Hello and welcome to the end of the month . . . Can you believe June is here? To help celebrate the start of Summer, I thought I would go bold and bright with my project today:
To make this birthday tag, I finally tried something I'd been wanting to -- using Copic's Various Ink Refills to make my own background on an Inkssentials Manila Tag #8. I started by protecting my work surface with Ranger's Non-Stick Craft Sheet and then started "scribbling" (or dropping) different colors of alcohol ink refill onto the craft sheet:
Then I pressed the tag into the puddles of ink. You'll want to just briefly touch the tag to the sheet and move it around, as the tag will absorb the ink very quicky.
To help extend the amount of ink on your work surface, you may want to fill a Mini Mister with some Copic Colorless Blender Solution and spray it onto the ink before dipping your tag in -- this will give you a little more ink to play with and also may lighten the ink color a bit in places, giving you more variation in your ink color. After dipping my tag, I also spritzed the tag with more Blender Solution, so the color would "bleach out" a little in spots:
I also used my lightest yellow color (Y11) and dopped a few drops of color directly onto the tag where I wanted to intensify more of that color. Next, I stamped Karen Lockhart's Polka Dot and Star Butterflies with Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink:
Then I used a Fingertip Craft Knife to cut around the the butterly wings, leaving the center bodies intact (attached to the tag) so the wings could be bent up for dimension:
To highlight the butterflies, I used Copic's Opaque White for accents. My apologies, as I am not seeing this currently in stock in the store, so you could also use Ranger's White Enamel Accents:
I also colored black accents on the butterflies:
The great sentiment I used is from Hero Arts ClearDesign Glow Girl set I'm currently loving -- it's so versatile!
Thanks so much for joining me today . . . I hope you have a fabulous weekend!