supplies: (ranger): craft sheet, distress ink/wild honey/brushed corduroy/walnut stain, archival ink/jet black, perfect pearls mist/heirloom gold, ink blending tool, glossy accents, matte multi-medium, heat tool, #8 tag; (idea-ology) adornments, accoutrements/fanciful, long fasteners, design ruler, texture hammer, baubles, trimmings, sanding grip, seasonal paper stash; (stampers anonymous) christmas carols; (sizzix alterations) paper rosette decorative strip, upon a time decorative strip; (tonic) scissors, craft pick, paper distresser; (misc) glue gun, tinsel garland, tulle, coredinations paper
(step 3): shake the heirloom gold perfect pearls mists well and mist the inked sheet until large droplets of pearl appear. *i used more perfect pearls mist than i usually use water because i want a very shimmery background.
(step 5): dry tag with heat tool.
(step 6): drag paper distresser along edges of tag.
(step 8): place tag on cork or foam pad and place design ruler along the bottom edge of tag. with craft pick, pierce holes evenly spaced about 1/4" from edge and 3/8" apart - if you're using the design ruler this is a snap since the holes are through the ruler already! check out this video to learn more about the design ruler.
(step 9): insert long fasteners through each hole.
(step 10): place tag on hammer mat and tap the tops with bump tip of texture hammer to dent brads.
*my absolute favorite thing about the texture hammer is using it on brads and staples to give a distressed look. just a few taps and presto - vintage nailheads!
(step 11): sand coredinations paper with sanding grip. *if you don't have coredinations, distress whatever paper you're going to use for the letters. i prefer to do all of my distressing to these small letters before cutting - saves load of time.
(step 12): die cut the upon a time strip 3 times for letters. (if you want to cut the paper to size and cut each letter individually you can, but i don't mind have extra letters for other projects so i always cut the entire alphabet each time i need to)
(step 13): adhere each letter to tag with glossy accents and let dry.
(step 14): apply glossy accents to the top of each letter. let dry.
*if you've never used glossy accents before, this is what makes it perfect - it doesn't drip off of the letters or spread out after you apply it. it dries with amazing glossy shine and dimension in one application.
(step 17): lightly mist the inked rosette with heirloom gold perfect pearls mist.
(step 18): immediately dry with heat tool.
(step 21): adhere rosette to tag with glue gun.
(step 23): adhere heart and crown to center of rosette and let dry. *i prefer matte multi-medium when gluing metal to any surface. it takes a while to dry, but is very permanent once it does and because it's matte you don't have to be neat when you're gluing. i use this stuff for all of my dimensional art projects and jewelry pieces.
(step 27): adhere tulle and accoutrement buttons to tag with glue gun.
(step 29): mist the trimmings with heirloom gold perfect pearls mist to add a pearlescent finish and let dry or dry with heat tool.
*in the details: the elegant simplicity of this tag is so amazing. the shine of the glossy accented letters, the vintage font from the upon a time die, the custom paper rosette with tinsel garland, and what can be better than those accoutrement buttons? the rich warm tones and shimmer of the perfect pearls mists tie everything together on this tag...