Sunday Stamping: Take Your Sweet Time

Happy Sunday!  I am checking in today with a stamped tag to share.  I absolutely love this bird stamp (Hero Arts Timely Bird) and have been so excited to use it since I got it.  I love how it stamps!

tammytutterow sweet time tag

To create the background on my tag, I laid the clock stencil by The Crafter’s Workshop on my craft sheet and misted it with colors.  I used Bonny Blue and Lemonade Mister Huey mists by Studio Calico.  With the colors puddled on my stencil, I laid my tag into the mist and lifted it off quickly.  The negative of the stencil design along with some puddled areas transferred onto my tag.

tammytutterow sweet time tag

After drying the tag, I applied Picket Fence Distress Stain over the entire surface to mute and soften the color.

tammytutterow sweet time tag

After drying again, I misted the surface generously with Blue Raspberry Perfect Pearls Mist.  I blotted away the excess and again dried the tag.

tammytutterow sweet time tag

I stamped the bird/collage image on my tag with Jet Black Archival Stamp Ink.  I again dried the tag with my Heat It Craft Tool.  Next, I used an ink blending tool to apply some Scattered Straw Distress Ink to the ledger part of the design.  It is very subtle but I like that it adds background image so that it looks a bit different from the rest of the background.

tammytutterow sweet time tag

I stamped the bird collage image again three times on heavy white cardstock (PTI Stamper’s Select White Cardstock) using Coffee Archival.  I cut out three flowers, one bird, and one large clock.  I outlined the original clock on the tag with a Black Glaze Pen by Sakura.  I applied Gathered Twigs Distress Ink on the white clock that I cut out and adhered it to the tag over the original black stamped clock.

tammytutterow sweet time tag

I colored the bird using Copic B41.  I love that it is a really light color that blended so nicely with the brown stamp ink.  I applied the color in a very sketchy way so that some of the white cardstock would peek through.  I used Copic Y32 to add color to the beak and legs.  After cutting out the bird, I added Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to the edges.  I love the way the color from Copics blend with Distress Inks.

tammytutterow sweet time tag

Finally I colored the three flowers with Copic R83, RV13, YR12, and Y35.  After cutting them out, I applied Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to the edges.  On the background, I added color to the stem and leaves with Copic YG03 and E37.  I adhered the flowers to the tag by adhering one half of each flower with glue stick and the other have with a small adhesive foam square.

tammytutterow sweet time tag

To add another textural element, I die cut white cardstock using the Tim Holtz Alterations Weathered Clock die.  I used Gathered Twigs and an ink blending tool to color the cardstock.  In a happy little accident, I got a bit of glue stick along the edges and on the front of the die cut.  The glue stick dries with a bit of texture and darkens the color of the ink.  One day I think I will apply some to the front of a piece on purpose.  It creates a nice effect.

tammytutterow sweet time tag

Finally, I added a phrase with my favorite letter stamps (Hero Arts Printers Type LC).  I originally stamped the phrase with Coffee Archival Ink.  I felt like it didn’t stand out so I stamped each letter again in Jet Black.  I matched up the letters fairly well, but a few are off.  I kind of like the effect, it reminds me of off register printing (which is explained great by Claudine Hellmuth on her blog here).































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  1. says

    It’s a fabulous tag, Tammy!!! I love the colors and the way you built layers!!!! That bird is wonderful… I think I’ll have to have that stamp.

  2. Marilyn R-S, Dream Valley says

    Really like this tag. I love how you used the clock. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Elaine Allen says

    Tammy –
    This is beautiful. I love how you layer and put all your elements together. Splendid!
    Elaine Allen

  4. Creative Photo Albums says

    This is the second post i read from this site and I really appreciate the great explanation of steps here. The textures in this tag are gorgeous. I would like to lift the idea in my scrapbooks, hope you don’t mind. Love your designs.