Friday, 11 May 2012

Decorated Tag


At our recent Saturday craft group meeting Sandra and Brenda brought along their collection of tags  which they had created by following the online Creative Chemistry 101 course by Tim Holtz.  It was inspiring to see the techniques they had covered and how they had put them to use on the tags.  Ink techniques is something I haven' t experimented much with and had, or did have, only one Tim Holtz ink pad and a few Glimmer Mists to play with but Sandra had brought along her stash and I started off making the tag which is the topper on this card.  

The tag was just an ordinary white luggage label I'd bought from Tesco so I'm not sure that the card quality was ideal but I'm happy with my first time results.  Three different colours of ink were used to colour the tag, which I can't remember the names of, before using Black Stazon ink to stamp the Inkadinkado Lady across the middle.  To add some sparkle I sprayed it with Turquoise Blue Glimmer Mist.  I'd liked how the colours had worked and when I got home decided to finish off the tag.  On the top right and bottom left corners the Hero Arts Stamp Style is Eternal was stamped to continue the script from the Inkadinkado stamp plus I felt it complimented the image. In the other corners I decided to add some pattern as a contrast and sponged ink through a cardboard mask I'd made using a paper punch to make spots.  I now feel this is a step I could have missed out. 


The colours of ink I'd used were a good match to Stampin' up's Pool Party, Indigo Island and Old Olive colours so I used their inks, card and ribbon for the layers on the card, to ink edges, colour the tag string and to make embellishments.  The stamped flowers were made using the Hero Arts/Sizzix stamp and die set Antique Flowers and Butterflies with Indigo Island ink being stamped on to Pool Party card.  Extra flowers were stamped and decoupaged on to the card and tag.  I also cut extra backing layers in coloured card to matt and layer the stamped flowers on to.  The little flowers were made using a Tonic punch.  The other backing papers were a floral patterned card from Kanban and the Happy Birthday paper which was created on the computer.  Stitching and paper pricking on cards used to be two of my favourite techniques but as with most techniques you go through phases and then move on to something different.  I've recently come back to using stitching to create frames for toppers and this is what I've done with the Happy Birthday paper.

This week I decided I'd buy a few more distress inks to continue experimenting but couldn't decide which colours to choose.  Unfortunately I've also had a cold and I had one of those nights where you are a feverish and have a recurring dream or thought.  My recurring thought was what colours of Tim Holtz distress ink pads should I choose.  In the cooler light of day I chose stormy sky, tumbled glass, pine needles and peeled paint which have arrived this morning.  I already had chipped sapphire so I'm hoping these will work together. 

As well as bringing along her stash for the group to use Sandra had made a selection of tags for us to choose one from to keep.  This is the one I chose. The second picture shows the lovely sheen it has when you catch it in a certain light.



Liz xx

27 comments:

  1. These are just so fab - love them . I am going to start the classes shortly and they look so much fun.Your friends have done a great job. I have just spent a morning experimenting from Compendium 1 book - very inky now
    x catherine

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  2. Liz, great job on your first tag. I just love getting inky with Tim Holtz distress inks and glimmer mists. Thank you for joining the cheerful stamp pad challenge.

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  3. Oh my! This turned out beautifully! You did a fabulous job - and those flowers are stunning. Thanks for playing along with our May Flowers Challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafers.

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  4. Hi Liz hope you are feeling a bit better. Your card is so my colours, beautiful and loving the tags too. Enjoy getting all distressed and inky,
    hugs Erika.

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  5. What FABULOUS colors. These are just so elegant and beautiful!
    Thanks for playing along in the Sassy Cheryl's Stitching challenge this week.

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  6. Beautiful creations, love your flowers. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ribbons.
    Pinky

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  7. It's beautiful Liz, gorgeous colours!
    Hugs Kjersti:)

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  8. this is really lovely! so beautiful!
    thanks for joining us for the Sassy Cheryl stitches challenge!
    Judy

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  9. This is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing in the challenge "Tags" at The Cheerful Stamp Pad.

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  10. ooh what a gorgeous tag you made! so glad you've shared it with us at the cheerful stamp pad for our "tags" challenge! xo

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  11. Gorgeous card and tags.. they are just Stunning love the colours and design, simply Brillant.. Hugs May x x

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  12. More lovely work Liz, love what you have done with the Hero Dogwood stamp.

    Have a lovely weekend.

    B x

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  13. Such a beautiful card.. Thanks for sharing it with us at The Paper Shelter this week.. Hugs, Linda

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  14. Beautiful card i love the sweet image. Thanks for joining us at Crafts and Me this week. luv gina xx

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  15. Oh this is beautiful. I particularly love the monochrome blue one with a tag to go.Thanks for playing at Cutie Pie and good luck. Hope to see you back monday for a new challenge. Bettina xx

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  16. Hi Liz!!! I love this !!! The techniques you have used has resulted in a stunning card!Thanks for joining us at Hooked on Craft ! Good Luck !! Cheers Michelle

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  17. Oh Liz these are just GORGEOUS! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood ‘MAY FLOWERS’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    Darlene
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS

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  18. Stunning card, Tag and colours Liz. I saw this on MIM..Loz

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  19. So beautiful Liz, love the monochrome colours, and the flowers...gorgeous work.


    Thanks for sharing with us at ‘Make it Monday’

    Luv CHRISSYxx

    Don’t forget. .if you leave a comment on another entrant, mention that you saw their card on ‘Make it Monday’ for a chance at second prize.. the more you comment on and mention MIM, the more chances at winning second prize.

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  20. Hello. I saw this Beautiful card on MIM..Faye

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  21. Hi Liz,
    thanks for the lovely comment you left me
    I love your card, and I think the punched mask bit works great - loving Sandra's tag too - say Hi from me
    Debz
    x

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  22. These are beautiful! I love the inked backgrounds.



    I’m stopping by from MIM. (I’m entry #97)

    ~Cheryl~

    **I am having a give-away on my blog. Feel free to stop by if you are interested.**

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  23. fab card, sweet image. Thanks for joining us at the Paper shelter
    hugs
    Kat x

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  24. Beautiful colors, lovely card! Love your stamped images!
    Hugs
    Saw you at Make it Monday :0)

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  25. This is so gorgeous sweetie. I have this stamp but I have never produced anything as amazing as this with it. I spotted you on MIM this time. I am no 123.

    Hugs
    Cathy
    xxxxx

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  26. Fabulous pieces and I love the colours in your card. Thanks for linking to the Stamp Man's favourite technique challenge.
    hugs {brenda} xox

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  27. Those blue flowers really look stunning!

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