Sometimes I pick up a stamp set with a particular idea in mind and then something else occurs to me. Like yesterday with Let It Ride. That’s the stamp set with the lovely horse images and sentiments. I decided that I simply had to combine it with Country Livin’ and ended up with this gift tag.
RUSTIC TAG BASE
I began by making my tag base. Taking a 2″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Thick Very Vanilla Card I covered one side with some of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow). Then I shaped the top of the layered strip using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.
Next I threaded a piece of Night of Navy 1/2″ Gingham Ribbon through the slot. Then I secured it in place with some Very Vanilla Solid Baker’s Twine tied around the ribbon in a small bow.
LET IT RIDE
The horse head image from the Let It Ride Stamp Set came next.
I began by stamping it onto a piece of Thick Very Vanilla Card using Early Espresso ink. Then I roughly coloured it in using the light Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends alcohol marker. Over the top of that I roughly coloured using the dark Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends marker. I wasn’t worried about blending or shading, I simply wanted a variation in colour.
With the colouring complete I cut out the image using Paper Snips and set it aside.
Then from the Let It Ride Stamp Set I chose the ‘for you’ sentiment. I stamped this onto Thick Very Vanilla Card with Early Espresso ink and cut that out with Paper Snips too.
From the Country Livin’ Stamp Set I chose the cowboy boots image. This time I used Early Espresso ink to stamp the boots onto some Sahara Sand Card.
Then once again I used the light and dark Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends markers to colour in the image. I wanted the boots to have a rough look so wasn’t too particular about blending. However I did add little darker shading to the creases in the boots and where they met. Once coloured, I cut the boots out with my Paper Snips too.
Now all I needed to do was put the pieces together.
I started by attaching the horse to the tag base with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then I added the cowboy boots using liquid glue at the feet and a Stampin’ Dimensional where they overlapped the horse’s neck.
Finally I added the sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals and I was done.
I’m really happy with how the tag turned out. It was actually very quick to do and the elements combine to create that country vibe I was going for.
What probably surprised me the most was the Stampin’ Blends. I used the same two markers on both the horse and the boots but the results were very different. I think I need to play some more with Stampin’ Blends on other colours of cardstock. What do you think?
Here’s some of my other blog posts featuring projects using the Country Livin’ Stamp Set: