Friday, 27 June 2014

Use every stamp in the set

Hello and welcome. The title to this post is the name of the new challenge at A Vintage Journey challenge blog, inspired by Tim Holtz and this tag is my entry.

I started by sprizting the tag with water; I added Distress Stain in tea dye and bundled sage from the Tim Holtz range from Ranger, onto my craft mat. I swiped the tag through the stain and as I started to dry it with my heat tool,  I continued to spritz intermittently. Once completely dry I used the spritz and flick technique, then completed this layer adding Distress Ink.

Another of TH's tips is to tear a piece of card and use this as a mask to get a more shabby look. This is what I did here

The tag was distressed at the edges with walnut stain. I aged the edges making them look tattered.

You can see these techniques demonstrated by TH here 

The stamp set I decided to use is Beautiful Mind out of the Weird Science Series from IndigoBlu. I love this set and thought it would work really well together.

The hand and the Vitruvian Man were stamped by sliding the ink pad across the stamp rather than tapping as I wanted less ink on my stamp. The other pieces were stamped in the same way. It is hard to see them on the background but if you look closely you can see that they are there. The head and large sentiments were stamped onto white card and coloured with distress ink. I cut round them and aged them in the same way as the tag.

It all came together 

Thank you for looking, take care and come back soon, because it is the weekend and there's sure to be more to see lol! 

Debs xxx


  1. Love what you have done with the set, great colours & techniques.

    Beautiful Tag:-) xxx

  2. great stamp set to use, love what you've done here!

  3. This has come out just briliantly Deborah and a great set of stamps to choose! Thanks also for the link to Tim's great tutorial, I had quite forgotten about that one, and there are so many cool techniques on it.

    Your tag looks really fabulous and thanks so much for adding it to our challenge at A Vintage Journey!!

  4. A wonderful tag Deborah, your colour combinations really make the images stand out. Thank you for sharing with us at A Vintage Journey. Nikki x

  5. What a great tag, Deborah - love that stamp set, and thank you for making it so clear what your Tim inspiration was... I remember that video well - I absolutely loved it! Fabulous tag, thank you so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison xx

  6. Wow Deborah, this is a fabulous way to show how to use all the stamps in a set, I love the background inspired by Tim and the stamps have worked perfectly in your composition. Great Job. Thanks for bringing your great tag aboard a Vintage Journey for all to see. xx

  7. Fantastic piece of art!!! xxx

  8. Really love that background Debs and brilliant job of using all the stamps. Gorgeous tag!

    Lesley Xx

  9. Fab background Deb and great choice of stamp plate, really works well together xxx

  10. Great tag Deborah!! Love the background stamping, choice of colors and composition. Karen.x


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