Friday, 18 March 2016

Tag Card, May the Hand of A Friend, Female

I don't often put my 'make' right at the top of my blog entry...
Well, by 'don't often' I actually mean never.


I fell in love with this Penny Black sentiment as soon as I saw it on eBay.  I'm presuming it's an old stamp design  (never used, so yay!) and I wanted it to capture your attention.

After all...  if it's 'speaking' to me, it may 'speak' to you...


Tag You're It! have their new challenge starting today and it's my turn to share my DT creation with you all...  
(You did see it, didn't you)?

As much as I love making tags into cards, sometimes it's out of necessity.  I just couldn't see an application for this tag as a standalone attached to a gift, so instead it's been made into a CAS(ish) style card that I think works well as a 'thinking of you' card or just a simple 'note' card maybe?
What do you think?

Supplies Used:

Penny Black '... Near You'
Inkylicious 'Whispering Winds'

Papertrey Ink 'Library Card Tag'
Memory Box 'Grape Vine'
Memory Box 'Butterfly Heart'
Impression Obsession 'Tied Line'

Tim Holtz Distress Marker 'Tumbled Glass'
Tim Holtz Distress Marker 'Stormy Sky'
Tim Holtz Distress Marker 'Forest Moss'
Tim Holtz Distress Marker 'Peeled Paint'
Memento (Tsukineko) 'Bamboo Leaves'
Ranger 'Perfect Medium' Embossing Ink

Stampendous 'Detail Black' Embossing Powder
White Sequins
Glossy Black Card
Judikins Color Duster

Here's a quick rundown of how this card was made...

Scribble Distress Inks on to a stamping block, spritz with water and stamp onto watercolour card.
(Repeat until happy with the overall look).
Once dry, run it through a die cutting machine with the tag die AND cut an additional tag out of plain white cardstock.  
Glue the two tags together.
Stamp on the grass.
Leave to dry.
Stamp on the sentiment in clear ink, add embossing powder and heat set.
Cut 2 'Tied Line' dies to size, trim off the unwanted bow portion and glue into place.
Cut and attach butterflies (gluing centres only) so that the wings can be folded up a little.
Leave tag to one side to dry.
Cut 2 'Grape Vine' dies and glue into place.  (As so little of this die is actually visible, trim to size and keep the offcuts for another card or to decorate the inside).
Attach tag using foam pads.
Use stippling brushes and ink to add a slight 'grunge' feel to parts of the outer edge of the card.
Add sequins.

You can't tell from this photo, but the Grape Vine die has been cut from glossy black card to mirror the shine from the black embossed text.  I just couldn't get a good image with the shine showing, but I did manage to make full use of the natural daylight that produced some lovely shadows for me!

Challenges I'm Entering...

CAS Mix Up
(I've chosen to go with Stamping, Watercolouring and Die Cuts...
but I did sneek in a little stippling, too! )

Pixies Crafty Snippets Challenge
(Butterflies, frame and vine all cut from snippets)

Allsorts Challenge
(Spring Is In The Air)

Addicted to Stamps and More
(Photo challenge week - I took inspiration from the stamp)

City Crafter
(Week #303 'Make it Green')

Dragonfly Journeys
(Challenge #48 'Go Green')

Unicorn Challenge
(Challenge #7 'Clean and Simple")

Craft Rocket Challenges
(Challenge #11 'Anything Goes')

Some of you may have noticed that I haven't been blogging much lately.
Pretty much every cupboard and drawer in my house has had a major tidy and sort through...  and it's taken me months to complete.
This was not the result of a New Year's Resolution (I personally don't believe in those), but the fact that two whole room's have had to have a major overhaul.  One needed decorating and new furniture...  and the other simply had far too much 'stuff' in it.
So craft time has been pretty much non existent as of late...  except for sorting through my craft stuff and trying to tidy that up, too...
And then I decided that if I had come this far I may as well do the entire house...  so no cupboard or drawer has been spared!

Thankfully, I'm pretty much done now.
Except for the huge pile of stuff that needs to go to charity or to be sold.
But that's another story...

I would really encourage you to pop on over to the Tag You're It challenge blog and take a look at what my team mates have come up with based on my design.  I may well be biased...  but they've all knocked my socks off with their talent.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone...
...  and if you have the time, let me know if the stamp on my tag 'spoke' to you, too.

Take care...  and come and play along if you can...

Donna. x