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Thursday, March 20, 2014

more..altering with archival inks...

in the previous post, I shared how to alter tim's embellishments with my archival inks...

I altered these 3 idea-ology pieces, but only used the rose for the last post...





today it's all about the arrow & butterfly...
the arrow pack has 2 sizes...so, lots of fun possibilities...

the butterfly is from the nature set & it's my MOST FAVORITE set ever...
all the pieces have amazing detail & are easy to transform...




I cut a #8 manila tag down to 5 ½ inches tall...

if you haven't tried this, removing that little ¾ inch totally changes the tag...
I haven't used a full size tag since I started chopping these down!

I used tim's wrinkle free distress technique with iced spruce & scattered straw distress inks to create the background...

then stamped my sentiment using jet black archival...


I used tree branch archival with the checkmate stencil, to add borders at the top & bottom of the tag...

after test driving my arrow & butterfly, I knew where I wanted the flourishes placed...


next, some random stenciling with the new "add a stencil", using cornflower blue & the CUTE new mini blending tool...

I REALLY LOVE the mini tool, especially for stenciling...
the smaller size is so convenient...



the background needed a bit more, so I used iced spruce with my numbers background to add some random stamping...
that background stamp is an oldie...
it's from LCS015...dimensional rose art...

I did not use the numbers background stamp on a grid block...
by using it UN-mounted, it's easy to bend the stamp & use just small portions of it, to fill in the background wherever it's needed...

you'll also see that I like to accent the borders with a waterproof pen...the more details the better...


below, the arrow is glued in place...

"start here" was added with jet black archival...
that's an oldie too from LCS041... book art basics...

your store can order any of the older sets you might have missed...just ask them...

the butterfly sits over the arrow, so I used 2 fat glue dots ...
and some multi medium where the butterfly rests on the arrow...

to further accent the borders, I added some black glaze pen dots...


here's the finished tag...
it's amazing how a few drops of ink can change things dramatically...


here's a closer look at the butterfly...
if you make jewelry, I think these pieces would work really well...
they look pricy, but they're not...
the details are really amazing...


this next piece is also in the same pack...

after I inked this guy...
I HAD to order more...

I'll show you how I used it next week...




I'm off to teach in New Hampshire this weekend...
where we WILL have so much fun when we...

MAKE ART
wendy
ps...I hope you're inspired to try altering with archival inks...

32 comments:

Amy Sprague said...

love this tag can't wait to try this

famillemarleau said...

I love your tag. It's definitely something I would like to try. Thanks for sharing, Johanne Lacombe.

Julia L. said...

I always enjoy seeing your creations. The small details pack a big punch! Thanks for the tutorial.

Sue said...

Love this! Have to try it for myself.

jolande said...

Beautiful work Wendy!!! as always :)

Dorothy said...

Look how cool that is!!!!!

Stephanie Rodgers said...

I love your tutorials to see how things change into your amazing creations!

Cathy Parlitsis said...

Such a gorgeous tag! Wow! I love all the texture!
Travel Safe!

sue said...

Thanks for the technique. It's opens a whole world do ideas!

SusanK said...

Gorgeous, simply gorgeous!

Lori said...

Awesome! Love the tag...and hey, I LOVE the old stamps! Oldies but GOODIES. Of course, the new ones are great too...but...lol...will deffo have to get that Idea-ology pack..love it!

Yvonne Boucher said...

always inspired by your creativity;

Debby said...

Absolutely beautiful! Have to see what I have in my current stash to play with! That would make a cool front to a BD card.

Lisa said...

This is just absolutely stunning!! What a gorgeous tag!! I love all of the background details!! The butterfly and arrow look amazing!! Thanks for the inspiration!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Linda Storey said...

WOW!! I thought that the arrow & butterfly were 1 piece. That is such a cool idea.. Just love the whole tag. You have a great talent & thanks for sharing it with us ;D

Helen said...

That is a fabulous tag, love love the butterfly, great embellies. Have fun making art this weekend.

Annette Green said...

Wendy, this tag is beautiful and I'm so glad I found this post today because I just purchased some of those lovely metal pieces and wasn't sure what I would do with them. Now you've inspired me, and it's SO easy!! Have fun at Eclectic Paperie. Hug Kim for me.

Wilma said...

W O W ....this ia so beautiful!!! Can't wait to try it myself!

LoraineC said...

Beautiful tag Wendy, always love your ideas x

Rea' said...

Can't wait to see ! Have a great weekend !!!

Kathy Eddy said...

Scrumptious as always Lady Wendy! Love your style!

Paper Profusion said...

Fabulous! Nicola x

Marci said...

I love some of your older stamp sets! I like how you did this tag-can't wait to try coloring some metal.

Marci said...

I love some of your older stamp sets! I like how you did this tag-can't wait to try coloring some metal.

Judy said...

Love the look of the metal pieces with the ink. Thanks for sharing with us how you made it.

Redanne said...

The butterfly is stunning the way you have coloured it and your tag is beautiful - love all the layering, it looks amazing.

Evelyn S. said...

This is amazing! That butterfly, especially, is really something. I like your idea of trimming the tags, too!

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Anna-Karin said...

Beautiful tag Wendy! Love the stamped and stenciled background and the butterfly is gorgeous. I just picked up a box with some of your new stamps, and the crackle paste! Can't wait to start playing with them.

Wanda H said...

A fab tag!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mona Pendleton said...

Gorgeous tag Wendy! Love the beautiful altered butterfly and arrow! Thanks for designing and creating such fabulous products for us all to enjoy!

Marjie Kemper said...

Fantastic! Love the combo of the colored metals on top of the various colors of ink used in stamping and stenciling.