I love Stephanie's new Tag die, which is a Sizzix Bigz L die and therefore cuts a pretty large tag (6" x 8 3/4"). I can think of so many different projects in which this tag can be used. As you can see in my journal, it is also the perfect size for Ranger's Small Creative Journal. For this page, I also used the Houses, Stars #4, and Scallops #2 dies. When I see a house die, I always just have to have it, because houses are so much fun to include in projects, and if you don't want houses, you can use the rectangles and triangles as shapes on their own too.
The tag was die cut from watercolour paper, using this sandwich: Standard Cutting Pad, die facing up, paper, second Cutting Pad. Since it is a Bigz die, you'll be able to cut tags from thick materials too. The texture in the background started out as a mistake. I had glued some cheese cloth to a piece of paper, to die cut the roofs from, and painted it black. It took too long for the paint to dry, so I dabbed it off on a piece of paper and got this cool texture. The Stars were die cut from watercolour paper that had been coated with gesso. After gluing the stars to the tag, I smeared Iced Spruce and Black Soot Distress Ink on a craft sheet, misted with water and pressed the tag into the ink.
The Houses were die cut from dry embossed papers, which were left-overs from one of my gelli printing sessions. They were originally embossed with the Basket Weave and Bubbles folders. I think they might be from this gelli printing session. The Houses die also has a little heart and I die cut a bunch of hearts to use on the page. The roofs were die cut from fabric covered paper, painted black, and I hand cut doors and windows from black cardstock.
I used the Scallops #2 Sizzlits Decorative Strip die to die cut the fabric border. It is easier to get it to cut through the fabric if you glue the fabric to a piece of cardstock first. I simply peeled the fabric off from the cardstock again once it was die cut. Use this sandwich: Extended Multipurpose Platform Tab 1, Extended Cutting Pad, die facing up, fabric covered paper, second Extended Cutting Pad. You might need to use a pair of scissors here and there.
I stamped the inky background with a 'curiosity' definition stamp by Tim Holtz, as well as a star stamp. The tag was mounted on old dictionary paper and glued into my art journal.
Thank you so much for looking!
Other Supplies Used:
- Surfaces: Ranger Dylusions Small Creative Journal; Canson Montval Watercolour Paper; Neenah Smooth Solar White; old dictionary paper
- Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Typography, Curiosities, Perspective
- Ink: Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black; Distress Ink - Iced Spruce, Black Soot
- Paint: Ranger Distress Paint - Black Soot
- Medium: Ranger Dina Wakley - White Gesso
- Embellishments: Tim Holtz idea-ology - Label Letters, Chit Chat Stickers, Elements Tissue Tape; Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Fabric