Once again it is time to celebrate the techniques of Tim Holtz over at Studio L3. This one is a faux watercolor stamping technique and it is super easy to create a painterly watercolor effect even if you have never lifted a brush in your entire life. To see the technique just click here and you will be taken to Tim's blog. You can also read up on all the previous stuff going on at Linda's Studio by clicking here.
Below are all the details of what I did and even a few extra samples.
Click on the picture to see a larger view.
OK... so this is the tag I did for this weeks challenge. I admit after finishing it that I had a little bit of a
deja-vu moment. I knew that I had done something similar for a birthday tag that was given to Lillian while I was at the Florida retreat. (I didn't post that tag because I didn't want Lillian to see it before the unveiling.) Then I realized that I had done one similar for another Grungy Monday challenge. (What a slap your forehead ... DUH.... I'm an idiot moment.) At least they are all different from each other even though they have a lot of the same elements. I promise not to repeat this design again but I was looking to finish a tag for the sake of showing/doing the technique and not just completing a "new" design.
ANYWAYS..... here's what I did.
Since I don't have many "solid" types of stamps I actually did the background for the entire tag with this technique. I don't have very many Adirondack pads either so I opted to use my Distress Inks instead. I used the colors of Scattered Straw, Wild Honey and Tumbled Glass. (I made some other color combos which are shown below.) I then stamped over the tiled background with a "writing" stamp. The black border is a punch from EK Success that I punched from black paper that was embossed with black glitter embossing powder. That was glued under a piece of metallic ribbon which in turn covers the trim that the beaded fringe is attached to. The wings are white pearl german scrap that I rubber a little Tumbled Glass Distress Ink over to bring out the details. The finishing details are a black eyelet in the tag hole, A piece of gold wire wrapped around the ribbon and curled, and I heat embossed the face image in the heart with black and then colored it with colored pencils.
Previous Grungy Monday challenge
Lillian's Birthday tag
On the right is the stamped image without the watercolor technique applied to it. I chose not to use this tag because I felt it didn't show the technique very well.