I finally have completed my March tag for Tim Holtz's 12 Tags Of 2015 challenge. This month's tag was a struggle for me, I didn't have any of the Distress Paint colours that Tim used (click here to see his full tutorial), so I had to do some experimenting and learned some lessons along the way. Here is my finished March tag;
I used Distress Stains for my background and ended up stamping some images onto the background with Jet Black Archival ink rather than using tissue tape (I'll explain why below!).
I didn't have a butterfly stamp that was the right size so I decided to keep with the 'winged' theme and used this lovely little bird instead. The only texture paste I had was Wendy Vecchi's Crackle Embossing paste so I ended up with a crackled enamel effect around the little bird (which I rather like!) and as I didn't have an alphabet stencil like Tim used, I used a background stencil by Dyan Reaveley.
I kept with the general composition of Tim's tag but added some different embellishments; I added the stamped and embossed number '3' (for the month of March) and used the 'Inspire' Philosophy tag on a wire pin on the top.
I wrapped the bottom of the tag with a piece of coffee stained twine and colored the winged heart with some Alcohol Ink and hung it off the twine with a little piece of rusty wire. The sentiment was stamped and embossed onto a piece of cardstock, edged with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink and mounted on some pop dots for a little dimension.
This tag was take number four, I had more than a few disasters and unexpected results as I worked on the March tag, and here are the lessons I learned along the way.
1) 'Regular' acrylic paint does NOT blend like Distress Paint. No matter how much I'd love to use up my enormous stash of acrylic paints, the 'regular' acrylic paints do not have the consistency or blend-ability of Distress. I tried to make it work but ended up spraying the painted tag with so much water that the poor thing disintegrated and still the acrylic paint would not blend.
2) Embossing powder sticks to tissue tape that has not been sealed with paint! This was why I ended up stamping my background images onto the tag rather than using tissue tape as Tim had. It was disaster city on the second tag I made because the gold embossing powder was not only sticking to the texture paste background but was also clinging to all of the tissue tape. At first I was a little ticked but then I began to see possibilities for future projects - clear embossing powder over top of tissue tape might be pretty darn effective!
3) Sealing the tissue tape with a thin layer of gesso will, to some extent, keep the embossing powder from sticking to the tape but it also dulls the colours of the Distress Stain. Again, while not the look I was going for for the March Tim tag, it was something I will probably come back to as I quite like the end result. Here's a picture of a tag I ended up making with the gesso'ed background;
The colours are quite muted but since that is definitely my comfort zone where colour is concerned I love it LOL!
Thanks as always for stopping by today and hope that you too will make some wonderful and unexpected discoveries as you play in your studio. Happy creating!