Wow, this week flew by so fast! I think when I last posted I promised to share some new projects that I have been saving but the week got away from me before I got them ready to post. I am crossing my fingers for this week.
In the meantime, for Sunday Stamping this week I have two versions of the same tag to share.
I ended up making two of the same tag because I made this first one, and didn’t love the brown I used for the border images. I made it again (below) using black. I thought it was cool to see the how changing an ink color gave them two different looks so I decided to share both versions.
On this first tag, I stamped the border design using Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. While the ink was still wet, I added clear embossing powder. I think the brown gives the border a more subtle look and lets the bird and background be a focus point.
On the second tag, I stamped the border in Jet Black Archival Ink. It was very bold, maybe a bit too bold, so I decided to blast the tag with water.
The water seemed to bring the Distress Stain in the background to the front more and soften the black ink. I love how the water also softened the background. It reminds me of rain.
To create the background on both, I first added Picket Fence Distress Stain to the surface of the tag. After drying the stain, I added layers of colors in streaks using Tumbled Glass, Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw, and Wild Honey Distress Stains. I used my Heat It Craft Gun to dry the tag after each color. Next, I inked my text stamp randomly in a streaked pattern with Faded Jeans Distress Stain. After stamping the tag with the stain, I again dried it.
I really wanted to mute the text, so I applied another streaked layer of Picket Fence over the tag. After drying the tag again, I stamped the border. The tag on the left was stamped with Gathered Twigs and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The tag on the right was stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink and then misted with water. After both tags were dry, I misted the surface of both with Sunflower and Sour Apple Perfect Pearls Mists. I blotted the surface and again dried the tag.
After the tags were dry, I stamped the bird image on the tag and added clear embossing powder over the feet. I stamped the bird again on white cardstock. I used Distress Stains directly from the bottles like markers to add color to the bird. I added clear embossing powder to the eye and beak area. I used a 3D Zot to adhere the bird to the tag. The 3D Zot lifts the bird off of the surface like a foam square would, but not as high as a foam square would be.
The inspiration for the quote (stamped with Cobalt Archival Ink) came from the word “still”. The word came to mind as I was thinking about a little birdie perched on a flower head, able to keep it’s balance. I checked one of my favorite quote sites Think Exist for the word still. I found the following quote, which I thought was perfect, even though it was a different meaning of still than I had been thinking.
Love, love, love that quote. I think I will keep this tag on my desk this week and remember that wisdom of trying and being without worry.