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HI Friends, and welcome to the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine Blog today.  Today it is Karan hosting the blog and i have a tag to share with you using products from 49 and Market – CLICK HERE  One of my most favorite techniques to do on tags is the “smooshing” technique and I did that and created my background here on the tag below.
Tags are perfect to attach to gift bags; to a layout, they are just as easy to create as a card and you can have lots of fun creating them.   Here are some detail images of the tag: Here are some steps to get you started:
1. Using Canson watercolor paper, cut a piece measuring approximately 3.75 x 6. Banner cut the top.  I like to place blue tape on the edges of my tags so that I end up with a clean white edge when I’m done all the fun stuff. 2. Begin taking your Ranger inks and do a smooshing technique.  This is done by placing the ink pad directly on your craft mat and lightly adding some spritzes of water. I began first with Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink by Ranger.  Make sure you heat set in between each layer, this will set the color. then do the same with the Wild Honey Distress ink.  Heat set this layer of color. I then went over again with cracked pistachio, I love how it now looks like water splotches. Heat set again.

3. Taking the Gabi’s Butterfly Stamp, stamp the image using Black Archival ink by Ranger on the left side of the tag, and it will look like this. This is a perfect stamp to add some detail to the background. 4. Using VersaMark ink and Nuvo White Embossing Powder, I decided to heat emboss a couple of the butterflies onto the background of the tag. 5. I also wanted to fussy cut some out so i stamped a couple onto a separate piece of Canson watercolor paper with VersaMark ink and heat set with white embossing powder. Using the same distress inks in the background I colored them using some finger daubers, and I fussy cut these out. 6. Getting back to the tag, I wanted to add more layers, so I began with cheesecloth. 7. I then added some 49 and Market Archival Chipboard – Using the honeycomb first, then I began building more layers using the leaves and flowers and it looked like this. 8. I fussy cut out the large and small butterfly, the large one went right on top of the embossed image on the tag and the smaller one I attached to the honeycomb part of the archival chipboard.  The smaller butterflies from the archival board I just added randomly to the tag. 9. I grabbed a sticker from Tim Holtz clippings that I felt went with the tag beautifully, inked the edges with Vintage photo and matted in white card. My last step was to detail with Crystal Clear on the flowers and butterflies and mat onto a paper from the 49 and market Cottage Life.  I also added some crinkle ribbon to the top of the tag.

And here is my beautiful tagHope you enjoyed the project that I created for you today.  I would love to see what ideas you come up with using these techniques.

Canson Watercolor Paper
Cottage Life 8×8 Paper Pack ( link here – http://www.49andmarket.com/product/8×8-cottage-life-collection-pack/)
49 and Market Gabi’s Butterflies Are Free stamp set (http://www.49andmarket.com/product/gabis-butterflies-are-free-stamp-set/)
Vintage Shades Potpourri Flowers ( link here: http://www.49andmarket.com/product/vintage-shades-potpourri-blue/)
49 and Market Archival Board ( link here:  http://www.49andmarket.com/product/6×6-archival-board-happy-moments-white/)
Ranger Distress Inks ( Vintage Photo; Cracked Pistachio and Wild Honey) (link here:  https://rangerink.com/)
VersaMark Ink Pad
Nuvo Embossing Powder White

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Karan Gerber
Karan Gerber

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