Hello Hello Hello to all my crafty friends, bloggers and followers! It’s been a few weeks since I was last heard from and I just wanted to post a little HI THERE and let ya’ll know I’m still here! Although I’m not in my crafty dungeon in North Idaho creating at the moment, I have been participating in a few online courses to keep my creative education and juices flowing. I’ve completed both of Tim Holtz’s Creative Chemistry 101 & 102 courses and participated in the latest Online Card Class “Stenciled”. Very fun indeed and chock full of new techniques and fabulous ideas! If you ever feel like you’re in a creative rut–Take a class online–You never know what you’re going to learn or who you’ll end up meeting!! Now, onto my quick little post for today….
I started this tag in my dungeon back home and ended up finishing it when I arrived at my parents house in Northern California. Although, I had one more little rusted embellishment that I wanted to add, I lost it during my packing and had to leave this tag as is. When I find the little rusted heart I made specifically for this tag, I’ll just use it in a future project….that’s the way it goes sometimes 🙂
I started with a #8 manila tag and stamped the hand image from the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Oddities set in Jet Black Archival Ink. I then masked the hand and sprayed the entire tag with Dylusions Ink Spray in Cherry Pie.
The stenciled hearts in the background are of my own making–I used the negative of a 3-heart punch from Stampin’ Up and used both Gesso and White Picket Fence DP to dab over my homemade stencil to create the textured and smooth hearts that are floating in the background. The random Love text that I stamped in the background is the By Definition background stamp from SU. I stamped that using Jet Black Archival Ink because I still have some water spritzing to do and I didn’t want the text to wick away.
The frilly cuff is made from a scrap piece of black ribbon and white paper doily that I colored with Black Soot DP, Seedless Preserves DP and Tea Dye DI. I gave the doily a spritz of water and dried with my heat tool. Once it was dry, I cut the outer ring of the doily and folded it, accordion style, and machine stitched it onto the tag.
The heart in the middle of the hand is from the same 3-heart SU punch that I used the negative of for stenciling. I adhered the red glitter heart with matte multi-medium and set with my heat tool. I then gave it a coat of DCP in Clear Rock Candy and let that air dry. Once it was dry, I dabbed a bit of Barn Door DS onto my craft sheet and used a paint brush to give the crackle a bit of color–but, it may look a little gory…like the heart is bleeding coming out of the middle of the hand? I didn’t mean to add a gore factor to this Valentine’s tag….It really isn’t a bloody valentine 🙂
I did give the entire tag a spritz of water and then while it was moist, I used my finger to smear some of the Cherry Pie ink over all of the stenciled hearts. I set it with my heat tool and moved on to distressing the entire tag.
I distressed the edges then inked with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool. I then gave the entire tag a light layer of Tea Dye DI, also applied with my ink blending tool.
I used Tim Holtz/Idea-ology Chit Chat stickers for my sentiment, inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and adhered with my stapler and black colored staples. I also outlined the stickers with a Walnut Stain DM to add a little pop, which is very subtle, but still lends a touch of dimension to the flat surface.
And there it is–a little offering for Valentine’s Day. Thanks for joining me today and for hanging out during my hiatus. With the classes that I’ve taken and the new techniques I’ve learned, I’ll be back with a vengeance to get even more creative and Artsy Fartsy! In the meantime, Thanks Again for all of your support and Stay Artsy Fartsy!! XOXO-Shari
Supplies I Used:
Stamps: Oddities (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); By Definition (Stampin’ Up)
- #8 Manila Tag (Ranger); Doily; Seam Binding; Back Ribbon; Red Glitter Paper (Stampin’ Up)
- Inks: Dylusions Ink Spray (Ranger); Distress Inks, Stains, Paints, Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Gesso; Archival Ink (Ranger)
- Matte Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Stapler; Distresser; 3-Heart Punch (Stampin’ Up)
- Wire Pin (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Glass Beads; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Ink Blending Tool (Ranger)