March 08, 2015
Tim's March tag for 2015 is a lesson in masking and using embossing powders with texture paste. I have three tags in the trash that just didn't pan out but believe me, I tried. My failures may be related to not having the right mediums so I just had to do things differently.
I don't usually step-out my techniques but, in this case, I thought it would be useful to demonstrate my process (click on the images for a larger view).
I began by pasting a paper from Tim's Crowded Attic paper stash onto a manila tag. They are images of vintage stamp pads and one of my all time favorites.
I stamped the image using Perfect Medium and clear embossing powder because I wanted to create a resist.
As you can see, the embossed image resisted the stains perfectly!
Hopefully, the photo will help to explain what I mean.
I went over some of the stenciled areas with Black Soot Distress Ink to provide a variation of color.
I admit I didn't follow along very well this month but I really like Tim's composition and the idea of using a large bold stamp along with the stencils. I think part of the appeal of his tag is the strong contrast of lights and darks which I tried to aim for.
The monthly tags always make me push my boundaries and try new things which must be the reason I enjoy it so much.
Here's a link to more information on the emboss resist technique from one of Tim's tutorials that explains it perfectly.
And here's a video from Tim that demonstrates the stamp-to-stamp technique (skip to the 6:45 minute mark to by-pass the embossing folder info). I kind of wish I had watched this demo before starting my tag. I would have done things differently but will definitely try this technique again.
Stamp credits: Stamper's Anonymous Scratched Raven and Library