I have never been very big on tag making; mostly because I was never sure what to do with them. Now I realize you can do whatever the Heck you want to do with them! They are great to hang on the outside of a pretty gift bag; you can tuck them down into a gift bag or they can be the gift themselves. Pretty great things to have around. Over at Joan's Gardens you can find a tag challenge every week. This week is #7. The idea is to make ahead some tags to put back and have on hand for the whole year. Now I just think this is a wonderful idea and I have had such fun playing along. Slide on over to Joan's to check out the rules and specifics and play along yourself.
For my tag this week I started with a Spellbinders Grand Caliber Die (Labels One). I used the smallest die and cut it out of watercolor card stock because it is thicker than regular card stock. Then I took a regular sheet of printer paper....nothing special.... and sprayed with homemade color spray using Ranger Distress Inks Tumbled Glass and Glimmer Mist in Iridescent Gold. You spray quite heavily and then scrunch up the paper into a tight ball; then unfold and let it dry. The mica in the Glimmer Mist settles into the wrinkles as it dries and makes such pretty textured paper. Once dry I added some Dusty Concord Distress Ink with a sponge over the top of the wrinkles. My flowers are all from Wild Orchid Crafts except for the one directly under the metal piece ... I made that one. I started with white flowers and sprayed them with a mix of Dusty Concord Ink, water and Perfect Pearls. The two pink roses were a mushroom color & off white and I just sprayed them with Glimmer Mist. My butterflies are Spellbinders Dies (I cut two) and while they were still in the die I used shimmery acrylic paint and put it on pretty heavy; then I popped it out and let it dry. The bottom butterfly was then sprayed with some of the Dusty Concord spray and I added pearls to the top one. My word, celebrate, is from a stamp set given to me as a gift (sorry, I cannot remember the company) and it is mounted into a Tim Holtz piece. Oh and I almost forgot a few feathers ... just because! I just love the paper and it's a lot more durable than the tissue paper I have used in the past. I think this would be a wonderful covering for a book or an altered piece of some sort! Well that is about it for me. I'm sorry to be so long winded but I wanted to share the supplies I used and how the look was achieved.
I hope you have a great day. It's snowing here again; they are predicting about 1 1/2 to 2" this round then a warm up back into the 60's. We will take it!!