Finally got around to making my March tag! This one I was looking forward to - so I could try out one of Tim's newest tools; the Distress Marker Spritzer. This month's techniques were "Smudge Stamping" and creating two tags; one in bolder colours and the second with the same, but more muted tones.
I gathered my supplies...
Smooching the Wild Honey Distress Ink pad onto my craftsheet, I spritzed it with water using the Mini Mister and swiped the tags through it; first with one and then adding more water to the sheet before swiping the second to make a lighter, softer background tone.
The stamp is from the French Memories set by Tim's Stamper's Anonymous line; stamped with both Black Soot and Walnut Stain Distress Ink. As he instructed, I dabbed the freshly-stamped images with foam to smudge them. I highlighted a few images with Broken China and Wild Honey Distress Markers, using a water brush to blend.
After inking the edges with more Walnut Distress Ink, I used Tim's new spritzer to spray Broken China from my Distress Marker through his Shattered Layering Stencil. What an easy way to get a great effect!
Next I prepared a saying from his Metal Word Bands Observations by painting with Picket Fence Distress Paint and Broken China Distress Ink. On the second tag, I used one of his rub ons over a chipboard piece, coloured with more Distress Inks.
I also used Broken China Distress Stain to colour the seam binding; scrunching it up and dabbing it into the watered-down ink on my craftsheet.
I added some Idea-ology Sketchbook Tissue Tape then attached the word band with Tim's Jute string and stapled the second tag's label and wrapped a lighter tone of jute around the bottom. Lastly, the seam binding was threaded through the top holes.
I must admit, these came out nicer than I expected! I love the combo of Wild Honey and Broken China colours, the soft smudge stamping effect and the layering of paper, inks and embellishments.
Are you participating in The Twelve Tags of 2014? If so, let me know in the comments so I can come visit you too!