A few tag backgrounds

Inspired by Tim Holtz’s 12 tags of Christmas, I have been playing with inkpads and embossing powder to create tag backgrounds, which could, of course, be used on any paper.  I like his first year’s12 tags from 2 years ago, as they seem to be simpler and have less ‘bling’!  More arty and abstract…

It was my birthday last week so I treated myself to a few of his tools, like the ink blending tool and the edge distresser. 

I’m not sure what (or whether) I am going to stamp on top of these or embellish them or whether to leave them as examples…

For this one I used his ink blending tool and rubbed blue ink and burgundy ink on to the tag.  Then I sprinkled water over it, left it for about 10 seconds and then dried it with a heat gun.  The edges are distressed with the edge distresser.  I’ll probably rub some more ink into the edges to make them look more tattered.

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I started off by painting over this tag entirely with black acrylic paint.  Then I stamped the tree stamp on to it with embossing ink and embossed them with clear embossing powder.  Then I dabbed a couple of different colours of acrylic paint all over and left it to dry.  Ulp.  What had I done?  But then I rubbed an eraser over it (Tim says a wet paper towel in his blog but he used his special paint dabbers so the paint might be different – I just used some Golden acrylics that I already have and it needed a bit more persuasion to reveal the trees underneath but the eraser did it just fine).    I do like the effect of this, the trees sort of poking out ghostily (is that a word?!!) from the background.

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Here is a close up.  Good texture, eh?

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For this one I rubbed an orange inkpad over the tag and then sprinkled clear embossing powder all over.   Then I flicked some of it off into the rubbish bin to make the speckled look.  Then I heated up the embossing powder and then rubbed a darker colour ink with the ink blending tool over the top.  Actually, Tim’s looks a lot more speckled than mine.  Obviously I need a bit of practice!

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This one was meant to  be the same as the above but I used white embossing powder by mistake so I stamped an image over the top.  Nice texture again, though…

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For this one I mixed up some distress reinker ink and some Pearl-ex powder with water in a misting bottle and sprayed it, using some stencils as a mask.  I think the image would be clearer if I’d used freezer paper or something which adheres to the paper but I quite like this effect.  Then I inked over the masked bits and did the trick with the water splotches again.  Then I painted one of the stars with clear crackle paint.  Fun!

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For this one I was playing with green crackle paint which I then pounced blueish ink over to get in the cracks.  I had a play with my eyelets here too.

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I’m sure some of these effects will find their way into my gocco printed images and the Moleskine journals…  And no doubt on to fabric too….

8 Replies to “A few tag backgrounds”

  1. Hi Liz! Don’t you just LOVE paper art?? These are great! I love to make minature art on tags too. I don’t have any on my newest blog, but I did have some on my halloween blog for a while when I was selling them on etsy. I am a spinner and a weaver also. Fiber arts are so whimsical and fun. Love the blog, keep posting!

  2. Hi Liz, these are wonderful and lovely.
    And just to let you know that I had did the exact same thing on big tree leaves and it worked for me.
    I would use these as my bookmarks from now.
    Thanks.

  3. Almost as much as the tags I love your very exact descriptions of what you did. So, do you think the blender was a worthwhile purchase? It’s on my “possibilities” list………. Love your blog! Gina

    1. Thanks, Gina! I think it was, it does seem to pop up in a lot of his descriptions, although probably using some felt or something would work just as well. I bought a pack of the stuff he sells to make your own stamps, partially to see what sort of stuff it was and partly to use as replacement pads for the blender. I decided to treat myself anyway as it was my birthday!! DH isn’t very good at buying me presents so I have to buy my own!

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