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Tag Tutorial with Irit


Hello, my dear crafty friends! Irit is here again and this time I decided to make my "Same, but different" crafty project.

Lot of times we see a tutorial from one of the most popular artists over the web that is great and inspirational, but we don't feel like those "copy and paste" kind of crafters, so we just pass. I saw this tag tutorial online,  and I felt that as much as I like this tag, I hate to be a " duplicating monkey" and if I would make it, it should be done in my own and totally different way. So I made a design, even with similar shapes, but not a single product the designer used was used making this project. All I used were some stamps from Visible Image company I design for and all possible Faber Castell Design Memory Craft products.

So here we go! 


Step 1 and the only one without Faber Castell Design Memory Craft products:

Stamp some Clock stamps with clear embossing ink; add clear embossing powder and heat emboss them as shown. (I really wanted to use Stamper's White Big Brush here, but as it can't be heat embossed as it is a permanent India ink, so I moved to embossing ink after all. The original background was dry embossed one and I thought that I need some texture).


Step 2 and here the watercolor fun begins:

Pick some green and blue  Gelatos   and begin to play with them all over the tag. I picked 4 colors from 3 different sets (Green, Blue and Metallic):

 Metallic teal, Metallic blue,  LimeBlueberry Gelato

Now spread the colors and use my favorite baby wipe to do so. Less water, less drying time till the next step.  

Wipe the cardstock all around to get this lovely look. Aren't those colors blend so great? They sure do. 


Step 3:

Stamp the Film stamps randomly over the tag with Cold Grey Big Brush Pen, but let the tag be totally dry after the blending. The Stampers Big Brush Pen India ink is totally permanent and will show well over the water colored background. The original tutorial was to add some clear film tape, but if you have a similar stamp and Big Brush pen you really don't need to use all those expensive products at all.


Step 4:

Paint your chipboards. Again, the original tutorial was about to die cut your own cogs, but for this you need a die to use and I don't have it, but fortunately I do have some bare grey chipboards from Tando Creative and they were just perfect for this project. 

The dry Gelatos coverage was sufficient and a bit of   Light blue Big Brush made it look like an old distressed metal. I also added some gold highlights with Metallic Mixed Media Sampler Gold pen.

This is how my tag looks with all chipboards covered with paint and some more brass metal cogs added over them.


Step 5:

Make the sentiment tag. I used a plain Kraft cardstock with 2 more stamps and 2 colors of Big Brushes from the  Red  set (Magenta and Deep Scarlet Red)


I also inked the edges with Light Blue Big Brush and added some White Gelatos to mute the cardstock around.


Step 6:

And now for the last step for this project- arrange the sentiment tag and stamp Enjoy Life over the white seam binding ribbon. Again, Red Big Brush Magenta was just perfect for this kind of stamping.

Here is my final project, very similar to the tutorial, but yet so different.


Hope you got a message: use tutorials as you primary inspiration, but try to leave your "copy and paste" comfort zone and to make it your own. Good luck with it!


Faber Castell Design Memory Craft

Gelatos: : Metallic teal, Metallic blue,  LimeBlueberry Gelato, Gold, Silver ,  White

Big Brush: Cold Grey,  Light blue, Red (Magenta, Deep Scarlet Red)

Artist pen: Metallic Mixed Media Sampler- gold


Chipboards: Tando Creative

Stamps: Visible Image

Brass: Handmade Halo

Ribbon: May Arts


IritIrit Shalom I am an Israeli designer and scrapbooker. In my real life I am a working dentist, but I love to create in my spare time. Right now I design for 7-8 American, British and Australian stamp, chipboard and tools companies and I was print and web published in Israel,UK and USA. .




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Ann Jobes

Fabulous tag, Irit, and wonderful way to show how you can be inspired by a tutorial, yet do your own thing with it. Great lesson!


Beautiful tag Irit! Love the colors you've chosen. Gelatos are one of my favorites because the colors blend so well. Excellent job!

beatrice lawson

So beautiful! and thanks for the detailed steps, makes it was to follow and be insured

beatrice lawson

:-) and be inspired not insured, LOL... spell checking playing tricks.

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