Monday, 10 June 2013

Live in the sunshine! (Tutorial)


Products Used:
  • Tim Holtz Tag and Bookplates Die
  • Distress inks in multiple colours
  • Adirondack paint dabber - white
  • Distress Paint
    • Fired Brick
    • Wild Honey
    • Mustard seed
    • Peeled Paint
    • Broken China
    • Chipped Sapphire
  • Tim holtz embossing folder - Rays
  • Technique Tuesday Stamp set - Bring on the Sun
  • Alcohol Inks
  • Tim Holtz Ideology - Facets
  • Tim Holtz Components Rubber stamp - Dots
  • Stampendous embossing powder - White
  • Visible Image stamp set - Ink splats
First of all, I apologize for starting the pics in the middle of everything and not from the beginning. I often start projects with no idea what Im doing or where Im going with it so I tend to forget to take the pictures a long the way! 
So here we go. For the background tag I used distress inks in various colours and to be honest this particular tag probably started out as using up leftover ink from another tag I was doing. I promise I will make a tutorial on that technique in the future and post the link here. So I had my lovely spare tag already colours and just got a random bit of inspiration and decided to paint a rainbow on it! I had new distress paints that I really wanted to use so here is where these came in. Distress paints are not completely opaque like most paints and with my lack of planning ahead I had to improvise so what I did here was paint the background shape with white acrylic paint. I had my Adirondack paint dabber at hand but since I wasn't dabbing I just removed the lid and stuck a paintbrush in.

with coloured edges
without coloured edges
Once I let that dry I did the usual ROYGBIV on the rainbow colour in distress paint, Except for the purple which I did a bit of colour mixing with the blue and red as I don't yet have purple. The slickness of the white paint and the distinct properties of the distress paint made it separate a bit but to be honest, I quite like that look as it sort of gave it a grungy effect. I then used my blending tool and some chipped sapphire distress ink to bring in a vignette affect around the edges. This is something I do a lot as it seems to add a lot of depth to my tags with just a small amount of effort.

At this point I left that tag to fully dry and using a clear tag that I cut from used packaging I embossed it with Tim Holtz Rays embossing folder and coloured it with some red and yellow alcohol inks.

Going back to my first tag, I created a mask of my rainbow by tracing it onto a post it and used white paint to stamp some texture onto the background with my sanded wooden stamp. I pulled out my 'Bring on the sunshine' stamp set by Technique Tuesday and selected the Sun=<3, the Irish blessing and the definition stamps and randomly stamped them with memento black ink. I also used Visible Image Ink splat stamps and stamped those in mustard seed distress paint all over the tag. Its a subtle look but I think it gives it a bit of extra texture. We like texture!

I placed the clear tag  on top for positioning and drew and cut out a cloud shape from white vellum, which I then embossed in white embossing powder with a dots stamp. I wasn't overly fussed about perfection in this case with the embossing powder because, remember, we are going for a bit of a grungy look. This I stuck to the clear tag with foam adhesive squares. I cut these small and stuck them behind each of the dots so it was very secure but the foam wasn't visible.

I stamped the 'Live in the Sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air' stamp, again from Technique Tuesday, onto white card and cut out Live in the sunshine which I then framed with black pen and stuck to the clear tag as my sentiment.
Once everything was attached where I wanted it, I fastened the clear tag to the other in the corners with mini brads. I chose an orange ribbon to tie to the top, attached a droplet style facet and sun charm to it. Below you can see the finished products.

I hope you enjoyed and maybe got some ideas and inspiration along the way!
Have a crafty day!


  1. OH WOW. That's all I can say! Simply stunning! xxx

  2. Great tag & great to know how you made it :D

  3. What an absolutely AWESOME tag!!! I love love love all the colors!!!! SO PRETTY!!!! I also wanted to Thank you for your very sweet comment on my blog...I wish you a very blessed day!!!!

  4. Gorgeous. Love the vivid colours

  5. Fantastic tag, awesome bright colours and love the inky design! Great sentiment too. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  6. Love the vitality if this tag
    Margaret Jolly

  7. This is amazing, you are very talented. Love it.
    Thanks for joining us at Craft Mojo.
    Sally. x

  8. Sam, you won Junes challenge blog, CONGRATULATION, thank you for playing, please feel free to take the badge from our badge page and display it on you blog.
    Thank you again for playing.
    Sally. x


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