Monday, May 27, 2013
12 Tags of 2013 - May
I am still playing along with the 12 Tags of 2013 on Tim Holtz's wonderful blog. This month, he is featuring a technique using Idea-ology Remnant Rubs. I didn't have any of those on hand, but did have a stack of alphabet rub-ons from DCWV gathering dust in my stash of crafting things, so I decided to try those to see if it gives a similar effect. I started off by applying some letters randomly around a tag, and also added some lines of periods so they just look like random dots. I used Distress Stains in the same technique per the blog and was happy to see it did give a similar effect of resisting the stains.
I did not have the enamel tags from Idea-ology either, so used white Architexture Stone piece from EK Success. After I applied a white rub-on letter to it, I stained around the letter with Ranger Alcohol Inks.
Another techique I tried which was not on the blog, was to apply Alcohol Ink and then Clear Distress Crackle to the back of the Idea-ology Film Strip Ribbon. I wanted to add more red/purple to that side of the tag as it was mostly yellow and orange on that side. Instead of trying to add it to the tag itself with more stain, I added color via the layer on top (the plastic ribbon). You have to be careful to apply the Crackle only down the middle of the plastic ribbon and leave the edges clean so you can then use double-stick tape to attach it as per the blog. Also, I cut it slightly larger than I needed so I could have clean ends with which to hold it down flat with weight on each end until it totally dried. I then trimmed that part off before adhering it to tag. I feel the crackle gives the film strip ribbon an interesting layer of texture, while it remains smooth to the touch on top.
Once I had stamped a portion of my Inkadinkado Illuminata stamp, I wanted to highlight the center image of the hands to make them more important than the rest of the image, so used Distress Markers in Picket Fence (white). For anyone who may not catch it, the hands are from the portion of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel painting called The Creation of Adam, depicting God reaching out to give Adam the spark of life. I had also stamped a honeycomb image from BoBunny Geometric Patterns stamp set around the edges and highlighted portions of that with the Picket Fence marker.
I applied the saying "possibility begins with imagination" from the Idea-ology Metal Decorative Bands pack with some brads I had on hand and then added a selection of decorative fibers.
I do like how it turned out and will definitely be using this technique again. After I had finished this, I found out that my local Michaels crafting store now carries the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Word Remnant Rubs, so I got a pack of those to use on other tags, ATCs, and cards. Can't wait to do that same technique again.