Monday, May 22

Little Critters have BIG Dreams!



Happy Monday, friends! We have a new challenge for you this week - Little Critters. I think you can have a lot of fun with this one, and I bet we get a lot of cuteness! I have been waiting for the opportunity to use my cute little Lovebirds stamp, and I thought this was the perfect time, so I created a tag for them. 


I added a few more colors to my stash of Distress Oxide inks, and wanted to learn a bit more about using them. So, I watched a couple of videos while I played. Tim Holtz has a great demo at Creativation 2017 and Jennifer McGuire has a good one too, where she demos backgrounds and cards. 

So, using my fave color palette, I blended a bit of the distress oxides onto the tag.


Here's how it looks after spritzing with water and drying.


Then, I rubbed the colors onto the craft sheet, spritzed with water and lay the tag into it several times, drying between each layer. Since I had a lot left on the craft mat, I used a piece of watercolor paper to pick it up - why waste any, right?


Next step, stamping with water...yes, you heard me correctly! I spritzed water onto the stamp, stamped off once, then stamped directly onto the tag to get a subtle design. 


As you can see, I add a bit of orange, then using my MISTI, I stamped the saying with the purple, moved the tag slightly and stamped with the black - I was aiming for a shadow effect.


Closeup details with a bit of doodling to show the amazing texture distress oxides create.


A mix of lovely fibers to tie on the tag, two sweet lovebird popped up - remember I told you I put the leftover ink onto the watercolor paper? It worked perfectly to stamp my birds on!


Turn your cant's into CANS and your DREAMS into PLANS! I like this motto!!


I hope you've enjoyed my quick and easy tag, and try out some distress inks yourself. I know I have a lot more to learn about them, but I am having fun playing right now. Hope you will join us this week in our Little Critters challenge! 

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I wonder what kind of little critters the design team has hold of this week? Let's head on over and check it out!



12 comments:

  1. Your tag is adorable, Maura! I love those birds and the ribbon is so pretty. Love it!

    Cathie ♥

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  2. I always love to see the process of making a project and it always surprises me. Lovely background, I guess Tim should obtain a Nobel prize for inventing Oxides :-) Hugs, Marzena

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  3. So smart to place those adorable birdies on top of the text, such a keen composition and it has me smiling. And what a magnificent topper--super fun!

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  4. such a delightful tag! Hmmm, don't have Pistachio but it keeps calling to me:):)

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  5. Gorgeous tag Maura :-) I love the background, I have the oxides and need to have a play with them! the little birds are super cute and I love the sentiment and ribbon detail :-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  6. So artsy your tag looks...love the way you got the distress oxides to work for you
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia

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  7. Love the beautiful background you created, Maura. The bird images are so lovely. :)

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  8. What a fabulous tag and I love the little critters against that gorgeous background, it all works so well! Hugs... xx

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  9. what an adorable tag Maura...love the DO background...the sentiment is fabulous and those birds are so cute...hugs kath xxx

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  10. Maura, Maura! You always know how to utilize materials perfectly! Love how you're rockin' the Distress Oxides and I really like the look of outlining the splots and splatters. And of course, I adore the fibers at the top!

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  11. Adorable tag!love the background and the topper is fabulous! Love the fibers you used! BArbara

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