I've been wanting to do a tutorial for a while, so this is my first effort. If you follow along on my blog, you'll remember the Dylusions Valentines tags I made for Dyan Reaveley's visit to The Queens Ink. To create the tags, I did a "Master Board" so they would all have a similar feel to them, yet still be unique individually. This is the technique I used... hope you enjoy it.
For this Master Board, I started with a large (10" x 20") piece of water color paper (Fabriano Artistico - available HERE), several colors of Dylusions spray inks, and a water mister.
I started by spraying a very generous amount of water over half of the paper. I like to work in sections on large pieces so the inks don't soak in too much, allowing for blending and bleeding.
Then I used the Dylusions spray inks, which blend immediately with the water. Here's a shot showing the blending.
Then I repeated the process on the second half of the sheet, continuing the colors on the first half so they would blend nicely across the whole sheet.
At this point, you can blot the excess ink with a roll of paper towels, and then add more spray inks if desired to intensify the colors. Here's the finished result after drying with a heat tool...
Now that we have a base of color, it's time to start adding layers of pattern and texture. So of course I had to reach for the new Dylusions stencils and inks. I stated with the alpha jumble stencil and postbox red spray ink.
Sprayed randomly across the page.
I repeated with the graduated circles stencil and crushed grape spray ink.
Now it's time to add some texture, so I used the harlequin stencil and some white gesso.
I scraped the gesso through the stencil with a Ranger craft scraper. This is NOT an exact process - be messy and random. If you look closely, you'll notice that I used the stencil horizontally across the top of the page. The only reason is that I know three #8 manila tags will fit, running across the top of the page. So, the end result will be a tag where the harlequin pattern will run vertically. You'll see later when we cut the Master Board down to tag size.
I felt like this Master Board still needed more pattern, so I went for the number jumble stencil and bright turquoise spray ink.
Here's the end result.
The Master Board is now complete, so it's time to decide how you want to cut it up. I wanted to make tags, so I laid out the #8 tags across the whole sheet so I'd know where to cut.
I drew a line across the top of the sheet, measuring with the tag itself.
Then cut all the way across, separating the top and bottom sections.
I repeated the same process for the bottom section, using the tag to measure and draw lines to cut on.
Here are all the tags, nine in all, plus the one actual manila tag I used as a template.
Once again, I used the tag as a template and cut the two diagonal notches on each side and punched a hole in the center, using a standard hole punch from Office Depot / Staples, etc.
Et Voila! A collection of tags with patterned / textured backgrounds, all ready for stamping, collage, doodling, painting - anything your heart desires! You could even thread a ribbon through all nine and make a mini book, or sew them together with a sewing machine. Let your imagine run free and have fun playing!
This is my first step-by-step tutorial, so I hope you enjoyed it. Please let me know what you think - not enough detail? Too much detail? I really do want them to be helpful and easy to follow, so give it to me straight! Thanks for hanging in through a long post. See you soon!