Forever Patriotic Boy Tag

Hello Again!  I’m looking forward to another week of sharing some of the tags and cards I’ve been creating.  Here’s a patriotic themed tag I made with a cool texture technique I saw on Tammy Tutterow’s Blog  in her June 4th Tuesday Tutorial–Distress Paint Linen Texture.  A very cool technique and easy to achieve.

Forever Patriotic

Forever Patriotic

I was so inspired by all of the patriotic themes I’ve been seeing and completely motivated by learning several new techniques, that I kept my red, white and blue paints, stains and inks handy and created this Patriotic Boy tag.

Supplies I Used:

Here you can see the linen texture up close.

Here you can see the linen texture up close.

My tag was painted with Picket Fence DP and while still wet, I scratched the surface both vertically and horizontally with a Tim Holtz/Tonic Studio Scratcher and then dried with my heat tool.  I colored the textured background with Faded Jeans & Barn Door DS squeezed onto my craft sheet and brayed individually onto my tag.  With the extra blue stain on my brayer, I rolled the backside of my tag, too.  The sentiments stamped in the background are from the Hero & Typography plates from Artistic Outpost which I stamped with Archival Jet Black. And of course, I distressed the edges of the tag and inked with Walnut Stain DI.

Don't forget to give the backside of your tags attention, too.

Don’t forget to give the backside of your tags attention, too.

My next step was to get my stamped images and star embellishments coated with DCP in Clear Rock Candy so they could set aside and dry.  I stamped the image of the boy with Archival in Sepia and colored with DM’s in Faded Jeans, Barn Door & Tattered Rose and a water brush.  I fussy cut the excess card stock from around the boy and left only the frame surrounding him.  I applied a layer of DCP in Clear Rock Candy to the frame only and to three stars that I had cut out.

The stars are colored with Distress Stains once the crackle is dry.

The stars are colored with Distress Stains once the crackle is dry.

The small  forever tag was made from the Simple Sayings set and inked with Walnut Stain DI.  I wrapped some sparkly red yard around the bottom of my tag to achieve additional, festive sparkle–Just like a 4th of Sparkler!  Once the crackle on the stars and frame were dry, I applied distress stain right on top to highlight those cracks and crevices–such a cool effect!

Try applying paint to metal embellishments to artificially age their finish.

Try applying paint to metal embellishments to artificially age their finish.

Now time to add crinkle ribbon and a metal token!  I treated the ribbon with Barn Door & Faded Jeans distress stain, spritzed with water, and crinkled in my fingers while drying with my heat tool.  I rubbed the token with Picket Fence DP and let dry just a bit before rubbing any excess off with my thumbs.  After removing the excess Picket Fence, I rubbed Barn Door Distress Stain over the top to add a small amount of red pigment onto the token.

RED, WHITE & WOW!

RED, WHITE & WOW!

My Patriotic tags were really fun and easy to make and I plan on taking these same techniques and using them for other card, tag and journal projects!  You never know what you might see next!

Happy Tuesday and Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy!

PS-My Patriotic Boy tag was submitted to Artistic Outpost’s Monthly Referral Program for July.

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