I am so excited to have been invited to be a part of the Cocoa Daisy Spring Crop Designer Challenge! The team at Cocoa Daisy is throwing a fabulous online crop packed with activites all weekend long. It is sure to be a ton of fun so please go check it out!
For the designer's challenge, I received The Crafters Workshop 6x6 Mini Blazonry stencil. I used it to create a background for a tag.
I actually made my tag in my hotel room last weekend when I was in Indiana to teach. I grabbed a few supplies out of my classroom supplies and sat at the desk in my room expirimenting. It was torture to watch everyone get inky hands all weekend and not get to play along, so spending a little time with a handful of supplies was a perfect way to end a great weekend.
I began by inking my manila tag with Bundled Sage Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.
I placed my stencil over the tag and dabbed Bundled Sage Distress Stain onto the tag. After removing the stencil I had a very fluid looking version of the design.
I placed the stencil back on the tag, lining up the openings with the design made with the stain. I used my Bundled Sage Distress Ink pad to tap ink onto the tag directly from the pad. I twisted and turned the pad as I tapped. By twisting and turning the ink pad as I applied it to the tag I was able to achieve a cross hatch type pattern from the lines and edges of the ink pad.
After removing the stencil, I had a cross hatch type pattern on the stained areas of the design.
I inked a large cling mount rubber stamp (Hero Arts Leaf and Floral Background) with Forest Moss Distress Ink. I placed the stamp on my table face up and layed the tag face down onto the stamp. I ran my fingers over the back of the tag lightly focusing mostly in the center of the tag to transfer the design onto the tag.
The stamped image turned out very light around the edges and more concentrated in the center.
I used an ink blending tool to add additional (Forest Moss) ink to the edges of the tag.
I love the finished look of the background. It has so many layers and so much depth. I love that it was created with only two ink colors.
To embellish the tag, I added an ornate plate that I painted with a Snow Cap Paint Dabber. I applied the paint to the plate and let it set for several minutes. I used a dry cloth to wipe away some of the paint. After the plate was fully dry, I tapped the surface with my green ink blending tool transferring some of the green ink (Bundled Sage and Forest Moss) from the foam pad onto the metal. I heated the piece to dry the ink.
I colored a piece of Crinkle Ribbon with Bundled Sage Distress Stain. After misting the ribbon with water to blend the stain, I dried it with a heat too. I tied the plate to the tag with the ribbon. I added a trinket pin and a bauble which was colored with Lettuce Alcohol Ink.
Finally, I inked the edges of a Journaling Ticket with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I slipped the ticket behind the frame and stamped the word "renew" on the ticket through the opening. The word renew seemed quite appropriate after spending so much time at the computer and not enough time with ink on my hands. It felt like a renewal to get lost again for a even just a few minutes with stamps and ink.