Hi bloggers! Happy FRIDAY to you! I’m pleased to present you with a lovely tag from Wendy Vecchi as exclusive content for our blog today! This all originated from a ‘rescued’ tag of left over colors from another creation! If the outcome of this project doesn’t encourage you to recycle, I don’t know what will! :) Enjoy!
- I had a piece of manila cardstock that was used to wipe up some excess distress stain. It did nothing to inspire me & had been sitting there for 2 weeks. I came very close to dropping it in the trash…V E R Y…
- This is the piece that I rescued. Not real cute, it’s left over wild honey, peeled paint, scattered straw & broken china distress stains.
- I hate to waste things, so I used my new vintage mesh background stamp with cornflower blue archival & now it looked like this…BETTER already!
- The stamp didn’t cover the whole thing…& it worked well to have an unstamped area to work with, as you’ll see in a bit.
- Next, I cut a #8 manila tag to 5 1/2 inches tall. I am LOVING this size…try it! I inked over the tag with wild honey, broken china & peeled paint distress inks to create this background.
- Now back to my manila cardstock, I grabbed a small Fiskar’s hexagon punch & punched multiple pieces. (Or you can die cut this die. )Then, I started gluing them to my tag. I found that the pieces punched from the unstamped area fit in well!
- Next, I trimmed off the bits that were hanging off the edge, looking better!
- I couldn’t waste the cut offs, so I added 2 of them to the left side, but made sure to stop & not cover the whole tag.
- I inked over the tag edges with rusty hinge on a blending tool to darken them, and then went over the whole tag very lightly.
- I used the detail waterbrush & tapped it on my finger over the tag to dispense tiny water drops. You’ll see in the photo above that the distress inks/stains react with water & this added another layer to my background. You’ll also see that the mesh stamped image is still perfect, because archival is permanent when dry.
- Next, I wanted to look into the embellishing. Since it’s STAMPtember & Simon Says Stamp is celebrating, I thought a flower would be appropriate. The art parts flower was inked with rusty hinge distress stain, dried, then stamped over with orange blossom archival, using the ornate dots background.
- The art parts leaves were inked with bundled sage distress stain & stamped with fern green archival, using a text stamp. The small flower on the left was stenciled onto a scrap of Clearly For Art, that I covered with a vintage dictionary page. to add paper to CFA, Glue N Seal works like magic. I used orange blossom archival with one of the flowers on the create a flower stencil.
- I cut out the stenciled flower, heated it & shaped it to create the flower center and colored the center of the flower with the scattered straw marker.
- I used the art parts hand with the coordinating stamp to create the hand to hold the flower. I inked the stamp with jet black archival & pressed the coordinating art part onto the inked stamp, dried it, then added color with wild honey on a blending tool. I stamped ART with jet black & colored in the letters with the rusty hinge distress marker…and the shirt sleeve with the broken china marker.
The final outcome…
- Since this is my 3rd time participating in STAMPtember, I added vol 3 to the tag base…I bet you were wondering about that! To accent the art parts stem/leaves, I added some embroidery floss around the leaves, then added a screw eye to break up the black.
- the Blossom Bucket crow fit into the fall-ish colors I used and the tiny black Blossom Bucket star made a fun flower center. See above for the final tag with the finishing touches.
- So that’s the story of how one rubber stamp SAVED an ugly background from the trash!
Happy STAMPtember everyone.
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