If you are anything like me, your time is valuable. Who has time to stain tags with coffee and wait for them to dry in the oven, not to mention the mess. I love to use Tim Holtz inks, they are light and opaque and aren't big and bulky. I also love his stamp sets, they have a vintage look to them and I really like the clear ones, you can see where you are stamping BUT, you can use whatever catches you fancy.
1.) I go to the office supply store and buy tags in bulk or you can make your own. I used "Antique Linen" and smeared it over the tag and edges. Do not cover the whole tag letting the color of the tag come through.
2.) Next I used "Tea Dye" ink and hit the edges. Use a stipple or stencil brush and swirl it on the ink pad and then brush it onto the tag hitting some areas to make them darker, allowing the other colors to come through. You can repeat with another color or stop depending on the look you want to achieve.
3.) Next stamp image or sentiment over the tag. If you are just stamping a sentiment choose a darker/bolder color. I used "Fired Brick" with the "Believe" stamp.
4.) If you are doing a multistep stamp make sure the secondary/background stamp is a lighter color. The green color is called "Peeled Paint" and the sentiment stamp I used is called "Frayed Burlap".
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