Monday, December 6, 2010

a color washed gift tag...

Good morning!!
I hope you had a GREAT arty weekend...
I DID!

I was up @ 4:30...
did this whole post & POOF...gone...
BLOGGER ATE IT...
the text & the photos were left...
the product links were all GONE!

I'm expecting COAL in my stocking after all the BAD words I said...
and I'll be lucky to get that!

needless to say, I had to walk away before I blew a gasket...

so...
let's try this again...

I got the final proofs for the next stamp release...
OMG!!! YIPPEE!!!

we'll have a few new flowers, a few new backgrounds, some images that work well with our current stamps, LOTS of new sayings (by request) & some images that offer some other options for creative play...

I think you'll be surprised...
that's it for now...

I am DYING to get the real rubber here & ink it
and make some projects with them...

I also created the first project for book #4...

it's amazing what a little brain activity will do...
the idea is so fun...
I flipped when it worked as planned...

the first project is way cool...
if I say so myself...

I'm still waiting for the final proofs for art parts...
those have me over the top excited too...

STOP THE PRESS!!! Matt just sent them!
now I'm REALLY flipping excited!
BETTER than I EXPECTED!

see...
you are NOT the only one waiting...
it's HARD...I KNOW!

ok...on to some art...

here's today's tag...

the inspiration for this gift tag?
I plan to wrap a gift in kraft colored paper & I wanted a skinny RED frame...



to play along...
gather these supplies...

which just happens to be a PERFECT fit for my giant background stamps...

I'm sure they made these just for me...
or maybe NOT...

a 1 x 3 Memory frame, from Ranger...
just the frame...no glass needed for this one...

with jet black archival...

cut out, then ink the leaves with forest moss distress ink & the berries with fired brick...
the cut & dry nibs works GREAT for inking tiny areas...
or to add shading...

use jet black to stamp over the leaves with the polka dots...

form & shape the holly leaves & assemble with a grungeboard scrap between the leaves to add dimension...

add barn door distress stickles to the berries & set aside to dry...

wish is from tim's new salvage stickers, the seasonal booklet...
put the sticker on black presentation board
(framing dept @ HL),
cut the individual letters and then use

tim's sanding grip...
to distress the letter edges...
then distress the edges more with vintage photo distress ink...

cut a chipboard scrap to 1 x 3 to fit the Memory frame...

ink the chipboard with vintage photo & stamp with the gingham background stamp, using jet black...


it's simple to make a RED memory frame...
or any color your project needs...

add a few drops of the alcohol ink to the felt & tap onto the frame to color...

5 seconds & DONE!


on to the color washes!!

spray the tag with meadow & red pepper color washes...
mist with water from the mini mister &
just a squirt of the new
it takes just a bit...it's pretty concentrated...

I added enough liquid so that when I held the tag up to dry, the drips ran down the tag...


use the dashed lines background stamp with coffee archival to stamp over the entire tag...

use jet black to stamp the flourish on the right...

edge the tag with the gold paint dabber...
now it looks like this...


cut a piece of tim's new trimmings, moisten with water, scrunch it up & mist with red pepper color wash & a quick spray of heirloom gold Perfect Pearls mist...
set aside to dry...

when dry, I kept it scrunched up & randomly stamped over it with the text stamp, using jet black...
I wanted random text for a subtle vintage worn off effect...

what you'll notice is that Ranger's Adirondaack line is coordinated for ease...


now just assemble the pieces...

to add the chipboard scrap to the memory frame...
lift the little tab, open the frame enough to insert the chipboard, put the tab back thru the slot & close the tab...

glue the letters & holly in place with Claudine's multi medium...

to add the lace, I used Wonder Tape behind the frame & pressed the lace in place & trimmed off the excess...

glue the completed frame to the tag with multi medium & add the trimmings...

I think this will look good on a kraft colored gift package...



Now for some GIVEAWAYS...

first...ATTENTION MS FUNKYCRAFTER...
you left a comment that you won...
but we need your shipping info to send your prize...

todays winners chosen from the last post are...

Blogger Elaine A said...

Wendy -

This is just so freakin' sweet! I love it! It really would be a nice container for a small gift or money. But I love your idea of turning them into ornaments. I think they would look beautiful in a tree. Thank you so much for sharing this project with us. Just awesome! Have a great weekend.

Elaine Allen

December 3, 2010 9:01 AM


and...

Blogger Keely said...

Wendy, Thanks for the project!! I am in need of a couple of hostess gifts and the box would be perfect!! And I have your poinsettia stamp. woohoo!!!

December 5, 2010 3:22 PM


and...

Anonymous Tara Carpenter said...

