Tuesday Tutorial: Picket Fence Felt Stamping

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Continue random stamping the cloud onto the tag.  Over lap the clouds to look more natural.  Use a heat tool to dry the stain.

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Scribble Vintage Photo Distress Stain onto a music score stamp.

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Stamp the image onto the tag over the clouds.  Dry the stain with a heat tool.

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Use an ink blending tool to apply Scattered Straw Distress Ink the upper center part of the tag.

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Use an ink blending tool to apply Tumbled Glass Distress Ink around the edges of the tag, blending it into the yellow.

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Use an ink blending tool to apply Broken China Distress Ink around the edges of the tag.

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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.

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Use a heat tool to dry the tag.

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Use an ink blending tool to apply Broken China Distress Ink along a few random edges of the tag to make them more bold.

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Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges of the tag.

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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.

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Mist the yellow area lightly with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist.

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Blot the excess mist with a dry cloth.  Dry the tag with a heat tool.

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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.

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Use an ink blending tool to apply Evergreen Bough Distress Ink over the trees.

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Use an ink blending tool to apply Pine Needles Distress Ink over the tops of the trees.

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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.

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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.

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Apply thin adhesive tape along the side edges of the lower 1/3 of the tag.

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Place adhesive foam squares to the center of the tree piece.

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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.

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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.)

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Adhere the green hill layer over the tree layer, adhering it to the tape along the edges of the tag.

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Turn the tag over and trim away any excess extending past the edge of the tag.

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Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the side and bottom edges of the green layer.

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Cut a piece of white cardstock to about 5″ x 3″.  Fold the paper in half lengthwise.

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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.

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After die cutting, unfold the piece.  Mist the piece lightly with Antique Linen Distress Stain.  Use a heat tool to dry the stain.

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Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the fence.  Trim the fence to match the width of the tag.

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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.

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Mist the banner with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist.  Blot the excess mist with a dry cloth.  Dry the banner with a heat tool.

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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.)

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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.)

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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.

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Adhere the fence to the front of the tag.

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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.)

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Use Distress Ink Markers to add darker shades and accents.  Use a glaze pen to add a shiny black eye to the bird.

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After cutting out the bird, use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of the bird.

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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.

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I love this little bluebird.  I think it adds such a sweet touch to the sentiment.

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I really like how popping these trees up adds so much depth.

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The tree extending of off the edge was a happy little accident that I think adds a nice touch.

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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.

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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.

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I think the water speckling adds a great effect that adds to the realism of the sky.

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This demonstrates some of the dimension on the tag.

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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.

www.tammytutterow.com

tammy tutterow supply links 610

sss: Simon Says Stamp  ie: Inspiration Emporium sb.com: Scrapbook.com

Tim Holtz Tree Line (sss|ie)
Tim Holtz On The Fence (sss|ie)
Tim Holtz Tattered Banners (sss|ie)
Tim Holtz Tattered Flower Garland (sss|ie)
Tim Holtz CMS048 Festive Sounds (sss|ie)
Hero Arts: Bird Trio (sss|ie)
Hero Arts: Printers Type LC (sss|ie)
Ranger Manila Tag #10 (sss|ie)
Ranger Manila Cardstock 8.5×11 (sss|ie)
Tim Holtz Crinkle Ribbon (sss|ie)
Tim Holtz Long Fasteners (sss|ie)
Clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter (sss|ie)
Scattered Straw Distress Ink (sss|ie)
Tumbled Glass Distress Ink (sss|ie)
Broken China Distress Ink (sss|ie)
Vintage Photo Distress Ink (sss|ie)
Evergreen Bough Distress Ink (sss|ie)
Pine Needles Distress Ink (sss|ie)
Ranger Jet Black Archival (sss|ie)
Picket Fence Distress Stain (sss|ie)
Antique Linen Distress Stain (sss|ie)
Vintage Photo Distress Stain (sss|ie)
Scattered Straw Distress Marker (sss|ie)
Wild Honey Distress Marker (sss|ie)
Broken China Distress Marker (sss|ie)
Faded Jeans Distress Marker (sss|ie)
Black Sakura Glaze (sss|ie)
Perfect Pearls Mist: Biscotti (sss|ie)
Perfect Pearls Mist: Sunflower Sparkle (sss|ie)
Ranger Mister (sss|ie)
Tim Holtz Grid Blocks (sss|ie)
Ranger Blending Tool (sss|ie)
Ranger Craft Sheet (sss|ie)
Ranger Heat Tool (sss|ie)
Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors (sss|ie)
Ranger Pop It Squares (sss|ie)
Ranger Wonder Tape: 1/8″ (sss|ie)

Comments

  1. says

    I have been following you since Tim Holtz posted your Clear Crackle Distress over embossed cardstock (make sense?) and I have fallen for your technique and skill. You have a tremendous eye for color. I use the same pallet and tend to go to the darker shades, but the lightness of your work is always inspiring.

