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here's how I got started...
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Friday, February 10, 2017

distress oxide valentine & GIVEAWAY!


this is another project 
that took me in a direction
 I had not planned...

my original idea was stalled, 
(actually...I was totally brain dead)
so I thought...
just cut the bloody thing...
if it doesn't work, 
the trash can is nearby &
 you can make 
another tag...

I made this tag with 

here's the colors I used...


it's a great price for all 12...

where tim explains the inks &
 how to create a background like this...

after I decided to die cut the tag,
I pulled out an old Sizzix heart die & used the tag to create the die cut...
it's a sizzix oldie...
see the red frame it's in?
still works like a charm!

 any heart die you have will work...
just scale your project accordingly...

once I did this, 
the rest quickly fell into place...




I die cut a second heart from my black magic mat board & glued the tag heart onto the black mat board, to create a nice strong dimensional embellishment...
no worries now,
if I let it hang off the tag...

with sky blue,
stamped over the heart...

"love you" was stenciled with jet black, using the stencil from the new select a sentiment...
this is a good one, if you make cards...
it has so many options & 
the stamp is really cool...

I stamped the flourish, with jet black
broken china oxide ink...

the tiny white highlight dots are 
to add the final details, 
I edged the heart with 

and added a hex fastener to the top center 
of the heart to coordinate with the paint...


next, it's time for 

the flower was inked with fossilized amber & misted with water to oxidize it...
after I dried it, it got stamped with 
I added a bit of shading to 
the flower petal edges 

a black mat mini heart made the perfect flower center, and reinforced the idea that
 this is a valentine...

the mat mini leaves got inked with peeled paint oxide ink, lightly misted with water, dried & then stamped with the new herringbone background, using fern green archival...
the oxides & archival inks work so well together...


now for the tag...

I had the idea to make a "quilt-ish" looking background by adding stitching 
between the color blocks...

I cut a #8 kraft tag to about 5 ½ inches tall...
I swiped the broken china oxide pad across the top...
you can see some kraft color
peeking thru, which adds to the distress look...

moving down...
the next section on the left 
is the peeled paint oxide pad...
across from that is the fossilized amber...
bottom left is again fossilized amber & the bottom right is worn lipstick...
once those pads were all swiped on the tag, I misted it with water to oxidize the inks, dried it & then added more layers, misted again & dried it...

now for the stitching...
I used my new rectangle stitching template as a guide & poked the holes with 

but then...
oops...
I decided to add more fossilized amber to the tag & I went over the stitches & now they're yellow!


I added the old wood floor background with watering can to the top of the tag & on the bottom left rectangle...
the middle right section got a little stamping of the screen background, with watering can...

the stripe at the bottom is the edge of 
I like that it's not a perfect line...
I inked just the edge of the stamp...

the rectangle collage is a favorite 
from the new release...
if you look at the circle collage photo 
(click the link)...
the actual stamp is the black...
NOT the bricks...
that's the page background...


once I knew the placement of the heart, I stenciled the leaves with peeled paint oxide & stenciled the berries with broken china oxide...


the bottom needed something...
so I die cut
the leftover tag worked perfectly...
the scallop edge die is part of a fav 
it's nice to use up scraps!



here's the finished tag...
sitting in a cute rusty old dust pan...

I'm really liking the oxides for a chalky matte finish...
it's a new way to distress!

click to enlarge the photo...


 I have a few more close ups...

I really like the x's stitched at the top...
super easy...
just poke 2 rows of holes, then stitch away...
you can vary the size of the X by how far apart you poke the rows of holes...

you'll see some leaf green enamel accents dots on the leaves & also used to accent
the center of the berries...



the cute little die cut border was glued to the back of the tag & it's accented with 


well, I hope this gives you some inspiration for using the new distress oxide inks...
I had fun, once my brain kicked in...

now, if you're reading to the end...

THANK YOU!

it's GIVEAWAY TIME!

leave a comment here for a chance to win
a set of my new 
adorable
Ranger Enamel Accents!

they are so cool & there are multiple ways to use them...

for several ideas...

look how CUTE they are!


but wait...
there's M O R E!

if you'd like to follow me on Instagram...
I'm going to be giving away 
a set of my Ranger designer bags there!

when is the 
Instagram GIVEAWAY?

I guess you'll just have to follow & 
be watching...
psst... 
I think Tuesday,
 to celebrate Valentine's day!


good luck everyone!

thanks for stopping by...
I sincerely appreciate each of you!

now it's time for me to...

make art!
wendy






95 comments:

andizee said...

