Back to the story. I went to Joann's to take advantage of the great sale. Now, I thought I pretty much had everything I could possibly already want at Joann's but that wasn't true and of course I found something I *had* to have. I decided that it would be a good time (and a cheap time) to try out something new. And of course as the title mentions, vintage inspired.
I already had some of Tim Holtz' distressing ink pads, which I really love but I knew that just wouldn't do the job by itself for the look I was trying to achieve so I purchased a large bottle of Walnut Ink, a few packs of vintage inspired cling stamps (I love those!), and a few more colors of Tim Holtz' ink pads (just because it was all 60% off for me). My total purchase between paper, five ink pads, two packs of cling stamps, and the large bottle of walnut ink came out to $21! SCORE!! With this purchase I was well on my way to making my first vintage inspired item.
I decided to go small. Nothing too elaborate for my first time and since I was into tags this weekend I went with that. Here are my vintage inspired tags.
|This one looks a little leathery because I took the picture at night|
|Six pretty birdcages|
|Walnut Ink and Tim Holtz' distress ink was used to create the vintage look|
|The birdcage is stamped using Momento's rich cocoa ink|
|To complete the tag is a pretty brown ribbon|
I made these tags from scratch. I cut the tags out of two 8 1/2 x 11" stark white pieces of cardstock. I then spritzed the Walnut Ink on both sides of the tag and blotted it to make the ink spread and to reduce the amount of liquid pooling in one area. I then let the paper dry completely (which takes some time if you don't use a heat tool). Once the paper was completely dry I used Tim Holtz' Distress Tea Dye (color) Distress Ink to dob around the edges and on the entire tag, back and front, to give it a two-tone effect. Once that was finished I used Momento's ink in Rich Cocoa to stamp the birdcage. I then used a whole punch to create a hole for ribbon, twine, etc. to go through. In this case, I used a deep brown ribbon as the finishing touch to my vintage inspired tags.