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Are you interested yet? 😉

I had the thought to put people in the car from Road Trip (thanks Krista, for that idea!) and wanted to use the phrase “Enjoy the journey.” And all of that led me to thinking this would make a great wedding card.

The only problem? I have no weddings coming up – nada. zip. zilch. So, I’m going to give it to one of you – hopefully someone else can make use of it! 🙂

If you want to make one of your own, here are the supplies:

Start by inking up a background stamp with Pumice Stone Distress Ink and stamp onto a manilla tag. Then use the ink blending tool with the same colour to ink the edges and soften the stamped image by blending over it.

Now, stamp some flourished with the same ink. Because we’ve blended and soften the background colour, the new stamped image will show up well.

Set this aside to dry – we’ll be doing some heat embossing later and we don’t want the powder to stick to the entire tag.

Ink up the car stamp with black Archival and stamp onto a spare manilla tag, then cut it out.

Using a craft knife and cutting mat, trim out the windows of the car, then use an ink blending tool to colour the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. If you want, use the Ranger Fine Detail Nib Water Brush to pull the ink from the edges into the centre of the car.

Now, use the Distress Markers in Broken China and Barn Door to colour two small wood veneer people (or whatever colours you want to go with the couple being hitched!). Add a little Glossy Accents and attach them to the back of the car, in the windows, with the coloured side facing out.

The next step is to make tin cans – what’s a wedding car without a little tacky happening? 🙂

Cut three narrow strips from the scrap manilla tag and ink them with Iced Spruce, Faded Jeans, and Aged Mahogany Distress Inks. Add a dot of Glossy Accents to the back on one end and add a piece of twine.

Wrap the paper around the twine until you get the size you want, then trim the end and adhere with Glossy Accents.

Use a piece of tape to stick the three “tin cans on strings” to the back of the car.

Set the car aside for later and get out the stamped tag.

I saw Tammy Tutterow do something similar on the edges of a tag she had on her blog and fell in love with it – now I’m addicted! Here’s how I do it, changed up a bit from Tammy’s:

Add embossing ink to the edges and cover with clear embossing powder.

As you can see, I wasn’t precise about it, it makes it look better this way.

Now flick the tag to knock off a lot of the powder and then heat set the rest. Use an ink blending tool with Gathered Twigs to ink over the embossed areas, then repeat the powder step again. Next, ink with a darker brown, like Walnut Stain. You should see light areas under the powder and dark areas in between where parts of the powder were licked off then inked over. It’s a neat, aged look and effect.

The darker you ink the top and the lighter you leave the base, the more interesting it looks. I left it pretty subtle for this tag but it was a bit more pronounced on last week’s.

You’re going to need ribbon to finish off the tag so run the Aged Mahogany ink pad over some Crinkle Ribbon, then spritz with water to blend. Crumple into a ball and dab with Gathered Twigs. Let dry or heat set – the two colours should give an aged and faded look to the ribbon.

Now, let’s put it all together! Add foam adhesive to the back of the car and adhere it to the left of the stamped and embossed tag. Get some word stickers and add them to the top right corner of the tag. Thread the ribbon through the hole in the tag. If you want, adhere the tag to a card and go party at a wedding!

I really love this tag and it makes me sad that I have no weddings that I can bring it to. So, leave me a comment and I’ll randomly pick someone to get it – if you’re lucky and have a wedding on the horizon, the card will already be done for you (and I will add it to a card before sending it off)!

Link me up if you try out the embossing technique, I’d love to see how it turns out for you!

S.

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