My New Love of Stamping!

It’s been a while since I wrote a good long craft blog post on this blog, so I thought I would update you on my most recent crafting love…Stamping!

Introduced to stamping by my good friend from Laurart before Christmas, last week we had another good stamping session, and I loved it, I really do need to invest in some stamping bits and pieces and set about to make some wonderful creations!

Today I am going to show you the tag I made, it’s not officially my first tag as I had a play about before Christmas learning different techniques, but it is essentially my first tag where I knew what I was doing (-ish, I did have Laura to help and guide me through!)

First we gathered all the bits and pieces we would need; Distress inks, pads, card, stamps, sprays etc.

 

 

Next, with the blank card in front of me I had to decide what I wanted to do. I knew it would be for my boyfriend (due to me not getting him a valentines card and being ever so fearful that I may not hear the end of it ;) ) so I settled for a manly, grungy theme. But that was as far as my planning went I don’t like to plan too much, I like to see how things develop).

 

I decided on three colours from Tim Holtz distressed inks (Crushed Olive, Gathered Twigs and Stormy Sky) and set about blending them together on my tag.
Next I used a water spray, spraying the water into my hand and flicked it over the card and then blotted it, giving it a vintage look.
Then I used a copper spray to add more to the tag.

Next I used a stamp with script across it and using a distress ink added that to my tag. Then I added more wording, then a pattern and a stamp with a film reel look.

 

Next, using blank archival ink, I stamped ‘Love’ and ‘Listen to your heart’.

Then I pressed a hole out the top and added some grungy ribbon.

Last of all I stamped a heart-shaped piece of card and wound rusty wire around it and attached it around the ribbon at the top of my tag.

And I am happy to report, he really liked it!

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