Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Why clean when you can make tags?

I ask this question too often lately. On Saturday, I overhauled the Halloween Room (office) and there's still some fallout that needs attention. In total, I think I spent over 12 hours cleaning, moving, purging, and organizing over the weekend and last night I couldn't do it again. I was tired and stressed out from the day job. But I had new orange ink to try out.

This trio of tags are clipart from doverpictura.com and I used Tim Holtz® Mini Distress Ink Pads in Dried Marigold, Frayed Burlap, Forest Moss, and Stormy Sky. I also used Ranger® Archival Ink, but I cannot remember the color. Bad crafting form, I know… I also used Tim Holtz® ChitChat stickers. 

I printed up the images and cut them out, running a black marker along the cut edge of the paper so it didn't look so "new."  

Next, I high jacked my Tim Holtz® Alcohol Ink Applicator to apply layers of inks. I used the same felt pad for all of the colors, again, bad crafting form. I liked how each one is slightly different in hue.

Once the ink was dry, I added a bit of Ranger® Glossy Accents to the back of the images and glued them in place.

I picked out word stickers to go with each tag and applied them, running a fountain pen around the edges. I’m not overjoyed with how that looks, but it is what it is.


The temptation to add “just a little bit extra” is strong, but I don’t want to over-do them. Maybe some old ribbon or string though…




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