I’m not sure I am in love with the concept for February’s tag but I like the inspiration it gave. Last month, I thought about what it would be like to heat emboss through a stencil. And then I had a lengthy discussion with an art group about ideas to use sculpy clay that didn’t involve the typical ideas.
Both of those led to the tags in progress I have for this month. I love what I have done but I am completely stuck as to what to do next. Meanwhile, let me share what I have done.
This one is a little tough to see as well in the picture. I started with my white cardstock tag. I used a stiff paintbrush to cover the tag in yellow. I love this technique – you use a stamp pad and a stiff brush. Run the brush over the pad and use it to paint with. It creates a thin inked result. I’m not explaining it all that well but it’s cool so try it. I did the edges in orange. The best part is I used two stamp pads that are triple color pads that I hate. I now have a use for them.
The embossing took two attempts. The first attempt, I laid the stencil over the tag and pressed the embossing pad over it. Then I removed the stencil and dusted with powder. It just made a big mess. So I brushed off all the powder and let the “ink” dry. My second attempt, I left the stencil on while applying the powder. Then I removed it and set with my heat gun.
As you can see, it’s not perfect but I like it even better because of that. It gives the look of a worn cobbled road.
To finish, I applied a thin layer of black watercolor. It just makes me happy to look at it. I know it looks unfinished. I’m thinking maybe a quote or something to tie it all up.
I am super proud of this one even if the corner is a bit messed up. Still I love the worn road look. These are roads well traveled.
You can’t see in the picture but the blue clay actual has glitter in it. To apply it, I slowly pressed and rubbed the sculpy clay through the stencil (using a palette knife to smooth off the top). It took a very long time but I watched tv and worked on it.
I wasn’t sure how to set it so I left it to dry. After about 48 hours, I had the idea to use my heat gun. I have to tell you, I love this thing. I got my heat gun for Christmas and I am so sorry I didn’t get one sooner. It’s great.
Now as I am typing, I may have an idea for finishing this one. We’ll see.
Hope these help inspire you to try new concepts and techniques. Heck, make them up as you go.