Sunday 12 August 2012

12 Tags of 2012 - August

I was at my monthly crop yesterday having fun with the girls and believe it or not I actually managed to get started on my August tag!  I say believe it or not as those of you that go to a crop will know that much time is spent chatting, admiring each others latest projects or newest additions to our stash..... oh, and now and again we get down to some crafting!! :-)  I have been itching to start my tag since I immediately had something in mind when I saw Tim's tag and read he had been inspired by his trip to the Magic Kingdom - so from one Disney Princess to another.......

I know my tag is a whole lot brighter than Tim's tag but I think I had to go dotty for Minnie!  Here is a quick run down of what I did.

I did not have either the frame stamp or embossing folder so it was the perfect opportunity to try the paint resist technique again with a dotty embossing mask.  Because it was a mask I couldn't swipe the paint onto the spots as the emboss wasn't deep enough so I opted to dot the paint onto the tag instead and I used a border punch to shape the bottom of my tag.

Way back on the April tag I had used a chipboard Kay and Co frame to make an embossed frame for my love birds and I still had it stashed away.  I couldn't use it all as it was a little large so I cut off some of the swirls and used a smaller circle frame ready for my Minnie Mouse silhouette.  

I coloured it black using Ranger Distress Black Soot embossing powder and it came out fab!  I didn't scratch off any of the crystals as I liked the look of it without doing that.

Now my paint was dry enough to add Fired Brick Distress Ink and Black soot around the edges.  Then, just as Tim did, I gently wiped my raised dots to remove the ink from the paint resist.

As I began to put this together there were a couple of things I wasn't quite happy with but I wasn't sure exactly what they were exactly (you know the feeling I am sure!).  Here is my Minnie silhouette.  I opted to leave her bow red as it looked very odd all black!

Then I made more of the elements for the tag.  I cut out black and white flowers from the two smallest Tattered Florals die and some of the Elegant Flourishes in green.  I doodled on the black flowers with a white pen and then used Distress Crackle Paint on them (it made them look a bit like grunge paper).  I made a paper rose and added crackle to it also.  I gathered some charms together and used my pro marker to turn the diamond into a ruby on my trombone clip and to add some mini polka dots to a pearl drop.

Here is where I got to at the crop - told you lots of chatting, coffee drinking, the odd biscuit or three and it was time to go home and watch Mo Farrah and Mr Bolt do their thing at the Olympics.  I can't believe it is almost over - The Olympics that is not my tag!!

And here is my Minnie Mouse August tag - finished.  As you can see I have added some things!  There were three things I wasn't quite happy with.  Minnie needed to be the same texture as the frame so she was distress embossed, a couple of colour coordinated jewels for her necklace and glossy accents on her bow.  The rose I made was too white so I made another one!  I also toned down the silhouette background and the bottom of the tag as they were a bit too pristine - and it did the trick!

A close up of the floral arrangement.......

........and a close up of the beautiful Minnie - can you see that my glossy accents still isn't dry?! :-D

Another great tag from Tim.  Follow this link to see where Tim's fabulous inspiration leads!  And a big big thank you to everyone that pops by to leave a comment.....and of course a BIG BIG thank you to Tim and Mario for picking me as one of last months lucky prize winners - I am just about calm again after the excitement of winning!  Nothing like a good calming crafting work out!


  1. Hi Helen - LOVE this funky take on the tag, the bright colours and all the dotty details!

  2. Brilliant - love the subject and all those polka dots including the fabulous flower and the colours are perfect.

  3. Brilliatt tag with so many terrific things on it. Thank you for showing how you made it. I never thought to use an embossing folder on tags

    Love Chrissie xx

  4. Such a great Tag. Tim will love it with the mouse theme! So cool. I love Minnie's bow and the great flowers with the polka dots.

  5. This is a brilliant idea and execution,, Helen. My family and I love Disney World too. Blessings!

  6. Super creation gorgeous colours and techniques x


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