Thursday, 21 December 2017

Babes in the Wood Tag

I had little idea where I was going with this tag when I started; it evolved as it went along.  I am really pleased with the finished piece; it has a very vintage feel about it!
I started with a piece of copy paper which had been used to clean up ink from a blending mat and a stencil that I recently acquired.  The copy paper was glued to a #8 manilla tag and trimmed.  I didn't seal the paper on the tag as I was thinking about using distress ink over the top later on.
The stencil is one of a set of eight that I bought recently (icraft i-8512 from Oysterstamps).  I wanted to preserve the background behind the trees, so used a Versamark ink pad through the stencil and heat embossed in clear embossing powder.  The first layer was a little pitted in places, so I replaced the stencil and repeated the process to create a smoother finish.  In a happy accident, the second layer of heat embossing caused the print on the reverse side of the copy paper to show through in places; an unintended consequence, but one which I think adds to the vintage feel of the final piece.
I blended Gathered Twigs Distress ink over the whole tag and buffed up the embossed areas to clean them off.
I repeated this step, using Ground Espresso Distress ink.
Two of the paper dolls pieces from the Christmas set (Tim Holtz) were glued into place at the bottom.
Finally, the sentiment was printed using my Dymo Letratag in the medium font, trimmed and added across the middle.
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