Next week what r u doing to us! I can wait week for more beautiful art like that!! I feel myself becoming compulsive with these blogs!!! What an awesome box I love it!!! I have so may ideas now on how to spin it! Thanks again for sharing-- and getting us out of the box no pun intended.

December 3, 2010 9:18 AM


please send your shipping info (wbv1213@me.com) & the head of shipping & receiving will get those postal...
that would be Rick!

on today's agenda...

I NEED to...

make art!
wendy
this better post or I won't even get coal...

86 comments:

Stephanie Rodgers said...

OMG! I'm the first comment! I hope blogger doesn't eat it! hahaha I just love this tag! Now, it's on my to-do-list with the other tag, plus all of T!m's tags, plus all of T!m's tags Wendy Vecchi style. Not to mention finishing my 120 Christmas cards, and my SU obligations. Better get off this PC and go make art! HA!

paperqueen said...

I really like this project a lot. I know I have some memory frames somewhere....what I don't have is memory. Hah!
Congrats to the winners (winning is good....I know!), especially my pal Elaine. Way to go!
Now, back to my previously scheduled program......
Eileen in NYC

mcclar26 said...

YIPPEE!! I am so excited about this tag!! =) I have some of the frames, plus the letter stickers and I can't wait to play!! I think mine will be for a star mini book I'm making for my mother-in-law!! She ROCKS, I am so lucky to have her and I can't wait to see her face!! =}
SORRY your day starting off so crappy, but just think its got to get better, and I hardly think that you'll get nothing from santa after making all of our days with these AWESOME gift giving ideas!! =) Just saying YOU ROCK!! So have FUN creating ART and I can't wait to see your NEW STUFF!! SO EXCITED!! HAVE A FABULOUS DAY!! =)

TheLastOfNine said...

That is so cute, you can also add the recipients name or initials inside the frame to personalize.
Gloria

Mall Rat said...

Congrats winners ! I love this tag, it has to be one of my faves. I love the worn look of the colors. I never thought to ink a frame, duh :) lol Happy Monday Wendy !

Elaine A said...

Hi Wendy -

I love today's tag. It is so very different. I especially like the idea of scrunching the ribbon and randomly stamping - too cool! Oh yeah and I like that I WON!! YIPEE! Thank you so much Wendy, what a sweetie you are. And tell the shipping department (aka Rick, I appreciate his diligent service to Making Art!

Elaine Allen

michelle said...

I love the tag today it is just so cool and I really don't think I can wait to see your new stamps and other goodies just way harder then waiting for Santa.

Lesabe said...

I always love you ideas =) So artful!!!! The Christmas crafts are great this year all over =)

sue said...

I'm amazed at all the great tag ideas, Linda, Tim and now you. I am getting so many great ideas to decorate my packages. Now for the gift of time.

Debby said...

Beautiful tag! Great day to stay inside and make art since it is about 15 degrees outside! Thanks for sharing this one with us as it is lovely. I think Santa would forgive the bad words as computers can be so touchy!

Nancy said...

Great job Wendy. I wish I could get as much done as you do in a day. Love your blog. Nancy P.

Heidi said...

Man, you are such a tease!!! New stamp sets!!! Yippee!! Waiting...not so much!!!

The tag is great, I love wrapping gifts in the kraft paper, my kids, not so much, they get the commercial stuff...what can you do.

In case I forgot to mention...waiting is yucky.

Juel said...

seriously beautiful. You make me WANT to create art! Wonderful step by step instructions.

Jenna said...

I L-O-V-E the 'Wish' Tag! Between your posts and Tim's 12 days, there are enough techniques to get me through until next year! I'll never run out of ideas! Thank you so much!

WheatLDee said...

You are right Wendy - that tag will be perfect with a Kraft color package. Love the coordinating ribbon too! Thanks for sharing all the great ideas. Have a wonderful Holiday Season!!

Erika M. said...

I'm really loving this tag! I think it's quite awesome how detailed you are with your instructions because it's a real big help!

Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous tag Wendy, I love all the dimension and the layers of stamping which all work perfectly together. Great use of a memory frame too. Have a good week making art. Tracy Evans x x

Stacie (craft-princess) said...

Lovin' this tag! You make great art and I can't wait to see what you do next!

borcherding said...

oh that tag is just lovely!! ;-)

lesleyworth said...

love love love the tag! and had to giggle about the blogger issue...had those before...all that work and GONE! dying to see the new stamps and the new book and the new art parts and your new projects! ackkkk! however will i make it until they are released??

Kathryn said...

This will be so beautiful on a kraft package, love that red frame! Like paperqueen, I too, have memory frames - just not the memory. Would they be in with my metal or with my frames? Off the computer to go see!

Thanks!

Sandy Davis said...

Love this tag!

Joyce said...

This is freakin' too cool!! I love the lace behind the memory frame. Great tag idea. Instead of wish you could put the person's name (well if it's short enough) inside the memory frame. Great idea!