  2. says

    Tammy, this is incredible!! I think it’s one of my favorite things you’ve ever created. Thanks for your generous sharing!! Really great quote too. Oh, and the way you cut the picket fence is sheer genius!

  3. says

    This might be the best one yet. Folding the paper for the fence was BRILLIANT! The background is amazing. Definitely scrap lifting this one!

  4. Mary Werner says

    great tutorial and beautiful tag full of techniques and wonderful sentiment with bird – can’t say enough – thanks so much!

  5. says

    This is beautiful! Thank you for the great techniques to try. Will regular felt work for stamping or does it have to be wool felt?

    • says

      I used wool felt because I had it on hand, but I would think the synthetic would work too. They might even stay a bit wetter than the wool since it would not be as absorbant. I think the Ranger felts for alcohol ink are probably synthetic and they work great for transferring color.

  6. Gigi says

    WOW, this is one of the most beautiful I have seen . I LOVE the transparent effect you got with the clouds. You are truly a wonderful artist! You go girl!!!!!

  7. renee m says

    Absolutely beautiful tag–thanks so much for always sharing your talent and creativity. I really like that quote–I’m guilty of “griping about my feet” too much lately! :)

  8. lotte lustig says

    i really love your tutorials always clear and easy to understand or to follow…and this tag..love it..so spring-ish thanks for sharing again.

  9. Sue Johnston says

    Tammy this is really gorgeous and so many good ideas! I am currently addicted to the other ‘S’ die cutting system but I can feel a large purchase coming on! You really are an inspiration! Sue

  10. says

    Love this tag, Tammy. Of course, I love everything you make but this one is so special. The dimension is incredible, all the layering really makes it so. I love how you had the tree go off the tag. Thanks for sharing all your secrets, I love the folded paper for the fence..pure genius.

  11. Jean says

    Tammy your tutorials are amazing…it is almost as if you are live here in my art room…Thanks so much for sharing. I know that this must take up a lot of your time…please note that it is much appreciated.

  12. Rosetta Jenkins says

    Tammy, ur work is fantastic as usual. You keep topping yourself! Thank you for the great tut. To make the clouds..can I use the cut n’ dry foam? I know there is a way to die cut with them but can’t find video or tut.

    • says

      You could certainly use it, although it might be too thick to die cut, you would maybe have to hand cut it. The thinner “fun foam” from the craft store is great for die cutting to make stamps. I think that there would be a difference in the foam stamped image and the felt image as far as density of the ink and texture. Foam would give a more solid image. It wouldn’t be bad, just different.

      • Rosetta says

        Thank you for your reply. I’ll use the felt! But I also want to create some cloud stamps and have plenty of the cut n’ foam. I could cut some out of the foam. Which side is for the stamp itself?

        • says

          If you do the Cut ‘n Dry, I would try both sides, that would be like a two-for-one since it has two different textures. You have me curious, I may test it later to see if I can die cut it.

  13. Maureen Chandler says

    I absolutely love this tag and thank you so much for showing all the steps! I love the quote too – a good way to approach life! Thanks Tammy!!!

  14. says

    This is magnificent! I love the way you layered your elements. It makes the tag feel almost like a diorama! Gorgeous colors, and the cloud technique is inspired. Thanks so much for this wonderful tutorial!

  15. says

    Ooooohhhh I’m in love. Every time I feel empty and that creativity is gone, you come up with another fabulous tutorial, or creation that makes my heart sing. My creative juices are beginning to bubble..now to carve time in life to play. Thank you for your inspiration and sharing!!! :D

  16. Jules says

    You are amazing! Incredible! Thank you for sharing ALL the details. Please keep doing what you do!

  17. Cheryl C says

    This is truly sweet, beautiful and inspiring. I love the whole quote, too. This is a real winner, it really affected me.

  18. forrestwife says

    Very good tutorial of interesting techniques.
    I didn’t know the stain would resist. Must give it a try

  19. Karen says

    Perfect for Spring! Thanks so much for your clear instructions and beautiful creativity. I love this tag!!

  20. Beth Anne in PA says

    Oh I think this knocks everything else out of the park! Wow! I LOVE everything about it and your tutorial of your techniques was awesome too! You have the most amazing eye for color and detail, I keep hoping maybe some of it will flutter off of the screen and anoint me somehow LOL! TFS
    Beth Anne in PA