Hello there, Michelle here, and I am delighted to bring you my new series Terrific Tags with Michelle. In this series, I will show how tags can lend themselves to lots of different products and techniques, creating focal points on a smaller scale. Today, I am sharing how to add quick and simple coloring with stencils.
I started off by die cutting my tag using the largest of the fishtail banner dies in the Terrific Tags Die Set from Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock. I ran it through my die cutting machine using the Deck Planks 3D Embossing Folder. This embossing folder is fantastic as it adds subtle interest without distracting from the focal point!
Using a Large Ink Blending Tool, I added Caribbean Sky Crisp Dye Ink to the bottom of the tag, fading to white at the top. The tag was set aside, and I took the image from the Craft Your Life Project Kit: Hello Beautiful Stamp Set. I stamped it onto more white cardstock with Obsidian Pigment Ink.
Adding Quick and Easy Color with Stencils
There are so many ways to add color to stamped images, but I really like using Simple Coloring Stencils with ink blending. This is a fast and simple way to add color. I took the stencils from the set (which come in the Project Kit) and placed them over the image.
Using Small Ink Blending Tools, I added color through the stencils, leaving some white areas at the edges. I used Glacier Caves Crisp Dye Ink for the flower petals, Fall Harvest Crisp Dye Inks for the centers, and Green Fields Crisp Dye Inks for the leaves. The image was then die cut with the coordinating die.
To add dimension and interest to the tag, I die cut the image a further two times from white cardstock with just the die. I stacked them up so that it was three high. It was adhered to the tag with Glue Tape. The sentiment from the Sentiment Strips 2 Stamp Set was stamped onto black cardstock with Embossing Ink.
I applied Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder and heat set. It was cut in to a strip and adhered to the tag with Instant Dimension Foam Tape. To finish off, I added a few white Essential Black & White Enamel Dots.
Adding Tags to Cards
Although I love standalone tags, I know that not everyone has a need for them. So, I thought it would be fun to show how I would add the tag on to a card. I love adding tags to cards as you get an instant focal point! I first took an A2 card base made from Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock. Using a Large Ink Blending Tool, I blended more Caribbean Crisp Dye Ink to the bottom of the card base.
I made sure to bring the ink blending up to the same height as what is on the tag to bring the two elements together. To finish off, I added more enamel dots, this time popping a few underneath the tag. This also helps to make it look like the tag is not just floating on top of the card base.
You can check out the full process video below or on YouTube.
I hope that has given you some inspiration on creating tags and cards using quick and simple coloring. Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a wonderful day!