I love when a project just comes together without any plan at all. I started this tag with a blank tag in front of me and a stack of Layering Stencils in front of me. I vaguely wanted felt inspired to do something spring and garden-ish, but beyond that, I just didn’t know. The Doily Layering Stencil and a couple of new ink colors ended up in my hand and I ended up with a tag background that I loved so much that I didn’t want to embellish it. I pushed on and finished it and am so glad I did because the final tag is one of my most favorite tags ever!
Here is how I did it… (remember, a full supply list with links is at the end of the tutorial).
Secure a #8 Ranger manila tag to the back of the Doily Layering Stencil.
Use a mini ink blending tool with foam to pounce Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink onto the tag through the stencil. Focus the ink in the areas where there are flowers in the design.
Pounce Fossilized Amber Distress Ink randomly onto the tag in the same areas as the Squeezed Lemonade. Do not cover the lighter yellow completely, just accent it.
Pounce Twisted Citron Distress Ink onto the tag through the stencil. Focus the ink in the areas where there are leaves in the design.
Cut a small strip of Cut & Dry Foam to use as an ink blending too. The smaller size will help to focus the ink in finer detail. Use the foam to pounce Mowed Lawn Distress Ink onto the leafy areas of the design. Do not cover all the Twisted Citron, just accent it.
Use another piece of Cut & Dry foam to add extra flower accents with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink.
Wipe any excess ink off of the top of stencil with a dry cloth. (The tag should still be attached.)
Use a fine tip marker or pen to trace inside random stencil elements. (I used a Staedtler Pigment Liner .01)
Pounce embossing ink over the tag through the stencil using an Emboss It Dabber. Carefully remove the tag from the stencil.
Sprinkle Frosted Crystal embossing powder over the tag. Sprinkle a light amount of Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter over the tag also.
Melt the embossing powder with a heat tool.
Randomly spritz water on the tag. (I used the NEW Distress Sprayer and LOVE it!)
Randomly mist the tag with Tumbled Glass Distress Spray Stain. Mist the stain in areas with water and in areas without water. The color of the stain will be stronger in the areas without water and softer in areas with water. The embossing powder protects the previous inking from the stain.
Blot the stain with a dry cloth and dry with a heat tool.
Apply Broken China Distress Ink to the edges of the tag using an ink blending tool with foam.
Apply Pumice Stone Distress Ink to the edges of the tag by raking the ink pad directly onto the tag.
Dab Mushroom Alcohol Ink onto an Industrious Border sticker using an ink applicator tool with felt.
Apply two pieces of the border to the front center of the tag. Place one strip pointing up and one pointing down. Add a Tiny Attacher staple to each side of the tag to secure the strips on place.
Follow the Fluffy Bow tutorial to create a fluffy bow from Crinkle Ribbon. Wrap the two ends of the tie piece around the tag.
Isn’t the coloring on the bow super cool? Check out the tutorial for it tomorrow!
Secure the ties to the edge of the tag with staples. From the front it will look like the ribbon wraps the tag.
Die cut one branch from grunge paper using the Bird Branch die. Cut the bird from the branch.
Snip the branch into three parts. Mist the branch pieces with Gathered Twigs Distress Spray Stain. Allow the stain to sit for a few moments to soak in. Blot the excess stain with a dry cloth.
Pounce Gathered Twigs Distress Ink onto the branch pieces using an ink blending tool.
Sprinkle Frosted Crystal embossing powder onto the branches. The powder will stick to the Distress Ink.
Heat the embossing powder to melt it. The Frosted Crystal powder will add subtle texture and a matte finish.
Adhere the branch pieces to the tag below the center of the bow.
Dab Mushroom Alcohol Ink onto a large Adornments Arrow using an ink applicator tool with felt.
Slip the arrow under the bow on top of the branches. Secure with clear quick drying glue.
Die cut three mini poinsettia and three small flowers (from the Tattered Florals die) from Ranger manila cardstock. Mist the flowers with Fossilized Amber Distress Spray Stain. Allow the stain to soak into the flower for a couple of minutes.
Flip the flowers over. Scoot the flowers around in the stain on the craft sheet to color the back side. Blot the excess stain with a dry cloth. Dry the flowers with a heat tool.
Mist the flowers with Perfect Pearl Perfect Pearls Mist. Allow the mist to soak in for a moment. Blot the excess mist with a dry cloth.
Flip the flowers over and mist with Perfect Pearls Mist again. Blot the excess mist and dry with a heat tool.
Die cut three leaves from Ranger manila cardstock. Mist the leaves with Mowed Lawn Distress Spray Stain. Color both sides of the leaves. Blot the leaves with a dry cloth and dry with a heat tool. Add shimmer by misting with Perfect Pearls Mist. Blot the excess mist and dry with a heat tool. (I show four but only ended up using three.)
Brush the tips of the flower petals with the dabber top of Picket Fence Distress Paint.
Dry brush the tips on both sides of the flowers.
Dry brush the tips and edges of both sides of the leaf die cuts. Dry the paint on all the flowers and leaves using a heat tool. Brush the edges of the flowers and leaves on both sides with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.
Pinch the petals (think V-shaped) of each flower so that the edges of the petals point up.
Paint the tops of three Long Fasteners (brads) with Picket Fence Distress Paint. Dry the paint with a heat tool.
Layer one poinsettia and one Tattered Floral together. Pierce a hole through the center of the flowers. Place a painted brad through the hole. Flatten the prongs on the back of the flower. Gently curl the tips of the poinsettia petals down.
Curl the leaves between your fingers (think U-shaped). Gently pinch the bottom of the U to create a center vein on the leaves. Brush the center of the leaves with Gathered Twigs using an ink blending tool.
Continue until you have three assembled flowers and three or four leaves.
Place a drop of clear quick drying glue in the center of each flower. Sprinkle Clear Rock Candy Glitter in the center of the flowers over the glue.
Cup the flowers in your fingers so that the petals are all pointing up. Place clear quick drying glue on the base of the flower. Cupping the flower will make it easier to place on the tag. The petals will relax back down after the flower is adhered to the tag.
Adhere the flowers around the bow. Place a drop of glue at the base of each leaf. Tuck the leaves behind the flowers.
Brush the edges of a Small Talk sticker with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink using an ink blending tool with foam.
I love the way the background turned out! I loved it so much that I almost didn’t want to finish the tag with any embellishments! I love the random detail the outlining adds.
I really like the way the doily design can be used to create a floral background that doesn’t necessarily look like a doily.
And how pretty is Twisted Citron? I love how perfect it is for a bright spring green! I think it is truly lovely against the Tumbled Glass background!
I have been a long time fan of clear embossing powder. Frosted Crystal is quickly becoming a favorite! I love how it adds a subtle texture and a matte finish while still being clear. On this tag, it makes some of the bits of color look puffy. So fun!
(swoon) The flowers turned out so pretty! I love how they look vintage! I think the dry brushing of white on the leaves and flowers really add great detail!
I will be back tomorrow with a quick tutorial for the center dyed bow. You will love how easy it is created while adding a bit of wow to any project!
See you tomorrow!