Saturday, April 19, 2014

Saturday Step by Step: Shabby Chic Tag Tutorial

Hello! It's an honor to be back presenting the Saturday StepxStep this week. Tomorrow is Easter and we have been busy with our preparations. Each year I make tags to to give as gifts, and one of my wonderful blog friends recently requested a tutorial for these tags. I thought it would be the perfect time to showcase my favorite Pion Fairytale of Spring line. (editor's note:  unfortunately this collection is retired and no longer available).  I adore the soft vintage images and coordinating papers. These are not just for Easter. I make them throughout the year for all occasions. Pion designs luscious papers and vintage images for every season. Linda carries several Pion Design collections at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, and as always offers 20% off MSRP!

The above photo is of my gathered supplies. I put my things in front of me to begin work and realized how pretty everything looked before I even began assembling my project. I deemed it photo worthy.

The below photo demonstrates my cutting measurements. The long card stock strip is for the base of the tag. The blue design paper is the base for the vintage image, which is framed by the smaller card stock section. These measurements can be adjusted to fit the size of your image.

The next step is to prepare your image by adhering it to the card stock frame. You can easily do this with adhesive. I added stitching to mine (very inexpertly) because I'm trying to learn to sew. I don't sew well, but rationalize that because these are shabby chic it is okay if there are imperfections. I'll call it character.

Now it's time to emboss your base. It's a small project so I chose this small, simple dot folder. It looks sweet and doesn't detract from the beautiful papers.

Once the embossing is complete I use a punch to create a pretty lace border on the bottom of the tag.

Next I use a punch to create the tag corners. You can do this with a pair of scissors or any corner tool you have in your craft room.

I use a Cropodile to punch my tag holes, but you can use any hole punch you have handy.

Now I adhere the designer paper to the tag base. For this tag I leave a little more room on the bottom of the tag than the top, allowing a bit of extra space for the ribbon embellishment.

Adhere the prepared image to the center of the coordinating Pion paper.

Adhere lace strips to both ends of the background paper. I cut the lace strips to about 3 1/4 inches each and adhere them around to the back of the tag for a cleaner look. I like to use the red line tape for this because it's the strongest and most reliable (and most invisible) I've found for holding lace.

For this tag style I like the look of really crinkly seam binding. To achieve this I prepare it a day in advance. Each tag uses about 2 yards of seam binding. I saturate the seam binding with hot water, roll it up into a tight ball inside a paper towel, and microwave it for 30 seconds, then leave it inside the paper towel overnight.

In the morning I remove the seam binding from the bundle, gently untangle it, and spritz it with cheap hairspray. The hair spray goes a long way in holding a good crinkle, as well as giving it some interesting texture. You don't need to have dozens of colors of seam binding in your craft room to get the color you want. Plain white seam binding is the most versatile. It's simple to die using re-inkers or distress stains. 

I like to bring in the eyelash yarn at this point. It's soft and feminine. I love the way it looks and feels!

I've used two lengths of ivory seam binding and one length of blue to create a triple ribbon. I tied them all together with the eyelash yarn. The middle looks a bit messy but it will be covered up, so no worries.

Adhere the ribbon to the bottom of the tag and glue a flower in the center. I had these fabric flowers in my stash, but you can use any small flower you have or even make one yourself. At this point I use my hot glue gun. It adheres chunky embellishments quickly and effectively.

Cut two more lengths of ivory seam binding, one length of colored seam binding and a double length of eyelash yarn. I thread one length of seam binding through the tag hole and tie the rest of the fibers around it. This way you end up with a nice full topper for your tag.

That's all there is to it! In just a few minutes you have a tag ready for anything your heart desires! I have several more photos of the tags I made using the Fairytale of Spring collection below, just to give you an idea of how really lovely these papers and images are.  Since the Fairytale of Spring collection is out of print now, I'd like to suggest downloading and printing your own vintage images.  I found a couple of Pinterest boards with lovely vintage Easter collections.  Check here and here.    I have also included a list of the other products used at the bottom of this post.

Thank you so much for joining us here at the Frilly and Funkie! It's been a pleasure sharing these tags with you. I wish you a joyful Easter!!


Links to products used and alternative suggestions;

Other Products Used: Cuttlebug embossing folder, Martha Stewart punch, Stampin Up corner punch, Cropadile hole punch, hot glue gun, lace strips and eyelash yarn from my stash

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Focus - Distress Paints

Hi everyone, Jenny here as your host for this week's Frilly and Funkie Friday Focus this Easter weekend. And this time the spotlight falls on (drumroll please...) Distress Paints!!! That means all those yummy paints, now in all your favourite Distress colours, are 15% off the already discounted prices at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Check out the Friday Focus tab at The Boutique this week to see all the colours available.

