HAPPY WEDNESDAY!! Thanks for hanging with me, for what’s become, kind-of sporadic postings of late. I wish I could say it’s because I’m out having fun in the sun, but in reality, with the old homestead for sale, it’s a bit more harder type of house work stuff going on in the background. But, it’s all good and I am thankful that I’ve had some time to create and now share.
And a special ‘Shout-Out’ to my new followers through FB and through this blog! Thank You and Welcome!! Now, on to what I’ve got for you today 🙂
I’ve got a rustic and vintagey tag to share, that’s going over to Challenge #9 at A Vintage Journey—Use all the stamps in a set! You’d think that would be an easy thing….not so much!! I’ve got sets of stamps that have 20+ images in them!! But for this tag, I took the easy way out and used a set of stamps that have only 3 images in it! Yeah, I may have chickened out a bit 😉
But, it’s not the quantity that counts–It’s how you use them! 😉
I did have a lot of fun picking and choosing the materials I wanted to use. I knew I wanted to give everything a time-worn appearance and I wanted to treat each image differently.
I’m using the Traveling Friends set from TH/SA for the ticket image, just as much as I’m using it for the boy and his dog image! And I didn’t realize that I hadn’t inked up this set before, so, in essence, this tag is on its own ‘vintage journey’ 😉
Speaking of which, as A Vintage Journey is a blog about finding inspiration from the stylings and designs of Tim Holtz, I wanted this tag to evoke a feeling of days of travel long gone–When you were handed a printed ticket by a person, not a slip of paper spit out by a machine. When said tickets to travel were hand cancelled, not scanned by a new-fangled machine. When tickets to travel were lost in deep pockets, instead of lost in computer la-la land.
I’m all over the place with Tim techniques on this tag and it’s well worth the….wait for it….’Ticket to Ride’ 😉 🙂
(and honestly, I was going to use something completely different for this post title, but, unfortunately-it evoked memories of the 80’s band named ‘Journey’ and that’s not where I wanted to go with this) LOL!
The base of my creation is a #10 manila tag. I want this tag to look like it’s been around for a while, so I’m going to use Pumice Stone & Wild Honey Distress Stains to get some color, or discoloration, onto this background.
I rubbed both stains onto my craft sheet, spritzed my tag with water, then drug the tag through the stain. I heat set the first layer of colors, then pressed the tag into the left-over droplets of stain and heat set.
I used my paper distresser on the edges then inked the edges and the surface of the tag with Vintage Photo DI. You may know what’s coming next….
….Water spots!! I’m telling you, it’s one of my favorite things to do to create an aged look–spritz and flick water!!
I just love that look! OH–and I did do the back side of this tag, too–There was no Distress Stain wasted in the making of this tag 😉
Time for some stenciling! I used the Cargo LS with Black Soot DI and the Burlap LS with Vintage Photo DI to add a little faux wear & tear to this nicely aging tag.
OH YEAH—Gotta get my ink splatter on, too!! Water spots just aren’t enough!! I need more!! So, I used Dylusions Ink Sprays in White Linen & Black Marble to satisfy my splattering needs!!
I love all of the stain droplets, water spots, ink splatters–All of It!! All of these little details add so much depth and character. I better do this tag base justice!!
For the ticket image, I’m going to stamp it onto a #8 manila tag with Jet Black Archival Ink. I want to utilize the pre-punched hole in the tag for this ticket.
Something I love about this ticket image is the small detail of perforation around two of the edges. AHA–I’ve got a perforation rotary blade, I’ll use that to give the entire ticket a perforated edge!! But not before adding a layer of Tea Dye DI over the entire surface to start the aging process.
This ticket needs to look like it’s been busy traveling, so I’ve added cup rings and partial splatters in Adirondack Espresso Ink with the Splatters Layering Stencil.
And how could I not give this ticket some water spots to go along with the coffee stains?!! And how about those perforated edges? Pretty cool, huh? 🙂
The ticket was too nice as it was, so I spritzed it with more water, crumpled it up and inked the balled up ticket with Walnut Stain & Black Soot DI and my ink blending tools.
Now this ticket looks like it’s been around for a while!! Although the little piece of twine may look too clean!!
I stamped the boy and his dog image, several times, onto 140# cold press water color paper and also on tissue paper. I used Jet Black Staz-On and Sepia Archival Inks.
I colored the images of the boy and the dog separately. Not pictured is the dog–colored with Picket Fence & Black Soot DM’s and my water brush. I fussy cut him out and set aside for later assembly. For the boy, since the dog sits in front of his arm, I colored through the dog image to give the boy a whole arm. I have plans and the boy needs a whole arm! The boy is colored with Forest Moss, Tattered Rose, Vintage Photo & Peeled Paint DM’s and my water brush.
I didn’t want to stamp the image of the boy and dog right onto my tag. I didn’t want the image to be that “solid”. So, with the images that I stamped onto tissue paper, I’m going to do a little paper gluing and layering.
This is exactly what I wanted. A somewhat see-through image of the boy and dog with some texture added in with the layers of tissue paper. I used matte multi-medium to glue the tissue down and heat dried.
Now, behind the scenes, I had prepped a couple of pieces of corrugated cardboard for rusting and let those sit aside and do their thing….
Random layer of gesso…
A little bit of inking and random application of multi-medium….
A generous coat of Rusting Powder…
Spray generously with vinegar….
When all is dry and rusted!
By the time the tag needed to be assembled, the rusting process was finished and these pieces of corrugated cardboard were dry and ready to use (but I only used one piece on this tag).
My embellishments on this tag are minimal because I wanted the stamped images to do all of the talking, but, I did get a little painty with them just the same!
I have a couple of TH/Idea-ology Mini-Numerals and this globe charm from my stash of embellies to use. I layered Scattered Straw, Crushed Olive, Broken China and Gathered Twigs DP’s to all three of these metal trinkets, but not necessarily in that order. As it ended up, when they were all said and done, I added an additional layer of Broken China DP to the numbers. The last layer of blue really helped the numbers pop off the front of an otherwise neutral color scheme.
The front side of my tag….
..and the back side. More simply dressed, but part of the journey just the same 🙂
And speaking of ‘journey’–I used Jet Black Staz-On ink to stamp the word onto a piece of kraft glassine. I heat dried and crumpled up, then smoothed out and ripped the edges off. I punched holes into all of the corners and inserted copper brads, then adhered as my top layer with double-back tape and mini foam rounds.
Another detail I did not take a photo of (duh) was the stamping I did on the twill ribbon. I individually inked each letter of ‘journey’ with Jet Black Archival ink (a la masking my stamp with post-it notes) and stamped each letter to spell out ‘journey’ vertically. You might be able to see it a little bit in this picture…
And a few random additions of some Words Remnant Rub-Ons on the front….
…and on the back.
My finished tag–Using all the stamps in the Traveling Friends set from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous! That ticket image alone has possibilities galore!! I already have another tag design spinning around in my head!! I like it when that happens!! That’s a good spinny!!
Thanks for joining me in my challenge trek to A Vintage Journey today!! This really was a fun challenge and has me studying some of my stamp sets a bit more closely. I like to mix and match a lot, but, maybe now, not so much…
Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!! XOXO-Shari
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