Helen said...

I am in love with this tag, it is totally perfect. I can't wait to see your new stamps. Are you sure you can't sneak some more!!
Congrats to your lucky winners.

Shirley said...

Oh my goodness! I love that tag you posted today! It looks like such fun! Can't wait to try that.

Have a great day . . . and thanks for sharing.

Vic said...

I love the tag! The Color Washes and PP Mists look great. TFS

Congrats to the winners, too!

Kathy said...

Blogger ate it or it went to the land of missing socks. Love the project, I am putting my inspired project onto a 4x4 canvas. Can't wait to see the new designs. Today I plan to make cookies and then make art.

Renee said...

Wow...love the tag!!!
Can't wait to see and hear more about all the new goodies coming our way.

have a great inky day!

Lisa Somerville said...

Beautiful tag, love the CW Sprays with the Mist and the added crochet trim!

Gerrie Johnnic said...

I have almost everything I need for this tag, and it's really over the top, I can see it now sitting on that kraft pkg.

rhonda said...

Simply stunning enough said!

Anonymous said...

I have never used the memory frames but I'm going out to get some this afternoon! They the layered effect using them. Another beautiful tag.

I'm makin' art TODAY!!! :)

Sandra said...

WOW! Love it Wendy!
Sandra

Anonymous said...

I have to retype this as I got so excited it came out all wrong! I have never used the memory frames but I'm going out to get some this afternoon! I love the layering of this tag! I am leaving as I type! HA!

I'm makin' art TODAY!!! :)

Hels Sheridan said...

Totally ROCKING as ever Wendy - hoping that you get more than coal = I reckon the lovely arty inspirations you give us all will outweigh those cheeky words you said - I shall have a word with Santa and tell him to make sure you get a really cool pressie this year ;o)) you made me LOL - head of shipping & receiving... bless him, Rick is a star too!! Have a FABBYILICOUS arty day!! mwah! x

Tona said...

Love, love, love this tag!Such great details. Adding it to my To-Do list ;)

Liz in MO said...

Oh, this is my favorite! I love the new size of the tags, didn't realize that they came in a smaller size. I sooooo can't wait to see your new stamps and art parts. I know they are going to be great! Love how you used the frame on this, neat idea.

Amy said...

Love that tag! Gorgeous! I do think you are bit of a tease when it comes to sharing your excitement over the new products! Stomping my foot and saying No Fair! I want to see the sneak peek, NOW! LOL! OK I guess I can wait if I have to! I know they will rock! TFS!

Dawn-Marie said...

I absolutely love this and am so going to buy the supplies so I can recreate this! :)

Soraya said...

Wow... Wendy I love this tag. It's gorgeous. Thank you for sharing it!

Pat said...

Wow Wendy, very cool tag! Can't wait for more Studio 490 Stamps - especially love the sayings and now we're getting more?!!? Something to look forward to after Christmas - next best thing is CHA Winter releases!

Kirsten Alicia said...

Gorgoeus tag, thank goodness Blogger didn't eat these pictures!!

Stephanie said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the wish in the frame and the holly adds such a beautiful touch! I definitely want to try to make one like this and I've saved it to be able to look back at it! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

SusanK said...

Hey, coal isn't necessarily a bad thing. Love, love, LOVE this tag! Am antsy to see and hear more about the new stamps coming out and sure hope we don't have to wait so long for them to be shipped. And new projects to boot! Wow!

sweet craf-tea chick said...

your tag is fabulous, wendy! wowee, i love the colors and the dimension. awesome frame and i love the holly berries and leaves. and that trim is so yummy gorgeous. thanks for sharing and i love the excitement of your new stamps. have a great day! *hugs* steph :)

dp said...

I got the boxes... Now I just need to get started!!!

Lori said...

Wow! Cool idea for the memory frame! Brilliant! Love this tag, and that shimmery background is awesome!

dp said...

Ok... Just hit me... A day behind...

And wow... have the tags, and the little frame... so cute... have to do...

Wanda H said...

A gorgeous tag!!! And it will look very nice on a kraft wrapped package!!!

Anita said...

Stunning project!

Marilyn L. said...

Sorry to hear about your missing blog! I know the feeling. It's really out there in cyber space, ready to reappear some day. Love the tag and great ideas.

Karla Anderson said...

love this tag - gonna make one similar and hang on my 12 Tags of Christmas tree - you are every bit as inspiring as Tim, so I hang your art with his!

redmom said...

This little tag is absolutly stunning!!! It's going to look beautiful on a backdrop of kraft wrapping paper!!!

Now when can we expect some peeks of the new stamps & art parts? ;)

Kristy Hansenwi said...

