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The Sweetest Tag by Wendy Vecchi

The Sweetest Tag by Wendy Vecchi

Ranger Signature Artist Wendy Vecchi shares an art tag tutorial for a tag that is The Sweetest!

Instructions

The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comSwipe Squeezed Lemonade, Abandoned Coral and Wild Honey distress pads onto the craft sheet and mist with water. Swipe the tag thru the ink and dry.

The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comWorking on the BACK of the tag, trace the largest heart with a waterproof pen & cut out.

The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comTurn the heart right side up and place in the embossing folder on the debossed side. Trace around the heart with the pen.

The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comMake a loop of painters tape to hold the heart in place.

The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comLay the heart in the traced pattern.

The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com Lightly rub the Collage glue Stick over the raised embossing folder and lightly spread with your finger.

The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comAdd glue to the area that will come in contact with the heart.

The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comClose the embossing folder and run thru the Vagabond. This will add the glue to the recessed areas, which will hold the foil in place.

The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comWith the heart still in the embossing folder, add a piece of foil sheet large enough to cover the heart.

The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comClose the embossing folder and run thru the Vagabond again.

The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com Now the heart will look like this…

The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comwith the foil pressed into the recesses of the heart.

The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comSwipe Tree Branch and Buttercup onto the craft sheet and add rubbing alcohol. Use a palette knife or craft stick to mix the ink into the alcohol.

The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com Lay the 5 1/2 inch tall tag in the inky solution. Dry.

The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comScoop up the extra ink with the tag, hold the tag upright to allow the ink to drip. Dry.

The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStencil Tea Rose thru the Old Ledger stencil on 3 areas of the tag.

The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comUse Jet Black to stamp the sentiment toward the bottom of the tag, leaving room for the stripes stamp.

The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comUse Fern Green to stamp striped borders at the top and bottom of the tag.

The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comLay the heart in place to determine where to stamp the chain. Ink the chain stamp with Jet Black and stamp.

The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comLIGHTLY stencil thru the checkmate stencil with Watering Can.

The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comInk the tag edges with Brushed Corduroy to darken them.

Cover a sheet of Clearly for Art with newsprint, using Glue N Seal. Apply a thin layer, add the newsprint, brayer (or just rub it with your hand) and give it a quick dry with the Heat-It tool.

The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comUse Jet Black to stamp the Marigold 3 times onto the newsprint. Cut out the images as shown in the photo. Cut one full image, one smaller and the third as shown. Ink the 3 pieces with Buttercup and lightly add Tea Rose to create shading and variation in the color.

The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comHeat the 3 layers to soften the Clearly For Art. This allows the petals to be shaped.Assemble the flower with Foam Adhesive between the layers.

The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comThe completed flower looks very realistic.

Use Jet Black to stamp the hydrangea leaves onto the newsprint.

The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comCut out the 2 larger leaves and ink with Fern Green. Heat to soften the CFA, then shape the leaves and add under the marigold.

The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comTest drive the heart and the marigold to determine where to stamp the flourishes. Use Jet Black to stamp the flourishes.

Ink the spatter stamp with Tea Rose and stamp randomly over the tag.

The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comAdd adhesive strips to the back of the heart and glue to the tag, so that it is hanging from the chain.

Use foam tape to add the marigold over the heart.

Define the borders with the ruler and the Stabilo pencil. Lightly smear the pencil mark by rubbing over it with your finger.

Add glaze pen dots to accent the striped borders and the marigold center.

Accent the chain with a mini fastener.

The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comHere’s the finished tag.

Things to note:

  • The foil pressed into the debossed areas is really cool and changes up the look of the embossing folder. Foil is super trendy these days!
  • Archival inks were used 4 ways on this tag…for stamping, for stenciling, to ink and to create the background.
  • I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again…GLUE N SEAL is THE BEST adhesive for paper! It works on any surface that you want to add paper to and it doesn’t bubble the paper.
  • Foam Adhesive is an excellent adhesive to use with Clearly For Art. It has a very  strong adhesive and it adds the perfect amount of dimension between layers.
  • Stencils can be used as a template to create custom embellishments. It’s super simple to trace & cut!
  • Clearly For Art and newsprint are the perfect pair.  Clearly For Art is very strong and great for adding dimension. The newsprint accepts both distress and archival inks very well and because it’s white, the ink colors are true.
  • Rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol will remove archival inks from stencils and also the pen marks from the embossing folder.
  • Remember to mix & match stamps with other stamps, to give images a fresh look.

Wendy 

Wendy VecchiWendy Vecchi is a Signature Artist for Ranger Ink.  Her designer series archival inks and embossing powders take inspiration for a vintage country garden color palette.  Wendy also designs a line of stamps, stencils, Art Parts, and Clearly for Art with Stamper’s Anonymous.  You can learn more about Wendy, get a link to her blog, see projects and videos by Wendy, and check out her teaching schedule on her Ranger Designer Page. Be sure to follow our Wendy Vecchi Pinterest board for even more inspiration!