12 Tags of 2016 – February

I am excited to be participating in the February 12 Tags of 2016 hosted by Tim Holtz. First let me begin by sharing my completed card {I made this instead of a tag} to give my Dear Handyman {Dear Boyfriend} for Valentine’s Day.


I love the way it turned out but I had a few crafting mishaps along the way that I thought I would share.

I first applied Antique Linen Distress Ink to my Craft Sheet, spritzed some water and pulled my watercolor paper across the surface. It was a good start but then I had some problems.

Here are just some of the experiments I had adding the second layer of Distress Ink. I inked directly on the back of the Clockwork stencil, spritzed water on the stencil and then laid it on top of the paper. When Tim did this he had a beautiful transfer of the image. As you can see from my first three examples, it wasn’t so pretty. The first one was too dark although the ink transferred well. I then used a more neutral color and got dark splotches that looked like coffee grounds. In the third attempt, I had the dark splotches but then I experimented with the idea of first wetting the paper then inking the stencil and laying it on top. It just kept getting worse. Finally in the fourth example you can see a blotchy background behind the pink pattern. Luckily I got a really nice transfer using a different stencil and Festive Berries Distress ink. I thought I would share these mishaps because sometimes art doesn’t go as planned.

This is the final background that I liked. True Craft Confession; I’ve never used embossing powder before. I think I’ve never tried it because there are just so many colors and I was overwhelmed on which to buy. My enlightened moment came while watching Tim do a demonstration at the Carson Rubber Stamp Convention last year. He used Texture Paste and gold embossing powder and I was enchanted.

The next step was to add the pink stenciled pattern. I used the Bubble stencil and applied dots to the surface but it looked too busy. I happened to spray water on the stencil to clean it and noticed that it had a lot of ink on it. I laid that down on another background and that is how I accidentally got the nice pink pattern that you see above.

Since it is a Valentine’s card, I had to include a heart. I went through my old stash and found a heart on the Idea-ology Seasonal Plain Grungeboard set {discontinued}. I used a sheet from the Paper Stash Seasonal and glued some cherubs on the heart. I cut that out and used Tea Dyed Distress Ink on the edges.


I used my Birds and Phrases clear stamps for the sentiment. I used Versamark Watermark ink to stamp the words “With Love” on a piece of Paper Leather then applied gold embossing powder. Another Craft Confession; I just bought my first Copic markers and this is the first time I’m using it. During my college years, I used a lot of Pantone art markers for marker rendering classes and then never used them again. I didn’t think I needed more markers. But I used a Copic marker for the first time with Eileen Hull and they were so pretty that I just had to get some. I used a pink marker to color the word “Love”.


I layered everything together on the background but I realized that it needed something metallic and dimensional.


So the final touch was to add the winged angel. I had bought a handful of charms at Junk Bonanza in San Diego last year. I had been saving them for a perfect project and this was it. Here is a photo of charms and some vintage buttons from that shopping trip.


So sometimes projects don’t seem to go as planned but it really doesn’t matter if you like how it turns out in the end. I can’t wait to give Dear Handyman his card on Valentine’s Day.

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Distress Ink, Antique Linen

Distress Ink, Festive Berries

Distress Ink, Tea Dye

Stampers Anonymous Layered Stencil, Clockwork

Stampers Anonymous Layered Stencil, Bubble

Ranger 15-Inch-by-18-Inch Inkssentials Craft Sheet

Ranger Texture Paste

Ranger Embossing Powder, Gold

Sizzix Birds & Phrases Clear Stamps

Sizzix Paper Leather Sheets

Copic Markers RV04-Sketch, Shock Pink

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About Lynda Kanase

Founder and Chief Designer of i-crafter Creative Products and current Crafter, Maker, Stitcher, Scrapper, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Instructor, Anglophile, Dog lover and Mom trying to make the world prettier, one project at a time. Please join me on this creative adventure.

13 Responses

      1. russelljwood2015

        You’re welcome. Interesting site. I agree with you re mishaps. I’m in the process of folding something really complicated and there’s been a couple of disasters already! Those will be featured heavily when I get around to finishing the model and blogging about it.


  1. Lynda, I had exactly the same problem trying to use that stencil. I was not as methodical as you are in experimenting though. You showed me what I need to do to make the stencil monoprint technique work. That really helps. Thank you.


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