Technique Tuesday

This weeks technique is going from drab to fab! With the holidays come up, gift tags are a great way to save money and show off your creative talents!  Since fall is in the air and it isn’t time to start making some Christmas tags, I went ahead and made a fall one!

I decided to enter this tag into the Hand Stamped Sentiments weekly blog challenge.  This weeks challenge is tags!

To begin, start with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock that is sized 4 3/4 inches by 2 3/8 inches.  Next, use a corner rounder punch and punch all edges.  I used a 1/2 inch circle punch at the top of my tag next.  Ink up your saying stamp with Tim Holtz Walnut distress ink and stamp onto your tag.

Next come embossing.  I used the Delicate Doilies stamp set from Stampin’ Up and inked it using VersaMark Watermark ink.  This ink dries slowly and is great for embossing.  I sprinkled some clear embossing powder over the wet ink and used my heat gun to set until the powder turned clear.  Its hard to see in the picture but if you look just under my thumb you can see where it is shiny and the design has come through.

Now its time to distress.  I used Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress ink and his distressing tool that you add foam squares to.  Lightly tap the foam square on the ink pad (it picks up a lot with just a light tap), and swirl around on top of the project.  The more ink you swirl the more darker the look will become.  When doing this, the embossed area will resist the ink and show the vanilla cardstock from below.
Add your sayings, embellish and you have a great looking tag for any fall occasion!

Supplies used (all from Stampin’ Up unless noted):
Cardstock: Very Vanilla
Specialty paper: Gold Glimmer Paper
Accessories: Heat tool, Clear Embossing Powder, Corner Rounder Punch, 1/2 inch circle punch, Labels Framelits dies, Buttons (not from Stampin’ Up), Tim Holtz Foam Distress Tool, More Mustard and Cherry Cobbler Scalloped Ribbon, Brown striped Ribbon from Offray
Stamps: Holiday Best, Le London Script from Stampabilities, Delicate Doilies

7 thoughts on “Technique Tuesday”

  1. Very pretty technique!!! Beautiful fall colors!!! Perfect fall tag!! Thanks for playing along with Hand Stamped Sentiments, Diane

  2. Very elegant tag! I love all the inky layering, and your sentiment is really pretty with the cluster of buttons. Thanks for joining us at HSS! Erika

  3. Beautiful! Love the Delicate Doilies embossing! I just got the gold shimmer paper this week. So pretty! Great job with the challenge. Thank you for joining us at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

  4. Cool technique! One of my faves for sure!! I love the warm colors and the greeting and buttons. Very nice tag! Thanks for joining us at Hand Stamped Sentiments.


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