Happy Thursday Everyone!! Thank You All soooo much for visiting over the past week and leaving such wonderful comments! It was a lot of fun to be a part of the Pretty Pink Posh Cutting Edge Blog Hop and such an honor to be featured at Our Creative Corner for their Top Talent Spotlight. It’s been an exciting week for me in blog-land, for sure!! Thanks for coming along with me!!
With the month of August coming quickly to a close, I’ve almost let some of my favorite challenges go unchallenged! I can’t do that–I’d feel, somewhat incomplete! With Autumn ready to make its official appearance next month, I’m holding on to the last vestiges of Summer with the tag I made for Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2014, Our Creative Corner’s Summertime challenge and Artistic Outpost’s Anything Goes challenge. I’m a Summer girl by blood and where I live now, it’s the shortest season we have–I’ll stretch it out for as long as I can :)
I knew one tag wasn’t going to be enough for what I had in mind, so I layered a #10 manila tag with a #8 and off I went!! Techniques and tools abound in this one and it’s a lot easier to make, than what it may look…
See–not a lot of supplies! I’m using one of my favorite summery stamp sets, Boardwalk from Artistic Outpost and some summery shades of Distress Inks & Stains…This is going to be an inky one, but not difficult and fun!
Tim’s Tag for August is full of texture and color and pure creative genius. This month, Tim wanted us to create just for the muse of it; create where it will take you–I went to the beach!
I set out all of the images from the Boardwalk set, not really sure which images I’m going to use-but I want to be able to reach for whichever ones ‘speaks’ to me ;)
I’m using 3 different TH tissue tapes for my two tags and laying down where I’ll be stamping.
I stamped the umbrella girl image for the #8 tag and the Atlantic City Steel Pier image for the #10 tag with Jet Black Archival Ink. Those being the ‘main focal’ images, I randomly stamped text and images as filler and to create pockets of empty space.
Which stencils to use-which stencils to use? Bubbles & Cargo layering stencils wanted to be used on these tags!
I applied a somewhat thin layer of Wendy Vecchi’s white embossing paste through the stencils on both tags and let air dry. I would normally dry with my heat tool, but, sometimes I plan certain projects around being able to multi-task elsewhere and this project was one of those. I came back about 2 hours later and the paste was completely dry.
I rubbed Salty Ocean, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey & Spun Sugar DSs onto my craft sheet and ran each tag through the stains. The lighter Squeezed Lemonade and Spun Sugar DSs got lost in the smaller tag, so I added more to the craft sheet before dragging the larger tag through. I spritzed both tags with water to get the stains to wick a little more, then dried with my heat tool.
I added one more layer of stenciling with Tim’s new Latticework stencil and Walnut Stain DI.
I don’t have the TH/Idea-ology film strip, but I do have Tim’s Mini Filmstrip/Tickets die. I used smooth black Core’dination stock and gave it a rustic effect with Distress EI & heat set Vintage Photo Distress EP.
This part was really fun!! I picked a collection of embellishments that I finger painted with a concoction of Salty Ocean, Scattered Straw, Black Soot & Tarnished Brass DPs. As these pieces are pretty small, I set them aside to air dry.
I want to add a few more beach/surf themed goodies and I just received this envelope of creative awesomeness from The Funkie Junkie Boutique!! I can use a few of these pieces in this tag! I’ll hoard the rest ;)
I forgot to take pics of the heat embossing of the tiny sand dollar and starfish, but I used Scattered Straw Distress EP to texturize my seashore treasures. I tacked the game piece and seashell embellies down with matte multi-medium and the game spinner had a change of finish. I wasn’t happy with the paint effect, so I gave this a dip in Vintage Photo Distress EP and heat set.
After treating the game piece with a few random rubs of Distress Paints, I let it air dry, then came back and gave it a light sanding. It looks like it’s been around the bingo table a few times!
Using Distress Paints on metal embellishments is really cool! As long as you don’t heat set the paint, you can get it wet and wipe it away. I ended up doing just that on the Word Band twice, before being happy! As for the finish on the file tab–it came out the way I wanted it the first time ;)
I used a piece of natural cheesecloth and multi-medium to secure the word band in place on the #8 tag, then I layered it onto the #10 tag and secured it with a few stitches from my sewing machine. I finished the edges of the #10 tag with Distress EI & Vintage Photo Distress EP. That’s a cool technique to get quick rust-like effects! Can you see the Picket Fence DP splatters? I just had to!! It’s that whole feeling of incompleteness if I don’t have splatters!
And speaking of incompleteness–I treated the back of the big tag, too! I make these tags to send out and I use the backs as my writing space, so I want the backs to look good too :)
Thanks for joining me for today’s stroll through Summer Memoirs. This creation brought back a lot of my own childhood memories of beach camping trips on the Pacific Coast with my family back in the day–I hope it evoked fun Summer memories of your own (without the mosquitos or sun burn!).
Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!! XOXO-Shari
SUPPLIES I USED:
- #8 & #10 Manila Tags (Ranger); Smooth Core’dinations Stock; Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
- Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Ink, Stains & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Distress Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Distress Embossing Powders (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
- Filmstrip Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Sewing Machine (Kenmore)
- Crinkle Ribbon (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Cheesecloth; Game Piece, Game Spinner/Brad; File Tab (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
- Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Double-Back Tape (3m); Foam Dots; Ink Blending Tool; Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Palette Knife; Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios)