now, the tag itself didn't do much for me. in fact i refer to it as the "license plate tag" - sorry tim!
but the technique is what turned me on and inspired me to create this -
i was really stoked when i figured out how to do this. so are you ready gypsies? then away we go!
i created the tag itself by cutting it out of a sheet of metal, using tim's big tag die.
one trip through the sizzix and we were ready for action.
then i cut a bunch of leaves out of chipboard - tim's leaf die of course - and arranged them on the backside of the metal tag. then i sandwiched everyone together with cutting pads, and one trip through the sizzix!
leaving the leaves in place i then burnished around the edges with one of those big paper "thumbs" to really sharpen the edges.
then i broke out the alcohol inks and painted the leaves. i used a paint dabber on the background then rubbed it off and burnished it. next i used a point to create the veining down the centers. the final step was applying glossy accent and diamond dust to the leaf edges.
while the tag dried, i took those chipboard leaves i used to emboss the tag, and saturated them with "pine needles" distress stain. after they dried i sanded the edges and then rubbed them with "walnut stain" distress ink, using the sponge blending tool. the final effect was distressed layers of colors. final snowy touches of white paint dabber and the leaves were good to go.
but i had too many leaves, so i cut the stems down and part of the leaf off, and ta-daah! instant tiny trees!
i also played with embossing and created the ticket and lightpost - tim stamps of course. for these i actually did the embossing on white cardstock, then rubbed "walnut stain" distress ink over the paper to create a subtle kraft paper. and of course i inked the edges after cutting them out.
final touches included velvet ribbon "berries" - tie a tiny knot then cut very close so there's no ribbon hanging out. some more ribbon and trims and we're done!
i really enjoyed this tag - thanks for the inspiration tim! or should i say, "timspiration"?
metal - 10 seconds studio
"tattered leaf" and "tag" dies - alterations, sizzix
"walnut stain" - distress ink pad
"pine needles" - distress stain
"snow cap" and "espresso" acrylic paint dabbers