Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Nostalgic Tag

We've got another, AB-SO-LUTELY gorgeous Vivian Keh design and post for you today! Here she is :)

Hi there, Hampton Art fans! I'm so excited to visit with you here on the blog and share how I put together this nostalgic, warm, softly textured tag!


Nostalgic Tag Supplies:


ABC Primer Stamp set - Hampton Art/Graphic 45 licensed design IC0124


Chesnut Pigment Ink

Rich Cocoa Dye Ink

Tea Dye Ink

Fine Clear Embossing Powder

Smooch Spritz Vanilla Shimmer


Paper Trimmer

Flower - 3D Bigz Die by Sizzix

Tag & Bookplate Die by Sizzix

Scoreboard & Bone folder

Leaf Punch

Moroccan Edger Punch EK Success


Metal Button


Cream Satin Ribbon

Ecru Floss


Scotch ATG

Tombow Mono Multi Glue


Glue Dots

Photo Tutorial:


You'd think I had thrown some soft Betty Davis lighting effects in there!  But I swear, I didn't.  What please me the most about this project was that given the right products, manifesting the soft, romantic nostalgia that I had envisioned became a piece of cake!  Here's the stepped out tutorial!


Isn't this stamp beautiful?  A child discovering the wonders of reading - just precious! This stamp is one of the 8 cling mounted stamps that are included in the ABC Primer 2 Stamp Set by Hampton Art and Graphic 45.  Using dye ink, I stamped my focal image, cut out the frame, and distressed the edges.


Using and edger punch, I cut this decorative strip and distressed that as well.


For the base of my tag, I used a tag die on a piece of strong, cream cardstock.  I diecut a darker colored strip to cover the top portion and trimmed a rectangle to cover the lower portion.  Then I adhered both pieces to the tag base.


This is the Provence Petal Point Pad from Colorbox/Clearsnap.  It contains a deep Chestnut Brown that will probably become a new favorite for me.  Using that color, I stamped these numbers ont he decorative strip and heat embossed with clear fine embossing powder.


Before adhering the strip, I scored down the length and lightly folded along the score line - this easy step adds dimension and interesting shadows!


I tied some creamy satin ribbon around the tag, right at the level where I planned to put the focal image.  This added a bit of sheen in addition to the gloss of the embossed numbers.


I popped the focal image on dimensionals a nestled it up against the bow.


This is how the tag looks so far - a range of tones from light to dark, a variety of textures, and a few shiny accents.

On to the custom bloom.  I saw a beautifully textured bloom gracing a card that recently won a Moxie Fab challenge.  I visited the blog of it's creator, Laura Bassen, to find out how to make it, then shabbified it a bit to suit my tastes.  So I drew and cut a bunch of irregular kidney bean shapes - these irregularities make the bloom interesting.


Before proceeding, I made sure to erase my pencil markings that were left.  Then I scored lines on each petal, radiating out from the center as shown below.


So I had sewn darts in clothing before, but this is the first time I created darts with paper - that was neat and I'm going to see how I can incorporate this little trip to add dimension to other projects and non-floral embellishments in the future!  For the paper dart, I cut slits half-way through the kidney bean shapes.


Then I laid down a tiny strip of glue next to the incision, adhered one side over the other, held it closed with a tiny clothespin and left it to dry.  Now they look like little fish!


Once these dried, I used my beloved bone folder to curl the edges.


Then I spritzed with my new Smooch Spritz!


Isn't that fine shimmer glorious? This was one of the products in my goody box from Hampton Art partner, Clearsnap.  Exactly the amount of shine I want and LURVE!  Plus, it comes in this glass vial that's wonderful to handle!


I assembled the bloom using glue dots.  Hot glue would work, too.  And then I topped it off with a beautiful button.


Bloom done, now onto my tightly rolled flowers.  I diecut a few of these, rolled them as shown, keeping them tighter at the base, finally sealing the deal with some hot glue at the base.


I used a leaf punch to create a few simple leaves, curled them with my bone folder, and inserted them under the flower petals in such a way to draw the eye around the tag.


Add some pearls bling on the bottom, and voila!

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