Sep 19, 2016

DIY Kraft Resist and Berry Stems for a Rustic Reindeer Tag


I am thrilled to be sharing another round of inspiration with you on the IndigoBlu blog with my teammates today.  I have been about to bust to publish this post because I have developed two new techniques, which I think you will be just as excited about.  I hope you will pin these images to remember the techniques.


When thinking of how to use this gorgeous, yet rustic reindeer, my mind went straight to kraft paper.  I created a DIY kraft resist using fabulous IndigoBlu products and I know you will want to experiment with it on your own.  While you can use any stencil, you will definitely need a bottle of IndigoBlu Super Thick Slap It On.  This product is genius because it is thick enough to use as a texture paste, but sticky enough to bind almost anything, and all the while dries completely transparent.  I applied it through the Stars Stencil onto kraft chipboard and let it dry thoroughly before coming back and sponging my distress inks.  It resists beautifully!


I stamped my beloved reindeer from the Winterland Wood Set and the Christmas Word Block and embossed in gold to add a bit of bling to my rusty creation.  You can see gold and copper splatters, my new favorite trick using Goldfinger and Miss Moneypenny Copper Metallic Paints diluted with a tad of water.  This adds a beautiful sense of drama to any project.


I wanted a beautiful dimensional bough for my embellishments and longed for some red berries to tuck in with my pine branches.  I've perused the craft store's flower isle and never found anything I really wanted to use on a card, so the wheels began turning.  I went into my yard and clipped some branches from my maple tree.  I put them in the microwave for a few seconds to dry them and kill any germs.  Next, I dipped the ends into Super Thick Slap It On and then into my Art Stones and let them dry completely before brushing on Distress Ink for color.  Viola!  Beautiful natural elements for any project!  I completed the bough by adding some basket fill, twine, and a beautiful Christmas brad.


I truly hope this project was inspiring for you today and will get you in the spirit for Christmas crafting.  Do check out the selection of Christmas stamps just released in the IndigoBlu shop today.  As always, I truly appreciate each and every comment.  

28 comments:

  1. What a fabulous festive tag Autumn and your festive bouquet is stunning. I have used Flower soft on the ends of sticks before but what a genius idea to use Art Stones, the textures are absolutely amazing. Love Love Love.
    Hugs, Julie x

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  2. WOW!!! Autumn this is gorgeous rustic tag! The background is fantasric, the cluster is beautiful and the deer is stunning! They all perfect together!

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  3. A lovely creation and great detail Autumn.

    B x

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  4. Absolutely the most elegant and beautiful deer tag I have ever seen Autumn. YOU ARE GENIUS. I am blown away by your talent = over and over again you make FABULOUS ART. Yes - definitely inspired by YOU and every inch of this lovely creation. Xj.

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  5. This is stunning, Autumn!! The background looks amazing!! I love the colors!! The berry sticks are spectacular!! Wow!! I'm so going to try that idea!! I love, love them!! You are so creative!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  6. Oh wow this is an amazing tag. Thank you for joining us at <a href='http://creativeartistemixedmedia.blogspot.co.uk/’> Creative Artiste Challenge Blog </a> for challenge 18 Anything Goes and the sponsor is Scrapmatts. Hugs Jackie DT

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  7. LOVE your tag, Autumn, especially the berry twigs.

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  8. Pinned already! I already have the Super Thick Slap On and the art stones and I definitely want to try that technique - it is brilliant. Your tag is a real stunner! Hugs, Anne xx

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  9. What a wonderful creation Autumn - love your innovation and the incredible results
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  10. Autumn, your tag is stunning! What a genius idea to create those berry sticks using the art stones! I am definitely going to try this! I love your amazing background and a fabulous design! It's fantastic, my friend! Big hugs to you! Branka xx

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  11. Beautifully put together Autumn, love it xxx

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  12. This is stunning with a wonderful layout and colour palette. I love the handmade berry sprig and the shimmery deer.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  13. Wow...this is a fabulous tag Autumn! I so love everything about it....so stunning! ;-) You gave given me some seeds of inspiration....;-)

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  14. This caught my eye immediately! Love the toned down Christmas colours and all the little details!

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  15. Gorgeous festive tag ..... clever techniques too. Love how you created your little branches. Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper Challenge xx

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  16. You are so creative! Fabulous card!

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  17. Messy and fun? Sign me up! I have not heard of this Slap it On stuff but it sure sounds like fun and you did some really interesting and cool techniques with it. Your tag is a stunner and so joyful to behold. Fantabulous and lovely design! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

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  18. Did you hear that thud when my jaw hit the floor?! You're amazing, Autumn--so gorgeous & creative! I can't believe you made your own berry branches--LOVE them!

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  19. A gorgeous and festive tag..fabulous.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Chrissy DT   http://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com.au/...

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  20. Hi Autumn,
    Ohhh I love rustic, so this is right up my street! A very well designed tag and the berry sticks are fantastic, they blew me away! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with LLC.

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts

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  21. Autumn, I adore the rustic look of this tag, but with the splashes of gold and copper on the background! Your shimmery deer and berry branches are creative genius moves! Love this to bits! Be sure to put my name on it! Tee Hee! Hugs!

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  22. They have such fabulous products, and you showcase them beautifully, Autumn! Such a magical, festive FUN tag! Beautiful! Hugs, de

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  23. I love your new techniques, Autumn, they are quite awesome and I hope to try them out! I especially love those berries - they are perfect and now I have those art stones on my wish list. A beautiful tag all around - love the stamp set and all of your wonderful embellishments and special touches :-)

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  24. I love your Christmas Tag project, its just beautiful. Nice work.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at Classic Design Team Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    [Annette Registered Owner/Admin for Classic Design Team Challenge]

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  25. Stunnnig tag! Love, love, love!
    Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.


    Veronique DT for http://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com.au/...



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  26. Your tag has turned out fantastic. Love the christmas theme.
    Colours are fantastic
    thanks for joining our challenge over at
    http://creativeartistemixedmedia.blogspot.com.au/
    Debbie DT

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  27. Wow this is beautiful Thanks so much for joining the Craft Stamper challenge, Good Luck and hope to see you again soon. xx

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  28. Wow! This is so deliciously festive! Love all the textural details, and the gold splatters are such a great touch!

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