As so often happens when a new catalogue comes out, I’ve been neglecting some of my other toys. While I’m sure no one can blame for having fun with new Stampin’ Up! products, it does make me feel a little guilty. That’s why I’ve been revisiting some older (but still available) items like the Cane Weave 3D Embossing Folder and Labels Aglow Dies. Of course I couldn’t resist pairing them with a new stamp set. There’s something about the font used for the Layering Leaves sentiments that I simply love.
CANE WEAVE BASE
I began with some Tranquil Tide Card and the largest of the flat-topped dies from the Tailor Made Tags Dies. After cutting out the card I used the same die to cut a second tag base from Very Vanilla Card. Then I embossed just the Tranquil Tide piece with the Cane Weave 3D Embossing Folder.
Next, to bring out the cane texture I used a Blending Brush to add a layer of Tranquil Tide ink over the surface. This was followed by some Pretty Peacock ink around the edges. Then using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I fixed the two tag pieces back-to-back so I had a smooth area on which to write later.
Finally I cut 6″ of Very Vanilla twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials pack and folded it in half. I poked the loop through the hole at the top of the tag, then threaded the ends through the loop. After pulling the twine gently to secure it in place I set the tag base aside.
To decorate the tag I chose two dies from the Labels Aglow Dies set; the long label and the small circle, and cut one of each from Very Vanilla Card.
Next, using a Blending Brush I added a light layer of Pretty Peacock ink over the surface of the long label. Then I glued it down the centre of the tag base.
With that done I stamped “for you” from the Layering Leaves Stamp Set onto the fancy die-cut circle using Tranquil Tide ink.
At this point I decided to close the Tranquil Tide ink pad so I wouldn’t accidentally stick my finger on it. However I dropped the open ink pad face down on my desk instead, and in trying to catch it covered three fingers with ink! Well I certainly couldn’t continue like that, so I jumped up and went to scrub my hands.
Once I returned to my desk I had to deal with the ink pad that was still face down on the Grid Paper I use to protect my workspace. As I picked it up I realised that the pad had fallen right on top of my sentiment piece! Now instead of a pretty sentiment on Very Vanilla Card, all I had was card so coated with Tranquil Tide ink it had started to bleed through to the back! That definitely wasn’t what I’d had in mind at the start, however I quite liked the dark colour which was quite different from the Tranquil Tide Card used for the tag base. So I left it to dry while I made myself a fresh coffee.
When I returned I stamped the sentiment on top of the inked circle using Pretty Peacock ink. Then before anything else happened I attached it to the tag with Stampin’ Dimensionals. At last my tag was complete.
This is one of those happy accidents that I may end up using deliberately to get even more from my ink pads and card. But why do inky accidents like these never happen when I’m using a pale pink ink pad?