I was inspired by the Use It Tuesday Challenge: Indian Summer. I dug deep into my stash and here's what I came up with. As I knew color would be important I turned to my collection of Distress Inks to give my tag just the right looks. Therefore I'm also entering this in this week's challenge over at Dream Valley Challenges: Distress.
Distress is also a word that describes my state of mind when I smeared my not-yet-dry bronze pearl dots created with my Viva Decor Pearl Pen - arrrggghhh! So I just extra smeared them some more, and added to it. I figure it gives the tag an "organic" look what with the mica chips, skeleton leaf, and raffia.
First I stamped this old mica fragment with brown StazOn. Then I applied layers of Distress ink to the tags to get the "just right" late summer look. Colors were Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Broken China, Shabby Shutters, Barn Door, and Mustard Seed. I used foam ink blenders for the application. I took a small green skeleton leaf and used glossy accents to adhere it and the mica to the tag. The glossy accents caused the ink colors to pool up under the mica, but I was OK with that.
I guess I should go back and say I found this old flower that reminded me of a sun, so I decided to use it as the topper of my tag. (For more info on how the flower was made, see a video from my YT channel archive below.) The cool brad (?) was really silver, but I colored with an amazingly ancient (couldn't believe there was any ink in it) Krylon Red Shimmer Leafing Pen. It gave it just the perfect touch.
|As part of the Use It Tuesday challenge, you need to document what's old in your project. When's the last time you saw a Provo Craft logo like this?|
|The stamp was from a company from my home town. Yep, its 16 years old! Would you believe I've been stamping longer than that even?|
|If you guessed 2003 from the question above, you're right! Paper from this old pack provided the top layer of my tag. Tags were from Lacy Labels, cut on my Gypsy.|
As a bonus, here's a video from my YouTube archive which demonstrates how I used spray inks and Distress Inks to create some awesome paper flowers with my embossing folders. Enjoy!