Wow. Tim's tag for day #4 is pretty awesomely cool! Take a peek:
A big part of tag #4's technique is to make your own ink pad with the cut and dry felt. (Watch Tim's how-to video here.) It's one thing to substitute ribbon for twine. That's about the look. But, this technique required cut and dry felt to chemically work, and I just didn't have any! But every problem has a solution, right?
I experimented a bit and discovered that I could make the technique work with a piece of craft store felt on a non-stick craft sheet. The colored image inside the little house was stamped with my custom ink pad, as were all these art journal backgrounds:
Instead of bells and a bow, I used a simple clear bead as a bottom dangle. And I didn't have any metal photo corners, so I made my roof from a piece of crafting metal from Walnut Hollow. Here's an extreme closeup:
You can see that I texturized the metal, added a cardstock heart, and some rock candy distress stickles. Also, I didn't have any of those pop out memory capsules (and truthfully, I hate the way they look), so I put some Distress Stickles and a flat piece of glass in the front (as opposed to Tim's memory capsule and glass glitter).
Finally I wanted to answer Karolynah's questions that she left in the comments of yesterday's post:
Posted by: karolynah | December 04, 2009 at 11:09 AM
The plaid background was part of the technique for tag #3 and instructions can be found here. It's so outrageously simple, it will wow you! And a while ago I did a video all about ways to use alcohol inks. You can view it here.
As for making your own stamps, it's surprisingly easy! Lots of people have lots of different ways of doing it. But I thought I'd go over the one I use.
Some supply notes:
- I use MasterCarve blocks but you can also use cork or erasers.
- I use linoleum cutters to do the cutting, but that erasers link in the bullet point above shows you a way to do it with a crushed metal eraser pencil thingy. You can also use an exacto knife.
- I like to use a box cutter to cut away the excess because it's so large it makes it quick and easy. But, you can use a regular craft knife too.
STEP ONE: Draw your design (remember the print will be reversed if you're using words). Some people transfer their design. Too much work. I just use a ballpoint pen.