shape the cardstock banner with your fingers. Add glue to the end of the banner and tuck it into the cluster under the ribbon so that it looks as if it is hanging down from the bow.
What a long tutorial! I hope if you made it this far it was worth it! I always like to finish off with some close ups of the finished project. I really love how this came together.
The leaves and twigs from the Autumn Gatherings die are so good! They are a great size for tag and card embellishments. Even though the die has a fall themed name, this is one that you can use all year round.
I love the added touch of inking the edge of the ribbon. It adds real definition.
I think using the Tattered Banner like a streamer is a great touch too. I had planned on using it horizontally in the lower right corner. The tag had such a vertical feeling though that placing the banner the other way just didn’t feel right. This way, tucking it in the ribbon and letting it hang down feels right.
After trimming the ends of the ribbon I pulled on them a bit to fray them and give them a softer edge.
I absolutely love the way the dark Walnut Stain ink settles into the cracks of the paint. It adds such a dramatic edge.
I love what the crackling adds to the background of this tag. At this angle, you can’t see the shimmer of the paint or added glitter. I like that about it, that depending on how you hold it you get different subtle effects.
With a change in lighting and angle, a very different and oh so shimmery look!
Thank you for letting me share this project with you! I hope that this tutorial has given you a spark of inspiration!