After yesterday’s card that used Designer Series Paper to create a floral focal point, today I have something more ‘hands on’. I fell in love with the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set as soon as I saw the outline images that are perfect for colouring. Today’s project involves painting with ink which is quick and easy. Making a tag allows me to experiment and decide whether to repeat the process for a full card or other project.
Before I could get to the painting I first needed to create the tag base. To do this I chose the large multi-flowered image from the Hand-Penned Stamp Set. While it’s big, it wasn’t quite big enough for what I wanted so I had to improvise.
Using Tuxedo Black ink I stamped the image onto a piece of Basic White Card. Then I turned the card, reinked the stamp and stamped a second image close to the first one.
I followed this by stamping the “thanks” sentiment onto some Basic White Card and set it aside for later.
With that done I turned to the new Tailor Made Tags Dies. I chose the #4 (largest) die with the rounded top and used it to cut the centre from my stamped images. Then from a another piece of Basic White Card I cut a second plain tag.
Next I needed some round hole reinforcement pieces and I cut them from Mossy Meadow Card using the small solid die.
Now the die-cutting was complete it was time to start painting.
For the painting I chose Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow and the new Pale Papaya ink. First I squeezed the closed ink pads to transfer some ink from the pad to the inside of the lid. Then I opened the pads and used a Water Painter to add a drop or two of water to the lid and began to paint.
Basic White Card is not actually made for watercolouring so I needed to working quickly and decisively. Before adding additional colour to an area I made sure that the initial painting was dry. This worked well, and in no time at all my flowers and leaves were done and I set the tag aside to dry thoroughly.
Now I just needed to put it all together.
I began by using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to glued the painted tag and plain white tag together. Then on the back and front of the tag I added the hole reinforcement pieces, lining up the hole and the rounded top. Next, from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack I cut some Whisper White twine and threaded it through the hole, tying it in a simple knot.
That just left the “Thanks” sentiment to do and I decided to use Paper Snips to cut around the word. Then I mounted the fussy-cut piece onto some Mossy Meadow Card using liquid glue before cutting around it again. Finally I added the sentiment to the tag with Stampin’ Dimensionals and my pretty project was complete.
I really pleased with how this project turned out and it’s definitely inspired me to do something similar on a larger project. What do you think?
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set in a bundle with the Penned Flowers Dies (not used today). This meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. I’ve included a link to the bundle in case you want to explore that option.
Barb E says
This is so beautiful! I love how you “cut out” the sentiment! Nice touch!
Tracy Elsom says
Thank you Barb. I often fussy cut a sentiment if otherwise it might hide too much of a project background.