Amazing tag.

Debby said...

That tag is beautiful! Can't wait to get the inks to be able to play!

Patty Williams said...

Wow! That tag is beautiful! Such detail to it. Soft soothing colors. Full of love and springish!

Flo said...

Love you tag, a great example of the oxide inks. I forgot about my old sizzix dies. I'll have to check out which ones I have. Thanks.

ElizabethR said...

That is just gorgeous and I like the yellowed stitches they go perfectly with the quilted look of the tag. Love the enamel accents <3 xxx

Ann Barnes said...

Ok so you had me when you mentioned your project heading in a totally different direction than originally planned(about 90% of mine end up that way) but then I saw the red case die...I still have and use a few of those-and once I hit the oxides I was oblivious to my surroundings! The stitching and "quiltwork" make such a wonderful background for your embellishments! What a fantastic valentine make. I could look at all the details on this for a long time-great make! Thanks

Scrapthat said...

I love the whole thing Wendy!! I can't wait to play with all the new release items!!
TFS :D
Dolly

Linda Compton said...

Want to try these techniques. Looks like I'm going to be having a great time at my craft table.

Wanda Hentges said...

Fabulous tag!!!!!!!! I would love, love, love to win a set of your enamel accents!! Thanks for the chance!!!

gheester60 said...

The stitching is perfect and what's not to love about those fantastic enamel accents.

Larissa Heskett said...

SQUEAL!! LOVE this Tag and ALL of the AMAZING little details that you always seem to add!! =) The inks look like SO MUCH FUN to play with!! I LOVE Enamel Accents so these would be AWESOME to add to my Stash!! =) THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and have FABULOUS WEEKEND!! <3

Sandra Henson said...

I love the colors! They make me think of spring :). Thanks for another great giveaway opportunity - either way, these little beauties are destined to be added to my stash!

michelle said...

I love that tag as always your work is amazing!

I preordered stuff and it is coming this week but of course I forgot what I ordered but I hope that in that order those stitching stencils because I can do that kind of stitching! And those dots are very cute too and going to have to go on my list. Oh man wonders what I ordered now! This is not a sign that I am too old just saying that would be so wrong!

Dorothy said...

Personally I think no matter what you make Wendy, it's always awesome!!!

Lisa H said...

beautiful tag! Thanks for the chance to win your enamels, they look like lots of fun. =)

Rea' said...

What a fun post and an amazing tag; you already KNOW I love the oxides and that color combo ... AWESOME; oh the stitching such a fun touch ( my wish list is so loooong); I do NEED that stitch template hehehe ! I'll be your Valentine :)

Julia Aston said...

Love your beautiful tag Wendy and all of the fun products you used on it! great colors with the Oxides! Julia xx

Marilyn said...

...and there you have it! Another Wendy Vecchi masterpiece! Love this very lovely tag art and thank you for a chance to win some of your awesome goodies!

Jean Dunning said...

Love this Valentine tag,lots of cool techniques!

I am anxiously awaiting the Oxides from Funkie Junkie...have a feeling those enamel accents would be fun in the studio, too.If I win, I promise to share with Karen.😉

Jean Dunning said...

Love this Valentine tag,lots of cool techniques!

I am anxiously awaiting the Oxides from Funkie Junkie...have a feeling those enamel accents would be fun in the studio, too.If I win, I promise to share with Karen.😉

Taresa Reynolds said...

Lovely tag, Wendy! Thanks for the instructions, & a giveaway on top of that!!

Helen said...

what a gorgeous make!! the colours are fabulous. Your new enamel accents are just dying to come visit me... ha ha! thanks for the chance to win.

Nox said...

Those oxide inks are growing on me, I like the softer, vintage look of them. I love how your enamel accents give that bright pop of colour against the oxide ink colours.

SusanK said...

Love how you combined so many items and colors to come up with this super adorable piece of art!

Redanne said...

Love, love, love your stunning patchwork tag, the colours are so beautiful and the colour Enamel Accents is just gorgeous! xx

Zoe said...

What a stunning tag, I love, love, love the effect of the distress oxide inks, and those adorable dots of enamel just add that extra texture, wonderful inspiration, thank you for sharing xx Zoe xx

Cathy Potosky said...

Love the tag! So many details to see! It was amazing to see you demo stuff at Creativation, definitely a highlight for me! Thank you for so many ideas to use what we have in new ways!

mad rian said...

