Friday, February 22, 2013

Vineyard Themed Bottle Tag and Journal Book

An easy gift to give for almost any occasion is a bottle of wine.  For special occasions as far as I'm concerned nothing beats a really good bottle of Champagne.  There are times when I want the bottle to look like it is invited to the party.  In other words, I get a little bored with wine bags so I thought I would dress up this bottle with a bottle tag.

Masterboards are one of my passions.  I generally make one large masterboard using a watercolor paper canvas and then cut up the paper to make cards and other things that coordinate with one another.  This is how the wine/vineyard themed masterboard was made.

This masterboard begins with a  11" by 15" piece of Strathmore 140 lb cold press watercolor paper.  I use a credit card/hotel key to spread a thin layer of gesso on the paper to give it a little body and some texture, then allow it to dry.  The ink I'm using is Tsukineko Kaleidacolor Vineyard 025 the newest member in the family of five-color ink pads recently released at CHA 2013 in Anaheim, CA.  Delicious colors that remind me of wine:  Lulu Lavender, Sweet Plum, Gray Flannel, Rich Cocoa and Bamboo Leaves.  These are all Memento inks that can be activated with water.

The first thing I do with the pad is click it together.  Kaleidacolor ink pads have an innovative sliding palette that slides the various colors together when you want to use it and then slides them apart when not in use.  This keeps the colors from bleeding together.  I run a brayer across the ink pad and then run it across my prepared paper.

At this point you can control the amount of color you want on the project.  I like a muted palette so I'm just going to apply the ink one time.  Now you get to bring out the spray bottle filled with water and have some fun.  Spritz the entire surface lightly with water, lift the paper and allow the inks to move around the paper and blend together.

You can allow this to air dry or if you are impatient like me you can dry it with a heat gun.  This surface can now become your masterboard.  You can apply some acrylic paint lines, circles, or use stencils.  You can stamp with permanent inks like StazOn.  Anything goes.  You can't fake layers so just have a good time layering all kinds of things and colors onto this masterboard.  Words, phrases, crowns, wings, all your favorite stamps get to come to the party.  The Memento Dew Drop ink pads are great to use in this instance since they match all the colors in the Vineyard Kaleidacolor inkpad.  When I finished my inky party I cut a strip off the masterboard measuring 3 1/2" by 9".  I punched a 2" circle at the top that will fit over the bottle of wine like a necklace.  I measured down  2 3/4" and folded the paper.  Then I inked the edges with more of the Memento Sweet Plum ink.  I wanted a darker ink on top of that so I used StazOn Royal Purple ink just applying it in the direct to paper method. 
I used another portion of the masterboard to cut a 2 1/2" by 4 1/2"panel and stamped "Happy Anniversary" on it with Memento Gray Flannel ink, heat embossed it with clear powder and adhered with pop dots. You can make it as simple or fancy as you like.  I ran the white satin ribbons across the surface of the ink pads to make them match the tag and just allowed them to dry.  A paper flower pulled from my stash and voila!  A bottle tag in no time at all.
  Here is a list of the materials and tools that I used for the project.

11" by 15" watercolor paper
Tsukineko "Vineyard 025" Kaleidacolor ink pad
Memento inks:  Lulu Lavender, Sweet Plum, Rich Cocoa, Gray Flannel, Bamboo Leaves
StazOn Royal Purple ink
Stamps: Dina Wakley, Invoke Arts, Inkadinkado
satin ribbon
paper flower
clear embossing powder
A bottle of wine

Old credit card/hotel key
paper cutter
spray bottle filled with water
pop dot adhesive
heat gun

I actually had enough paper left to make a cover for a journal.  Here is the book that I made to go along with the bottle of wine.  I'll share the tutorial for this tomorrow so tune in if you are interested.
Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  Please leave me a comment if you have time, I love to read what you think about my projects.  Have a great day!


  1. The bottle cover is simply stunning (and what a neat idea). I just can't get over the beautiful journal cover you put together with the leftovers... fantastic!

  2. What a gift! Love the decor and card...just beautiful!