You and Me

PART 2 – Project using the technique

As promised I am back with Part 2 of the Technique Post I blogged about last. This week was a pretty hectic one, you know one of those times when all of a sudden different work just lands on you together and you have your hands and plate both full. I had wanted to share four projects with the four pieces of cardstock that I had embossed but only managed to execute one. The remaining three for some other day, hopefully soon :)

So I loved the result I got and since my favorite one was the one from the Dlyusions stencil, it was calling to me and so I picked that for the project. The size was such that I wanted to use it as the background for a tag, I had not made tags previously and so wanted to have a go.

I decided I wanted a muted colored background and go for a distressed look. I used the pumice stone distress ink and my mini ink blending tool to cover the cardstock piece entirely. When I started off the embossed areas took on color first from the tool and were darker, but I wasn’t getting a blended effect and when I went over and over the entire piece evened out. Now I decided this was looking too muted at this stage so I added a bit of Worn Lipstick to it as well. Once I was done with all the blending, I felt the embossing wasn’t as pronounced any more so I aligned the embossed areas with the stencil and passed it through my big shot the same way I had done earlier.

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Now I wanted to add some fun to the cardstock piece and I started off with a spray of black indian ink that I had lying from my university days. Then I trimmed of the top two corners of the cardstock piece to give it more of a tag feel. I wanted a kind of a distressed look overall and so using my ranger distressing tool, I went on to distress the edges. I had some tags lying from Prima’s Something Blue Collection, of which I decided to add one as the ‘focal area’ on the tag. I selected the black chalkboard style ‘you and me’, love the hint of color on this with the flowers peeking out from the corner. Took out some matching mulberry paper roses from my stash and some cheese cloth, a wooden leaf, a resin piece, some spellbinder diecuts, distress reinkers, white acrylic paint and 2 hours and inky hands later, this is what I came up with.

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I colored the cheesecloth using the black and red ink sprays and moved it around to distribute the color and set it aside to dry. In the meantime, I decided on two diecuts from Spellbinders that I wanted to use and I distressed the corner one with pumice stone and sprayed the other black. Similar I took the resin piece and sprayed that too with the black and red inks, blotting of some color in areas to give it a distressed washed look.

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Once all three things were dry I got down to laying them out on the tag. The cheese cloth I adhered to the tag first using Aleene’s tacky glue. This was followed by the spellbinder diecut on top and the something blue tag. Then I tried a couple of arrangements for the flowers, the wooden lead and resin accent piece. Once I was satisfied, everything got glued down, using tacky glue. Added a few pieces of black bling in and around the flowers. I added a splatter of diluted white acrylic paint in the end concentrating on the ‘mini tag’ and the background.

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It would look nice if there was a small black and white photograph added just above the ‘you and me’ sentiment, but either way I was happy with how it looked :) Took the above photograph just so you could see the depth of the embossing using the stencil. Once again this is a wonderful technique that I stumbled upon while trying embossing and then the first thing I did after was google it out and was surprised I hadn’t come across one of these tutorials before.

So here we are, I hope you liked this post, do let me know what you think about the tag, I would love to have feedback on it. And do let me know when you try out the embossing with stencils technique, would love to see what you come up with.

SUPPLIES USED

Dylusions Small Alphabet Border Stencil
Crop-a-Dile Hole Punch & Eyelet Setter
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Dies Damask Motifs
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Dies Parisian Motifs
Pumice Stone Distress Ink
Worn Lipstick Distress Ink
Mini Ink Blending Tool
Picket Fence Distress Paint
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Ranger Craft Sheet
Prima Something Blue Tickets & Tags
Prima Shabby Chic Resin Embellishments
Want 2 Scrap Black Self-Adhesive Rhinestones
Mulberry Paper Roses
– Ranger Distress Tool
– Cheese Cloth/ Medicine Gauze (available at hardware/medical supply stores)

Graphic designer, Paper Crafter, avid Photographer and a Foodie.
Loves all things handmade and things with clean, bold, graphic & minimalist styles. Lives in a beautiful valley north of Islamabad, Pakistan.

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