It's me, Ellen Vargo, so happy to be back here on the PA blog to share another inky-painty-stampy project. The last time I saw you all we had just released another two new stamp sets in the Eclectica3EEV series, so today I wanted to share some fun ways to use them, along with some of my other stamps, and we'll be making a mini book out of tags. Any ONE of these tags would make a lovely gift so don't feel pressured to make the whole book... I just wanted to show you lots of options.
I started with three #10 manila tags and six #7 manila tags. To create the backgrounds for each #10 tag, I used an old credit card to scrape fresco paint (one color of paint on each tag, front and back - so six sides). I'll show you how I did one of them - the method is the same for each, just use a different color paint.
First spread a thin line of paint across the top of the tag. For this tag I used Hey Pesto.
Then use the credit card to scrape the paint down the length of the tag. If you want a deeper shade just add another coat of the same paint.
Then I stamped the scratchy square stamp from EEV02 (these stamps are *awesome* for backgrounds! I'm just sayin'!). Use a coordinating shade of archival ink for a tone-on-tone background. I used Sap Green.
Voila! Instant background! Then I used some collage papers that I made using lots of stamps from EEV05 and EEV06.
Just stamp one image over and over again to create a nice pattern - I *love* repeating patterns. I used the washer stamp from EEV06 and black archival ink on deli paper (dry wax paper) - but waxed tissue paper would also work beautifully for this, just make sure you heat set the inks as you're stamping so they don't bleed.
Here's a picture of my collage paper stash...
(this picture is from a different tag, but you get the idea...).
I applied a border using the collage papers to the top and bottom of each tag, using Glue 'N' Seal matte, and used all the same techniques to prepare the front and back of each #10 manila tag. Here are the fronts:
And the backs:
I added some border stamping to each of the #10 tags using black archival ink and stamps from EEV05 and EEV06. Once again - I used these stamps to create *patterns* - do you see a "pattern" emerging??? LOL!
Then I prepared six #7 manila tags using distress inks, Hot Picks stamps, and other PA background stamps, and adhered them using dimensional foam tape to the #10 tags. (I trimmed one inch off of the bottom of each #7 tag for a better fit.) Then stamped an encouraging greeting on Smoothy white card and adhered to each small tag. I'll list the supplies used in the captions for each picture.
I scored a fold line one inch from the top of each #10 tag so the "pages" would flip nicely and used double sided super-sticky tape to adhere all three tags together at the top. Here are some pix of the finished mini book.
Close up of the pages on the fronts:
And close up of the pages on the backs:
Thanks for stopping by - I hope you liked my mini book and got some ideas on how to use my stamps to create awesome patterns and textures for your next stamping project! I'll be back next month for some more fun - see you then! ~ ellen. Ellen is giving away one of her newest stamp sets to two lucky winners. Leave a comment on her blog HERE for a chance to win!
A huge thank you to Ellen from all at PaperArtsy HQ, it is wonderful to have you with us again this semester. Your stamps are just fabulous over every colour, creating brilliant textures. this tag book is so full of vibrancy and interest.
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