Happy, happy Tuesday! I am so excited to have a tutorial for you today that features a few of my new favorite things… Ranger Ink Texture Paste and NEW Cracked Pistachio Distress! I have waited until lots of stores had Cracked Pistachio in-stock before sharing a tutorial featuring it. Hopefully if you fall in love with the color (if you haven’t already!) you will be able to find it at your favorite store by now.
This tag features a technique I used on Love You Friend Card from CHA. I used Ranger Texture Paste on that card to create a smooth surface on an embossed piece of manila.
Begin by embossing a #8 Ranger manila tag. I used the new Tim Holtz Doily Texture Fade. You could use any embossing folder design but you will want one with lots of open detail areas. I embossed this tag several times using the same folder to repeat the design on the tag.
Use a palette knife to spread Ranger Texture Paste generously over the tag. Make sure to press the paste into any recessed design areas.
Use the straight side of the palette knife to scrape over the surface of the tag removing any Texture Paste from the raised areas of the design. The recessed areas of the tag should be filled in and fairly level with the clean embossed areas of the manila tag. Set the tag aside to dry. You can use a heat tool to help the Texture Paste to dry more quickly.
When the Texture Paste is dry, mist the tag generously with Cracked Pistachio Distress Spray Stain. Allow the stain to sit on the tag for a few moments.
Use a dry cloth to blot away the excess stain. Dry the tag with a heat tool.
Sand over the surface of the tag with a sanding grip to add some striations and grain lines to the surface. Fresh sandpaper is really important. Sanding will help to smooth the surface to one layer and help reveal the embossed design.
Apply Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink to the edges of the tag with an ink blending tool. Blend in to the center of the tag. Leave the center of the tag uninked so that the lighter stain on Texture Paste is the center highlight.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to the edges of the tag.
Curl, tear, and ink the edges of two pieces of Tim Holtz Ephemera. Be sure to ink the back sides of any curled or bent edges so that they match the front edges.
Adhere an Tim Holtz Industrious star border along the left side of the tag.
Layer the two pieces of Ephemera to the tag over the Industrious Border. Sew or staple the stack of embellishments in place on the tag.
Scribble Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint onto your craft sheet. Toss Tim Holtz Crinkle Ribbon in the paint.
Mist the ribbon generously with water to help it blend and wick through the ribbon.
Wring out the excess moisture with a dry cloth.
Lightly mist the ribbon with Gathered Twigs Distress Spray Stain to add fine speckles to the ribbon. The farther you hold your mist from your surface the finer your mist will be.
Use a heat tool to dry the Crinkle Ribbon.
Wrap the Crinkle Ribbon around the tag and tie in a bow.
Need help making a fluffy bow? Check out my tutorial and free printable tool: Fluffy Bow Tutorial.
Add Tiny Attacher Staples to each side of the tag to help keep the ribbon in place.
Use an ink blending tool to brush the edges of a Small Talk sticker with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
Adhere the sentiment to one of the pieces of Ephemera.
Paint a Tim Holtz Mini Numeral with Black Soot Distress Paint. Dry the paint with a heat tool. Add a second coat of paint and dry again. Use a jewelry hole pliers to punch a hole in the top of the Numeral.
Sand over the surface of the Numeral to knock of paint and add wear.
Paint the Numeral generously with Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint.
Dry the paint with a heat tool. Some of the black should show through.
Dab over the painted Numeral with an ink blending tool inked with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. If desired, nick the paint on the Numeral again with a sanding grip.
Hold the Numeral with long-handled tweezers. Heat the Numeral with a heat tool.
When the metal is hot, sprinkle clear embossing powder over the Numeral. The powder will stick to the hot metal, no embossing ink needed.
Heat until the powder melts and bubbles. The melted powder will add shine and texture, creating an enamel-like finish.
Remember: Be careful handling the Numeral while it is still hot. Trust me, hot melty embossing powder and hot metal embellishments can hurt!
Pin the Numeral to the bow using a Tim Holtz Loop Pin.
The thing I really love about this technique is the way the Texture Paste absorbs the color. The darker areas of the tag are the areas with Texture Paste.
I also love that the surface is smooth thanks to the Texture Paste. You would think you would lose the embossed design from filling it, but because of the ink, you see it in such a soft ghosty way.
I also really love the way you get such a deep shading of color by layering the stain and ink of the same color.
And don’t you just feel a bit swoony over the Cracked Pistachio and Gathered Twigs combo?
Finally, I really love the effect of coloring ribbon with paint. It makes the color so much more opaque and richer than coloring it with ink or stain. I think the color comes out a much truer color match to the background. Since I love the shabby chic style, I think ribbon colored with paint looks “chalky” which goes great with shabby.