Ok, it’s Wednesday night and I’ve completed a crazy twofer. Two tags in one, both sides are finished and match.
My project is for the Grungy Monday Challenge and Simon Says Stamp and Show. This week Simon wants a word and Linda invited us to break out our alcohol inks and play along using the products as demonstrated by Tim Holtz. So play is what I did.
I knew that I wanted use metal. So staring with a soda can I cut it open and fixed it to a piece of grunge paper. I had the idea to cut out a gear shape from the tag and re-insert a gear of different material and then to somehow make a stain glass look through the gear. So after a bit of trial and error, I wound up with a nice sandwich of clear plastic, grunge paper and aluminum can. I a tag with the mini gear cut-outs. You wouldn’t believe how cool the tag feels. I would say it’s like thick pleather, it’s smooth and pliable. But be careful! If you do this at home, the edges are sharp and will bite you. I used memory foil to cover the edges to seal the tag and protect my fingers. Both sides were pounced with a liberal amount of ink in butterscotch, rust, gold, cranberry and stream.
Anyway after I had my tag cut the rest was fairly simple using grunge paper, metal foil, decorative paper and more packaging plastic, I layered and cut a bunch of gears. The larger of the 2 mini gears has a layer of clear plastic in center. This allowed me to ink up the knock outs from a plastic gear and fix them in place between the spokes for a stained glass effect. Other gears were hammered or embossed with the circle texture fade. All got some sort of extra attention with some AI.
I then used Stazon to stamp the vixen’s head on plastic which was layered on metal foil and again on grunge paper. One of the stamped images was flipped over so that is was reversed.
Sounds simple right? Actually it was easier than it sounds, but I have to say thank goodness for the Xyron Machine and the adhesive backing paper. It made laminating a breeze. Lastly I cut some letters from more grunge paper and inked them with Silver Alcohol Ink and then put the whole thing together.
I think I was grinning like kid in a candy shop the entire time I was making this tag, lots of fun and an inky good time.
Thanks for sticking around.