The Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Movers and Shakers Tag and Bookplates die is totally cool. While I like using the size 8 manila tags, I love that I can die cut the same size tag out of various materials with ease. Chipboard, grunge board, transparency, vellum, corrugated board, manila folders, fabric, felt, patterned paper . . . ahhh . . . it's all good.
I die cut a tag using Bazzill Smooth Extra Thick white card stock then embossed it with the Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades Sheet Music. Tim Holtz made a great suggestion to slice the texture fade embossing folder so the tag will slide through it for continuous embossing (see Tim's slicing instructions here).
I added drops of Copic various ink refills to a felt applicator and pounced color over the tag. To soften the edges of the colors, I added drops of colorless blender to the felt applicator and pounced it over the colors.
Using a dew drop of Memento Tuxedo Black, I dragged the ink pad over the embossed areas to make the music notes show up better.
I stamped the Magnolia Circus Horse image from the Cozy Autumn Collection 2010 onto X-Press It paper. Using coordinator colors, I began filling my image.
I'm really trying to make myself like X-Press It paper but it's just not cooperating with me. The layers of Copic ink don't absorb into the paper, rather it seems that the ink lays on the surface. Instead of the shades of colors blending, they just move around. The more I add layers of colors, the more the ink puddles. It's just not pretty. The colorless blender is almost ineffective although I was able to get very faint swirls to show on the cloth over the horse's back. It took far longer than it should have for minimal results. In my frustration, I forgot to take a picture of the back of the paper. I don't usually care about the back but noticed that the Copic ink just isn't absorbed well. I'm very unhappy with the results of using Copics on X-Press It. It feels as if the paper is fighting me, every step of the way, and it doesn't let me move the colors as I need to for the look I want.
Jami's freebie digi-download made up for it! I'm thrilled that the wonderful Jami Bova, a.k.a. SgtStamper, created a fabulous set of digi-tickets with a variety of sentiments to use for any occasion. That's not all! Jami is so kind to share her beautiful work for our use! (Find Jami's free digi-download here.) I filled my printed ticket with coordinating Copics and doodled curls behind the sentiment.
Here's the completed tag that shows how I combined coordinating various ink refills with Copic marker colors.
BV11, BV13, BV17, BV29
Y11, Y13, Y15, Y26
BG10, BG13, BG15, BG49
E13, E15, E17, E29, E95, 100
T0, T6, T8