Monday, May 21, 2018

Birthday Tag with Chalk Blended Background


We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. Our challenge theme for the next two weeks is on creating an ATC, Tag or Bookmark. One of our sponsors for this challenge is Limited Runs.   I am using an image called Mini Birds-BD Cake.

I printed the image on Neenah Solar white cardstock. I re-sized the image so it will fit a 3"x4" panel once I die cut the cardstock. I am breaking in on my newly purchased Faber-Castell Polychromos color pencil. It was a steal purchase from Michaels since it was on clearance at a very low price. The sad part of it is that this is only the 12 pencil set but I think it is okay since I am just trying this out for the first time. I've seen numerous colorists online who uses this color pencil. I am very curious on how it will match up with the Prismacolor color pencils.

I did not go for any shading on my coloring since I have limited polychromos pencils. I could not challenge myself to just using this brand of color pencils so I did use several Prismacolor color pencils. Looking at the final result, you cannot really differentiate the two brands of color pencils. I think it is how heavy-hand you are in coloring that makes a difference.

I die cut this colored panel using Mama Elephant Peek-a-Frame Creative Cuts die. I did not want to leave the background plain white. I want a touch of color that is light enough not to take the eyes away from the colored images. This is when I used the Inkadinkado Blending Chalks. I have not used this since I got it as a freebie when I bought some re-sale items from my neighbor. So, I am breaking in on this as well. The thing I liked about the chalk is that I had some control on coloring the background especially while coloring around the image. I did not have to put a mask over the colored image. And, the effect is very subtle. It is just the right amount of color.

The sentiment is from My Favorite Things. I stamped this using Versafine Onyx black ink. I did not made a good impression on stamping this sentiment. I hate myself for not using the Misti. I don't want to re-stamp it. I've invested so much time on this that I am afraid to make the impression worse if I re-stamp it. To save it, I used black embossing powder and was thankful of the result. No one will ever know that it was not a perfect stamped impression at the start.

I could have stopped here with an ATC but I wanted to make a tag using this colored panel. I die cut a Martha Stewart yellow cardstock using Avery Elle A Tag for All Elle-ments die. I used a Memory Box stencil to add spots to the tag. At this point, I wasn't sure where I was heading with this so I treated the area with an anti-static pouch before applying Tim Holtz Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink on the stenciled tag. I was going for a tone-on-tone effect which I did not achieve. The good thing about the TH Distress inks is it takes a while before it dries so I was able to pour Wow! Pearl White embossing powder, then heat set it. Now, this is the look I was going for. I adhered the colored panel to this with a fun foam in between for added dimension.

I threaded a ribbon through the tag hole. After I secured it with glue and a twine wrapped once around the ribbon and knotted twice, I created a triple bow and adhered this to the ribbon.

I hope you join us in today's challenge. We cannot wait to see what you create.

Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle 


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