Monday, July 30, 2012

Plaid it is

Not only is my plaid hidden it's also difficult to tell I used Crushed Olive Distress Ink and various purple distress inks to create my plaid tag background.  I followed Wendy's tutorial using tissue tape that was on her blog back in 2010.  The current challenge on the EWV group is to feature plaid on your art.  You can use a plaid technique like I've done or use Wendy's plaid stamp from Be Inspired...Make Art.  You could also use plaid paper but all I had was from Christmas and wasn't in the mood for that.

Once the plaid had been created, I overstamped the circle background (using uneven pressure) in Picket Fence Distress Stain and stamped the small wildflower over that in Milled Lavender Distress Ink.  All stamps are from She Created Art.

The flower was stamped 3 times in Coffee Archival Ink on purple scraps.  Milled Lavender Distress Stickles was smeared over all the petals.  The grungeboard leaves were cut from an old Sizzix die.  Green and brown distress inks were applied, sanded, and reapplied.  Crushed Olive Distress Stickles was smeared over them; curl to finish.

The sentiment was stamped in Jet Black Archival Ink on one of Tim's tickets.  Brown distress ink was applied to the edges; top and bottom were torn. 

Tim's Sizzix Distress Doily die was cut from the Adirondack collection of core'dination paper stack.  It was run through the Sizzix Damask texture fade; sanded, then distressed with green and brown distress inks.  I saved 2 of the punch outs; they are the flower center and the small flower at the bottom of the ticket.  Tiny purple buttons are the flowers' centers.

A scrap of silk ribbon was dyed with Crushed Olive Distress Stain; dampened, scrunched, heat set.  Smear it in a brown distress ink and lightly mist with water to wick. 

Since my garden is losing it's color due to the drought and heat, this is the next best way to have flowers in my life.  Real ones in the house become cat toys.


  1. I think it's wonderful Susan! I can see the plaid and the green. the purple is the flower! Gorgeous tag!

  2. I love all the details--this is one fabulous tag! That flower is gorgeous!