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Creating cards inch by inchies




Happy Friday!  It’s Robin here and Altered Pages is enjoying a month-long partnership with IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko.  Our team has been having fun with the inks and other crafting supplies they have provided and their team has been creating with Altered Pages images and ephemera.  Remember to leave comments here all during June to be entered into a drawing for a great prize package!
My project today features IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko StazOn Spiced Chai ink and is highlighted with one of their cool metal tags.  You probably saw Ink Stained Roni’s amazing house pendant made with one of their metal ATCs.  This is the same product but much smaller.  At 1” square it is the perfect complement to these cool wood squares I found in the hardware bin at my local big box hardware store.
What do you do with 1” metal and wooden squares?  Inchies, of course!! 
 printed the Inchies Beauty collage sheet on matte photo paper and cut it into strips.  Once all of the strips were created, I ran them all through my sticker maker.  I picked out 8 of these tiny lovelies to use on my card and trimmed each one down leaving only the barest of white borders.
The Spiced Chai ink was sponged around each image and on the wood square using Ink Blushers craft sponges.  StazOn is the perfect medium for this because it covers the wood, metal, and paper equally well and dries quickly.

More ink was sponged onto the metal tag.  I heat set the ink on the tag so that I could work with it right away instead of setting it aside to dry.  DO NOT hold the tag in your bare hand during or right after heating!! 
Some Dew Drops from my stash were attached around the edges using 3D Crystal Lacquer.  A gold-tone gemstone was set into the center of the tag.
To give each wood tile a more complete look, each one was dipped into the ink pad one side at a time. 
I chose a vintage looking pattern from one of my Glitz paper pads for the background for the tiles, which was highlighted with dark brown and black card stock.  The tiles aren’t very heavy, but I was worried about using regular double sided tape so each tile was also attached with the Crystal Lacquer.  It has a very dimensional appearance and vintage feeling.
I hope you enjoyed this card project.  And don't forget to check out your local hardware stores for fun craft ideas!  Happy crafting!
The metal tag reflected behind the Dew Drops and gave them a funny cat's eye glow here.

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