Seems like everywhere I've looked lately people have been making tags. Although I am not what I consider an "artsy" stamper I decided to give it a try. I started with tags that were cut from manila folders using my handy-dandy Slice machine. Then I chose a varied collection of distress inks, and of course, the new Memory Box Valentine stamps.
For the first tag I used Ranger's Chipped Sapphire, Fired Brick and Stormy Sky distress inks. Working on a non-stick craft mat, I applied the three ink colors and then spritzed them with water so the colors would blend together. I did 2-3 light sprays cause I like deeper colors. The more water, the lighter your colors will be. The next step is to place the tag on the inked area and lift off. Continue doing this until there are no un-inked areas on the tag. I also like to do a little swirl with the tag before lifting it off the mat. When I was satisfied with the colors, a heat tool was used to dry the tag.
With the background finished, it was time to stamp. For the script I inked only the lower half of the Peace Dove(E1103) with Black Soot and stamped in the upper right corner of the tag. Next was the Leaf Canopy (F1430) stamped with Fired Brick and the Crafty Birds (D1431) were stamped with Black Soot. One very important thing I learned was to dry the tag between each stamped image. To give the tag an overall shimmer, I spritzed it with Glimmer Mist's Marshmallow. It still needed something so I stamped the Ring & Dots with Staz-on Metallic Silver in a couple of spots. One final drying session with the heat tool and this tag was finished!
The second tag is a much simpler one and an example of "what not to do"...
The inks used on this one are Tumbled Glass, Dried Marigold, Victorian Velvet, Stormy Sky and Shabby Shutters. The Vintage Scroll (E1388) image was stamped using Tumbled Glass and the Valentine Duo (B1421) was stamped using Black Soot. This one did not turn out the way it looked in my head but I wanted to show it to you so you can see what happens when you forget to dry the tag before stamping the next image - once the sentiment was stamped it immediately began to blur and blend into the background colors. The same thing happened with the Vintage Scroll image but that was ok. I didn't want the sentiment to blend, but unfortunately I forgot the dry the tag before stamping it.
Thanks for taking this journey into artsy stamping with me - it is my first attempt at making artsy tags after taking a class three months ago. This is such a fun technique and I really want to get better with it, so it's a safe bet that I'll be getting very inky over the next few weeks!! Hope you give it a try too - the new Memory Box stamps lend themselves perfectly for projects such as these!
Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year!