I just love the inspirations that online craft challenges provide. This tag was done for Simon Says Stamp's weekly challenge were Distress Inks are the focus. I used them in several different ways.
The project was started with a traditional manila tag. I started layering color my swiping a (new to me) ink color, Rusty Hinge, directly on the tag. I then buffed in Vintage Photo as well as Brushed Corduroy. A few spritzes of water intensified the color and created texture for the background. While I was drying with a heat gun, I had a sudden urge (because it was left out in my craft area) to add a spray of Espresso color wash to the bottom of the tag as well.
I then took the background further by adding several impressions of Tim's postal stamp, again with distress inks. I thought I messed it up due to poor overlapping, but really with this style, you just can't mess up! The clock image is from a lovely sheet of paper by Bo Bunny. I backed it with a torn piece of translucent ledger paper, that I aged with Vintage Photo. The navy strip of paper was added to give visual weight to the bottom of the tag. I added another round element by attaching a portion of a globe image towards the to the project, providing balance.
The embellishment includes a lovely scrap of ribbon, a replica of a vintage key as well as a muse token and light bulb by Tim Holtz. I just love using jewelry techniques in my altered art, as this is where I started in my artistic journey.