Happy Tuesday and Happy New Year! For 2013 I am starting a new art journal and to kick it and the new year off, my tutorial today is the first page for it. I am so in love with the cover I created for the art journal and can not wait to show it to you! It is top-secret for now (it is a show sample for the upcoming CHA trade show). Once the show is over I will be sharing it in a tutorial so that if you love it as much as I do, you can make one too! Until then though, I can share some pages as I create them.
This tag/page is on one of the large Ranger #10 manila tags. I have cut my tag off so that it will fit in my journal. This tag is about technique so you can easily apply the technique to any size tag, card front, scrapbook page, etc. I have also punched holes in my tag so that it will go in the binding in my book.
To shorten my tag and give it a decorative edge, use an On The Edge die by Tim Holtz for Sizzix. To make it easy to line up the edge of the material with the design on my die, use an opaque pen to draw a straight line along the bottom edge of the design. Do this for each design on the die. In the case of this die, one line works for both designs.
Next, draw a straight line with a ruler and pencil across my material where the bottom cut line needs to be. Place the material on the die lining up the pencil line with the line on the die.
Use a post it note or scotch tape to hold the material in place while die cutting.
After die cutting the tag has a fun edge that adds and easy visual element. The journal I am making features pages of different shapes and sizes with different edges. It will be fun to see bits of other pages peeking through from below through the decorative edges. More on that later though…
Place a stencil over the tag. Scribble over the tag with a Picket Fence Distress Stain dabber. The application should be fairly random and scribbles and not solid. The goal isn’t really to get the exact pattern from the stencil. Lift the stencil off of the tag.
If you have a lot of stain on the front of the stencil, flip the stencil over onto a clean tag to transfer the remaining stain on the clean tag. (This is similar to the technique I show in the Stencil Transfer tutorial: http://tammytutterow.com/2011/12/tuesday-tutorial-stencil-transfers-with-the-crafters-workshop/.)
Use a heat tool to dry the stain. The stain will be very difficult to see at this point… but just wait! 😉
Fill a mini mister with Victorian Velvet Distress Stain. (Check out Tim’s tutorial on how to do this: http://timholtz.com/video-distress-stain-ideas/.) Mist the tag with the stain. Use a heat tool to dry the stain thoroughly.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Victorian Velvet Distress Ink along the top edge of the tag blending it down along the top.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Aged Mahogany Distress Ink along the right side and bottom edge.
Finally, use an ink blending tool to apply Broken China Distress Ink along the bottom and left edge of the tag.
Mist water into your hand and flick it onto the tag. Let the water sit a minute. The water will create water spots in the Distress Ink and will also bring spots of the Picket Fence Stain back to the surface.
Use a heat tool to dry the water on the tag.
Place a stencil over the front of the tag.
Use post it notes or scotch tape to hold the stencil and tag in place.
Apply clear Distress Embossing Ink to the tag by tapping the pad directly on the tag. Tap over the stencil so that ink is applied to the open areas of the design. Tap over the area several times to make sure the area is covered. On my tag, I did not apply ink all the way to the edge of the stencil. I wanted the design to look like it faded away so I made sure to apply ink heavier on the upper part and left edge of the tag, tapering off as I moved to the right.
Apply clear embossing powder to the ink. Tap off the excess.
Heat the tag to melt the powder.
Apply Black Soot Distress Ink to the tag over the embossed areas (the left side and upper tag).
Use a dry cloth to wipe away the ink from the embossed surface. The ink will stay in the stenciled area and in the pits from the sponging on of the ink.
To finish the tag, use alphabet stamps to add a sentiment using Jet Black Archival Ink.
Add embellishments as desired. I chose to use a grungepaper bracket colored with Pewter Distress Stain and a stamped ticket on manila cardstock.
I love the variance in the black that is achieved because of the base of Picket Fence Stain. The bolder black in the upper corner has very little Picket Fence under it. The 2 has more and looks softer and more grey.
The way water brings the Picket Fence Stain back to the surface is simply magic. I love the way it speckles!
Metallic Distress Stains on grungepaper are so fabulous! The coverage is quick and complete and dries quickly with a heat tool.
As I was stamping this I started thinking how I needed to get more alphabet stamps and mix it up a little more… but then I love this set (Hero Arts Printers Type) so very much! Maybe I will challenge myself to love a new alphabet in the new year…. maybe.