Friday, 11 January 2013


Another tag!

    Sage green was the choice this time and when I started this tag the only idea in my head was 'Elegant vintage grunge' - If there is such a term! I am loving playing with all my craft stuff!

 I started with Antique Linen and Bundled Sage and blended patches over cream coloured card so I had a marbled effect. Then I did some spritz and flick with water.

I used a script stamp and began to stamp the script in Antique linen over the card. The effect at this point was very subtle so I began to add script in Gathered Twigs and Forest Moss.

 The post mark stamp was added at this point and I chose Walnut Stain and Forest Moss for these.

  I stamped some flourishes in clear ink and embossed them with clear embossing powder. I focused mainly on the areas that had the Antique Linen ink on them. Then when the embossing powder had melted I applied Bundled Sage with the blending tool - applied darker than I had done before and wiped the ink away from the embossing. The Antique Linen showed through. I love the areas where you can just catch a glimpse of the Antique Linen script peeking through the flourishes

 Then I stamped more flourishes with clear ink and again I applied the embossing powder - this time I was focusing mainly on the Bundled Sage areas. After the powder was melted, I went over these areas with the blending tool applying Forest Moss and this time the Bundled Sage showed through.

    I added some more patches of text in Forest Moss and Walnut Stain...just dabbing the pad on the stamp and pressing the stamp down with my hand rather than the acrylic block to get a more random grunge effect.

 I did some more spritz and flick.....then distressed the edges of the tag and applied some Walnut stain to the edges.

 I wanted to remove the embossed texture from the card leaving just the pattern. So I covered the tag with paper and ironed it so the paper absorbed the melted embossing leaving just the patterned tag.

 A fabric flower was added with a patterned brad at the centre.

 A few bits of paper covered wire were added after they had been stained with Forest moss ink and then curled.

 I added some twine for hanging the tag and some sage ribbon (leftover from my wedding last year) for a finishing touch.....

And there it is - the completed tag made in one of my favourite colours. Hope you like it. Please leave a comment for me if you do! Thanks for visiting me! xxx

I am entering this tag in the following challenges -

  Frilly and Funkie - Follow your muse (much loved Sage)
  Try it on a Tuesday - New Stash - (New inks, stamps, flower and brad)
  Timeless tuesday  - Make something new (New inks, stamps, flower and brad)


  1. Lovely layered stamping, and the flourishes look gorgeous! Beautifully done...
    Alison x

  2. It really hasn't taken you very long at all to master so many techniques Laura and oh boy, are you putting them to great use!! You are using some of my favourites here too:) Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie this time (small squeal at being able to say that!) Hugs, Jenny x

    1. Thanks for commenting from Frilly and Funkie Jenny! Have I said well done on being there on the design team? - I am very thrilled that you are there, you deserve that place with your amazing talent. It is the first time I have dared joining in and I had to take a deep breath before doing it today. Everything there is so amazing xxxx

  3. Beautiful inking Laura. Love how the emboss resist worked out. Just gorgeous. Nicola x

  4. Definitely Elegant Vintage Grunge - will have to remember that one! This is right up my street! Thank you for joining us at TioT and sharing what you have done with all your new stash! Cindy

  5. Love the blogpost title! :-)

  6. HEy there Laurart, what a fabulous Tag, love the background it is very elegant and very Vintagy fabulous Thank you for sharing with the DT from Frilly and Funky woww Hugs Terry xxxx

  7. War a beautiful and accomplished make, love the colours and all the layers and details you have added...thanks for playing at Frilly And Funkie...trace x

  8. Your tag is gorgeous I love everything about it.

  9. Beautiful tag Laura, love these colours, beautiful with the resist stamping.
    Thanks for joining us at TioT

  10. This is totally delightful! Love the greens and the wonderful vintage images you have stamped. Terrific tag with a gorgeous flower and brad. Welcome to Frilly and Funkie, Laura! We are thrilled to have you playing along and hope to see you as a regular.


  11. Hi have used some of my most favourite techniques in this! This is definitely vintage through and through ~ and such gorgeous soft colour combinations. Thanks for stopping by my blog :)))
    Dot x

  12. Loving your beautiful tag, especially your choice of colourings. x

  13. Wow, a gorgeous tag with many wonderful details.

  14. Beautiful tag, so much lovely detail! I adore it!

    xxx Ellie xxx

  15. Loving the soft colors and terrific stamping on your beautiful tag!! So glad you could join us at Frilly and Funky!


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