Recently a friend RAK’d me some manila tags embossed with the Tim Holtz Clock Texture Fade. I have been looking at them for a couple of weeks now trying to decide what I wanted to create with them. I have a new love for tag making and wanted to do something fun with this one. I decided that aI wanted to find a way to add color to the raised and recessed areas separately.
I decided that I would use a technique that I learned at Ranger U where you stamp an image in color (we used Distress Ink) and emboss it with embossing powder. After embossing you continue to stamp and ink your project. The embossing powder acts like a resist and protects your original stamped image, very much as if you had masked the image off. Once you finish stamping and inking, you can cover the piece with paper and heat it with an iron to melt and remove the embossing powder, leaving a smooth matte image. I wasn’t sure what the ironing process would do to the raised design from the texture fades. I never found out, because I ended up liking the look of the clear embossing powder on the raised portions of the tag so much that I decided to leave it.
To create my tag I started with a manila tag embossed with the Clock Texture Fade.
I wanted my colors to be softer so I coated my tag with Picket Fence Distress Stain. (I got to use it for CHA samples and trust me, you NEED this stain!)
Here is a side by side comparison of a plain manila tag (left) and one with Picket Fence Distress Stain (right). (If you click the photo you will get a larger view)
Apply Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to the raised areas of the tag with an ink applicator tool.
Dry the ink with a Heat It heat tool. Apply clear embossing ink to the raised areas of the tag by tapping the pad lightly on the tag.
Cover the tag with clear embossing powder.
Lift the tag out of the powder and tap off the excess powder.
Use a dry paint brush to brush away any powder that may be in the areas you don’t want it. You don’t have to be meticulous with it, leaving some stray powder will add to the distressed look on the finished tag.
Heat the tag until the powder melts. You can tell it is melted when the powder has turned shiny and glossy.
Apply Distress Ink colors of choice to the tag. (I can’t tell you the colors I used because I used the ink already on my ink applicator tools without re-inking them.)
After applying colors, accent the edges of the tag with ink. I used the same brown, Brushed Corduroy that I used on the raised portion.
To embellish my tag, I added a scrap of pattern paper to the top to cover the non-embossed area. I used paper from BasicGrey’s 6×6 Basics paper pad. I added a Tim Holtz Reinforcer to the whole, some machine stitching, and finished off the edges with more Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.
For my sentiment, I stamped a phrase on strips of the same pattern paper with my very favorite letter stamps stamped with Brushed Corduroy.
I totally love the way the finished tag turned out. I am not sure that the photo really does it justice. The random specks of embossing powder on the clock faces helped create a really worn effect.
I also really like how the embossing powder helped to keep the brown portions defined and added texture and shine to the tag.
- paper- Ranger Ink Inkssentials Surfaces Manila #8; BasicGrey Basics White 6×6 paper pad
- stamps- Hero Arts Printer’s Typle Lower Case
- embossing folder- Tim Holtz Texture Fades Clock
- stickers- Tim Holtz Idea-ology Reinforcers
- ink- Tim Holtz Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy, assorted colors, and embossing ink
- stains- Tim Holtz Distress Stain Picket Fence
- embossing powder- Ranger Ink Clear Embossing Powder
- fibers- Tim Holtz Trimmings (colored with ink)
- tools- Ranger Ink Inkssentials Ink Applicator Tool, Heat It Craft Tool, and Craft Sheet; Embossing Powder Tray
- adhesives- Therm O Web Super Stick
- misc.- sewing machine