Tuesday Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag featuring Faux Soldering

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Today’s tag tutorial is all about April and spring.  April is by far my favorite month of the year.  I love the spring.  I love the colors of spring, the smell of the flowers, the smell of a good spring rain.  I always have felt lucky that my birthday month was one that was so special.  I wanted to make a tag this week that captured some of the things I love about April and spring. I think I did just that along with finding a perfect quote to tie it all together.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Begin by sanding the surface of a manila tag lightly and randomly to remove some of the coating.  The sanded areas will absorb the ink differently than the coated areas.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Die cut a Trellis Frameworks from manila cardstock.  Sand the surface lightly.  (Note: Do NOT sand on a craft sheet, it will damage the surface.  I hold pieces like this in my hand to sand them and only sat it down on the craft sheet for the photograph.)

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Mist or splatter Picket Fence Distress Stain onto the tag.  The stain will resist color added over it so add as little or as much stain as you would like to depending on the amount of resist you want.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Use a heat tool to dry the stain.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Scribble colors of Distress Ink directly onto a craft sheet.  (I used Distress Ink Minis in this project.  I have linked the sets as well as the full size colors in the supply list below.)  I wanted the colors of spring so I used Peeled Paint, Broken China, Shaded Lilac, Scattered Straw, and Spun Sugar.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Mist the ink with water.  The ink and water will blend and bead up on the craft sheet.

 

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems TagDrag the tag through the ink and water droplets.  Let any excess drip off.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Use a heat tool to dry the ink.  I try to dry drips in place.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Drag or tap the tag again into the ink.  Focus on applying ink to areas of the tag that need more or different color.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Use a heat tool to dry the tag again.  Continue dragging and drying the tag until you are happy with the result.  Each time to apply more color and dry it, it will add a layer.  Drying between each layer will keep the colors from getting muddy.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

To add a bit of shine, scribble some metallic Distress Stain on the craft sheet.  Mist with water.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Tap the tag into the stain and dry like before.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Color the die cut with the watery ink like the tag.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Mist a long piece of Crinkle Ribbon (apx. 30″) with water.  Use the ink on the craft sheet to color the ribbon.  Use a heat tool to dry the ribbon.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

To add more shimmer, mist the tag with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist.  Perfect Pearls Mist adds only shimmer to a project, it does not add color.  The color of the fluid in the bottle is a reflection of the color of the shimmer.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Blot the excess mist with a dry cloth and dry with a heat tool.

True confession time… I have shared before that I photograph these tutorials as I make them, I don’t pre-plan them at all.  I just create and photograph as I go.  On this tag, I LOVED this background at this point.  I wish I had left it was it was.  But I had in my mind that I wanted to add some stenciling.  The second I add the stenciling, I was sure I had made a mistake that I couldn’t take back.  In the end, the finished tag is pretty, but part of me still really regrets the stenciling…

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Thinking about April, I thought about Easter services and stained glass windows.  I decided that this Dylusions Shattered Stencil would capture the feel of stained glass.  I inked through the stencil with Pumice Stone Distress Ink.  Perhaps a better choice would have been to used some of the colors on the tag already, I am not sure.  I just know that I didn’t love this look.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

To soften the effect of the Pumice Stone mist the tag with water. Blot the tag with a dry cloth and then dry with a heat tool.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

To add “raindrops”, place the circle stamp from the Dylusions Graphic Backgrounds stamp set face up on your craft sheet.  Tap Pumice Stone Distress Ink onto the stamp.  Place the tag on the stamp randomly to transfer the image onto the tag.  You should be able to stamp the image 2-3 times without having to re-ink.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

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

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

To apply a “faux soldering edge” brush the edge of the tag with Brushed Pewter Distress Stain.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Sprinkle clear embossing powder into the wet Distress Stain.  The wet stain will hold the powder while it melts.  (I use my Milwaukee Heat Tool for melting embossing powder.)

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Use a heat tool to melt the embossing powder and dry the stain.  The melted powder leaves a texture in the stain that resembles a soldered edge.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Brush the edges of the “faux soldering” with Vintage Photo Distress Ink directly with the ink pad to add some age to the solder.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

If the brushed edge looks too harsh, blend it out with an ink blending tool.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Dry the ink with a heat tool

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Tear a strip of vellum that is as tall as the Trellis die cut and wider than the tag.  Wrap the vellum around the tag.  Secure it in place on the back of the tag.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Wrap the Trellis die cut around the tag over the top of the vellum.  Tie the ribbon around the tag in a simple tie as shown.  Trim the ends so that they are about 1 1/2″ – 2″ long.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Machine stitch along the sides of the tag through the vellum, die cut, and ribbon.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Form the remaining ribbon in figure eights between your fingers.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Lay the bundle of ribbon over the tied ribbon.  Tie the tails of the first piece of ribbon around the bundle.  Fluff into a bow.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Scribble Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks on the craft sheet.  Mist with water and Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Drag a piece of manila through the ink and mist.  Dry the manila.  Drag, dip, and dry multiple times until you are happy with the results.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Place the two leaf stamps from the Daydream stamp set on your craft sheet.  Ink the stamps with Leaf Green Archival Ink.  (You can also place them on a stamp block to stamp.  I am sometimes a lazy stamper. ;)  )

