Experiment #1: I have been dying to try Wendy Vecchi's Archival ink technique. Even though I didn't have the reinkers, I thought it might work with the regular ink pads. While I was playing with it, I also decided to see what it would do on a manila tag (Experiment #2). While it's less flowy and watercolor-y, I think it is still a really great look. Success!
Next, Experiment #3: would it be possible to do an image transfer with Tim Holtz's new Found Relatives cards? As you can see, that is a definite 'yes'!
Now, take a few minutes to watch the amazing Ms. Vecchi doing her thing. Since I don't have her reinkers yet (I just ordered them!), I just smooshed my ink pads onto my craft sheet and then added alcohol and silver ink. While I did try the technique on Ranger's Specialty Stamping paper, I also tried it on a few tags to see how it would look, and that's what I ended up using for this project.
Once your tag is done, it's time to try transferring one of the Found Relatives images onto it. This is pretty much how you'd do any image transfer, with just a few tweaks. Here's how I did it:
Begin by separating the top layer from the rest of the card. You can easily do this by bending one of the corners and fraying the edge until it separates. Tear around the image. An irregular edge helps the image to blend into the tag.
Figuring I didn't have anything to lose, I started wiping it away with a baby wipe. Even after wiping quite a bit, I was left with what you see above. Again, figuring I might as well try to salvage it (I thought it was a failure at this point), I kept rubbing, this time with quite a bit of elbow grease!
After a bit, the image started becoming more and more clear. I took special care around the face, just to make sure I didn't accidentally rub it off!
I trimmed the tag down so that it would fit on the front of the tag. I added Remnant Rubs, and stamped images using StazOn ink.
THIS tutorial, using Tim Holtz's Tag die. The Lots of Pops mechanism was cut out of decorative paper, trimmed down, and adhered inside the folded tag. I used a scrap from another tag to stamp the cupcake image on and used one of the frames from Karen's Accordion Fancy Label set to cut it out. The little banners were cut using a die that is part of the Lots of Pops set (you get SO many dies!!). I added Label Letters to spell out Dad and strung them between the poles with Tim's new Jute String.
I hope you enjoyed this crazy long post! I apologize for the lack of stepped-out pics on the inside - I got carried away and totally forgot to take them. I hope you try the transfer technique, Wendy's ink technique, and some of Karen's fantastic dies. More than anything, I love combining all of my favorite things into something for one of my favorite people...that's what this is all about, right? :)
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