Hello Creative Friends! Today on the blog I wanted to share with you two tags using black paper and the Wild Whisper Designs collections. I love using black tags for my projects, but there are a few things to consider when applying color. Today I will be using a variety of Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks, gel and paint pens with stencils and stamps to create layered color on these tags.
When choosing inks for these tags, make sure to use Distress Oxide Inks or an opaque chalk ink for blending. When choosing pens, I would suggest Gelly Roll Moonlight or one of their white pens as they have opaque ink.
If you are using a paint pen, I would suggest the Posca paint pens or Artistro metallic paint pens for this project. For more information about how to choose a paint pen, check out my review of popular paint pens here.
Adding Ink and Doodles
For this tag I used a combination of Distress Oxide ink through NWD Circlet stencil using Shaded Lilac, Speckled Egg, and Squeezed Lemonade. Using a gel or paint pen, outline some but not all the circles. The easiest ways to keep the beautiful, round shapes of the circles is to line up the stencil and trace the edges of the images instead of trying to free hand it. Try adding a variety of doodles and textures to add a personal touch to your tag.
Adding Stencil Focal Images
Trying adding stencil focal images to your tag with a paint pen. Using the Get Toasted Star Stencil start by outlining the shape and use a variety of colors to fill in and highlight the shape. This is an easy way to add layers and create dimension on a black paper surface.
Stamping Through the Stencil
If drawing and doodling isn’t your preference, try adding stamping through the stencil. To get a great result for this technique, use a more open stencil shape as it will make this step easier. I used the Nicole Wright Designs Circlet stencil as it works perfect for this application. Ink your stamp and press it through the open areas of the stencil to transfer an image. I used Distress Ink Picket Fence and Distress Oxide Ink Broken China for this step with the Ledger and Script and Adventure stamps from Wild Whisper Designs.
What I love about this technique is that you can add layers and create little scenes in each circle. By varying between detailed script stamps and solid leaf stamps I was able to create dimension on the flat surface.
If you are having trouble getting a good impression from the stamp, take it off the stamping block and use your fingers to press the image onto the paper. I found for smaller images it was the easiest way to add the images inside the circles.
You can add additional ink blending or doodles on top to add more layers and dimension to your project.
Remember that this fun technique can easily be applied to a card, scrapbooking page, or an art journal. I hope that you give this technique and try and give yourself time for creative self-care this weekend. For more creative inspiration, please visit the Wild Whisper Designs blog or my website. Have a great weekend!
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Ledger and Script Stamp Set