Get Creative With Ink Pad Smear Art 

How an ink pad inspired my tag for Tag it Tuesday.

final tag

This sweet little rainbow tag was inspired by a stamp pad I found on a recent trip to Diaso. After smearing it, I remembered those crazy videos of the rainbow sponge lady. Do you remember her?

image of dee

Her name is Dee Gruenig and she was always so excited by smearing ink.

parts

After cutting out the tag with the rainbow smear and finding the die-cut word dream, I thought it would look nice with some stars. I couldn’t find any in my stash so I quickly cut a few out of vinyl. That is the weird yellow shape on the left.

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close up tag

The tag is shown here at an angle so you can see the placement and dimension of the yellow bow. The ribbon is grosgrain from Gwen Studios.

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Mini Rainbow Banner

Making a mini ribbon rainbow banner with Gwen Studios.

with Gwen Studios

This month for the Gwen Studios design team, we are making projects that are for St. Patrick’s Day, using Green, White, and Rainbow Colored ribbons. I chose to go with the rainbow idea and make a mini banner using the colors of the rainbow. Have you heard of ROYGBIV? This is how my daughters learned the colors of the rainbow, R = red, O = orange, Y = yellow, G = green, B = blue, I = indigo, and V = violet (purple).

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The ribbons I used are solid grosgrain ribbons and are available in a pack of 12 bright colors, 3/8″ x 36 Yards by Gwen Studios available at Walmart.

washi tape

I used washi tape a few times in making the banner. Make sure to watch the video to see the tips for using washi tape, it was so helpful.

burn ends

There are two different ways to seal the ends of ribbons. You can burn them as shown above with a lighter, or use a product called fray check. I used both in this project to show you the differences.

back of banner

I used a variety of different tools to make the banner. The items I found helpful were scissors, a nail file, a craft knife, a cutting mat, and a white ink pen.

The ribbons are glued on top of craft foam. The foam is wrapped around a dowel rod and glued in place using Fabri-Tac. I found sewing clips were a big help in holding the foam in place as the glue dried.

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Close-up of the final banner. It really turned out so cute and my daughter has claimed it as hers!

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