Lenna Andrews is hosting a technique tag book swap over at Creative Swaps. Each of us acquired a blank book that consists of ten tag-shaped papers inside square folders (like envelopes, only without the flaps), all held together with two binder rings. The blank books look like this:
Each of us picked a mixed-media art technique to share; for the swap, we’re to decorate the tag using that technique and include instructions.
I decided to share three techniques, since there’s plenty of room for ’em! On the envelope, I demonstrated stamping with chalk:
The phrase stamp is a Tim Holtz design. Because Tim creeps into everything I make these days. (I blame the economy.) I probably should have chosen a different phrase, because when the inevitable happened, it was incredibly ironic:
Ooops! Unfortunately, there aren’t any “do-overs” with this swap. You get ten tags and ten envelopes; no spares lying around and no way to make a new one! Oh well – happily, that was the only disaster, and hopefully whoever gets this envelope will appreciate the irony.
On the tag itself, I demonstrated another chalk background technique and also embossing and coloring “waterproof repair tape” from the hardware store. It took a couple days to make all ten tags, but it was really fun and I can’t wait to see the returns from this swap!