Fun and Funky Fresh Card and Tag!

Wow!  I'm on a roll and totally in my groove!  I made a fun little card that I plan on giving to my newborn niece.  I wanted to play with my alcohol inks, which I haven't done in FOR-EV-AAARRR!  So I busted out my felt pads, my Inkssentials high gloss paper, and of course, more Gauche Alchemy awesomeness and went to town...and tried not to get high from it!  The fumes...oh the fumes....

Totally fun, girly, funky, and very fresh and modern!  Who says baby cards have to be "pastel"??!!  Pffffft!  Take that!

And here's the funky and fresh tag I made using a really cool image transfer technique.  It's really easy to do!

I just stamped my chandeliers onto regular white cardstock using archival ink.  StazOn works as well.  Put CLEAR packaging tape over the stamped image and rub firmly to make sure there's good contact.  Trim the excess paper around the tape then soak the WHOLE DARN THING in lukewarm water for about 5 minutes.  If you go over, not a big deal!

Next, use your thumbs and rub the wet paper off the back of the tape.  Make sure you get it nice and smooth.  There shouldn't be any little balls of paper or anything.  The tape will no longer be really clear.  There will be a paper residue, but your image should still be intact.  Make sure you trim around your image, kind of like fussy cutting, and that it fits onto your tag or card.

The next step is to use a soft gel medium that is glossy or not opaque.  You're going to brush it directly onto the surface you want your image on as well as the back of your tape image.  Firmly press the tape image onto your tag and make sure there aren't any bubbles or wrinkles.  I used my fingers for this step.  I also added a light layer on top of my image to make sure there was a good seal and that the edges were down.

Wait, wait, wait, until it's dry.  Make the funky card you see up there!  That's what I made while this tag was drying.  Trust me.  It'll take anywhere from an hour to possibly a day depending on how much gel you slathered on.  After it's dry, embellish your little heart out, link it to my comments, and let me come LOVE on it!

Here's a close-up of mine.  I used a course brush so you see the brush strokes as well as adding a bit of texture.

I'll be back in a bit with a tutorial on how to put the card together.  I was so into my rhythm, I FORGOT to take the step-by-step pictures!  I just love it....and hate it....when that happens!  *DOH!*