I know, I know.... I'm on a "twin" kick... but it just makes so much sense when you're creating with Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions ink sprays to mop up the extra ink with another tag, and I got carried away.... so here we go!
Of course, I started with the ink sprays, creating a vibrant background. Then I did some ghosting with the circles stencil and water - the positive image on one tag and the negative image on the other. This is so easy to do - spray the water through the stencil on to one tag, and then flip the (wet) stencil over onto the other tag and press down. Let the ink sit for 10 seconds or so, and then blot up with paper towel roll. The image "ghosts" more as it dries. You get a more dramatic effect if you use darker ink sprays on your background. These ghosts are pretty subtle.
Then I sprayed the green ink through the numbers stencil in random places on one tag, and the alpha stencil on the other. Then the fun began... I used the border of THIS stencil and traced around each element of the stencil with a Stabilo All pencil (black). These pencils are amazing... when you trace over the pencil with a water brush, it turns to ink which blends like watercolor paint. FUN!
Then I used the new toadstools stamp from THIS set, using jet black archival ink. Stamped the checker-border in black and cut out segments to use as necks, and added the faces to each tag. I added a house stamp as a hat to one face, along with a bird on top.
The twisted ribbon borders (Inbetweenies set) were stamped around the edges, using a paper towel as a mask to avoid the other elements of the tags. The sentiments were stamped in black, cut out, and adhered to each tag.
The faces, hats and toadstools were colored with distress markers (scribble the marker on your craft sheet and pick up the color with a water brush - more fun!).
To finish things off, I had to break out the white gelly roll pen and go to town accenting everything in sight. This is my favorite part because it just brings the whole piece to life.
Hope you enjoyed the twin tags. I have one more set of "twins" to share from stamp camp weekend - will be back in a few days with those. Stay tuned!