Today I have a tutorial for you that I am calling “the mother of all tutorials” which seems quite appropriate considering it is Mother’s Day!
I created this tag for my post today on the Sizzix blog. It is part of a really fun post where my mom, Shirley Hall is our guest designer. (By the way, there is a giveaway there so be sure you check out the post on the Sizzix blog and leave a comment for a chance to win!)
She and I did a mother-daughter challenge in honor of Mother’s Day where we used the same three dies and created something with them. I really wanted to share a full tutorial of how I made my tag, but since that really wasn’t the focus of our post there, I decided to share the tutorial here. It is a long one, so grab a beverage and warm up your scrolling finger!
To begin, cover an 8.5″x11″ piece of manila cardstock with Therm O Web’s iCraft Adhesive sheets which are super thin sheets of double sided adhesive. You could also use a glue stick or liquid glue or medium. I didn’t want to wait for anything to dry so I chose the sheets. (Which by the way, you can die-cut through perfectly and cleanly with no residue.)
Cut two 3″ wide x 6″ tall pieces from the piece of covered manila cardstock. To soften the look of the text, apply Picket Fence Distress Ink to the pattern side of both pieces. Dry both pieces with a heat tool.
Place the cardstock on the die so that edge of the paper is flush with the lace side of the Distressed Doily die. Positioning it this way leaves extra cardstock on the side of the die that has no design. After die cutting, use scissors to make straight cuts on the top and bottom edges of the cardstock, even with the end of the doily design. This cut will free up the scrap cardstock from the design.
Use a die pick to clean out the scrap pieces from the two die cuts. Save the two flower like pieces from the scrap of both die cuts. There will be two on each one.
Create a straight score/fold line along the edge of the doily design.
Mist the two die-cut doily pieces with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist. Blot the excess mist with a dry cloth and heat dry.
Ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Die cut a tag out of manila cardstock. Mist the tag generously with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist. Let the excess mist sit on the tag.
Add swipes of Distress Ink Stains to the tag dragging them through the puddles of Perfect Pearls Mist. I used Barn Door, Worn Lipstick, and Picket Fence. If your applicator top picks up color or sparkle from the other colors or from the mist, simply wipe it off on a dry cloth.
Turn the tag over and swirl it around on your craft sheet to blend the colors on the surface of the tag.
Turn the tag over and dry it with a heat tool.
Ink the edges of the tag with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Apply SuperTape to the tab section of the doily on the plain side of the cardstock.
Remove the backing from the tape and adhere the doily pieces to the back of the tag. Place the edge of the tag into the fold of the doily. The printed side of the doily should be face down so that the plain side is adhered to the back of the tag.
From the backside, the tag will look like this.
Cut a grungepaper bookplate using the Tag & Bookplate die. After die cutting but before removing the grungepaper from the die, add a strip of SuperTape across the bookplate to hold all of the sections together so that it can be used as one piece.
Coat the grungepaper bookplate with Picket Fence Distress Stain. I applied two coats for a nice white finish. Dry the bookplate with a heat tool.
Place a rubber stamp face up on your work table. Scribble so Distress Stain (I used Vintage Photo) over the stamp roughly the size of your bookplate.
Place the bookplate face down onto the inked stamp. Press down with your fingers to ensure good transfer.
Heat dry the stain on the label.
Ink the edges of the bookplate with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Die cut a heart from metal foil tape using the Mini Hearts Movers & Shapers die. Hold the heart in your hand and brush the surface with a sanding block. Sand in different directions so that you get a brushed metal look. (Be sure that you never sand directly on your craft sheet. It will damage it.)
Apply Distress Ink over the heart. Normally the ink will not stay on the foil, but it will stay on the sanded areas.
Place the foil heart onto the stamped bookplate.
Adhere the heart and bookplate piece on the center of the tag. Add decorative stitching if desired.
Ink the edges of the desired Chit Chat stickers Adhere the stickers to a scrap piece of manila cardstock. Ink the edges of cardstock. I added a line of stitching to my strip sewing over the bottom edge of the words.
Adhere the journal strip to the tag over the heart and and bookplate. I added to Tiny Attacher staples to each end of my strip for decoration. The placement of the strip is further than the reach of the stapler so you will need to open the Tiny Attacher and staple into a piece of foam. I have a tutorial showing how to do that here: http://tammytutterow.typepad.com/tammy_tutterow/2010/08/tiny-attacher-long-reach-stapling.html . (For my foam, I use the back of my Rub It Scrub It stamp cleaner. It is thick foam. I like that I can get the work of two tools from one with less clutter on my desk.)
Cut two 14″ pieces of Crinkle Ribbon. Place the ribbon on your craft sheet and mist with water. My craft sheet had some brown ink residue on it that reactivated with the water. I love accidental coloring on ribbon so I left it.
Scribble a bit of Distress Stain (I used Worn Lipstick and Barn Door) onto your craft sheet.
Blot and dab your wet ribbon into the stain. I like to leave white areas for added color variation.
Blot the excess water from the ribbon using a dry cloth.
Roll the ribbon into a ball to create lots of wrinkles. Heat dry the ribbon. As you heat the ribbon, continue to toss and wrinkle while drying to keep it extra crinkley.
To add age, tap the dry ribbon with an ink blending tool with brown ink. I use the ink already on the foam so that it is softer and less inky.
Color the re-inforcer (from the tag die) with Vintage Photo Distress Stain. Color the die cut scrap pieces from the doily with Scattered Straw Distress Stain. Die cut four small flowers with the Tattered Florals die from grungepaper. Color the grungepaper flowers with Barn Red, Worn Lipstick, and Picket Fence Distress Stains. Add a bit of sparkle if desired with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist. After drying, ink the edge of the flowers with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Place the ends of the ribbon on a piece of foam. Lay one flower and one mini flower (the scrap piece) on top of the ribbon at the very end. Use a craft pick to pierce through the center of both flowers and ribbon. Insert a brad into the hole. Flatten the prongs of the brads on the back side of the ribbon.
Lay a strip of thin SuperTape on the back side of the tag in the center running side to side.
Tie the two strips of ribbon into a knot in the center to keep them together. Lay the combined ribbon across the back of the tag into the tape.
Add a Tiny Attacher staple to each flap to hold the ribbon in place on the front of each doily flap.
Fold the doily flaps down over the front of the tag. Tie the ribbon ends together to hold the flaps closed.
Whew! I warned you that this was a long one! If you have made it this far, thank you! I hope that you enjoyed this project as much as I did!
I think the finished tag is so pretty and unique. Even though I broke it down in a ton of steps, it really is a fairly simple tag to assemble. I promise!