This type of loose paper crafting is a bit out of my comfort zone. Even when I create distressed or vintage projects, everything is usually colored precisely (or as precisely as I can — lol), and I don’t generally leave images uncolored (unless it’s intentionally left that way for effect in contrast to other images in the project that are fully colored). However, this year is all about me pushing myself to try new things so I wanted to make this tag for my friend Jami Lola (YT: Poetspice) so she can use it when she next makes a junk journal.
I first started with a manila tag base and did splotchy Distress Ink watercoloring on it in Jami Lola’s favorite color, blue. Then I simply stamped out five of the Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Bird Crazy Stamps. Even though they seem erratically placed, I took some time to try to position all of them so that they were looking at each other or looking out at the viewer (I had to mask the one in the lower right to stamp the one behind it so it would fit — love that little chubby guy!).
Then I took a white Sakura Gelly Roll pen and colored in all the eye balls. I think this step really made all the birds pop and emphasized their exaggerated, fun crazy look. Lastly to give a finished look I inked the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Soot and tied a few twine strings that I pulled from some burlap fabric to the top of the tag. I struggled with myself because I wanted to add more texture with embossing paste and stenciling. But as this was for my friend to use in a junk journal I restrained myself, and I think it turned out great for her. Sometimes less really is more! 🙂
This tag is being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Something New Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Something New Challenge