There's tons of beautiful inspiration in all forms n sorts by the talented DT over there. My own inspiration comes in the form of a tag :) :
The tag base is a piece of black cardstock left in rectangle form and cut slightly larger than a diecut #8 tag. The tag layer is cut using a Sizzix/Tim Holtz #8 bigz die from some gorgeous Cold Country paper by 7 Dots Studio. The tag was distressed with Archival Ink by Ranger in black all around the outside edge. It helps mask the white core of the paper and really makes the whole tag cohesive.
Sandwiched between the two layers is another diecut -- this one from white corrugated board by Fancy Pants and the cut is a Top Note die. I left the corrugated board raw by itself because it's such a unique stark texture between the layers.
The black splatters come from a fine tip (not needle tip, but plastic applicator) bottle that is a 1/2 Black Hesso (Prima Marketing and Finnabair) and 1/2 water mixture. I love how big and inky they feel. The gears are pieces from the Gear Mash by UmWowStudio and have been covered in Heavy White Gesso (Prima and Finnabair).
I love the subtle dimension. The ribbon is some black burlap twine from May Arts Ribbon. It's been threaded through the tag hole and knotted to be kept somewhat under control.
The last couple of steps include a stamping of the Steam Train by Viva Las VegaStamps! in the same archival ink that was used to distress the tag, a bit of alpha placement (Label stickers by Tim Holtz), and some doodling using my favorite pen around the edge.
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