Grab a cuppa coffee.... this is a long one!
This week's theme over on the Grungy Monday Challenge, brilliantly and lovingly hosted by the lovely Linda Ledbetter (say that 3x fast...ha ha..), is to use Tim Holtz' Rusted Enamel technique, demonstrated HERE on Tim's blog way back in 2007 during the very first 12 Tags of Christmas series. And since the theme on Simon Says Stamp and Show is to use stitches, I figured I'd put my hat in the ring (again!) - I'm falling back in love with my sewing machine this week!
I started by doing the technique on the base of the tag, using scattered straw and brushed corduroy distress inks. You'll have to check out Tim's blog for the specifics... click link above...
Then I started building the tag. I've had these mini hinges by Graphic 45 for a few months and finally was inspired to use them! Here's the completed tag...
I'll get back to the hinge later... let's start on the left... I stamped Tim's long skinny message stamp onto plain white copy paper, tore the edges around the text, inked with antique linen distress ink, and then crumpled the whole thing into a little ball. Un-crumpled and then ran brushed corduroy lightly over the surface so it only caught the high points of the wrinkles. Then sewed black stitches around the edges.
Then, I pulled out these mini envelopes, also by Graphic 45, and added a mini tag on top, doing some background stamping in brushed corduroy, and the main message stamp in black archival ink (all Tim Holtz stamps). Added some grungeboard wings (from the mini grunge set), painted with gold paint dabber and black archival swept over the top. Sewed black stitching around the edge of the tag.
Notice the little arrow on the left? That's supposed to tell you that there's something else to look at.... Here we go... and here's the hinge part....
Cool right? So.... the envelope/tag that shows in the original pic at the top of this post is actually the back side of the hinged tag, closed up (hope that made sense....).
I hinged two envelopes together.... so.... on the two "inside tags" I added two small tags, also did background stamping in brushed corduroy and message stamps in black archival ink (again, all Tim Holtz stamps). Added another arrow, pointing right, and a mini grunge crown to the tag on the left, painted with gold paint dabber. Sewed black stitching around the edges of these tags, too.
Added an antique brass heart charm (AC Moore clearance bin!) to the bottom of the envelope with a memo clip.
The fibers tied to the tags are actually recycled silk fibers... I found a big ball of it when I visited the American Visionary Arts Museum a few weeks ago - cool place - cool gift shop!
And, finally, added a grungepaper flourish and grunge butterflies (both from Tim's Alterations dies). Inked the flourish with vintage photo distress stain, and the butterflies (2 layers) with wild honey distress stain. Stamped the butterfly (front and back) with one of Tim's antique label stamps in coffee archival ink, ran cranberry paint around the edges, added black pearl pen dots to the body, and sandwiched a game spinner between the two butterflies.
Here's the finished tag - opened up.
Hope you enjoyed this project - thanks for stopping by!