Hello! Happy April! April is my absolute favorite month of the year and I am always so happy to see it arrive! This year, after an especially busy March I am super happy to see April arrive. After finishing up a few top secret projects (some that aren't top secret any longer) I am finally getting back into my normal pace with projects on my work table and posts for my blog.
Today I want to share with you a project I created using the Tim Holtz Stamp2Cut system for the Sizzix eclips machine. If you don't have an eclips you can duplicate this tag by hand cutting the elements. Trust me though, once you use an eclips with Stamp2Cut, you will never want to hand cut again!
I have a mad love for the Eiffel Tower and hope to visit there some day. This Eiffel Tower stamp from the Tim Holtz I See Paris stamp set is a personal favorite. I was really excited when I saw that it was included on the Stamp2Cut 1 cartridge.
To create my tag base, I inked the map stamp from the Road Trip stamp set using Walnut Ink Distress Stain. After drying the ink with a heat tool, wrinkled the tag to create some creases and texture. I added Walnut Stain Distress Ink to the edges using an ink blending tool.
I streaked Tumbled Glass Distress Stain on a piece of smooth white cardstock. I used a heat tool to dry the paper. I stamped the Eiffel Tower stamp image on the stained paper using Coffee Archival Ink.
After the ink was dry, I misted over the paper with Turquoise Perfect Pearls Mist. I dried the paper again and cut it out along the edge of the image and then added Walnut Stain Distress Ink to the edges with an ink blending tool.
I stamped the image again on smooth white cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. I misted the image with Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist. After drying the image, I used the eclips machine and Stamp2Cut to cut out the Eiffel Tower from the larger stamped image. I adhered the cut out piece over the Eiffell Tower on the first piece. I shaped the piece so that it would not lay flat and adhered it to the tag slightly tilted and off center.
I colored a piece of Crinkle Ribbon with Tumbled Glass Distress Stain. I misted the ribbon with water to blend the color. After crinkling and drying the ribbon, I misted it again with Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist. I crinkled and dried the ribbon again. Using the brown ink that was already on my blending tool foam, I lightly tapped the ribbon randomly with the tool to add some brown coloring for age.
I wrapped the ribbon around the center of the tag and tied it off in a knot on the left side.
To create the tickets pinned to the ribbon, I stamped the image of the large block of tickets on manila cardstock. I cut all of the tickets out using Stamp2Cut. This image cut with Stamp2Cut is quickly becoming one of my favorites because I can quickly cut a whole group of tickets to save to use on various projects. After cutting my tickets, I found two that I wanted to use (one that says St. Louis! and one that says Paris) and inked them using the ink already on the foam of my red ink blending tool. (I have one tool for each color group so that I don't have to change out the foam when I switch colors.)
After cutting out and inking the tickets, I misted them with Sunflower Perfect Pearls Mist. I wanted them to have a slightly golden look. (Someday I will have the golden tickets from St. Louis to Paris. . .) I dried the tickets and wrinkled them slightly to add some texture. I finished them by adding Walnut Stain Distress Ink to the edges with an ink blending tool.
The final step was to pin the tickets to the tag!
Thank you again for bearing with me during my manic month of March. It is so good to be back to blogging and sharing projects! I have so much more to share with you this month so check back soon!