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Spring 2024 | Breath of Spring

Today I’m sharing the steps I followed to create this lovely Springtime tag that I display in my studio to celebrate the arrival of the season.

I used Ranger/Tim Holtz #8 Distress Tags and applied Ranger/Tim Holtz Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide Spray to make the tag base and background coloring.  I set it aside to dry before moving forward.

For the stamping, I used Hero Arts’ “Breath of Spring Heroscape”.  I started with the lighter colored grass and used the Simon Says Stamp’s Pawsitively Saturated Ink in the color Fairway.  For the second/darker colored grass, I used Simon Says Stamp Pawsitively Saturated Ink in the color Pine.  For the flower layers, I used Tim Holtz’s Mustard Seed Distress Oxide ink, and the centers were stamped using Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink.  For the cloud stamping layer, I decided to use StazOn Cotton White since I was going to be battling the oxide from the Savaged Patina background.  Before all the StazOn had time to dry, I thought it might be fun to add a sprinkling of Stampendous! White Puff 3D Embossing Powder to the clouds for a little texture.

There was one more stamp I wanted to use from this Hero Arts stamp set and it was the silhouette of three dragonflies.  I stamped them onto my tag using Tim Holtz Distress Archival Ink in Black Soot.

The finishing touches were completed by adding a couple words from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology “Big Chat” sticker book, I used a clear Sakura Glaze pen on the dragonflies and added a little dot of bronze Sakura Metallic Gelly Roll to all the centers of the flowers.  The only other additional was to add a new hole reinforcer to the top of the tag since I had to remove the original one to allow me to stamp the clouds.  To do this, I used the hole reinforcer die from the Sizzix/Tim Holtz “Framed Tags” die set and I cut it from Altenew’s “Sparkling Water” glitter cardstock from the Shimmering Shore collection.  I did have to use a hole punch to make the existing hole a little bit larger so that it would be a seamless finish once I glued the new hole reinforcer to the tag front.

That wraps up this fun tag project and it couldn’t be cuter!  Thanks so much for stopping by… I appreciate you doing so!


Happy Making!

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