Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tag Swap

I know, just when you thought I must have thrown out all my stamps, I make a stamping post. Well, I would NEVER get rid of my stamps unless I absolutely had to!

A couple of weeks ago, Jana,
(2WorldsWings) decided to do a 12 person tag swap which I was lucky enough to participate in! The rules... make 12 tags with at least 2 designs on it and send it in by the 23rd of July. So I got crackin'!

I used the Avery Shipping Tags with the reinforced Hole (4 3/4 x 2 3/8) in the manilla color for my tags.

The two stamps I used were
Lady in Repose from Rubber Stampede and Grid Pattern from Hero Arts. I stamped the lady first, a little towards the right side. Next, I cut a simple square rectangular mask to cover her while I stamped the second stamp to cover the background. After making 12 of these, I added a little label on the back stating the stamps I used. Finally, I made an information tag with my information using the large tag from the McGill Multi Tags punch. I went ahead and inked around the edges with Tim HoltzVintage Photo distress ink. Then using the same ink, I stamped half the butterfly from Inkadinkado's Nostalgia.
After completing a tag for the Hostess, I took a picture of what I had done and made up a contact sheet of the photo. Then I took a 3/4 in. punch and punched it out and affixed it to the other side of the tag. Pretty cute!!

And, here they are... all 12 plus the Hostess tag. This is probably one of the first things I've stamped in over a month and it was so much fun. Lately, I've been taking some classes and beefing up my knowledge of Photoshop and digital scrapbooking. I'll be posting some of the fun things I've been working on from that world next.

The finished tag. In case you wanted information about it. I colored in random squares of the grid with various soft pastel markers. The heart edge was made using Martha Stewart's Looped Hearts punch (tricky!!) It was a bit of an after thought too as you can see by the center section that ISN'T punched but has a designer paper strip!! Looks planned though and that is what crafting is all about right?? I used chalk for the colors of her hair, cheeks, lips and eyelids so I would get a really soft effect. Over the whole Woman in Repose stamp, I used Crackle Crystal Effects so I would look like cracked glass over a really old picture. The two flowers on the lower left corner were made using the Sizzix Die 3-D flowers. It was the first time I had the die out of the package and it was really easy to use with elegant results. Then I went over the scrollwork on the Grid stamp with green marker in 3 shades to make it seem more leaf like. On the top right corner is one of Tim Holtz Ideaology Antique Corners. I replaced the simple thread on the top with satin ribbon in light pink, green and white. All I can say is, I should have made 2!!

**Remember, when you make one for someone else, make one for yourself too. It's easier to do AT THE SAME TIME rather than trying to remember what you did to achieve the results**

Thanks for taking a peek today and I'll have more up soon!


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