Beautiful tag Wendy, I love how detailed it is and how many layers you used! Thank you for a chance to win your gorgeous enamel accents!

Terry said...

Hey there Wendy, thanks so much for the tutorial, Love what you did to the heart, the background the colours are amazing and so is your finished Project. Love it loads Hugs from me to you xxx thanks so much sweetie xxx and thank you for a chance to win the enamel accents xxx good luck to everyone out there xxx

Stephanie Rodgers said...

Beautiful colors! Got my oxides on pre-order ... been itching to play! Love the stitching on this tag!

Mary Prasad said...

Love the colors of the new Enamel Accents. Also love the colors on your creations!

Carol said...

Oh My Gosh, what a wonderful tage, so many techniques and i have learnt a lot by your cleaar descriptions too. Love evrything about itand the little border edge is brill i would n't have thought of that. Have saved this as reference. Many thanks for sharing. xx oh p.s. would love the chance to win these goodies. Thanks again for the opportunity to own some of this Magic !! xCarol

Carole said...

I love the tag Wendy and the Enamel Accents. I also really like the rectangle stitching template. Great idea without having to haul out a sewing machine.

Kaye said...

I love the tag! I am so excited about the enamel accents 0 use the black and white Ranger ones all the time and having ones in your colors is awesome!

Anne Dwyer said...

Lovely ideas as usual Wendy! Can't wait for the distress oxides to be available in Oz!!!! Fabulous collection of enamel accents such a brilliant idea. Thanks for the chance to win.

Craftissima Origamissima said...

What a beautiful oxidized tag! ;)

Jean said...

Such an amazing tag. Love seeing how you used all the products. Thank you for the inspiration!!

Stampnms said...

Thank you (and Ranger) for expanding your gorgeous colors into enamel accents. They will make amazing embellishments.

Nicie Ibarra said...

Love your tag!!! I can't wait to get my new oxide inks!

HelenRae Tarantino said...

I love everything, Wendy. I have things ordered and anxiously awaiting their arrival. I will order the oxide inks next....love you! I hope to see you in Ohio!

Susan Falkler said...

Love the dimension the enamels make.

Vic said...

Your tag is fantastic! Thanks for a chance to win the enamels.

Gretchen Wilson said...

Wendy this awesome, love the colors, the texture, the dimensions! You rock!💜🤗

Rhonda said...

LOVE the project, LOVE how you explained it, and LOVE the inspiration!!!
Thanks so much. :o)




Tona said...

I love what you did with the new inks! The enamal dots were the perfect touch too.

jezebel said...

Gorgeous, the colors are stunning. Looks just like spring. Can't wait to get the new products.

Karen Stevens said...

Love your tag!!!! Love the look of the Oxide ink-muted/primitive look that is awesome!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

SandyD said...

Love your work Wendy.

sneha likhita said...

Amazing work..the colors are so beautiful!!your work always amazes me..keep inspiring all of us..

Alka Raval said...

Mind blowing project. I love the heart you took out from the tag. The stitches are awesome. Will try this one but have to look for the ink. Thanks for sharing.

Linda said...

Gorgeous tag, Wendy. Still not sure what I think about Tim's new ink, guess I need buy a few and see. But I really like how your project turned out. I am a big fan of your new enamel accents. And your bags are gorgeous.

Sue said...

Oh my goodness, but this tag is stunning! Headed out to see Ted at StampFest in New Port Richey, FL this morning. Hopefully I can pick up some of your new things while I'm there.

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

What a fun post. I love the finished heart. And how fun is the tag with that fun stitching and scalloped bottom. The colors are fantastic. This early morning visit put me in a MoJo mood to get crackin' on some fun art. Thanks for the fun

april dawn said...

I love these colors. So bright compared to our dreary winter weather. I love your tag.

Bunny said...

I don't have instagram but I do follow you. I love this art that you made. The flower is so cute and the Ranger Enamel Accents look like a rainbow of fun.

Works From The Attic by Linda said...

Awesome tag! I would LOVE to win the enamels! I'm dying to try them. Thanks so much!

Christi Conley said...

I love how you use so many cool products together - and you make it all flow seamlessly (at least it LOOKS that way). I'd love to try anything from the 2017 releases :)

Reah Feiertag said...

I enjoy watching you create art. Thanks for the inspiration, and also a chance to win.

Audrey Mislan said...

Beautiful tag. Would love a chance to try out the new goodies.

Annie said...

