Way in the background, almost entirely covered, is a stamp we received in one of our classes on the Tim Holtz/Wendy Vecchi cruise to Mexico. It's a very cool stamp with room for journaling, the place visited, and little calendars for circling the date visited. Great for any travel themed project. I stamped it directly on the tag with archival ink, then sprayed it with some color wash, inked it, and generally distressed it totally. I added part of a die cut of the Eiffel Tower and then just a collage of french labels and logos. I LOVE the tiny letters that spell out JOURNEY. They're from Jenni Bowlin, and I glued them to 1/2" circles of red cardstock, and attached them with pop dots for some dimension.
My next tag combines grunge, steampunk, some recycling, a little Tim and a little Wendy...wowza! All my faves rolled into one small tag.
For the background, I sprayed the tag with a couple of earth tone color washes. While still wet, I sprinkled some salt on it. That didn't do exactly what I'd hoped, but it did result in a little bit of a pitted look. I also used Tim's compass mini mask, inked over with vintage photo distress ink, but I think most of that ultimately got covered up. But it's there somewhere.
The gears.....I glued one of my totally colored paper towels I love to save onto scrap cardstock and used Tim's Gadget Gears die to cut them. I arranged them on the tag and then wondered what to do next. I decided that Wendy's art chick stamp would look great, especially if I substituted some more gears and sprockets for the usual flower on her head. These from Tim's idea-ology line. I stamped her on cardstock with vintage photo distress ink, then added some vintage photo distress embossing powder. The typewriter key letters were a mad steal I found in one of those bargain stores. I think I bought every package they had.
I needed an anniversary card and I hate almost every one I see. They're either too sentimental for my taste, or their "humor" rubs me the wrong way. I kinda like the one I came up with, and I found yet another non-seasonal use for Stampin' Up's Christmas ornament punch.
I don't know what the background is (besides being gorgeous) because I didn't do it! My talented friend Nancy sent it to me along with a TON of other goodies, and I thought it was the perfect setting for my kissing fish. Yep, those fish started out as that ornament punch. Can you guess what I used for their tails? Don't hurt yourself thinking.....I used SU's 5-petal flower punch, and just snipped off two of the petals together and glued it right over the little top of the ornament. Looking at them now, I realize a heart punch would have worked too.
Instead of bubbles, the kissing fish have little sparkly hearts over their heads. Just my opinion here, of course, but I really don't think this card has totally gone over to the world of cute. A little cute, maybe. But not completely over the top cute. Right?