Nov 8 2011

Tuesday Tutorial: Favorite Tool: Vagabond

To continue our month all about favorite tools, Linda Cain shares her project for the November Monthly Challenge: Tools.

Thankful, I am so very thankful for all my blessings, especially my wonderful family and friends.
So, for you peeps out there who want to CREATE, here’s a tutorial using some fantastic products from Ranger and the talented Mr. Tim Holtz.
I love using my favorite Tool-the Vagabond to die cut and emboss for this tutorial.
First I  took a #8 Manila Tag, spritzed it with water, and swiped several colors of Distress Stains over the tag letting them blend slightly.
I used Chipped SapphireBarn DoorBroken ChinaTea Dye andPine Needles. Spritz a bit more and dry with a Heat It tool.


Then swipe your Distress Ink Pad Vintage Photo on your Craft Sheet and spritz with water. Dip the tag in it, heat set, and pick up a few more dots of color for interest. Dry again.


Then I sprayed a slight mist and drops of Espresso Adirondack Color Wash. Dry again.

Add a strip of Traveler Tissue Tape to one side. If you’re really reading this…you don’t have to dry here….that’s a joke.

OK, this is upside down to some people…I used the new Thankful Texture Fades on the tag. Then carefully…carefully swiped Black Soot DI across the raised letters with the Blending Tool.

You’ve seen this technique before, but here it is again. Die cut leaves from packaging plastic with the Tattered Leaves die.
Add Alcohol Inks to the back.
I used Terra CottaSunset Orange, Sunshine Yellow, Butterscotch,and Pitch Black. A bit of Silver Metallic Mixative was also used.
Then add Copper, Gold and Lettuce paint dabbers OVER the Alcohol inks….this is all on the back of the leaves.


Flip it over and add vein lines with a permanent pen. I like the Write4All by Stabilo.  Add a bit of Gold Paint dabber to the edges, too, for contrast.


A dash of heat from the Heat It Tool and you can curl the leaves as you like.

I added Gold Acrylic paint dabber over the embossed area…kind of hard to see the contrast here.
The cool stencil is from Julie Balzer -Time Travel, (they have a whole ton of new stencils in at Inspiration Emporium in the Just Insection) added with Jennie Bowlin Malted Milk paint dabber.


I pushed the Spinner into embossing ink, then into the jar of Spruce Green UTEE and hit it with the Heat gun.

Sprinkled a few bits of Butterscotch Adirondack embossing powder. And heated it again.

Then I decided it needed better contrast, so I took the top off the Copper paint dabber and painted the word Thankful.

Now you wonder, why then should I go to all the trouble to add the Black Soot DI???

Because it has created the perfect shadow outline to the raised letters!!!!

I would like to tell you I planned it that way all alone, but it’s just a happy result of constant layering.

Since there’s a lot of metallic color and plastic, there is a lot of different colors that show up in different angles of shooting the photos.

I think the copper lettering and the gold paint on the leaves shows up best here.

Layer up your leaves, a Timepiece and brad with your spinner. Add some Copper paint dabber around the edge of the tag.

I like to add my tags to a piece of black chipboard for stability.

And a row of Gold nailheads from Mark Richards is at the bottom for one last section of Bling.



WOW!!!! Gorgeous Linda!!!! Thank you for sharing your favorite tool (it is ABSOLUTELY one of ours too!!!) in such a fabulous way!!! If you don’t already have the amazing, fabulous, super cool Tim Holtz Vagabond Machine, we suggest you add it NOW to your Christmas list!!!!

We hope you have time to play along, we are enjoying learning what every can’t live without!!!


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