This tag will be very special to me because I used a photo of my Mom & Dad instead of one from Found Relatives Occasions or Photobooth!
For the MONOPRINT Technique Tim used Antique Linen Stain over the entire tag. I only had Old Paper Stain & it was too green so I decided to use an Antique Linen ink pad on a Inkssentials #10 Craft Tags. I started out applying it with a blending tool but to get it dark enough I had to blend so much it just looked to smooth & perfect. So I applied it directly from the ink pad to the tag, then sprayed it with water & dried it with a heat tool. I was happy how it turned out.
The next step of the MONOPRINT technique was inking the back of a stencil & applying it to the tag. It was a little difficult (at least for me) & Tim recommended practicing. I did this step 3 or 4 times before I was happy. I didn't have the Lace Stencil so I tried using the Doily Stencil but it didn't have enough open space so I ended up with a muddy mess. I finally decided to use Tim's Latticework Stencil & it worked much better.
I inked the back of the stencil with Frayed Burlap, wiped the ink off the wide edge (to avoid having a line) then sprayed it with water. After I laid the stencil over the tag horizionaly, I used a paper towel to rub over it to apply the ink & to blot the excess water off. I repeated this step 2 more times making sure I matched the pattern. Using a blending tool, I distressed the edges with Walnut Stain Ink.
Next I randomly inked the Heart Stencil at the top & bottom of the tag in Candied Apple. I love this color & it's perfect for February!
The 2nd technique was EMBOSSED TEXTURE PASTE. I only had one stencil with words & it was Tim's Christmas Word Stencil. It had 1 word that fit the occasion perfectly & it was "wonderful". I spread the modeling paste over the stencil then carefully lifted it off. Then sprinkled gold embossing powder over the wet modeling paste & let the paste dry before heating it. The embossing is raised & looks so neat.
For the embellishments I added 2 hearts but wanted them a little darker red so I sponged Fired Brick onto white cardstock then die cut them from Scribbles & Splat Thinlet Die Set. I added a little sparkle with a Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. So glad the red still showed through. The Adage Ticket, "Love" was perfect & inked it with Walnut Stain then crumbled it up. Mom's heart locket & my Dad's tie was inked with Fired Brick using a nib...kinda wish I would have used gold...well the red really pops. The photo is adhered using 1/4" Scor-tape. The Philosophy Token "Cherish" was inked with Picket Fence Paint & hung with heavy thread wrapped around the Antique Nickel Arrow. I placed the arrow through the 2nd heart & adhered both to the tag using glue dots. To finish it off, I added 2 phrases from Occasions Small Talk at the bottom & placed crinkle ribbon dyed with Fired Brick ink at the top.
Although my tag is very close to Tim's, I hope you enjoyed the challenges I worked through as well as the little changes I made!