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
Gorgeous tag 🙂 I love these crazy birds and the background colours and bird placement are fabulous! I am sure Jami will love this 🙂
thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
Lols x x x
Thanks so much Lorraine! This was a little out of my comfort zone, but I had fun with it and I love those crazy birds! 🙂
How cute is this tag! I adore the composition and design of this TH Crazy Bird! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Something New” Challenge!
Thanks so much Virginia! I love those TH Bird Crazy birds too. They’re so expressive!
Your tag turned out so cute. I liked seeing this style since Im opposite of you and cant seem to color coordinate. LOL I know more practice. But you gave me an alternate method so I can purchase or use what I have. Maybe I can get the birds now, Thanks Kristina Hugz
Aww thanks so much Kim! That was such a sweet and honest comment. You totally made my day! I’d highly recommend these bird crazy stamps. 🙂 The only thing I’m waiting for is a doggy set. lol tf stopping by! Big hugs, Kristina
Love the tag! Hope you don’t mind…I CASED it into a card. It turned out adorable! TFS!
I am always looking for ways to use my Crazy Birds, as I purchased the whole kit and kaboodle…dies, stamps and Crazy Things, dies and stamps!
Oh you have made my day! I am so tickled that you thought the tag was inspiring enough to case! I have those Crazy Things on my wish list but I’ve got to save up for the matching dies too since all those little pieces are so tiny and my arthritis is getting bad (sigh). 🙂 TF stopping by and taking the time to leave such a sweet and encouraging comment! Big hugs, Kristina