Wednesday, 12 June 2013

In one drop of water… (mini tutorial)

This is just a bit of a quick show off/ mini tutorial on a tag that I made a while back. I am seriously in love with Ryn's stamps and if you haven't heard of her, definitely check her out!
Products used:
  • Tim Holtz Tag and Bookplates die
  • Dylusions ink spray
    • Dirty Martini
    • Calypso Teal
  • Designs by Ryn stamp- water droplets
  • Inkylicious stamp - Handwritten script
  • Uniball Signo Broad white gel pen

I used one of my ready cut Tags on watercolour paper and sprayed it with Dylusions ink sprays in Dirty martini and Calypso Teal. This combination is definitely one of my favourites.
I stamped inkylicious handwritten script stamp in the background with peacock feathers distress ink and then stamped Ryn's water droplets stamp onto the tag at the bottom and top corner with stazon black ink. This is important as it enables me to continue using water on the tag without ruining the detail in this stamp. I used my water brush with water only and 'painted' the inside of each droplet and blotted it with a towel. Dylusions inks are NOT permanent. So when I placed the water on each of these spots, it removed the colour slightly. More depending on how long you let it sit and how many times you repeat the process. Make sure you blot the water away otherwise you wont get as strong of an effect because the inky water will just soak back in.

I wanted to bring my water droplets to life even more so I used my white gel pen (current favourite is Uniball signo broad white gel pen) and emphasized where the highlights would be on the droplets. This made it more look more realistic and like it was really coming off the page.
I did not have a sentiment or quote that worked (at least none that I liked) so google search really came in handy here. I knew I wanted something to do with water so I played around searching with different keywords and found a quote that I did like. The stark white of plain card would be too strong on this tag so I chose to stamp my quote on vellum with small individual letter stamps and stazon black ink (vellum after all has a bit of a slick surface and I really didn't want it to smudge). I cut them into strips and positioned each where I wanted and stuck it down using a small amount of permanent tape runner.
I had some thin wire that had what looked like clear water drops along it which I had acquired in a swap at some point. I wrapped this around the bottom of the tag to add some dimension. Its a bit hard to see but I still really like it.
I finished the tag off with some ric rac ribbon in a similar teal/green colour and done!

I hope once again you got a little bit of inspiration!

Have a crafty day!


  1. Hey Samantha! GORGEOUS blog!!! I'm envious of that background wallpaper! Might have to change mine now... So, is this a group blog that is maintained by the 6 of you? You have done a great job of popping out the Water Droplets in this project. Just love it! I'm looking forward to seeing what else you make :)

    1. Thanks for the comment Ryn! Yes, it is a group blog that I started for those of us who don't always have time to post frequently but still love to blog and share our work! Im glad you like it! I use this stamp so often, I hope to have more to share soon! Especially as I am now waiting on another of your stamps! YAY cant wait! I will be sure to keep you updated :)

      Ps- I like our background too ;)

  2. Yes it's a group blog Ryn. We all contribute different things. It's fairly new at the moment but we're enjoying it so far. Glad you like it :D

  3. Lovely Tag, going to TRY and share it on Pinterest!
    Michelle x

    1. Thanks for the possible Share Michelle! :) We always appreciate that!

  4. Fab tutorial . Thank you x

    1. Thanks Lynda, I hope you got some inspiration from it!

  5. What a fab tag, love that water droplet stamp you used

    1. Thanks Noreen! I love that stamp too! Ryn does an amazing job with her stamps :)

  6. Just one word really....... L O V E ........ Hugs P xxx


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