It's Tag You're It Friday time again, people...
and that can only mean one thing. A new challenge to create a tag based on the inspiration of our Featured Artist.
I hadn't made a small tag for quite a while, so I took the opportunity on this challenge to do just that.
How small is it? Well, it's not tiny. About 7.5cm. That's about the size of an apple or small orange - wouldn't you say? It's easily less than half the size of some of the tags I've made lately, but then I like that as the sentiment I've used ties in quite well.
Now, for those of you that know me... please do not adjust your monitors. You really are looking at a black butterfly!
Yes, I know. Pick yourselves up off the floor.
I'll show you our Featured Artist's tag and you'll soon see why I've chosen to do this...
Melissa has created such a sweet double tag, don't you think?
Pretty colours. Dotty background. Black focal sentiment.
I took the curve at the top and simply followed it right round - that's how I got the circle shape idea for my tag... and I stuck quite closely to the colour scheme and also used flowers and leaves.
See how my flowers are quite dotty - like the back tag on Melissa's design? I've even used three shades of pink!
I snuck in a bigger sentiment than the word 'smile', dropped the ribbon and made my black focal image a butterfly. It's 'artistic license' as Melissa hasn't used one... but my butterfly serves a secondary purpose that does still tie in. You see, by taking a hole punch to it and threaded it on it's effectively now the smaller of two tags - making it a double tag, just like Melissa's.
(Don't you just love it when a plan comes together).
To stamp the leaves on this tag, I used the MISTI.
Because although it might not seem obvious, I've actually used two colours.
The first 'layer' was stamped using Antique Linen Distress Ink. Then I went back over with a second layer, using a Tsukineko/Memento 'Bamboo Leaves' Marker and lightly misting before stamping.
Now before I stop to give you my list of supplies used...
How's your week been?
I've been ill in bed with a heavy cold most of the week. My Steamer Cup, Olbas Oil and Balm Tissues have been my best friends... and they still are as I'm only just 'on the mend' and haven't crafted all week - except for a very brief mess around with some die cuts that I may use in a future design.
So if I normally stop by and leave a comment on your blog... I haven't forgotten you - I promise I haven't.
I'm hoping to catch up with you all over the course of this weekend... and then maybe I can make a start on playing along with some challenges from Monday onwards.
That's my plan, anyway. x
Memory Box 'Snow Globe' - Large
Holtz/Sizzix Butterfly - Large
Penny Black 'Nature's Gifts'
Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous 'It's The Little Things...'
Ranger 'Perfect Medium'
Holtz/Distress 'Picked Raspberry'
VersaCraft 'Cherry Pink'
Tsukineko/Memento 'Rose Bud'
Holtz/Distress 'Mustard Seed'
Holtz/Distress 'Antique Linen'
Tsukineko/Memento 'Bamboo Leaves'
Ranger 'Liquid Platinum'
Flower Beads from stash
Challenges I'm Entering...
Pixies Crafty Snippets Challenge
(I had hoped to create something especially for this challenge, but as I've been unwell and didn't want to miss out I'm sharing my NBUS tag instead. Both stamps used are from my NBUS collection).
W2CB #32 'A Single Step'
The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. ~~ Lao-Tzu
(I think that learning to appreciate the little things in life is just as important as celebrating the big milestones... and a journey worth taking.)
SOS #267 'Learn Something New'
(I had been watching YouTube video's where they share stamping an image lightly in Antique Linen before using watercolours - to create a no line effect. I wanted to see what would happen using the same principal just for stamping, so did one layer of leaves in Antique Linen Ink before using a Green Marker Pen and Misting for the second layer. Result? Slightly mottled, gentler image than just stamping with the marker pen, and the Antique Linen does peep through in places).
Challenge #163 'Anything Goes + A Sentiment'
Challenge #130 'Not A Square'
I'm off to get a drink of water before I link up my tag to these challenges... then I think I'm back to bed for a bit with my hot water bottle. 'Moosey' (My hot water bottle cover is a moose. Much loved and another of my firm friends when I'm not well) will be calling for me soon, I think!
Have a lovely weekend, and take good care of yourselves...