This week when I went to my art table to create I had a heavy heart. Someone very close to me had a life crisis that knocked her to her knees. She felt broken beyond repair. I know that feeling. Sadly, I think we all experience that paint at one time or another in life. If you have never have a crisis that has brought you down to your knees, you should take a moment and give thanks. There is nothing worse than being lost in despair, not knowing how you will survive to the next moment. My heart ached for her, wishing I could say something, anything to make it better, something that would restore her hope. I simply didn’t have words to make it better. I turned to art, it always knows how to speak for me when words fail.
When I started making this tag with her on my heart, all I could think of was butterflies. How easy it is to forget in a moment of despair that we all have wings. We can all rise above. We can all defy what seems impossible and hopeless and soar above it. It may sound cliché to say “don’t forget you have wings” but I think the thought of it is beautiful, empowering, and hopeful.
When it came time to add the sentiment to the tag, I had planned on something about remembering to use your wings or rising above until I saw this quote on in the Small Talk set, “Leave a little sparkle wherever you go”. This person, she is a kind, loving, and caring person. She has touched lives all around her. In her moment of crisis, the outpouring of love from those she has touched has been tremendous. The sparkle she left on others has returned 10 fold to her in her time of need. Isn’t that a lovely way to think about what we leave behind on others, “sparkle”? We never know when or how, but someday the sparkle we leave will return to us and be just what we need to carry us through. Leave a little sparkle my friends. <3
Mist Mermaid Lagoon and water onto your craft sheet.
Drag a #8 manila tag (or card front, remember just because I show a tag, you can substitute a card front) through the water and ink. Set the tag aside for a moment. Mist Crinkle Ribbon with water and toss around in the excess ink to color it. Set the ribbon aside to dry and save for another project.
I always try to color extra ribbon or manila cardstock with excess ink so that it doesn’t go to waste. It is ready to go then for another day when I don’t have as much time to create.
Dry the tag with a heat tool.
Sand randomly over the surface of the tag and around the edges to expose some raw paper pulp and add aging.
Create streaks of embossing ink using a Ranger Emboss It Dabber. Apply the ink in straight lines from top to bottom. Don’t cover the surface completely with the ink. You will want to leave plenty of the original color showing.
Sprinkle Frosted Crystal Embossing Powder over the tag. Tap off the excess and return to the jar.
Sprinkle Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter over the tag also. Since the tag already has embossing powder in the wet ink, you won’t have a lot of glitter stick. You will have some that will mix with the powder and stay. When the powder melts it will bond the glitter also adding texture and subtle sparkle.
Melt the embossing powder with a heat tool.
Note: I use the Milwaukee Heat Tool (linked in supplies) when melting embossing powder. I use the Ranger Heat It Tool when drying paper and ribbon.
Add Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink to the edges of the tag using an ink blending tool.
Die cut a pattern out of the lower left edge of the tag using one of the Mixed Media dies.
Use an ink blending tool to ink the edges of the tag and the die cut areas with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
Tear a piece of Tissue Wrap slightly larger than the size of the tag. Spread Collage Glue Stick over the front of the Tissue Wrap.
Adhere the Tissue Wrap to the back of the tag.
Sprinkle Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter over the die cut area. The glue on the tissue wrap will adhere the glitter.
Trim along the edges of the tag when the glue is dry.
Stamp a Wendy Vecchi Coneflower on a scrap of manila cardstock. Stamp just the flower part of the image two more times on a scrap of manila cardstock (not shown).
Place the matching stencil over the flower. Ink the petals with Scattered Straw Distress Ink using an ink blending tool. Blend Rusty Hinge Distress Ink over the lower part of the petals using an ink blending tool. Repeat the same coloring process for one of the other stamped flowers.
Ink the cone part of the flower with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink using an ink blending tool. Ink the cone of the third stamped flower image the same way. (I didn’t originally plan on adding the additional layers on the flower so I inked the cone on the first flower. If you add a second layer you can skip inking the cone on the first stamped image.)
Place the stencil over the leaves part of the image. Apply Peeled Paint Distress Ink the leaves using an ink blending tool. Cut out the finished flower.
Cut out the extra flower cone and two flower petals. Adhere the petals to the larger flower over their matching petals. Adhere the cone over the cone on the larger flower piece. Slide the single petals slightly up toward the cone so that cone covers the top cut edge of the petal.
Die cut a butterfly from manila cardstock using the Butterfly Duo die. Blend Scattered Straw Distress Ink over the butterfly using an ink blending tool.
Dab Gathered Twigs over the center of the butterfly. Use your finger to blend out the ink.
Blend Rusty Hinge Distress Ink along the outer edges of the butterfly using an ink blending tool. Dry the ink with a heat tool.
Emboss the butterfly using the matching Texture Fades embossing folder.
Brush over the embossed die cut directly with a Gathered Twigs Distress Ink pad. The ink will darken the raised areas of the embossed design.
Sprinkle CLEAR embossing powder over the die cut. The powder will stick to the wet ink on the raised areas of the butterfly.
Sprinkle Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter over the butterfly. Again. only a light amount of glitter will adhere since there is already embossing powder on the wet ink. The glitter will add some texture and subtle sparkle.
Melt the embossing powder with a heat tool.
Pinch the leaves along the center vein to create shape and dimension. Apply glue to the back of the flower and the stem. Do not put glue on the back of the petals.
Tear a scrap of manila cardstock slightly larger than the Small Talk sentiment of choice. Blend a color of Distress ink onto the strip. Adhere the strip to the front of the tag. Place the flower over the strip.
Ink the edges of the Small Talk Sticker. Place the sticker over the flower and manila strip. Add Tiny Attacher staples to the sides of the tag to secure the sticker in place. If desired, add a line of machine stitching over the stem at the bottom of the tag.
Adhere the butterfly to the upper left side of the tag with adhesive foam tape.
Add a line of machine stitching through the center of the butterfly. (Yes, you can stitch through adhesive foam tape!)
Curl the tips of the flower petals up. Bend the butterfly wings up.
This is the first time I have used Frosted Crystal Embossing powder and I have to say I love it! I love adding texture with embossing powder but don’t always want shine. Frosted Crystal is much more matte than the clear I normally use. I love rough look it created along the edges.
I also really love what a sanded edge adds. The raw paper pulp absorbs ink more intensely and adds so much age.
I love the way clear embossing powder adds a richness to the ink color below it. I think adding powder to the embossed details of the butterfly is really accents that details that the embossing adds.
How fun is that sheer and sparkly window in the tag? It is so easy to add and really adds a wow factor to the tag.