Like many of you, I was so sad to hear of the events yesterday at the Boston Marathon. I simply lack the words to express how sad I am for those injured and killed. I lack understanding of how any human being can choose to inflict this type of pain on so many. In times like these, when my heart feels heavy and words escape me, I often turn to art to find a way to express what I otherwise can’t.
When I started this tag this morning I knew I wanted to create something to share what was on my heart, but what was that message going to be, something dark and sad or maybe bright and full of hope? I came across a statement by actor /comedian Patton Oswalt that he shared on his Facebook page. By this morning it had gone completely viral, being shared on major news outlets and all over social media. I was especially moved by the last sentence:
So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.”
I liked that message of hope. I felt it was a good reminder, that while we focus for a time on the evilness of a few, that there are many more of us who strive for good. Today, my tutorial features the tag I made with a focus on hope and the reminder that the good will always out number the bad.
Scribble Brushed Pewter Distress Paint onto a large background stamp (Tim Holtz Weathered Textiles CMS023). Avoid inking the edges of the stamp image so that you don’t get any straight or solid edges on the tag.
Place a #8 manila tag onto the stamp. Run your fingers over the back of the tag lightly to help transfer the design.
Lift the tag off of the stamp. The image will be very fluid looking. Dry the paint with a heat tool.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Peacock Feathers Distress Ink to the top half of the tag. Blend the ink over the top of the paint. The paint
Use an ink blending tool to apply Broken China Distress Ink to the bottom half of the tag. Leave an area of manila plain in the center.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Salty Ocean Distress Ink to the center of the tag.
Mist water onto your hand. Flick the water onto the tag to create water spots in the ink.
Use a dry cloth to blot away the excess water. Use a heat tool to dry the tag.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of the tag.
While the ink is still wet, sprinkle clear embossing powder onto the edges of the tag. It will adhere to the wet ink on the edges of the tag.
Use a heat tool to melt the powder on the edges of the tag.
Stamp flowers (twice) and butterflies (Hero Arts/Sizzix Antique Flowers & Butterflies 657773) onto vellum using Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink. Dry the ink with a heat tool.
Die cut the butterflies and one flower bunch using the coordinating Framelits dies. Tip: Use a post-it note to hold the die in place around your stamped image on your cutting pad. The post-it will not be cut and can be reused. Hand cut the flowers from the second bunch of flowers.
Color the images on the back non-stamped side of the vellum. Coloring them on the back side will keep the stamped lines crisp and dark and will make the colors more soft and muted.
After coloring, ink the edges of each die cut and hand cut piece with an ink blending tool and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Adhere the flowers bunch to the lower left corner of the tag. Add the individual hand cut flowers over the matching flower on the bunch. Adhere the flowers only in the center so that the petals will remain free and dimensional.
Gently bend the butterfly wings up. Apply adhesive to the bodies of the butterflies. Adhere them to the tag leaving the wings free.
Stamp and die cut one small label (Hero Arts/Sizzix Frames with Sprigs 657775) on vellum. After die cutting, ink the edges of the label using an ink blending tool with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Stamp a sentiment on the label using Jet Black Archival Ink and small single letter stamps (Hero Arts Printers Type LC).
Color the label using Distress Ink Markers on the back side of the label.
After the marker ink is dry, adhere the label to the lower part of the tag next to the flowers.
Embossing powder on the edges of a tag is one of my very favorite tag techniques. I love the texture it adds and the way it intensifies the color of the ink.
I love how intense the ink colors look next to the Brushed Pewter Distress Paint. The paint created an amazing resist.
I think the elements of this tag being stamped on vellum really adds something special. The way the vellum gently curves adds such a nice bit of dimension.
I think that by coloring the vellum on the back allowed me to be bold in my color choices. The colors are soft and blended looking on the front but still bold. Adding ink to the edges of the cut pieces helps tie the pieces in to the tag with its brown border and helps mute the otherwise white border that would have really stood out.
I often use tags and quotes as my own type of art journal. Today I was thankful that I could create this one to remind me of beauty and peace (the butterflies and dogwoods) and to remember that the actions of one or a few don’t speak for all of man kind.
Thank you for spending a little time with me today and for visiting my blog. I hope this tag gave you a smile and that the tutorial gave you a little creative spark for your own art. Have a beautiful day!