When you have lots of tools and materials in your craft room it can be tempting to think you have to use it all. However sometimes I like to pare it all back and make a much simpler looking project. That was my thinking today as I sat down to play with the By My Side Stamp Set. The characters are perfect for colouring, but even then I kept it simple by using Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers without bothering to blend. I was done in less than 10 minutes.
QUICK AND EASY
I began by cutting the tag base from Thick Basic White Card using the largest of the flat-topped dies from the Tailor Made Tags set.
Then from the By My Side Stamp Set I chose the girl with the bird and stamped her onto the tag with Tuxedo Black ink. Colouring the image was quick and easy using just four individual Stampin’ Blends markers. For her hair I chose Bronze, while the Ivory marker was used to colour her skin and also scribble some ‘ground’. Her dress is light Fresh Freesia, and I finished off with the bird in light Balmy Blue.
Going back to the By My Side Stamp Set I chose the “You did it!” sentiment. Using Tuxedo Black ink again I stamped this onto a 1/2″ x 1-5/8″ strip of Thick Basic White Card. Then using the Bronze Stampin’ Blends marker I drew a border around the edge of the strip, before adding it to the tag with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Next I coloured a small scrap of Thick Basic White Card using the light Fresh Freesia Stampin’ Blends. With that done I went back to the Tailor Made Tags Dies set and found the small die designed to cut oval hole reinforcements. After cutting out the coloured scrap I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to attach the pieces on each side of the tag.
Finally I cut 6″ of white twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack. After threading it through the hole and tying the ends in a simple knot my tag project was complete.
This project really was fun to make and I love the clean and simple look. What do you think?
For another project using the By My Side Stamp Set see my earlier blog post By my side.