Last week I shared a tag with you (Shattered Art Tag) that I created trying to capture the essence of a piece of artwork that I loved. As part of creating that tag, I slipped a second inked tag to take advantage of some otherwise wasted ink. I thought it would be fun to show you how I finished out that tag and to show you a second tag with a different meaning using the same stencil.
Blend Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch, and Ground Espresso Distress Ink onto a tag using an ink blending tool.
Place the tag face up on your craft sheet. Place the Shattered Layering Stencil over the top of the tag. Secure the stencil in place with a bit of washi tape.
Ink the tag through the stencil with embossing ink by tapping the ink pad directly onto the tag and stencil.
Sprinkle clear embossing powder over the tag.
Use a heat tool to melt the embossing powder.
Use an ink blending tool to blend a dark contrast Distress Ink (I used Black Soot) over the entire tag.
Lightly moisten a dry cloth. Buff over the tag with the lightly moistened cloth. The cloth will remove any Distress Ink from the top of the embossing.
The embossed areas will be shiny after you buff over it. The dark contrast ink will remain down in the grooves.
True confession, sometimes when I make multiples of projects I take them apart later on to re-use the embellishments. In this case, I had this painted Compass Coin with Ring Fastener and painted Numerals. I created it for my Save the Date Shadowbox project. (That project includes a video tutorial for a project I really love!) To create this embellishment cluster paint a Compass Coin and Ring Fastener with Vintaj/Ranger Verdigris Patina. Paint Numerals with Black Soot Distress Paint or Vintaj Onyx Patina. When the paint is dry, sand the pieces with a sanding grip of Vintaj Reliefing Block to knock some of the paint off to reveal the metal base. Attach the Ring Fastener to the Compass Coin. Adhere the Numerals with a clear quick drying glue (I use Beacon 3 in 1).
Arrange assorted Mini Gears and Sprocket Gears along with the Compass Coin on the tag. Use a craft pick to pierce a hole at the center of each gear.
Place a Mini Fastener or Star Fastener to attach each gear to the tag.
Adhere the Compass Coin piece on top of the other pieces using a clear quick drying glue.
Die cut a small label. I used a “craft fail” tag from my scrap bucket. I love using rejects for small die cuts. They usually have ink on them which looks pretty cool when cut down into a small die cut. Brush the edges of the tag with Ground Espresso Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.
Pierce a hole in the label and add a Remnant Rub sentiment. (Be sure to dry any Distress Ink on the label before adhering the rub-ons.)
Tie the label to the ring of the Ring Fastener using thread or thin fiber.
I adore the way metal Idea-ology embellishments look with chippy paint on them.
The scrap of manila I used for a die cut had some paper on it that I had tried to peel off. I love how you get some hints of it. When I die cut the label I was planning on using the other side which had some random blue ink on it. After die cutting I looked at the back side and decided it was perfect! The random glue residue on the piece made some interesting patterns when I inked the edges.
I absolutely love the textured effect created by dabbing the embossing ink pad directly onto the tag. It creates a pitted effect that looks amazing when you ink over it.
When I created the Shattered tag, I was hoping to capture the feel of shattered glass with grout. I made this tag as a by-product of that tag. It was fun that I could create two tags at the same time and use them both to capture two different feelings. This version reminds me of glazed pottery with crazing.
I always say that my tags are like my type of art journal. This one tells a little story about love and marriage. The cracked surface is beautiful. It is made up of imperfect pieces that are broken and imperfect, but they fit together and make something beautiful. The gears are about mechanics and pieces working together to move something forward. The tag is a reminder that there is always work to be done, that we are “in progress”. The 27 symbolizes the day we were married in May.