I had to make these tags this week...I was totally inspired by my sister-in-law Alison (butterfly) who is a Guest Designer for PaperArtsy at the moment.
I adored the tags she made - I have always been inspired by her work, and I loved how detailed the step-by-step was. I have been very fortunate in that I have been taught a few techniques by her and I can tell you she isn't just an amazing artist, she is a superb teacher too!
I didn't have the arches that she used, but I decided to make a version of the tags using the same techniques. I have always felt that this kind of layering was too complicated to attempt and I always found it a bit intimidating. I was amazed when I saw the instructions how simple it was - and how effective a background it can be.....and it is lovely just experimenting with it all....
I wanted to do a Christmas theme - because I am so caught up in Christmas already!!!
I cut some tags from mount board to make a sturdy base, but I worked on card - to be stuck onto the mount board afterwards.
I had the Harlequin stencil and dabbed Blood Orange and French Roast Fresco onto the tag. I then placed the second tag on top to get a reverse print. I adore this effect and will do this more often!
Love the spritz and flick....such an effective technique yet so simple to do....
Then to add the stamps...feeling a bit nervous, I felt sure I would ruin it by layering - but Alison's instructions gave me confidence to go for it. I used Picket Fence DP and used several Christmas stamps. The paint doesn't show up very brightly but I liked the faded white, barely there images. It is lovely that you can still see the background, yet the detail from the stamps is there....
To add some contrast I used Potting Soil Archival ink and used several more Christmas stamps this time adding words and flourishes.
......and a bit of Vintage Photo DI around the edges of the tag just to add a bit more of a shabby look.
Because I didn't have the arches, I decided to use some more Christmas stamps to decorate the tag. I covered some card with Antique Linen DI and edged it with Frayed Burlap DI. I then stamped some Christmas words in Potting Soil Archival ink and then layered the card on white card.
The tags were finished off with loops of twine to hang them up.....
And now I just have to wait until Christmas before I put them up on show!
Thanks so much for being here - Hope to see you again soon!
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