Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Vintage Journey: A Little Bit French

Hello again!

Today's tag was created for A Vintage Journey's Challenge #3 ("A Little Bit French").  I'm also submitting it to Inspiration Journal's April challenge ("A Few of My Favourite Things").

Here's my tag:

Materials/tools used:
 - Ranger Inkssentials Manila tags
 - Ranger Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Faded Jeans, Fired Brick, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo
 - Ranger Distress Paint: Picket Fence
 - Ranger Archival Ink: Cobalt, Vermillion
 - Ranger Heat Tool
 - Ranger Inkssentials Foam Blending Tool
 - idea-ology Tissue Tape: Nostalgic
 - Tonic Studios Paper Distresser
 - Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil: Harlequin
 - Stamps by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous: CMS071*
 - Painter's tape

* A note about stamp set CMS071: When I first ordered this set a few weeks ago, I did so specifically for the Moulin Rouge stamp you see on my tag.  Imagine my surprise when that set arrived, and the stamp had been replaced by another.  After doing a little checking around, it turned out that the composition of that set was changed within the last few years due to a copyright issue.  HUGE props to my amazing boyfriend, who managed to find one of the older sets in a corner of the Internet!  :-)  But if you purchase this set online, looking for the Moulin Rouge stamp, best to contact the seller directly to be sure it's the older set.  Don't just go by the product picture on the website.

This tag combines 2 of my absolute favourite things: Moulin Rouge and Distress!  :-)  I kept my palette to reds and blues for France, and the browns of Distress.  I started by stamping the script stamp with Picket Fence Distress paint, and drying it with my heat tool.  (Be sure to clean your stamp off before the paint dries on it.  Plain water works beautifully!)  Then I blended Antique Linen & Tea Dye Distress inks over it.  I stamped the Moulin Rouge stamp and the postmark with Archival ink, and then used painter's tape to secure the Harlequin stencil in place of the tag.  I inked over the stencil in various areas with the Fired Brick and Faded Jeans, and then removed the stencil and inked all over the tag with the Tea Dye again.  I blended in some Vintage Photo around the edges, and distressed them with my paper distresser tool.  I tore a length of tissue tape, folded it in half, crumpled it a bit, and used it to finish the tag at the top.  Et voila!  Notice how the Distress paint will resist the Distress ink over it, but allows for Archival stamping.  :-)  Cool effect, huh?

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Well, that's it for tonight!  'Til next time!



  1. A wonderful tag, love how you put it together! That Moulin Rouge stamp is so gorgeous and together with the script it makes for a perfect combination. Gorgeous colours too! Thanks so much for adding it to our challenge at A Vintage Journey!

  2. Ooh, lovely layered Parisian stamping, and I love that white script! Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x