June in Orange

Happy Friday Everyone!!  Goodness, is the month almost over already?? WOW!!

Time has surely gotten the best of me lately but, I’m sure happy to be here today, with my tag for Tim Holtz’s June 2014 Tag Challenge and Our Creative Corner’s Flaming June Challenge.


I’m loving both challenge themes at each blog–The primary goal at Our Creative Corner’s monthly challenge is to use Orange and Tim is showcasing his Distress Ink Mono-Print technique.  That sounds like fun to me–Let me show you what I did 🙂


A real challenge for me with the OCC theme was not having that many orange colors to use.  But, I managed with the three colors of Distress Inks that I have; Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade & Ripe Persimmon.  They did me right proud!!

I’m using a #8 manila tag and 140# cold press water color paper as my bases and I’ve chosen the Burlap Layering Stencil as my mono-print pattern.


I don’t have the Mini DI’s, just the biggies, but they work just the same, with a little extra ink that ends up on the craft sheet (that will get used!).

I smooshed all three of my DI colors directly onto my stencil and spritzed with water.


Then laid the stencil down onto my piece of water color paper.  Using a paper towel, I gently dabbed the stencil down into the paper while wiping away any excess ink that’s seeped through under the stencil.


I love this part and I especially love this burlap stencil!  It has been my go-to stencil to use on mono-print backgrounds in the past (click here) and I love the effect–it’s different every time!!

I heat dried the wc panel and set aside, then grabbed my #8 manila tag and ran it through the left over DI’s on my craft sheet.


I can’t stand to let any left-over inks go and I always have manila tags ready at hand!  In this case, I’m inking up my manila tag base to give me more orange….


…and I’m using the left-over ink on the stencil to apply onto my #8 tag base.  Like I said, I hate to let any ink go!!


Even though the water color panel is going to cover most of this tag, I love the 2nd generation mono-print I got from the DI’s that were left-over on the stencil.  Does that make it a duo-print? 😉


I’ve got my dried #8 tag and my Burlap mono-print wc panel ready with some of the supplies I’ll need for the next few steps.  Lots o ‘stamping and water coloring and maybe a little fabric and stitch work thrown in for good measure!

I stamped the winged girl from TH/SA Winged Thing I set onto the mono-print panel with Sepia Archival Ink.  I also stamped her with Jet Black Archival onto another piece of 140# wc paper.  Then I stamped her again, using Ripe Persimmon onto a piece of muslin (not pictured, of course!).

I water colored the images using the same 3 colors of DI and my water brush and I used my Tattered Rose DM for her skin tone and Pumice Stone DM for her stockings.  I finished her ensemble with a layer of TH/Idea-ology Frosted Film over her wings.  So shimmery and pretty!

I fussy cut the winged girl out and used the stamped piece of muslin as a frock for her.  I used matte multi-medium to adhere her dress and added a couple of decorative stitches with my sewing machine.


BTS–I added Dimensional Magic to her crown and alcohol stained rhinestones for some orange toned bling 🙂

I really wasn’t happy with any of the larger sentiment/quote stamps that I have, and none of them really ‘said’ anything to me.  But, I knew one of my Artistic Outpost plates has the perfect quote that would match my winged girl perfectly!!  It’s from the Think & Wonder plate and I did some pre-emptive positioning before stamping each word onto the panel separately.


I used a Philosophy Tag smudged with a bit of Ripe Persimmon DP and painted the end of a brad to match.

Inking Crinkle Ribbon is always fun!! This sunny color trifecta of oranges I’m using throughout is brought into concentrated delight!!

I pressed my longer piece of crinkle ribbon through the combination of all three DI’s, then I used only Wild Honey DI for my shorter piece of ribbon.  I heat dried while crinkling in my fingers then rubbed with Walnut Stain DI when dried.


I assembled by adhering my winged girl with a combination of foam squares, double-back tape & matte multi-medium.  The words got lost on the tag once I started putting things into place, so I used a fine tip black Sharpie and made rough boxes around each word.  I added the vellum butterflies, inked in my fav oranges!!


I made her heart charm bracelet out of a TH/Idea-ology jump ring, 4 glass beads (in oranges, of course) and a brass heart that I first treated with Butterscotch Adirondack Alcohol Ink, then coated with Ripe Persimmon DP.

This was a fun tag to make, using the same 3 DI colors in so many different ways.  There’s DI water coloring going on and DI mono-printing going on, there’s DI dyeing of ribbon going on….And they are all different!!  That is so very cool!!


So off I go with my ‘June in Orange’ tag to, Tim Holtz’s June Tag Challenge and Our Creative Corner-Flaming June Challenge.

Since I last wrote earlier this week, our Summer weather was taken a hiatus and we’re back to rain and thunderstorms….

So, I’ve been able to spend the last couple of days down in the craft dungeon and not feel guilty about it!!  I’m going to take advantage of the rainy weather and get myself nice and inky and painty and get some of the late cards I should have made weeks ago, done!! YAY!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my offering for today and will join me over at Tim’s and Our Creative Corner’s blogs.  These are just a couple of my fav challenge blogs and there’s always inspiration to be had and shared by all.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • Surfaces: #8 Manila Tag (Ranger); 140# Water Color Paper; Muslin; Frosted Film (TH/Idea-ology)
  • Stamps:  Winged Things I (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Think & Wonder (Artistic Outpost); Background Basics Text Style (Papertrey Ink)
  • Distress Inks, Markers & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Ink (Ranger)
  • Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Philosophy Tag & Brad (TH/Idea-ology); Crinkle Ribbon (TH/Idea-ology)
  • Dimensional Magic (Plaid); Fine Point Pen (Sharpie); Self Adhesive Rhinestones; Jump Ring (TH/Idea-ology); Glass Beads; Brass Heart
  • Double-Back Tape (3M); Matte Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Foam Squares/Dots; Ink Blending Tool
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Hole Punch; Finger Knife
  • Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Beautiful Wings Embosslits (Sizzix)

PS–I’ve incorrectly watermarked ALL of the photos is this blog…BIG DUH!! The correct watermark should read http://aintthatartsyfartsy.com  (but if you’re here, you found me anyway!!) Sorry…DUH!! 😉


5 thoughts on “June in Orange

  1. It’s gorgeous, Shari – I love the double layer of inky printing, and the little girl is just a delight! A fabulous take on Tim’s tag, and thank you so much for sharing it with us at Our Creative Corner.
    Alison xx

  2. What a beautiful tag you’ve made here Shari! I love the the different layers you’ve developed .The little girls is just gorgeous and I really love that you’ve given her a fabric dress – such a lovely idea! Thank you so much for managing to join us this time at Our Creative Corner.
    Julia xx

  3. Wow Wow Wow….this is sooooooo beautiful Shari!!! Orange is not a colour I go to often, you have rocked it!!!

  4. You made orange seem so utterly appealing (not sure if I own any orange ink pads). A gorgeous background and that child is so adorable with her glossy crown.

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