Wednesday 2 July 2014

Tag - you're Blu!

I'm a bit tag challenged - they never seem to work out quite right for me and I find photographing them difficult too! But in the spirit of doing things we find hard by way of learning, I thought I'd play along with this month's Indigo Blu challenge which is Tag -You're It!

I decided to throw a new technique into the mix to make sure I really was playing the learning game - I've never done Polished Stone so I had a go at that. I don't have any metallic reinker but I found that just dabbing a Dew Drop pad onto the card a few times worked fine - the alcohol spreads it out so you don't see the shape in any case. I added a little Funky Fucshia Dylusions to my cotton ball after the first pass and added that just to the lower part of the cardstock and then die cut the tag.

Now my problems started! I stamped the Stylised Flowers in Brilliance ink and took half the surface of the paper off when I lifted the stamp - eek! I liked the look of the background enough to persevere though so I decided to use a fine brush and black acrylic paint to go over the image and give it a slighty more "hand painted" look. I added white dots with a Posca pen and also went down the sides of the stalks.

No idea why I then decided to do more stamping but this time it worked fine - maybe the surface was just a bit tacky when I stamped the flowers (I'm not noted for my patience at the craft table!). I stamped around the edges in silver with the flourish stamp and then the grasses along the base in black.

I added a rub-on word, a button and some organza ribbon for a fairly simple treatment at the top (finishing the top of a tag is always one of my issues - whatever I do, it never looks right to me!). The button was originally gold so I painted it black and gave it the Rub n Buff treatment to fit the colour scheme.

Stamps (all Indigo Blu):
Stylised Flowers
Nature 1
Vintage Flourish

Brilliance Graphite Black and Starlight Silver
Reinker: Distress Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean
Dylusions Funky Fucshia

Paper: glossy white

Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs Words
Sizzix/Tim Holtz Tag Collection dies
White Posca pen
Upholstery button
Black acrylic paint
Rub n Buff - Silver Leaf
Organza ribbon
Isopropyl alcohol

Thanks for stopping by!


Kath said...

Wow! For someone who reckons they can't make tags !!!!........... I think that is brilliant! I love the colours as well.

Kathy said...

It looks great Joanne - and your perseverance is admirable ;) especially as it all worked out so well in the end. I struggle with tags big time!

Scrapmate said...

It's a fab tag. I can understand your frustration when the ink lifted off. I have the same problem with alcohol inks and Stazon.

CraftyJo said...

Worth persevering I reckon ;) It's lovely.

Kaz said...

It's beautiful Joanne xxx

Anonymous said...

A beautiful tag with gorgeous colours Joanne. Waiting for things to dry does test the patience levels a tad but you persevered and came through with flying colours!

Helen J said...

Beautiful tag, definitely worth having persevered with it!

Jan☺ said...

really lovely
you do not look tag challenged at all to me!

Unknown said...

It's a great tag, thanks for sharing with the IndigoNlu Tag Challenge
P xx

Nikki K said...

Hi Joanne, definitely not tag challenged! Fab tag, love the ribbon attached to the back by the button instead of through a hole, I wouldn't of thought of it. . !
Thanks for joining us at Indigoblu this month.
Nikki K.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Tag, love the background and how you accented the dandelion heads with white pen.. neat effect, thanks for joining in with the Indigoblu challenge this month Sarah x

Anonymous said...

What a lovely effect, a fabulous tag. I can understand completely about lack of pateince in the craft room. I suffer from that too! x

Hazel said...

Love the colours - and the postcard shown under this x

Linda said...

So glad you stuck with it Joanne .... this is fabulous! Love the colours of the background and the white highlights really make the design pop! Thanks for joining in with the IndigoBlu Challenge and good luck! Linda xx

Clare with paint in her hair said...

Love your tag!

Thanks for joining in the IndigoBlu Tag challenge!


Unknown said...

A great tag, thank you for joining in our Indigoblu challenge, Laura x x