Remember in the last tutorial I told you how inspiration usually hits me when I am trying to sleep? Today’s tag is another of those late night inspirations. I believe in honesty here so in the spirit of full disclosure, I will tell you that this tag is the result of a “craft fail”. Maybe you are looking at it and wondering how that is… I will share in a minute how it is a fail. But first an important lesson, when you are spending time creating, keep going even when you aren’t making what you imagined. You may end up with something as wonderful as you imagine or even better!
Apply Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to a #8 manila tag using an ink blending tool.
Spray water onto your hand and flick it onto the tag to create water spots in the ink.
Blot the tag with a dry cloth. Dry the tag with a heat tool.
Ink the Big Woodgrain stamp with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
Open the Picnic Embossing folder. Place the open folder so that the inside of the folder is facing up. Place the woodgrain stamp ink side down onto the side of the folder that is just lines and dots. Run your hand over the back of the stamp. Press down on the stamp in several places with your hand to press the inked design down into the design of the folder.
You should end up with ink on the raised bits and hopefully pattern down in the recessed area.
Place the tag ink side down onto the inked side of the embossing folder.
Close the folder and run it through your die cutting machine. Remember, my Spellbinders embossing folders are thicker that embossing folders from other brands. You only need one cutting plate for your stack (base plate, embossing folder with tag inside, and top cutting plate).
After going though the die cutting machine you will have an embossed tag with inked details.
Here is where the “craft fail” comes in. In my mind, I pictured each weave in the basket pattern with a woodgrain image transferred on it. The thing to remember about embossing folders is that raised areas on the folder press down while raised areas press up. That means if you ink the weave on the folder it will actually ink the back of your tag. Those large flat parts of the design are on the back of the tag and press up. To get the ink of the front of the tag you have to ink it the way I showed above and that results in very little woodgrain.
You could simply leave the stamp out and ink the folder and get a very similar look to my tag. Adding ink adds definition so it is worth the effort, but for this folder adding the stamp instead of just ink just really didn’t add much. Perhaps if my background had been lighter… there are lots of variables that you would play with to change the outcome. Don’t be afraid to try it because after all, it is just paper and ink. You don’t lose anything by trying. That said, instead of just trashing the tag because it didn’t do what I wanted, I pushed on.
Be sure to clean off any residual ink from your folder with a baby wipe or damp cloth.
Die cut a Frayed Tab from manila cardstock. Before cleaning the stamp, lay the tab onto the stamp. Run your finger over the back of the tab to transfer the design onto the tab.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to the edges of the tab.
Use a sanding grip to sand around the edges of the tag to add age. Sand over the raised surface of the tag to help accent some of the embossed details.
Use your finger to apply Distress Glaze over the tag to add a subtle shine.
Buff over the tag with a dry cloth to work the glaze in and to remove any excess.
Die cut four small Shabby Posies and four small Pom Pom Posies, and four Pom Pom Posies single leaves from fabric. I used extra firm woven interfacing from Therm O Web (see the link in the supply list). The extra firm woven interfacing from Therm O Web is a great fabric option for those of you who have wanted to try crinoline or buckram but have been unable to find it. Therm O Web sells it directly to consumers by the yard on their website (link in the supply list).
Use an ink blending tool to apply ink to both sides of the die cuts. I used Dried Marigold on the small Pom Pom Posies, Scattered Straw on the small Shabby Posies, and Peeled Paint on the leaves.
Use an ink blending tool to add Gathered Twigs to the tips of the leaves and the edges of the flowers. I only ink one side with the brown.
Mist the die cuts with water to blend the ink.
Blot die cuts with a dry cloth to remove excess water. Dry with a heat tool.
Brush four stamen bunches with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to add a bit of age. You can find stamens at your local craft supply store in the wedding crafts and cake decorating sections. They are usually white and can be colored with inks. My favorite source is Etsy (linked in the supply list) and eBay. You can easily find them at both places in a variety of colors.
Layer one small Pom Pom Posie with a small Shabby Posie. Pierce a hole through the center of both.
Place the stamen through the center of the Pom Pom and Shabby Posies. Pull the stamens through the hole until they rest right on top of the flower.
Wrap the stamens below the flower with floral tape. The tape helps hold it all together and hides any ugliness.
Trim the stem of the flower to about 1/4″ below the flower. Do this for all the die cuts to create four flowers.
Fold the leaves in half lengthwise.
Use a clear quick drying glue (I use Beacon 3 in 1, linked below) to adhere a piece of the scrap stem from the flowers to the under side of the leaf. Line up wire stem to the fold in the leaf.
Tear a strip of vellum to 1 to 1 1/4″ wide. Brush Gathered Twigs Distress ink the sides of the vellum using an ink blending tool. Adhere the vellum to the tag using a clear tape runner. Trim the vellum to match the top and bottom edges of the tag.
Use a clear strong quick drying glue to adhere a cluster of thin twigs to the vellum strip. (I got my twigs from a tree in my yard. You can also find them in the floral department of craft stores.)
Use the clear strong glue to adhere the flowers and leaves to the tag over the top of the twigs.
Fold the Frayed Tab in half. Add a stamped sentiment. Tuck the tab into the flowers and secure in place with clear glue.
Even though the woodgrain didn’t work out like I wanted, it still added some accents to the embossed design. The random bits of the darker color along with the sanding really help make the basket weave pattern stand out.
I think it is such a fun touch to add bits of nature from your yard or from someplace special like a favorite park or garden. The twigs add such a nice “real” feel to the flower arrangement.
I love the way the small Pom Pom Posie layers with the Shabby Posie. It works with all of my other flowers too. I love that you can use it to make cute little round flowers and as a layer with the other flower sets too! I like a product that does double duty!
In the end, even though I had a “craft fail” I ended up with a tag that I think is really pretty and doesn’t look like a fail at all. If I hadn’t told you it was, you probably wouldn’t have even know! It is a good reminder to keep creating even when the project stops going the way you think it should. It is all a journey and where you end may be better than where you planned to go!