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Ink the stamps also with Potting Soil Distress Ink.  I focused the brown ink on the stems and outer edges.  I like the effect of double inking a stamp.  I like that it gives me two colors on my image with only one stamping.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Stamp the leaves onto the green inked manila.  Stamp two sets of leaves.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Cut each leaf out.  Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of the leaves.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Place one large and one small leaf above and below the bow.  Adhere in place.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Scribble Broken China Distress Ink on the craft sheet.  Use a water brush to pick up the color.  Color the “raindrops” randomly on the tag around the leaves.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Take three small Petaloo Forget Me Not flowers.  Cup each one into a ball shape.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Brush the tips of the petals with an ink blending tool and Distress Ink.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

When cupped like a ball, these small flowers reminded me of Lily of the Vally flowers, another spring favorite.  The blue color wouldn’t really be correct for those flowers, but I loved the punch of color it added and the way it ties the flowers to the background of the tag.  Adhere the three flowers to the tag around the bow.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Add a sentiment using alphabet stamps and Potting Soil Archival Ink.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

I think the “faux soldering” on the edge adds a really interesting touch.  It adds a defined edge to the project, some shine, and texture.  It was a good tie in to the stained glass that I was thinking of when I stenciled.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist is such a favorite product for me.  I love the subtle shimmer it adds to projects.  If you can only pick one color of Perfect Pearls Mist, you can’t go wrong with Biscotti.  I love it.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

I love the color variation in the leaves from coloring the manila first and from double inking the stamps.  These leaf stamps are some of my very favorite leaf images ever.  I know I will be using them over and over. Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

In April my garden is full of green leaves emerging.  I loved that these stamps let me make green leaves such a key element on the tag.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

I love the quote I found about spring…

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”

― Rainer Maria Rilke

I think it was the perfect complement and finish to the tag.  It ties together the elements with the tag and the sentiment that was on my mind while creating it.  Spring is like a beautiful poem to me.  The second I saw this quote, I knew it was the one.

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems Tag

I am headed to Utah this week to go to the Snap blogging conference.  I will be there with the team from Sizzix.  Hopefully I can sneak a blog post in to share some of the sights and sounds of the conference with you.  In the very least, I am sure I will be Instagraming the whole thing.  It is my first time to Utah and Salt Lake City.  Hopefully I will sneak in some site seeing too.

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Comments

  1. Jan Miller says

    Tammy this is wonderful…what a wonderful tag and just perfect for Spring. After this winter we all need this tag!!!! Great job! Jan

  2. says

    I love the effects on this tag. Great job! Isn’t it funny as you go throught the process that something you don’t like along the way still comes out to be beautiful!

  3. Mariana says

    Beautiful tag as always , the leaves look like real , I love the colors and the sentiment . Happy Birthday to you Tammy ! ( I wonder which day as mine is in few days time only :) x

  4. Cim Allen says

    The tage is beautiful !! I love your tutorials .. they are so detailed. Thanks for the trick of tying the bow .. I”m bow challenged, but I think even I can make that one look pretty.. lol

  5. says

    This just shouts out spring! I love the colours and all the little details which all make for a fabulous tag. The leaves actually look real! Thanks again for a great tutorial.

  6. scrapscrapthat says

    Gorgeous Tag and those leaves look FANfreakin’tastic girl!! So realistic!!
    It’s always nice when an expert admits that they too have their own “mistakes” (not that it’s a mistake, it’s really just an opportunity to discover something you liked better but you KWIM!) it’s nice to know that you don’t consider it all Perfect as you go along also. :D

  7. marci piraro says

    This immediately spoke to me. I love Spring, and this tag has it all. The color, the leaves, the flowers, the edging, all of it beautiful. The quote is wonderful, too. I like that in your work you don’t glop too many embellishments on it, just enough. Stunning!

  8. Marci says

    This tag is absolutely gorgeous. I love the faux soldering, the sentiment, the colors, the vellum…everything. Oh, the leaves, the leaves….wow. I wish I could just hit “purchase” and get all the ingredients to make this tag. Thank you for sharing the tutorial…..I feel blessed to get it.

  9. says

    I think it looks fine with the stenciling Tammy. I didn’t even see it when I saw the tag. But after I saw that you had stenciled it, I still didn’t notice it that much.
    Another great work of art from Tammy Tutterow!

  10. says

    Absolutely beautiful, Tammy. Love the background and all the details. The border with pewter is the icing of the cake. Thanks for all the explanations!

  11. says

    Great Spring tag! Crushing on the color palette. So appreciate you sharing the whole process with us, even the parts you are not that thrilled about. I think that is a wonderful way to show that we need to keep moving forward with our projects as one aspect is just part of it. Cool technique for the edge. Will definitely be trying that one. Have fun in Utah!

  12. says

    LOVERLY, Just Loverly, Tammy!! When you said faux soldering, I looked all over the tag for drops of molten metal…And then there it was, your edging!! LOVE THAT!!! I’m always looking for new ways to use my Distress Metallics….You’ve inspired me again!! Thanks, Tammy!! XOXO-Shari

  13. says

    Oh Tammy I love everything about this tag especially the soldered edge…so clever. Thanks for such an amazing tutorial…I too love April and the Spring xx

  14. Julie B says

    Beautiful! The stencil actually sets off the trellis framework die cut. thank you so much for your very detailed tutorial!

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