Sunday, February 8, 2015

Reverse Confetti February Blog Hop

Hi, friends! Happy Sunday! Sunday just may be my favorite day of the week...sleep in, lots of coffee, crafting, reading, and rain:) And on the 8th of the month, a Reverse Confetti Blog Hop! You should have come to me from Leigh's beautiful blog! If you didn't start at the beginning, it's never too late! Start at the Reverse Confetti Blog for a full hop list!


This month, our theme is ABC *anything but a card!* I usually shy away from these types of challenges, they scare me! I'm not good at treat containers and ideas like that. So I thought I'd go a different way and make some tags!


I went to one of Julie Ebersole's classes at Impress today and met up with Amy Tsuruta, Chitali Narla, and a few other new friends! It was soOOOOoo much fun! We made several CAS cards, and had a blast! After all that clean and simple, I was really itching to get messy, so I turned to some gesso, distress inks, distress sprays, and had some fun! I have a small tutorial on how I created these gesso resist backgrounds, lets get started!

First, gather your supplies! Gesso, Distress Inks, Sponge tools, cardstock (I used PTI white cardstock), and stamps (Whole Lotta Hearts by Reverse Confetti)


Next up, you want paint some gesso onto your stamps and then stamp onto the cardstock. I didn't get a picture of this part of the process, but my best piece of advise is to use one of those cheap foam brushes for the gesso and lightly spread the gesso on your stamp. Don't go too thick with the gesso or it'll be gloopy (is that a word? LOL) This is what your cardstock will look like after the gesso dries!


It'll be hard to see unless you get the lighting just right:) Make sure your gesso is 100% dry before moving on to this next step! 

The next step is to start applying your distress inks onto the cardstock. The gesso will resist the ink and you'll get a tone on tone kind of effect. Super fun! DOn't be afraid to really load up on the ink on your sponge tool, lots of ink will create lots of contrast!


I really like how the inking revealed some imperfections in the stamped gesso hearts, it's so cool! I love this technique, hope you give it a try! Here are a few detail pics of my tags. The second tag was created using the same technique, only with Wild Honey, Peeled Paint, and Evergreen Bough Distress Inks.

Love You tag: 


Here is a close up of the cheesecloth I added! I died the cheesecloth with Festive Berries and Picked Raspberries Distress Ink Spray! I also got some sparkly Fun Foam at Impress today, and cut out the arrow and "you" from the black and pink sparkly fun foam, so fun!

 

I Woof You Tag



That's all I have today, thank you SOOOO much for stopping by! Now you're off to Stacey's amazingly fun blog! Enjoy the rest of the hop and see you around!

***Don't forget to check out the latest sale at Reverse Confetti! 
Click on the heart to start shopping!!!***






44 comments:

kreativekymona.com said...

Hey Amber!! Your gift tags are so cute. I love the watercolor background you created. So pretty. I have to give this a try.

~Tammy~ said...

Love the eclectic tag. Such an artsy vibe and way cool.

Lisa H. said...

wow! what a cool technique. love how the gesso was used to stamp those awesome hearts. the resist is great. thanks for sharing, Amber!

Celeste Goff said...

What fantastic tags!!! Love that pretty background!

cm said...

Aren't these tags fabulous! Such a cool background technique with the gesso and distress inks; an eye-catching canvas to showcase your sweet RC images! Thank you for the tutorial! Inspired!
~c

Annie Rose said...

These are fantastic! I love the tags themselves and the embellishments on top are just too cute. :)

~amy~ said...

I love your tags Amber! They are simply fantastic!
So great to actually meet you yesterday!

Lieve said...

What great backgrounds you made ! Wow ! Thank you for explaining; I have to try that.
Two beautiful tags !!

graham Brand said...

These tags are so cute.

Brandi R said...

Oh my!!! Super cute tags! LOVE em both!!! ♥

Maureen said...

wow! What a cool technique, Schmoopy! And what a fun class at Impress with all those lovely ladies, especially YOU! ox

Larissa Heskett said...

SUPER SWEET Tags!!! I LOVE the designs!!! :-) THANKS for sharing and have a Fabulous Week!!! :-)

D.Ann said...

LOVE the background colors!! Thanks for showing how you did 'em!

SRob said...

What cute tags! Great technique.

jan metcalf said...

So colorful and the black arrow accent is nice!

Megan said...

Love all your layers! So colorful and fun!

Stacey Schafer said...

your mixed media tags are the BOMB, Amber!

Jennie said...

Love these tags and the technique you used! Just fabulous!

Sheri (a.k.a PaperCrafty) said...

Super cute tags Amber!

Patty said...

These are such super fun & colorful tags!! Thanks for the gesso tip...I have some and of course haven't used it on much! Going to try your stamping with it!!

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

Ooh - I just love the backgrounds on your beautiful tags!! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Brithzi said...

Looks like you had lots of fun making these. Wonderful tags.

Marisa said...

ADORE your BGs! Great tags!

Iris said...

Super cute tags- love the gesso technique.
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Lizzie T a/k/a Wifelady said...

These tags are amazing! I love the "layers" you created in the background! Thanks for the tutorial!

Gina Furman said...

Your tags are amazing! I've never used gesso before (a little bit daunting for me) , but you have shown me how easy it can be, and with great results. Thanks!

Betty Sue said...

These are such great tags! The techniques are so fun!

craftymom205 said...

Cute project.

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Michele Henderson said...

These tags are so fun and bright! Adorable!

Denise Bryant said...

Such fun tags! Love the layering and colors!

Jen said...

I was SO hoping to make it to Julie's classes...had sick kids darn it!! I love this technique--just tried it last week and I am in love!!!

Marianne B in AZ said...

The Gesso technique for your background turned out great and I just love the stamp of those cute little dogs!

Janet Zeppa said...

Your tags are fantastic! I will have to try this technique!

Rosemary said...

amazing set of tags!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Beautiful tags Amber. Love the mixed media background. Great colors.

Kristie Goulet said...

Beautiful tags! Love the backgrounds!!!

Deanne @ Three Trees said...

Gorgeous! Love the colours you went with!!!!!!

Deanne :)

Amante del Papel said...

This tags are so pretty and beautiful!!!

Linda Hahn said...

Love the way you used the stamped hearts and paw prints on your tags!

Mary Holshouser said...

The tags are darling. I had to grin when I saw the two puppies.
I "woof" that tag.
thanks for sharing two fun tags.

Kristie Larsen said...

this is one of my favourite techniques! SO SO cute!!

Mary-Anne V said...

Beautiful inked tags...love the background you created.

CynthiaB said...

Hope to one day learn this technique. Great job!

Nazeema Calypso Thompson said...

OMG... These are awesome!!! I'm always intrigued by the process of the Mixed Media Arts and I love that you provided a quick tutorial; using stamps especially!!! Absolutely adore the Puppy Love and new panels!!!