Monday, 14 May 2012

12 Tags of 2012 - May

Tim has posted his May tag and I couldn't resist making my version even though I am busy with class preparations and working on my website.  I shouldn't have but it was too too tempting to have a go at making porcelain flowers!  Fab techniques this month but as usual I had to adapt things to suit what I had and what I did not.  That is the beauty of Tim's challenge to create a tag inspired by his design and the techniques he uses to make them.


I didn't have the stamps that Tim used so I came up with an alternative that I was really pleased with.   I started out by using mat medium to adhere my pattern tissue to an A4 card wrinkling the tissue slightly as Tim did.  Once it was dry I printed my sewing images onto the A4 card.  It took me a while to work out where I needed things to be  but I was pleased with the end result.  I think I will use this technique again.  I cut out my tag from the A4 card and I distressed and inked my edges using Frayed Burlap.


 I coloured some of Tim's frilly lavish trimming with Sea Glass distress ink and cut it in two.  It was my last piece so I wanted to make it go further!  I also coloured my tape measure ribbon with the sea glass and then attached all my ribbons, tape and ric rac to the bottom of my tag.


I wanted to use lots of sewing bits an pieces on my tag so I printed off some old cotton reel labels and some needle packaging I found on the internet.  I inked the cotton reel labels and embossed around the edges of them to give them a button shape before sticking them on my tag.  I cut out distressed and inked the edges of the Needle packet before attaching it to the left side of my tag.  I had a dungaree fastening from one of my boys in my bits and pieces box and thought it would make a nice addition to the top of the tag.


Then I had a ton of fun making porcelain flowers.  I have never done this before and I do not have a melting pot so I adapted!!  I rubbed the flowers with my perfect medium pad to get my first layer of embossing powder to stick and then kept dipping the hot flowers into the embossing powder until I had the desired effect.  It worked very well and I love the result.  I will definitely be doing this again.  I didn't have a cotton reel to sand the back off but I did have an old thread card so I wrapped that with a bit of red thread to use as my flower vase.


I dyed some american seam binding with tumbled glass distress ink and a touch of barn door distress ink too.  I tied this and another bit of ric rac to my dungaree fastener.  I did some red kiss stitches and sewed on three large eyes (hook and eye fasteners).  It was at this point that I realised I had not done any stamping on my tag so I decided to stamp a quote.  It was a bit scary as I had almost finished at this point and the last thing I needed was a dodgy stamp image!  I confess to having to go over the image in places with a black pen :-)

I coloured my coat hanger and charms with a black pro marker as they looked a bit bright and I think that it worked quite well.  Here are a couple of close ups for the details.



15 comments:

  1. Gorgeous, gorgeous tag!! I love all the little details you put into it--just really amazing!!

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  2. Fabulous!!! Love all the little details!!!

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  3. I love this tag. Everything works well together. Some of the touches, like the hook and eye fasteners, work so well in the composition. Great tag!

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  4. sorry, i'm only now replying, it's been a long week...
    many thanks for dropping by and leaving a note last WOYWW - it's much appreciated :)
    and this tag is stunning - i love seeing it come together!!

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  5. Love this tag. I like the way you used assorted sewing accessories for a unique tag!

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  6. This is a cool tag. I love the background you made and love the use of the fasteners, and those other clips! Cool flowers too.

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  7. Thank you for your comment on my May 2012 Tim Holtz tag... you are so nice!

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  8. This is a beauty! I love the image you used! Great job improvising. So retro! Love it!

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  9. wow so wonderful tag
    hugs Pia

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  10. I love all your embellishments!

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  11. Great tag - love all your 'bits & pieces', and a great quote!

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  12. Love your tag! The red stitching really pulls it all together.

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  13. WoW! What a nice vintage collection you used on your tag! I love it!

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  14. I love all the detailing in your tag. Your ephemera and vintage notion collection is awesome. Blessings!

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