Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tag Tuesday - Fabric, Wednesday Stamper - Music, Plus a Tut!

Back when I first used my Faux Tarnished Metal technique, I promised that I would post a tutorial, and I've finally gotten around to doing it! My ATT friend, Mary-Beth, graciously offered to send me some birdcage and bird die cuts so I could recreate the metal cage. Thanks so much Mary-Beth! :-) Here we go:

Supplies: Versamark watermark ink pad; brown (not pictured), bronze/copper, black acrylic paint; Ranger silver embossing powder; Ranger Ultra Thick embossing powder; birdcage or other die; heat gun; sponge or sponge brush. Tip: the plastic from an Idea-ology package makes a great palette!

Step 1: Paint birdcage with a combination of brown and copper acrylic paint. This color will peek through your melted embossing powder in the end.

Step 2: Cover entire die cut with Versamark, or other clear pigment ink.

Step 3: Cover entire piece in silver embossing powder. Tap off excess.

Step 4: Emboss using a heat gun. Let cool.

 Step 5: Reapply Versamark, covering silver embossing. It's ok to leave some un-inked areas, if you like.

Step 6: Cover with Ultra Thick embossing powder. Tap off excess.

Step 7: Emboss UTEE using heat gun. You'll notice the UTEE causes the silver embossing powder to dissipate, creating little 'windows' through to the base color. Very cool!! At this point, you can decide if you want more silver, more UTEE, etc. I added another layer of silver and another layer of UTEE, proceeding as shown above.

This is my piece after I was done with embossing. Don't you love the way the silver embossing is broken up? It's really starting to look like tarnished metal!

Step 8: Using a cosmetic sponge or sponge brush (one of Tim's Dabbers would be great for this!) cover the entire piece with black acrylic paint. Be generous.

Step 9: Wipe paint from birdcage using a tissue or paper towel. You can leave on as little or as much paint as you like. If it dries too soon, dampen your tissue and re-wipe.

Finished!!

My tag background was a second generation Antiqued Glimmers (Technique Junkie Newsletter) 'swipe' after making my tag for Day 1 of Tim's Christmas tags. I spotted it on my work table and decided it would be perfect with the bird cage. My bird was stamped with a flourish from one of Tim's clear stamp sets, and then clear embossed. I sponged Faded Jeans and Bundled Sage over the top. Love that technique!

To give some contrast to the tag, I added a scrap of music from an old hymnal. Since the Wednesday Stamper theme was 'Music', it works perfectly for that challenge. I used Elmer's large glue dots raise the birdcage slightly, to give some dimension, and the thin glue dots hold the bird securely.

To fit the 'A Bit of Fabric' theme over at Tag Tuesday, I created a fabric flower using a technique my friend Debi Vincent taught at our stamp club. It's so cool! Maybe I'll see if she minds me posting a tut for that one of these days. Finally, I edged both the tag and bird with some of Martha's glitter and then mounted it to a French text covered wood block, just like I did for all my Christmas tags. The stamps I used are all from Tim Holtz. Whew!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and try it for yourself. There are lots of different ways this could be used, and endless variations and combinations you could try. I would really appreciate you crediting me with the technique if you post it anywhere. :-)

**Be sure and click on any image to see a large version and more detail.

57 comments:

  1. Oh Shelly your Tag is fabulous, I just love the finish you created on the bird cage, I must try it sometime.
    Thank you so very much for the tutorial,it is easy to understand and follow.
    Smiles:)

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  2. Great tut! How do you think up these things?!

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  3. This is so awesome! Great technique--can't wait to try it!

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  4. It is wonderful Shelly and I sure hope she will let you share the flower tute!

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  5. Great tag...I just love how you did it...

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  6. Brilliant tutorial Shelly, thank you for inspiring me...your tag is wonderful in every detail!
    oxo

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  7. Thats a super awesome tutorial Shelly! Thank you so much for sharing it with us! :D

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous, Shelley! Beautifully created, wonderful tutorial. Hugs, Gayle.

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  9. Fabulous! And how nice...a tutorial! thank you.

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  10. Very impressive! I must try this, and with the same birdcage, bird, etc. Really like it! Nelda in TN

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  11. the cage looks so real, well done! beautiful tag and how nice to be sharing the tutorial.

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  12. Gorgeous tag, thanks for the tutorial!

