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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Halloween Tag Tutorial

This is a great tutorial that shows you how to create a background using distress inks and rubber stamps.  In this case, Tera Callihan shows us how to spook it up.  I love she used the skeleton torso on these grungy tags, and I'm happy to share Tera's tutorial with you.

Stamps Used:

 The Skeleton Torso Stamp, Profit and Loss Sheet, Large Handwriting, and the Anatomical Heart

I started with some patterned scrapbook paper for a nice base. (this paper was by prima - a fairy paper set?)

Start by inking your tags with Distress ink in Wild Honey

Next, using distress ink in vintage photo, stamp the the large handwriting on the background.

Now for contrast, use the distress ink in dusty concord and stamp the numbers from the profit and loss stamp.

Now flick some water drops to distress your tag.

Ok, now we're back to the dusty concord to distress around the edges of your tag.

Next, using Black VersaFine ink, stamp your skeleton torso in the center of the tag, then rough up/distress the edges of your tag to give it a tattered look.

Now, let's put the tag together…

I added some tiny tags (cut from scrapbook paper) and a tiny paper clip.  I also added a strip to wash tape on the side.

Ok, now ink up your ribbon using the same colors then dry.  Tie the tag and add some charms.

In the next post, I will share with you how Tera made a the little plastic charm with the anatomical heart stamp.  So, if you're interested, come back tomorrow!  Thanks for stopping by - I hope you enjoyed this rubber stamping tutorial.

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Sunday, November 03, 2013

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop - Day Three

It's the final day of the third annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop.  If you have been following along I'm sure you've been amazed with tutorials of all the thoughtful handmade gifts deisngers have made for you to use and a springboard to start you holiday crafting. Hop along each blog in the list and leave a comment, share the fun ideas you come across, and enter to win a grand prize at the bottom of each blog post.  So, let's continue along on the hop 100 Proof Press style; with a vintage tag set by Elise Durenburger.  

Here's what Elise had to say: "I was so pleased to be invited to play with these fantastic stamps from 100 Proof Press - aren't they wonderful! 100 Proof Press boasts a mind-blowing assortment of images - the kind of classic, timeless, hilarious, and heart-warming stamps that pulled me into my stamping obsession early on... I'm SMITTEN!  So, when I pursued the darling, beautifully rendered ladies of 100 Proof Press, I had to play!  I had to ink, stamp, festoon, and embellish like a stamping mad-woman.... And it was fun!  So, for the purpose of celebrating this wonderful company, I thought: tags!  An excellent platform and medium to express some of the cheeky, old Hollywood glamor of these beauties..."

Nothing like the tiniest application of a color to bring out the true beauty of these lovely ladies.  I simply swoon for the look of lightly applied color, reminiscent of old print ad and school books, but I have not invested in expensive markers, nor do I carry a full assortment of watercolor materials when I am creating "on the road." Last weekend, I was at a creative retreat, without a lot of my regular supplies, when I realized that a hint of color was what I needed to bring these girls to life.  Lucky for me, I was armed with a healthy collection of Clearsnap cat eye collections, Dye Ink, Colorbox, Archival Queue.  With a small water-loaded brush in hand, all the magic needed was already on my desktop. Here is a small list of instructions to quickly add custom color to detailed images, such as much of the inventory from 100 Proof Press:

1) Stamp Clearsnap, die ink direct to an extra acrylic stamping block.

2)Prepare stamped image to be inked.  For the girl talk going on in this image, I used a circular die-cut to trace a circle to be hand cut, preserving detailed elements to bleed beyond the circle.

3)Custom colors are easily blended right on the acrylic block and then painted onto the stamped image, as desired.

4.)The end result with make you giddy.  Be patient and give yourself a practice image (or two!).  The end result will be worth it!

Materials Used: Cardstock - Wplus9 Design Studio, Designer Paper - Graphic 45, Stamps- 100 Proof Press, Ink - Clearsnap, Self Stick Pearl Embellishments - Want2Scrap, Eyelets - Making Memories, Charms-7 Gypsies; Karen Foster;Michael's, Misc Metal/Bling - Close to my Heart, Bakers Twine- Timeless  Twine,  Sticker Letters -Tim Holtz

So yeah, those are some pretty cool tags, huh?  And a great technique that yields marvelous results.  I have created three different prize packs for The Handmade Holiday Blog Hop, and one of them will include the Gossip Ladies from Elise's "Wonderful" tag.  Just let me know which one of these lovely lady images is your favorite with comment on this blog and you will be entered to win.  But don't forget to enter with the Rafflecopter on the bottom of this post to be entered to win the GRAND PRIZE! 

On with the hop! Your next stop is Graphic45.

November 3:
Clearsnap http://blog.clearsnap.com
Craft Attitude  http://www.jonathanfongstyle.com/blog/
Smoothfoam http://www.smoothfoam.com/blog/
Donna Salazar Designs  http://donnasalazardesigns.blogspot.com/
Walnut Hollow http://walnuthollowcrafts.wordpress.com/
100 Proof Press http://www.100proofpress.com/_blog/Blog
Graphic45 http://g45papers.typepad.com/
ICE Resin http://iceresin.com/icequeen/
Stampendous http://stampendousblog.wordpress.com/


 


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