Thursday, March 12, 2009

Tutorial #10: Idiot Ink Swirl Tag

Here's one of the items that I sent to Somerset, but didn't make the cut.  So I'll "publish" my article here.  :-)


I happened upon this technique when I was searching for a white pen to draw on some of my darker papers.  I had seen a white Sharpie online and thought I'd look in the office supplies section of Wal-Mart to see if they had any.  No, not here either.  But wait... there's a white pen.  It was a Bic Wite-Out pen.  I didn't know if I could use it to write with or not but for around $2.00 each it wouldn't hurt to try.  I was really happy with how it turned out.  I had so much fun I used up the pen on the first day.  I lovingly call these my "idiot ink" tags.  That's what someone in my family always called correction fluid & the name kind of stuck.
Supplies:
Bic Wit-Out pen
black fine tip marker
Dymo label maker
Autumn Leaves scrapbook paper
ink: ColorBox Chalk Ink, chestnut roan
vintage seam binding
images, UHU glue stick, bone folder, scissors, hole punch

1.  Completely cover one side of the shipping tag with adhesive.  Press down onto the wrong side of the paper.  Turn over and rub bone folder over the right side of the paper.  Trim with scissors.  Punch hole.  Repeat on second side of the tag.  Add small scraps of coordinating paper.
2.  Edit your photo to black and white and size.  Glue to tag.
3.  Ink edges of tag.
4.  Draw swirls and scribbles around photo, overlappingn at points.  Allow to dry.
5.  With the black fine point pen, draw highlights on white scribbles.
6.  Lightly rub the ink pad over the white scribbles to age them just a bit.
7.  Print word with Dymo label maker & attach.
8.  Tie vintage seam binding through the hole.

If you make one, please send me a link to your photo!  I'd love to see what you can come up with.

4 comments:

onemotherslove said...

So you just free-handed your white-out swirls on top of everything? I love swirls. They're my favorite shape! I'd like to see a LARGER photo!

trisha too said...

what a neat idea! (idiot pen, that's a good one.) will definitely try this, thanks for the tip.

yippeevintage said...

Your tags look great... love the tutorial! The swirls look like they're floating with the black ink 3D-ness. A word to the wise... never idiot-ink your fingernails. I did it once when I was a kid and it's very difficult to remove :)

thecraftbegins said...

Pretty clever!

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