Hello Sweeties! I’m back from summer vacation and am playing a bit of catch up here on the old blog today. The past few days really slipped away from me, but I’m back now, and am so looking forward to getting around to see what you all have been up to. Summer vacations are amazing, but it’s also good to be home!
One of the last things I did before heading to California was play and experiment with a few of my favorite Sizzix and Tim Holtz goodies. And today I would love to share with you the result, a fun mixed-media art tag in my favorite shabby chic style.
I have been having the most fun getting inky and messy lately with Distress inks, paints, and stains, and today’s tag is no different. Love how all the layers of medium build upon each other to create a completely unique background every time. Of course I started this tag by die cutting Tim’s fabulous Tag & Bookplates die from heavy manila cardstock, then I added color by swiping the tag through a variety of Distress stains. This time, I added in a bit of embossing to add an additional layer of texture, too, using Tim’s Ink Splats texture plate. Sanding and inking a few areas of raised embossing, along with additional paint and ink along the edges adds a vintage feel that I just love. I added in a Idea-ology reinforcer to the top of the tag, and strips of tissue tape to the side. That tissue tape is actually from Tim Holtz’s Halloween collection, but a girl needs to use what she has…and you all KNOW I don’t mind a bit of Halloween here and there! ;)
I have been trying to tell myself to follow my heart lately, so when I found this super duper old rub-on from DaisyD’s while cleaning out my scraproom lately, I took it as a sign, and this quote became the inspiration for my tag. Although the original rub-on was in the form of a tag, it was easy to cut it all apart to create word strips. I even used the remnants of the tag to add extra detail to the top corner of my tag, as well as on the heart. Of course I didn’t want my rubs to look too shiny and new, so I gave them all a good sanding and inking to help them blend right into the tag background. Now they look like they’ve been there forever.
I could think of no better image to go along with my sentiment than a heart, and the beautiful heart from Tim Holtz’s Love Struck die was the perfect shape and size. I die cut the shape from a scrap of cardstock, then shabbied it up with ink and crackle medium, with stain added over the top to bring out even more of the pretty crackle finish. I added stained ribbon over the top, tied into a bow and secured with the Tiny Attacher. The flowers were die cut from fabric using Brenda Walton’s Summer Florals Decorative Strip Die. I love how shabby they turned out! Then, to pull in another one of my loves, I added a pair of hand-stitched felt leaves. A few clear beads add the finishing touch.
It feels so good to be back and sharing with all of you again! I’m super excited to be able to share a special discount code with you all, good for 15% off of your regular priced purchase on Sizzix.com. This discount is good through the end of the year. Just use code SZ10B at checkout. (Sorry Sizzix only ships within the US at this time.)
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Good luck everyone, and thanks so much for stopping by!