Perhaps it was sweating in the 100 degree plus heat index for two days while our air conditioner was broken this week that did it, or maybe it’s the calendar changing to September. But for whatever reason, I’m suddenly in the mood for fall colors, changing leaves, and pumpkins! Since I live in Florida, though, I’ll have to settle for making my own on this fall pumpkin tag.
[Disclaimer: Some products were provided by Ranger to Scrapbook Update as editorial samples. My company, Nally Studios LLC, manages social media for Buttons Galore. Links in the supply list are affiliate links or provided as an advertiser courtesy. Translation: People sometimes give me cool things to use, and I’m lucky enough to have clients whose products I like to use.]
Although the background to this tag looks orange-brown, it actually was created with Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain in Wilted Violet, Twisted Citron, and Carved Pumpkin! This was possible because it wasn’t the first tag that I made from a batch of stain sprayed on my craft mat. I sprayed the stains in a triangle arrangement, and pressed the first tag. It created the tag on the left below. Then I added some water with my Distress Sprayer, swiped a tag across my mat again, and got the tag in the middle. Finally, I grabbed a third tag and swiped again. By that time, the three colors were mingled enough on the mat to produce a more brown color, creating the tag I used for this project. (The other two tags will get used on other projects coming soon!)
The design of the tag’s layout is simple so I was a bit stunned when I looked at the supply list to realize I’d used almost 20 products! This is because this project has a lot of layered color on it.
First the background was created using multiple shades of Distress Spray Stain, which gives it that shaded and mottled effect. Then the wood grain was stenciled on it. All of the paper elements added on top have inked edges. I used Antique Linen Distress Ink to age the pumpkin stamp block, and Tea Dye to antique the text strip. That’s a lot of subtle elements that use a lot of supplies. It shows the power of keeping a large tool box on hand. It’s taken me years to accumulate my three drawers full of ink in my Ikea Alex, but they are among the most important tools I have and I reach for them constantly.
Since this fall pumpkin tag was all about the color and shading, the rest of the design is simple. I just used a block of patterned paper offset behind the pumpkin stamp block to highlight and frame it. I hadn’t intended to add the text strip to the left side but somehow the pumpkin ended up off-center with a lot of white space on that side, so the text strip was a perfect filler.
For some reason lately I’m incapable of making something completely flat. Nothing feels finished unless it’s got something thick on it. So I added the leaves that are buttons with the shanks cut off. They add dimension while bringing in some more “fall” to the design.
I didn’t tie off the twine at the top of my fall pumpkin tag because I have a special plan for this tag (and the others). Keep your eyes on my Instagram account to get a peek at it!
- Ranger Inkssentials #8 Manila Tag (Amazon, ACOT, Scrapbook.com)
- Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain:
- Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer (Amazon, ACOT, Scrapbook.com)
- Stamper’s Anonymous Tim Holtz Woodgrain Layered Stencil (Amazon, ACOT, Scrapbook.com)
- Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink:
- Ranger Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink in Potting Soil (Amazon, ACOT, Scrapbook.com)
- Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons:
- Ranger Tim Holtz Fine Detailer Waterbrush (Amazon, ACOT, Scrapbook.com)
- Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper (Amazon, ACOT)
- Stamper’s Anonymous Tim Holtz Halloween #2 Mini Blueprints (Amazon, Scrapbook.com)
- Buttons Galore Fall Friends Buttons (Amazon, Buttons Galore)
- Buttons Galore Button Basics in Fall Festival (Buttons Galore)
- Button Shank Remover (Buttons Galore)
- Authentique Paper “Nestled” Collection Pack (Amazon)
- Simple Stories “Pumpkin Spice” Expressions stickers (Amazon, ACOT, Scrapbook.com)
- Tim Holtz idea-ology “Small Talk – Occasions” stickers (Amazon, ACOT, Scrapbook.com)
- Darice Metallic Twist Hemp Cord (Amazon)