Hello there! Here we are at Tuesday again! Today I have a tutorial for you showing how I created an oversized tag with a sky with clouds. I had the phrase “Singing made more sense” from a quote I saw online stuck in my head all week. I had visions of sheet music in the clouds. I think the result captured just what I wanted to create.
I wanted to have clouds that would be subtle and transparent, allowing the colors from the sky and the music score to show through. I knew that Picket Fence Distress Stain would work as a resist and that it was the perfect product for the cloud. I wanted them to have texture, so I decided to stamp with felt, which would give lots of texture and would transfer the stain in varying intensities.
Die cut wool felt into a cloud shape. For my tag, I used the two clouds in the new Sizzix Thinlits Arrows, Banners, Chevrons & Clouds die set. Attach the die cut felt to the velcro on the ink blending tool handle. Scribble Picket Fence Distress Stain onto a craft sheet. Dab the felt into the stain.
Stamp the felt onto the tag. If the cloud shape extends past the block of the tool, use your finger to press the felt against the tag to transfer the stain. Only the top 2/3 of the background will show so skip inking the lower 1/3.
Continue random stamping the cloud onto the tag. Over lap the clouds to look more natural. Use a heat tool to dry the stain.
Scribble Vintage Photo Distress Stain onto a music score stamp.
Stamp the image onto the tag over the clouds. Dry the stain with a heat tool.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Scattered Straw Distress Ink the upper center part of the tag.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Tumbled Glass Distress Ink around the edges of the tag, blending it into the yellow.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Broken China Distress Ink around the edges of the tag.
Mist water onto your hand and flick it onto the tag. Allow the water to set for a minute to create water spots. The water will also help bring the Picket Fence up to the surface.
Use a heat tool to dry the tag.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Broken China Distress Ink along a few random edges of the tag to make them more bold.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges of the tag.
If desired, use an ink blending tool to apply Scattered Straw Distress Ink over the lower part of the previous yellow application to darken it.
Mist the yellow area lightly with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist.
Blot the excess mist with a dry cloth. Dry the tag with a heat tool.
Die cut a 4 1/2″ 4 1/2″ piece of manila cardstock with the Tree Line On the Edge die. (I used a scrap of cardstock to mine is a bit shorter than the measurements.) Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the entire piece.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Evergreen Bough Distress Ink over the trees.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Pine Needles Distress Ink over the tops of the trees.
Tear the top of a piece of 3″ x 4 1/2″ manila cardstock so that it looks like a hill and valley. Use an ink blending tool to apply Pine Needles Distress Ink over the piece. Roll and curl the torn edges for extra texture. Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the top edge.
Mist water onto your hand and flick it onto the tag. Allow the water to set for a minute to create water spots. Use a heat tool to dry the pieces.
Apply thin adhesive tape along the side edges of the lower 1/3 of the tag.
Place adhesive foam squares to the center of the tree piece.
Adhere the tree piece to the front of the tag so that the tree line covers the bottom edge of the inking. Press the sides of the tree piece down to the sides of the tag onto the tape. Turn the tag over and cut away any excess. Do not cut away any trees that extend past the edge of the tag.
Apply another layer of tape along the edge of the tag. (Remember I used a scrap so mine doesn’t go all the way to the bottom of the tag.)
Adhere the green hill layer over the tree layer, adhering it to the tape along the edges of the tag.
Turn the tag over and trim away any excess extending past the edge of the tag.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the side and bottom edges of the green layer.
Cut a piece of white cardstock to about 5″ x 3″. Fold the paper in half lengthwise.
Place the folded strip on top of the On the Fence die. Place the fold just above the bottom of the pickets. Die cut the piece.
After die cutting, unfold the piece. Mist the piece lightly with Antique Linen Distress Stain. Use a heat tool to dry the stain.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the fence. Trim the fence to match the width of the tag.
Die cut a tattered banner from manila cardstock. Choose the banner size that is slightly wider than the tag. Stamp the desired phrase on the banner using Jet Black Archival Ink. Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges of the banner.
Mist the banner with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist. Blot the excess mist with a dry cloth. Dry the banner with a heat tool.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of the banner. (The mist softens the look of the ink, so re-applying it along the edges will make it bold again.)
Place an adhesive foam square on the back of the banner. Use the foam to adhere the banner to the front of the fence. Feed the ends of the banner through the fence. Curl the ends forward. (The back side is shown.)
Place tape on the back of the last two pickets and a strip of adhesive foam squares on the back of the fence behind the banner.
Adhere the fence to the front of the tag.
Stamp a bird on manila cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. Use an ink blending tool to apply blue and yellow Distress Ink to the bird. (I used the ink that was already on my foam.)
Use Distress Ink Markers to add darker shades and accents. Use a glaze pen to add a shiny black eye to the bird.
After cutting out the bird, use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of the bird.
Adhere the bird to the fence using an adhesive foam square. Die cut small flowers and leaves from manila cardstock. Color the flowers and leaves with Distress Ink. Assembled the flowers and leave with a brad. Spread a bit of liquid glue on the flower and sprinkle with Clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter. Adhere the assembled flowers and bits of dyed crinkle ribbon to the banner.
I love this little bluebird. I think it adds such a sweet touch to the sentiment.
I really like how popping these trees up adds so much depth.
The tree extending of off the edge was a happy little accident that I think adds a nice touch.
The clouds turned out exactly like I wanted. The look like they are floating above the other colors and the stamped design. They have great texture.
The addition of the Sunflower Sparkle is very subtle. The shimmer varies with the movement of the tag. I love that it gives the sunshine some sparkle.
I think the water speckling adds a great effect that adds to the realism of the sky.
This demonstrates some of the dimension on the tag.
I found this quote recently on Facebook. It was shared on the Life Hacks page. I love the motivational things they share. When they shared this quote, the last part seemed so sweet to me. I loved the idea of singing instead of complaining. I knew that it would be a great sentiment on a tag.
Here is the quote
In this life we are all just walking up the mountain and we can sing as we climb or we can complain about our sore feet. Whichever we choose, we still gotta do the hike.
I decided a long time ago, singing made more sense.