Monday, April 9, 2012

12 Tags of 2012 - April

I had a lot of fun creating my April tag for the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2012.

This tag was a bit of a challenge in a couple of ways for me. I need to watch more of Tim's videos regarding how he blends inks. When he blends colors they all look so pretty and bright. When I blend colors I tend to get shades of mud. My other challenge was trying to include thrifted elements in the design.

I began by die cutting a tag using the Sizzix Tag & Bookplates die. I used the Fancy Frame Texture Fades to create the embossed pattern in the background. Next, I applied several colors of Distress Inks.

I die cut the bird and branch out of Grungeboard using the Bird Branch die. I trimmed off the bird and inked it separately. I glued the branch to the tag and then used pop-dots beneath the bird to raise it above the branch.
The leaves on the branches are vintage floral leaves that I had thrifted. I used Distress Ink on them to make them look a bit more weathered.
To create the title, I printed the word "Spring" on cardstock then die cut it with the Tattered Banner die. I inked it, folded it and used pop-dots again to give it dimension.
As a final detail I used a thrifted chain, a Trinket Pin and a thrifted amethyst bead as a decorative touch.

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  1. I really like it - especially the little bird. Nice little touches of lilac too.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  2. Such a great tag. I love that you saved and used them for your tag. They add a great look. He is an adorable bird! Great backround and fun use of a banner!

  3. Wonderful - absolutely wonderful!!!!!


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