Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Easy Made Faux Enamel Tags

I've been doing a little spring cleaning and the focus of my efforts included my craft room. Last week, I took nearly everything out of my craft room, sorted it into boxes and then restored it in my craft room into bins. Each bin started with a sticky note and now is getting some darling labels. Here is one for example.
I wanted them to look like an old enamel label that you find in antique shops. I think they turned out nicely.
Here is how:
Print a list of tags needed onto Basis White 80lb card stock. I chose a distressed font at 48 points, making sure each had plenty of room for cutting.
Using a die cut machine, cut out the labels.

Next, stamp a text pattern on the labels using a coordinating ink. Edge each with black and then add shading lines with a C03 Copic Marker.

To create the faux enamel, begin by making the tag a bit curved. Turn the tag over on a soft pad. Use the round end of a marker to trace around the entire tag, starting near the center and spiraling toward the outside and allowing the tag to curve up a bit.
Next, ink a tag with Watermark Ink, I used Top Boss by Clearsnap. Sprinkle it with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) Powder and melt it with a heat gun.
Working quickly add another layer of UTEE and heat it again. Add enough layers to give you a nice enamel look. For a special touch, add just a few grains of Pearlized UTEE to the final melt, trying not to cover the lettering too much. Let it fully cool.
For a finishing touch to the labels, add small black brads to the ends of each.
My room is lavender and I wanted to create a triad of color between the walls and tags, so I chose Curious Metallics in Mandarin and Lime.
Treat each mat with subtle shading around the edge using a stencil brush and just a little ink. I think it gives the mats depth and ages them too. If you think it needs it, give it a black outline with a marker.
Add the label to the mat using dimensional adhesive and add them to the appropriate bin.
This may seem like a long process but just put on some fun music and get to it. In the long run, I think it makes a fabulous look for any craft room (pantry, linen closet, etc.)

A small bin's label with no mat. It works really well with the curved surface.
CutCardStock.com products used in this project:

Have some fun (and beauty) with your spring cleaning...

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