Saturday, February 25, 2017

Layered gift tag


Hello, Erica back on the blog! Hey, hey, hello, how are we all doing today?

Today's project is a gift tag, something I don't make very often. I'm not sure why but it tends to be right at the back of my 'what to do today' list. To remedy that, I decided to make one and maybe find out why I'm so bad at making these.

I made my first mistake right away in that I stamped up some flowers, on copic friendly paper of course, without measuring how big a tag I was going to make. This I didn't even realise until after I had coloured the flowers (one of the flower stems from Grace's Happy Heart stamp set). Blah, right?

Well, onwards and upwards! I cut out a tag using a Pretty Pink Posh stitched tag die and then stamped up another few flowers on it and coloured those in too. I went quite pink for these flowers and vibrant green for the stems and leaves. Something I've started doing quite recently, being inspired by the wonderful Kathy Racoosin, is outlining the stamped images in a soft colour and adding lots of dots around them too. I think this frames the stamped image quite nicely without having to colour the entire piece of card stock. It also helps cover up any mistakes by softening the whiteness around the image.













Once all the flowers were coloured in and framed, I stamped the sweet sentiment 'for you' from the Beautiful Bloom-Sunflower stamp set in a soft pink colour.

The second layer of the tag was cut out with the same PPP tag die in a pink striped card stock. I think this one is from Lawn Fawn but don't hold me to that as I'm not 100% sure. On this piece, I stamped 'Love' from Splendid Roses stamp set's selection of sentiment in a darker pink. I didn't want to stamp this in black as I wanted to keep it quite soft and pretty looking. The black, I think, would have been too harsh against the pink striped card stock.













When I was happy with both pieces I layered them together before using a hole punch to cut out a hole. With some pink and white striped twine I tied them together and added a little bow as a final little touch.













Apart from making a mistake in the beginning, this wasn't that time-consuming and I think I will be much more likely to make more tags in the future. I hope I have inspired you to try making one too. All the Kennedy Grace Creations items I used for this tag are easily found by clicking on the links I have added.

The beautiful background I used for the pictures is called Whitewashed from PhotoBoards and if you want to treat yourself to one of them, I have a discount code you can use until the end of February  'Wintercraft' which will give you 10% off. They have really taken my photography to another level and I think it's our duty as crafty and creative people to share our finds and tips with each other. This could of course be branded as "enabling" too but I'm easily enabled by others (probably because I have very little willpower when it comes to denying myself fun things) so I'm going to do with "sharing is caring" instead.

Happy crafting from Erica


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