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  13. Your tag's amazing, Shelley!!! Thanks for sharing your tut... will have to give it a go because I love the effect :)

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  14. This tag is out of this world gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial too!

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  15. Oh Shelly, I don't like this kind of thing at all, but this project looks so clean and beautiful. I love it, and will give it a go myself. Thank you so much for sharing with us.
    Blessings, Yvonne.

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  16. Fabulous tutorial, Shelly! I love how you share fun things you discover while playing with your supplies. It all goes together so beautifully to create your wonderful tag!

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  17. oh my!! Such a Beautiful Tag! You Have A Wonderful Blog Too! *Ü*

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  18. Great tag, Shelly! I still think you should be on Tim's DT. You do amazing work and thanks for the tut. Love seeing your creations, you are incredibly talented:)

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  19. this is simply GORGEOUS!!! love all waht you do in your great piece. :-)

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  20. Beautiful colour choice for the tag, a special tag. Great tutorial. Lynne M

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  21. WOW! I am speachless.. What a wonderful Tag. Love what you did with that Bird cage..

    Hugs, Linda

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  22. Your tag is divine Shelly! Thanks for sharing that great technique too!
    Alison x

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  23. Great technique Shelly - thank you for Sharing this...

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  24. Wonderful coloured cage, love how the bird looks out of the cage.

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  25. Love this, Shelly!!! Thanks you so much for the tut!!!!

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  26. Shelly, I really like the contrast of the metal with the softenss of the fabric and the rest of your tag. thanks for sharing how you created your birdcage, too!

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  27. Great tutorial. Love the effect you have achieved on the cage.

    Marilyn

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  28. This is freakin' awesome! I love it, and thanks so much for sharing the tutorial, will deffo have to try this, for sure, for sure! Great tag, too! lol! Love the bird with stamping and embossing..

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  29. Love your tag! Thanks so much for coming by and leaving a comment on my tag, cause now I've been here, I'll be back to visit you again! Becky G. in GA

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  30. Thanks for the tutorial. Love the colors on your tag and the whole look is beautiful.

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  31. lovely! and ty for the tut! your work is great! cher from att xo

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  32. Wonderful tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing with us. Love your tag. It's gorgeous.

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  33. Wonderful job. I don't have any of the supplies but looks like it would be fun to create. Blessings, Debbie

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  34. Thanks for the tutorial, thank you for inspiring. Your tag is gorgeous, every detail is fantastic!

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  35. what a great tutorial and I'm going to give it a try this weekend! thanks so much!

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  36. Wonderful tag and the faux metal technique on the bird cage is absolutely brilliant! Thanks so much for sharing a tutorial on how it was done!

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  37. Beautiful tag, I love it. Thanks for sharing the technique too, I'm looking forward to trying it out.

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  38. Gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  39. Beautiful tag! The birdcage is really stunning...

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  40. It's beautiful - I'm so glad I got to see it in person this last weekend. Thanks for the shout out! Tut away, my friend.
    Debi

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  41. Absolutely beautiful!! Love your tag, and thanks for sharing how you made it!! BEAUTIFUL!!!

    hugs and smiles,
    Linda

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  42. Hi, me again (Dorthe)
    this is so gorgeus, and a great tutorial, thanks, so much,-I will be back here, for your fantastic creations.
    Hugs,Dorthe

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  43. Fantastic tutorial, I am definitely going to try it.

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  44. What a wonderful tutorial! I can't wait to try it. Btw, do you know where I can get the bird cage die cut? Thanks so much for sharing this.

    Liz-Anna

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  45. thanks for the tutorial. I will try this someday!

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  46. Thank you for this tutorial. This is a fantastic technique!

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  47. Thanks so much for explaining this in such great detail. It is a wonderful effect and really looks like genuine metal.

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  48. I've just found my way to your blog-what a great blog you have!Thanks for sharing this technique-it's gone straight to the top of the things to try pile!

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  49. Oh my gosh, Shelly!!!! this tag turned out so beautifully and I love the tute!! Thank you so very much for exchanging die cuts with me, I only hope I can do justice to the ones you sent me as you did mine! You are such a sweet and generous person!

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  50. What an amazing tutorial for a creative and very fun technique! My creative juices are now overflowing! Thanks!

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  51. I cant wait to try this technique on my layouts.

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