hi bloggers! are you ready for spring? i definitely am... it's been great reading the comments and seeing the posts from those of you participating in the monthly 12 tags. speaking of the monthly tags, i know i planned on catching up with the january tag last month, but my march was pretty busy between planning for cha, ranger u, designing new products, and of course teaching my creative chemistry 101 class. so let's just say "i owe you one" and i'll be sure to have it done sometime this year - fair enough? if you're catching up yourself, the easiest way to see the previous tags is to simply click the "12 tags of 2012" link on the bottom left column of my blog. this month's tag was inspired by my new bird branch die, i couldn't wait to use it. the techniques are basic, yet completely adaptable with a variety of other products you may have. time to get started...
supplies: craft sheet, distress ink/iced spruce/broken china/wild honey/peeled paint/gathered twigs/vintage photo/stormy sky, distress embossing powder/brushed corduroy/peeled paint, distress stain/broken china, archival ink, heat tool, ink blending tool, glossy accents, multi-medium, #8 manila tag, mister; grungeboard, tiny attacher, word bands, wire pin, adornments, locket keys, trimmings; texture fades/fancy & floral frames, bird branch, vagabond; stamps/reflections, grid-blocks; distresser; foam tape
step 11: for background, stamp the smooth side of the embossing folder (the side where the actual design is debossed/recessed) with archival ink using a reflections stamp and emboss a manila tag. note: check out this video showing how i use reflections.
the details: i think using reflections stamps with embossing folders creates the illusion of that stamp going behind the embossed design. i also like the texture distress embossing powders give to the bird branch. simple yet effective.
so for this month, get out those embossing folders, stamps, and embossing powders. even if you don't have reflections stamps there are many designs that will work for this technique. you can try using various inks to stamp with to see what effects they give, and of course add a little texture to your tag using some embossing powders. remember these monthly tags are a way to give yourself that creative time to simply play...t!m
congrats to the winners from the march 12 tags of 2012 gallery posts. if you see your name below, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize!
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(SSS=simon says stamp / IE=inspiration emporium)