Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Big Thank You

I have a lot to say today, so buckle up and hang on!

For at least two centuries, tags have been used in all manner of shipping and overland transfers of goods all over the globe.  Humble and eminently serviceable, they have always done their job without calling any remarkable attention to themselves.  Who knew that they were destined to become one of the most popular palettes for artwork ever invented . . .

 There are a number of dies and punches available to make speedy work of cutting your own tags and I loved using Papertrey Ink’s wonderful die on this card – mainly because of its perfect size and the punched hole detail around the edges.  Still, how hard is it to cut a rectangle and angle off the two upper corners?  Most stampers own various hole punches, so if you want to make a custom reinforced hole, take your coordinating cardstock and punch out the small hole first.  Then turn the larger circle punch over and center your cardstock in the window before punching.  Instant reinforcement.  Easy peasy!

If you like to color your stamps with markers, check out Marvy’s Wet Looks Embossing Markers.  I live in fear that these wonderful sets will be pulled off the market for no other reason than the fact that in the marketplace, the best stuff usually tanks first.  These markers are great because they buy you Time.  Even if you don’t plan on embossing your work, Wet Looks give you the time to color your whole image without having it dry out or needing to huff yourself blue in the face to reconstitute.  The bullet tip is trim enough to get you into most intricate spaces and the colors are rich and saturated.  They come in three sets of eight markers each:  Primary, Pastel, and Victorian.  LOVE these puppies!

Cardstock:         Generic textured CS Tobacco, Beckett Iceberg, Current pre-printed
Stamps:              Stampendous Agapanthus Long, Papertrey Ink A Big Thank You
Inks:                   ColorBox Frost White, Marvy Wet Looks Embossing Markers 3 Blue,
    8 Violet, 60 Salvia Blue, 72 Pine Green, Gelly Roll White Pen
Emb Powder:      Vippies Transcendence, Judikins Opaque White
Dies/Punches:     Papertrey Ink Tag Sale #3, Wplus9 Banner Trio
Doo Dads:           Blue/Navy ribbon, May Arts Jute, Oriental Trading Wood button

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