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March 18, 2017

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I recently created tags for some gals that I swap cards with. Check it out on Facebook; the group is called Sonia’s fellow stampers. Anyone can join. It was an old tag that I made several years ago.  This is a post on how I created the background.

So here’s the original tag:

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This tag is basically created using a resist method. First stamp the frame from the Stampers Anonymous Tattered Elements CMS 018 stamp set. I used Versamark ink. Then sprinkle on Antique Linen Distress Embossing Powder.

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Next heat the powder to melt it. Some people have a hard time telling if the distress powder is melted. It is a little harder to tell than regular embossing powder because it does not get shiny. But it does change color a bit. Here’s a picture of the unmelted (on the left) and the melted (on the right):

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When it cools rub it a bit and little bits of the powder will come off. That’s what makes it “distress”.  I actually got quite a bit of little flakes as you can see in this picture:

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Next I stamped the sentiment using a Brilliance Mineral ink pad. I love this ink because it has three metallic colors in one pad. The sentiment is from the same stamp set as the frame. Next I stamped the flourish from the  Stampers Anonymous Fabulous Flourishes CMS070 stamp set. I used a Brilliance Lightning Black ink pad.  The reason I used Brilliance is because it would act as a resist. Brilliance is a fast drying pigment ink. It is also nice that it dries on non-porous surfaces.  Before Stazon it was our go-to ink for stamping on plastic, metal, etc.

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Now with all that lovely resist stamping on the tag, go ahead and sponge on distress ink using an ink applicator. I still use the rectangular pads because I’m used to them but I also use the circles. Use what you like. The colors of Distress Ink I used were Broken China and Antique Linen.

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After adding the Distress Ink, wipe off the stamped images with a rag; they will resist the Distress ink. Then Spritz the Distressed ink areas with a little water and let the Distress Ink react to the water. Love it!

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There you have it – a quick and easy background. To finish it off, tear a strip of music note designer paper and apply Broken China to the edge of that paper too. Then attach to the left side of the tag.

Now a note about the shrink plastic bird….this is a Sizzix die called Bird Branch. It is kind of difficult to shrink so it is not for the faint at heart. You might have trouble even if you have done lots of shrink plastic and if you’ve never done shrink plastic you will probably get very frustrated. The thin little branches want to curl around and stick to each other. But I love how it looks so it was worth the effort to me. First, die cut the shrink plastic using Bird Branch.

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Then color it with these Copic markers (or any alcohol ink marker):

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You can also color it afterwards for a softer lighter look. The bird on the left was colored before shrinking, the bird on the right was colored after shrinking.

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After putting a liquid adhesive on the back (use one that works on plastic) stick the bird on the tag. Then heat it just a bit so it gets soft and then set a big wooden stamp on top of it for weight. It only takes a few seconds but it will cool flat on the tag.

Hope you enjoyed these instructions. I can see that I need to work on the glare. I used my iPhone and should have turned off the flash. Happy paper crafting my friends!

Marjorie

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