Sunday, 15 November 2015

GD for 12 Christmas Tags with Loll and Friends

Hi there!

Thank you for stopping by! As the title suggests, I have the pleasure of sharing a little Christmas tag with you as one of the invited designers for Loll's annual event Twelve Christmas Tags with Loll & Friends. 

GD for Twelve Tags of Christmas

I got very excited when I received the invite from Loll again this year. Last year I created a little winter wonderland on my tag and this time I thought I'd do something a bit more rustic looking. 

I started with collaging some real music (my other half is a musician and was about to throw it away! Sinner! I salvaged it :)) I added a doily onto my tag. white gesso and a dash of white Crackle Paste went over it, when dry I blasted it lightly with my heat gun which lifted the corners of the doily revealing the music sheet underneath it! What a lovely surprise I thought! I love happy accidents! :)

I distressed & sponged the edges and stamped using the Archival Potting Soil ink. The branch stamp is from the gorgeous Christmas stamp set by Clear Impressions. I added the gorgeous Shabby White frantage by Stampendous randomly around the edges to add interest to my background.

The flower is my own design, I simply drew a few petals of different sizes and irregular petals on some thicker vellum, dyed it using the Festive Berries, Barn Door, Peeled Paint for the greener leaves & let it dry. Once dried, I scrunched them up a bit on the tips, added Walnut Stain to the 'hills' and edges, covered in Clear Rock Candy crackle paint by Tim Holtz, glued together with some tacky glue & added the Gold Stickles by Ranger Ink to the centre of the flower. A few stamens & a string were added to add layers.

A little tip for you... if you want your string to be nice and stiff looking rather than floppy just add a little bit of the fabric stiffener by DecoArt & leave it to dry. I simply run my fingers over it with the stiffener and hand it high up to dry straight. Once dry, I lightly roll it up & store for when it's needed. You could dye your string in any colour and then use the stiffener, if you want it to coordinate with your project. I was happy to keep it white for now. Btw, when I say string, this is actually a thin crochet yarn. You can use the stiffener on any textile really. The rusted wire simply had to be added using a mini stapler. Love this stuff! I also added a little word sticker by Tim Holtz. I went over the sticker and the whole tag with the white Ink Edger by Prima.

Maybe one more tip.... the white flourishes on each side of the flower were also handmade using an air-drying clay & a silicon mould. If you dust you silicone mould with a little bit of corn starch, press your clay in, let it dry & remove. Paint with white gesso and sponge over raised areas using Potting Soil ink (or whatever you want). Lightly sand down any rough edges too.

I heat embossed my eyelet using the Vintage Photo EP by Tim Holt giving it the rusted look before applying it to my tag. The ribbon/seam was dyed using a combination of Peeled Paint & Evergreen Bough stains. Oh, and a dash of Crushed Olive, all by Tim Holtz. I hope I haven't forgotten anything. If you have any questions then leave a comment below... here's the finished tag...

I hope you like it! I had a great fun working on it.

I hope you can join Loll's challenge. You could win a voucher from STAMPlorations or Happy Little Stamper or even a wonderful stamp set designed by Deepti! Hop over to Loll's blog for more details!

Thank you for stopping by!

Ingrid xxx


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Sunday, 8 November 2015

MMW#9: Anything Goes & my Xmas Tag

Hi there!

I am back with a little Christmas tag made for our new challenge at the Mixed Media World. It's 'Anything Goes' this time round so I hope you can all relax and get creative. 

I have been working on a few things lately. I have altered a couple of things, I have been playing with my new Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolours by Kuretake. They are gorgeous! I haven't done any journaling for a while and I'm starting to have an itch. Have you got a new favourite craft toy or something you just fell in love with? I'm already compiling my Christmas list (nope, never too old to have a Christmas list, I like to be organised :).... and get what I want, heheheee...socks and pants are banned in our household!) and I think the new Mini Gelli Plates will be most definitely on it! Have you tried them yet? What are your thoughts? 

I also worked on a couple of commissions for one of my favourite magazines! That was fun, but it took some time to complete. It gets so dark very quickly here in the UK and if I'm super unlucky it rains as it is then dark all day!
Anyway, back to the challenge...