Those of you who've played with Distress Paints will already be converted I'm sure, but for those of you wondering what all the fuss is about I hope the following tutorial will show you one way of getting the most out of your paints.
Start with some thick uncoated paper or card as you'll be using water and your base needs to be able to stand up to this. You also need it to have some degree of absorbency to grab the paint as it dries and moves. I also adhered some die cut shapes to the card (those new Frameworks dies are great for this) to create extra patterns and texture on the finished piece. You may see there's a large crease on the card in the bottom right corner. That was on this piece of card when it came out of the pack, but knowing I'd eventually be chopping it up to the required size, that was not a problem.
What's so special about Distress Paint? For a start it is very 'wet'; that probably sounds ridiculous but it means you've got a lot of play time. Sometimes you need a paint to dry quickly so it won't mix and will layer. In this case I needed one which would remain fluid enough to mix together. Having splodged random patches on my craft mat I added some water and dragged my piece of card through it a couple of times.
The next important property of Distress Paint is it's water-reactiveness. The paint started reacting initially when I misted it with water on my mat. Once on my card the water started to help it move and mix. Notice though, it isn't going 'muddy' because the paints maintain their colour integrity despite this spritzing and smooching. That's another important property. Notice, I didn't cover the card completely - that's good!
Now grab that water bottle and mist the paint on your card again to get that paint blending even more. Once you've got some 'movement' you can start drying the paint with your heat gun to 'fix' it in place, but remember, the paint that is still wet continues to be activated further if you add more water so you can keep blending if required. See the left over paint? Tim Holtz makes me physically wince (sorry Tim!) every time I see him mop it up with a cloth!! Being a thrifty crafter I prefer to reach for blank card offcuts and dab them into that paint to get the blotchy patterns you can see below.
Stuck for which colours go well together? If in doubt think back to those early years in school where you learned about primary and secondary colours. If you pick yellow and blue tones they will mix beautifully to give you... purples! Only kidding, but hopefully you get where I'm going with this. If you are unsure try mixing a little drop of two colours to see if you like what you get.
With the paint dry it's time to get those white bits covered with complimentary Distress Inks. Blend them over the painted areas too to get some even richer, deeper tones.
You'll all be familiar with spritzing and flicking, splattering water over your inks to get them to react. Well the same thing will happen to the layer of ink over the paint. Once dry you have the most beautiful mottled background to work on.
I put the plainer pieces to one side for a future project and chopped up the die cut piece to fit a square card blank. Then I added some stamping using Archival Ink because it won't react to water.
I wanted to add some dramatic shading to this and really pick out those die cut shapes so I dribbled some Black Soot Distress Ink mixed with water across them (you could also get this result by using Black Marble Dylusions Spray). Many of you may gasp in horror at this choice of colour; if so you could reach for those brown shades or some deeper orange/blue colours to get a similar effect. I also stamped a little bee - it's one from my rubber stamp stash but if you need one there's a great version on a Wendy Vecchi set that I'll list below. And to add a little extra texture I poured Glossy Accents into a few of the honeycomb 'holes'.
To finish the card I added vellum and Kraft Coredinations spring greenery using those new Sizzix dies that I hope you picked up when they were discounted at The Boutique last week. Sanding the Kraft card and inking the edges before shaping the leaves makes a big difference to the finished elements. The daisies were also die cut, shaped, coloured and glittered (where have I seen a version of that before?!) After layering them I added some pieces of filigree metal, a splattering of White Linen Dylusions Spray and a simple sentiment. And here's the finished result...

I hope you can see from these close ups how the Distress Paints combine beautifully together and with Distress Inks to create the most beautiful base for some simple finishing touches. If you haven't played with them in a while or felt nervous about trying them I hope this has given you a few ideas of your own. And of course with all the colours in the Distress Range now available in paint form, you can begin/expand your collection at those fabulous Friday Focus discounted prices HERE.

As ever there's a linked list of products used below (with alternative FJB suggestions). The eagle-eyed amongst you will notice this card even qualifies for our current challenge 'Flights of Fancy'; it's not too late to enter if you haven't already done so to be in with a chance to win one of two fabulous prizes.

Thank you for joining me today. I hope you feel inspired to create and have a lovely weekend. Don't forget to come back tomorrow to see a knockout Saturday Step by Step with the wonderful Nancy. You're in for a treat with this one.

Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx