Sunday, 5 March 2017

Twenty Minute Tag

I recently saw a challenge to create a background in two minutes.  I decided to extend that and experiment to create a finished tag in under twenty minutes.  I just about made it, although if I hadn't taken any photos as I went along, I would have cut it less fine!

I started with a #8 Manilla Tag and used Jet Black archival ink and two different stamps held in my hand to add interest.  The Script stamp is the Christmas Carol stamp designed by Paula Pascual and the other is the Grunge stamp from Kaisercraft.
I then used some ends of Aqua Tints that were dried up in my palette by spritzing them with water and brushing them randomly over the tag, cleaning my brush in between.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo after this stage, as I was so engrossed in the process and my self imposed time limit.  The next step was to add the Statue of Liberty using the 8" x 6" Sheena Douglass 'Liberty' stencil and some gold Dreamweaver embossing paste.  I actually missed part of the statue, but didn't notice until the end when I went back and added the hand holding the tablet.  I realised that I had also reversed the image, but I couldn't do anything about that. 

The next step was to add the word 'Liberté' using the Claritystamp Word Chain Alphabet (the comma was turned on its side to make the accent on the final e).  It was stamped using Versamark ink and heat embossed with Cosmic Shimmer detail white embossing powder.  I chose to stamp it in French as the Statue of Liberty was a gift to the USA from France.
Finally, I went round the edge of the tag, first with Vintage Photo, then with Ground Espresso distress ink and a blending tool to create a vignette.  It was only later when cleaning the stencil that I realised my error with the missing hand and added it in.
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