Wendy, thanks for another inspirational project and a chance to win those beautiful Enamel Accents.
Annie

Amy M said...

Wendy thank you for sharing this project with the new product releases, always love your work.

Craftychris said...

Thank you so much for showing us your awesome project using the oxide inks! The effect is amazing, I love how they look! I will watch your video later! xxx

akmoose said...

Love the quilt like effect you got. Those enamels are so cool! New oxide inks WOW

Karen said...

Great tutorial! I have a few of the enamels need to play!

Kialaya said...

These are so lovely, I love the bright colours of these, ideal for coloring for Easter. Thanks for doing the giveway, hope I get one :-)

erin antos said...

Beautiful tags! Love the enamel colors! I hope I win. ��

Marsha J Reed said...

Wendy, your tag is beautiful and I love it! Would love those enamel accents. They are on my wish list as are the oxide inks but they have to wait for next month's shopping spree! :-)

StampinwithAloha said...

Just love the projects! Preordered the Distress Oxide ink pads & cant wait to play with them. Yes! The enamel dots are cute!

Jeanie Rock said...

Love your work with enamels. Thanks for the opportunity to win this great set!

Sheryl said...

Love your work. Always! Haven't tried the oxide ink yet, but definitely plan to. So excited about your enamel accents. It can make a small die cut word look awesome!

Teri W said...

Great ideas! Love the textures you add

Wendy G. said...

I love reading about your extremely creative thought processes! Another winner of a project, Wendy!

Wilma said...

Beautiful....love the patchwork background and the heart and the dots...well it's a tag i would love to try to make myself!

Theresa Knopf said...

Oh I love all the new products.
Thanks for the chance to win.
Great tag!

Karen Goulet said...

Wow! That is a beautiful project. Thanks for sharing the techniques and for the chance to win. Karen XXOO

Lise Lacroix said...

Amazing tag!! Thanks for the step by step...it inspires me to try to make it!! I only have black and white so winning your amazing colours would be great!!! Happy Valentine's day to you and your hubby!!

Botanyflora said...

Very creative work of art. I love the way this tag worked out.

mary t said...

All your new stuff is FABULOUS !
Just saying '

BunnyD said...

What a fabulous project! Love all the colours and textures. How great that you released your own enamel drops in such super colours.

Lori Fraz said...

So beautiful!! Can't wait to play with all the new release products!! Great colors!!

Wendy Southin said...

Beautiful tag. Love your Enamel Accent colours.

Ольга Кулавская said...

Lovely tag Wendy! Amazing colors!

mj Cove said...

Wendy your color palette looks awesome with the Distress Oxide colors. Love the tag!!!! Thanks for inspiring!
Mary Jo


Vicki said...

That is absolutely gorgeous. Love the soft colors.

Cinda said...

Beautiful projects!

Julie S said...

I'm so glad I'm not the only one that hesitates at the beginning of a project! The journey to completion is the best way when going in blind ❤️

blsewcrafty said...

Beautiful tag. I would love to try out those new enamels!

Denise Bryant said...

I love your pretty tag! Great effect with the oxide ink pads! The enamels are fabulous.... great array of colors! I will keep my fingers crossed to win.... ( plus I can't do housework when I have them crossed.... any excuse will do)!

Ugly Bug Does said...

Stunning, I'm brand new to scrapbooking and mixed media and stayed up until 1am researching products, reading blogs and watching videos... it's all very addictive :) I love the effect of the back ground in the tag x

cinthia labrie said...

Hello Wendy,
As always your new creation is splendid. These new distress oxide inks are teasing me, I will add to add them to my list of birthday gifts.
Thanks for your great inspiration.
Cinthia

CRAFTY JACKS said...

Gorgeous tag. I absolutely love the colour palette of your enamel accents. I can't wait till they hit the stores. Cheers.

Bobby Fort said...

Beautiful projects! I look forward to using regular enamel accents.

{VICKI} said...

cool tag!
thanks for the
chance to win

Mel Roberts-Hareld said...

Wendy, Wendy, Wendy...you know what REALLY inspires me, no matter WHAT project you show us? It's the way you allow your heart to guide you! I want to learn to listen to MY heart...I know that once I do, I will enjoy MY results, as well. Thank you, so much, for sharing your heART!

Anita Houston said...

Holy cow that's a lot of comments! LOVE that you made this from the oxide tag, and the quilting of it is a wow...love the sewing! Gorgeous gorgeous tag...a wowzer!