Saturday, June 11, 2011

Tag Tutoral

Scrapbook News and Review Magazine recently had an event showcasing tags, arches, and ATC's made by the staffers. Now I can finally share my creation with you.

I had a blast working in this tag. Instead of using paper as my background, I experimented and used fabric. And what a fun medium to play with too! I will warn you, this tag is technique heavy, but don't let that discourage you at all. For me, that's one of the best things about making projects is the discovery of new techniques to add to my arsenal.

Step One: Take three strips of white fabric and cut to 2 1/2 in by 6 1/2 in each. Randomly spritz with color until thoroughly saturated. Set aside to dry.

Step Two: Once fabric strips are dry, use a brush to coat the cardstock with gel medium.

Step Three: Apply fabric strips to cardstock base, slightly overlapping each strip. Set aside to dry.

Step Four: Once the gel medium is dry, trim cardstock to 6 1/4 in by 3 1/2 in and also round the corners.

Step Five: Using a Crafter's Workshop template and white ink, add circle designs on top of the fabric.

Step Six: To start the beaded fringe, bring up a beading needle from the back to the front of the cardstock and start adding beads. Continue adding beads to the thread until you have about a 12 inch length of beads.

Step Seven: To start forming the loops, bring up a second thread from the back of the cardstock.

Step Eight: Section off approximately 35 beads so you can see where the loop will be placed. Run the second needle under the thread of beads and then take the needle back down the same hole as it was brought up.

Step Nine: Continue forming loops across the width of the cardstock. Once the beaded fringe is complete add a length of floral ribbon across the top to hide the stitch marks.

Step Ten: Using a grip patterned background stamp and white ink, stamp the top right corner of the tag.

Step Eleven: Using a waterproof ink and watercolor paper, stamp wings and cut out.

Step Twelve: Add a drop of color wash onto a craft sheet and add a few drops of water to dilute the color. Brush the color onto the wings.

Step Thirteen: Apply alcohol ink to the back of the clock face.

Step Fourteen: Attach keyhole and wings to clock face.

Step Fifteen: Attach embellishment to tag. Print out quote and also attach to tag.
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