I love this tag. Just the colors I love to use. When I get a moment in time I am going to try this tag out. How creative you are. Thank you for sharing. KSH

Meme said...

Ohh....this is so cool! I love all the layers of ink and stamps. THen make the frame red. THis tag would rock on kraft paper!

jacki said...

between your blog and tim's 12 tags, my mind is in creative overload and i am LOVING it!! thanks!

Elisa K said...

Love this tag and the best part is I have most of it. Will have to swap a few items but that will just help with making it my own version... hehe

Hugs and thanks for all the inspiration... Your blog rocks.

Kathy Eddy said...

Another great project Wendy. You just keep inspiring us more and more!

KAT said...

Don't worry Santa does not have you on the Naughty list!!!

Love how you used the memory frame with the grunge holly - really adds a lot of dimension to the project! Awesome!

grandma m said...

Your tag is different and beautiful. Love it!!
PS
To my favorite artists....
Wendy and Tim ...Great minds think alike. Awesome reindeer tags, You too are geniuses when it comes to making ART.

funkycrafter said...

great tag. love the background.
i did send an e-mail with my address last friday. guess it didn't get through the snowstorm. i sent another one today. will also send another one using a different mail service in case my g-mail is not working.

Julie said...

Well, I hope that lump of coal turns into a great big diamond!! So there! And, that is wonderful! a smaller size tag for small cute stuff!

Etta said...

Lucky lady...it posted and we, too, are lucky! It's a great idea and I love the tag! You can add it to my kraft wrapped package anytime...hehehe! Seriously, your teasing about the new "rubber babies" and "projects in Book #4" is very NAUGHTY! I believe you are going to have to put out an extra stocking or two to hold all the "black stuff" (and I don't mean jet black Archival Ink) you are going to be getting!!! Love you, Wendy! Give us more...we want more!

Sherry Cheever said...

I absolutely LOVE this and especially the frame! TOO COOL!!!!!

jan said...

Red Pepper is my favorite color! Great tag! So excited for you and your new designs! Can't wait to see what art comes from your heart!!

jill said...

Lovin the tag....I am so happy that I discovered YOU!! I am amazed by your work(play)...it is perfectly detailed and quite fabulous!!

nonnie said...

i love this tag - cannot wait to get some color washes and try those out...

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Awesome tag. I'd be happy to get the tag - no gift required.

steph Martin said...

Love the tag and the idea of colouring the memory frame :). So many possibilities with this tag

Jane said...

What a great tag...perfect for xmas time!
Thanks for the idea with the frame.

taka care,
Jana

Wendy Dicranian said...

I like the use of the memory frame. Great tag to go with brown kraft paper. Thanks for the continued inspiration throughout the year.

Dorothy said...

What a fun tag!! Looking forward to trying this!!
Thank you!

Primitive Seasons said...

Fantastic tag Wendy girl! Love using the Memory Frame. Very cool. Why are you messing with our minds about these new stamps and Art Parts.....ain't fair!

Mary
www.primitiveseasons.blogspot.com

sharon d said...

Great tag Wendy. Love the look you achieved with the color washes. The tag will look perfect with brown kraft paper. I like the use of the memory frame, can't wait to try that.

susie f said...

Oh I love it!!! What a fantastic idea, just hoping that at this late stage I can pull off as many as I need.....Oh well we don't really need a homemade Christmas cake....do we?? Lol

Tara Carpenter said...

Thank you thank you thank you!!! I looked at the tag info yesterday but not at winners I can't believe my good fortune. I can't wait to see my prize how sweet of you. Love the tag again. AMAZING!!!

Vicki in MD said...

this tag is goregous! Love the details of the holly leaves and hopefully I can find the dashed background - it is amazing! thanks for sharing

Genesis said...

ooh but I want you to get a lump of coal just to see how you would use it!=)Love, love, love all your ideas and always happy to be validated in making a tag that took as much time as the gift;)

Vicky said...

Love your tag, Wendy! That is such a great stamp set, too!

Larajc said...

awwww, I know how it is when teh posted stuff just goes *POOF*! Love yoru tag!

candyspiegel said...

you have spread so much good this year by teaching us art failures how to make art, that you are forgiven for all bad words, past, present and future!

beadz said...

This tag is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing all of the how-to's. Can't wait to give it a try.
hugs,
Gini

Cottagerca said...

thanks so much for the detail on that beautiful vintage tag....devine...
ava
cottagerca

Holly said...

Another amazing project!! Thanks so much for all the inspiration!!

Angie Lentz said...

Congrats to the winners!! I also wanted to let you know I am soooo glad for the IPhone or I would not be able to keep up with all you and Tim and Claudine and all the others!!!

mamakat said...

Boy, I wish I could make tags for every gift...but then I wouldn't have time to make the gift, lol~