Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Impression Obsession challenge - tags!

The challenge was thrown down to the I.O. design team to use tags on our cards. There really are a lot of ways to incorporate tags into our stamped work...alter an actual shipping tag, frame a sentiment in a punched tag, make a tag-shaped card or a tag book, or hang a tag on a gift bag, box, or bottle.So here are 2 cards, using tags in 2 different ways.

Card #1 was a lot of fun to make. I cut my own tag from a piece of watercolor paper, and stamped and embossed pieces of the Damask Floral set. See that embossing powder? That's my 2 year old's special blend (remember this post?). It's mostly a verdigris, with some extra gold, white and brown. I watercolored around the images using reinkers, then filled in the flowers and leaves with other colors (inks used: Adirondack Pesto, Stream, and Willow). On the next panel, I stamped a leaf from the set with my Tsukineko glue pad, and brushed over those images with gold mica powder. "Happy Birthday" is stamped in Versafine Onyx black, and the row of faux eyelets was done using 2 different punches - a 1/16" punch first, punching through the card; second, a 1/8" punch used just to emboss around the punched circles. To do this, you need several layers of paper behind your cardstock to cushion so the punch does not go all the way through. I used a text-weight paper folded in 4, and that worked for me. NOTE: Experiment first on another piece of cardstock to get the right thickness, so you don't punch through your project! The smaller photo shows the second panel more clearly - click on it to get a larger view.

My second card also incorporates a layer which is stamped and watercolored with reinkers... must have been my experiment du jour...this one is stamped with Colorbox chalk ink (NOTE: one difference between Colorbox chalk inks and Versamagic chalk inks - Versamagic chalk inks will blend with water, and can be used for a 'faux watercolor' technique; Colorbox chalk inks do not blend with water). The background is colored with Adirondack Lemonade reinker. I used watercolor pencils on the cupcakes, where more detail was needed. There are also some dots of white acrylic paint on the wrappers, to tie in with the dots on the ribbon. The tag here is a punch (Whale of a Punch - Ornate Tag). That's watercolor paper, painted in the same way as the background, with a single word (partial stamp) stamped over top. All these stamps are from the clear set called Cupcakes.

All that embossing was done the old fashioned way...stylus and Fiskars texture plates. Don't you feel sorry for me? Hee hee.....

Be sure to check out the rest of the team's creations as they post throughout the day!
Julie @ Out to Impress
Daniela @ For the First Time
Deborah @ Cards and Things
Kelli @ I Made This Myself!
Laura @ Laura's Stamp Art Journal

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  1. Gorgeous cards Dina.
    I love the first one a lot.

    Thanks for your comment the other day on my blog.
    i got sick and was not commenting a lot but did not forget about it.

  2. This is my first time to your blog, and I'm sooooo impressed! I love your work! Gorgeous stuff! I'll be back often! Best, Curt

  3. Dina -- both of your creations are way too pretty for words! Love the metallic on the first one-- oooo la la!!!

  4. Dina! Both cards are really pretty. I'm partial to the first one - water coloring. That's what I'm practicing now. Lovely!!

    Hope everyone is feeling good at your house.

    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

  5. gorgeous, as always! I love the Damask Floral tag and the cupcake card is so cute!! Thanks for playing :)

  6. Lovely tag cards, both, but what you've done with that Damask Floral stamp is simply OUTSTANDING! WOW!!

  7. I just knew you would create something amazing with that embossing mixture!! This is gorgeous!
    hugs, Jami

  8. Your resist card is gorgeous Dina! So rich looking, I love it (and a pretty blend of embossing colours too!!). The cupcake card is sweet, very pretty and summery!

  9. That is awesome!! I love what the 2 year old mixed up for you!! Oh....to have a toddler again. I sure miss it!

  10. YOu just never run out of exciting ideas!! Are you kidding me...the embossed faux eyelets??!! And I laughed so hard when you stated that the embossing powder is the stuff your son combined!! It looks great!! Maybe he really knew what he was doing (hehe)