Sunday Stamping: Still She Sings Away

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.
tammytutterow still she sings tag
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.
tammytutterow still she sings tag
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.
tammytutterow still she sings tag
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.
tammytutterow still she sings tag
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.
tammytutterow still she sings tag
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.
tammytutterow still she sings tag
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.
tammytutterow still she sings 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.
tammytutterow still she sings tag
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.






























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  1. Renee M. says

    I’m not sure how I found your blog, but I’m sure glad I did! It’s such a treat to see your beautiful creations and I learn so much. The quote is a new one to me and it’s beautiful. I’m a huge worrywart and will remember it to at least TRY to keep myself in check. I’m oh-so-not a “mushy, gushy” gal, but I want to say thanks so much for sharing your art and showing how you create it—it’s easy to see that you truly do give from your heart :)

  2. says

    Love the inspiration from the quotation and will be following that link in future. Loved both the tags but the one stamped in Black Archival really stands out for me.

  3. says

    They are both beautiful, but I think I like the brown better :-)) I thought the saying was a stamp of it’s own… you are very good at using individual letters, putting them together!!!! I might have to try that myself.

  4. barbara lassiter says

    Love the quote and will add it to my journal. Thanks! The tags are both wonderful and I’m glad you shared them with us, but I think I would keep them too!!!!

  5. says

    They’re both so lovely! Beautiful words and images that evoke memories of a cheerful birdsong! Thank you so much for sharing your steps and products. I love the word “still” and have often scrapped “be still”. Thank you for the inspiration you are! :)

  6. Marijane says

    Both tags are lovely, however, I think I liked the brown one best! Thanks for the entire quote. It’s a keeper!

  7. says

    Okay, so my comment was just deleted by Blogger, hope this doesn’t show up twice. I was saying that these tags are stunning, I really enjoyed seeing the whole process and reading your different thoughts about inking and stamping! What a beautiful, touching and so true quote.. tfs!

  8. Bonnie says

    These tags are great! I would have a really tough decision if I had to choose a favorite. TFS, Bonnie :-)

  9. says

    Beautiful, Tammy! Love the contrast between the two tags and I thank you for the reminder to heat set between layers. I think that’ s a pivotal moment. LOVE the way your main words (and from such a powerful quote) stand up against all the text. TFS!