Saturday, 15 June 2013

Step x Step - tag !

It's my turn to share a Step x Step today over at Frilly and Funkie and I've also decided to share it here too ! Now you may need your sunglasses for this one as I decided to play with the gorgeous Seasonal Distress Inks and if you've not used them yet, you really need to! The project I'm sharing is my tag from the current Frilly and Funkie challenge - Birds and Nests. You've still got plenty of time to enter this challenge too !

I've used one of the fabulous jumbo tags that Linda sells in The Funkie Junkie Boutique which I've drawn around on to some watercolour paper. I cut it out and trimmed it down so that it would sit on to the jumbo tag with a border.

Then I've rubbed Ripe Persimmon, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks onto my craft mat and spritzed them with water. I've pressed the watercolour tag onto the spritzed Distress Inks. The watercolour paper stands up to all the water really well and the colours blend together beautifully.

After the first dip in the inks, dry it off with you heat gun and then dip it again to create the 'splotches' of different colours.

Make sure your tag is completely dry at this stage as this will stop excess embossing powder sticking to your tag. I've used the Artistic Outpost Birds of a Feather stamp and Tim Holtz' embossing ink with white embossing powder. I also rubbed the embossing ink around the edge of the watercolour paper and sprinkle more embossing powder onto it to create a border.

I then used the pretty little border stamp from the same set and stamped around the edge using black Archival ink.

For the honeycomb stamping I've used the stamp from the Tim Holtz Mixed Media set. I've not used an acrylic block as I didn't want the stamping to be perfect.

The jumbo tag has been embossed using the Tim Holtz Texture Fade from the Bubble and Honeycomb set.  As the tag was larger than the embossing folder I've embossed one end the turned it around and embossed the other. You can just about make out the join in the above photograph, but as it's going to be the bottom layer it doesn't matter. I then blended all of the different Distress Inks that I used earlier over the tag and I also brushed a little Treasure Gold over it too.

When I mopped up the Distress Ink from the earlier stage, I kept the baby wipe I'd used and laid it out flat to dry. The fabric has a similar texture to felt when it's dry and as the colours are what I 've already used in the project they are co-ordinated too ! I've used the Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers strip die to cut the flowers with.

The flowers have been layered up and a little self adhesive pearl attached to the centre. The bird, nest and swirls have all been made using another piece of watercolour paper that's had the spritzed Distress Ink treatment. The swirl has been cut using the Tim Holtz Festive Greenery strip die.

The letters are cut from watercolour paper too using the Tim Holtz Vintage Market strip die and I've drawn around the edge of each letter using the Picket Fence Distress Marker. To finish, I added a piece of the beautiful lace that Linda sells in The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I hope you've enjoyed today's Step x Step !

I'm off to visit the Artist Trading Post's new shop today so no doubt some little bits and pieces will leap into my hands !

Have a fun and crafty week end !


  1. Sue this is gorgeous, I love the babywipe flowers! What a lovely tag.

  2. fabulous - what an ingenious idea to use the baby wipe for the flowers. perfect colour matching.

  3. What a wonderful project Sue and thanks for sharing the how to. Love the use of the dried baby wipe. Very inspiring.

    Have a great weekend

    Annie x

  4. Fantastic tag Sue and a really brilliant step x step. I love your use of the babywipe, really ingenious.
    Big Hugs

  5. a really great stepXstep
    xx hugs trace x

  6. Just left some love at F&F - suffice it to say: wow, wow, and wow!
    Alison xx

  7. Amazingly beautiful. Thank-you for fabulous tutorial. As well as keep all the paper shreds now I will be stockpiling used babywipes - fab idea! Nicola x

  8. The colours on this tag are absolutely stunning Sue. I love, really love the design too. Michelle x


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