There is beauty in the simplicity

I am the first one to create big elaborate layouts with lots of colours and action going on. It is my “wheelhouse”, my happy place so to speak. Every once in a while I like to keep it simple and go neutral. This project is one such piece.

I took a cream card stock tag to start as my base. I used Ranger’s texture paste with a Crafter’s workshop harlequin stencil. I applied the paste using an offset spatula that I got from the store. It made applying the medium very easy. They are all sold out of the store but if you want one I am sure Lori could order you one in.

I distressed the tag with pumice stone distress ink. Have I mentioned it is my go to distress ink.  It is a soft subtle colour. I randomly stamped around the tag keeping in mind where the flower layer was going to to.

The flower layer is stamped on water colour paper with sepia archival ink and a stamp from the Tim Holtz flower garden stamp set. Archival ink is very important to use for stamping on this project as it is permanent ink. I water coloured the images with a combination of distress inks and the new distress crayons. Let me stop right here and tell you how fun the distress crayons are to use. I scribbled a bit on my craft mat and picked up the colour with a damp water colour brush. If the brush is too wet, the colour of the crayon gets washed out. I just dabbed my brush on a piece of paper towel and tried to pick up the colour again and it worked perfectly. You will see that the rusty hinge crayon was used as accent colour on the centre of the flower and various spots on the petals. Peeled paint crayon was used for the stem and the leaf. The distress crayons were very easy to use. They can be used in many ways (just type in distress crayon in youtube and Mr Tim Holtz himself has videos there on various ways to use them) I am excited to tell you to keep an eye on the store for the distress crayons.  They will be coming in soon and I am thinking they will sell out quite quickly.

When the stamped image was dry, I used the Tim Holtz marker spritzer to add those subtle dots.  I used gathered twigs and pumice stone markers in this step. I flicked watered down colours across the layer and as a final step I flicked plain water droplets on the layer just to get some visual interest.

I created the flower using the tattered pinecone die. The ribbon was custom dyed using the pumice stone distress marker along the edge of the ribbon and then spritzing it using a mini spritzer. I also sprayed the ribbon with the marker spritzer.

I hope you like my tag and I hope it inspires you just a little.

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get ready to grab your Tim Holtz markers……

I don’t know about you but I sure am ready for Spring.  I recently received a pizza box of goodies from Love is in the Details and I couldn’t wait to dive in. I received the beautiful Tim Holtz butterfly dies and embossing folders. I knew I had to use them as I am feeling so “springy” since I got back from our trip.   Firstly, I die cut a tag, a butterfly, a tattered banner and some foliage.  I ran the tag through the trees embossing folder and added some tissue tape to the bottom. I layered on a few different distress paints on the tag and when it was dry I rubbed on some Inka Gold colours.

The photo doesn’t do the tag justice. The Inka Gold adds a beautiful subtle shimmer as the light hits it.

Time to turn my sights to the butterfly.  I rubbed the embossed butterfly with gold brown Inka Gold and then distressed the edges in places with distress ink. I covered the whole thing in picket fence distress stickles. When it was dry, I rubbed some copper Inka Gold on in places.  I slightly rolled the wings to give the butterfly a little dimension when it would be on the tag. I attached some foliage to the tag and added the butterfly. I like to use a glue gun when attaching most things to my tags so that I know they aren’t going to fall off. One word of advice though…. make sure the spot is exactly where you want it because there is no moving it once it’s glued down.  I added the banner with the word butterfly stamped on it.

I decided to try my hand at making ombre ribbon. Trust me when I tell you it is so easy.  I promise you will be running for your distress markers to try it out!

Start by taking your ribbon. Tim Holtz crinkle ribbon works great for this as does plain white seam binding. Draw a line of colour using a distress marker along one edge of the ribbon. Feel free to play with how wide you make your line of colour as well as the intensity. (You can go over your line a time or two to add intensity)  Spritz with water and watch the magic happen.

I dried mine with a heat gun and this is my final product.

I tied it into a bow and attached it to my tag with the glue gun.

I tried to take a photo to show the hints of glitter from the tag.

Amazing what different light does for the same tag.  I bet you will never look at distress markers the same way anymore, I know I won’t be! …. now, don’t mind me, I am going to go sit in the sun and dream of spring.

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