My favourite colour combination – Tag

Today I have something a little different to show you. I have created a tag to display in my craft room as a reminder to “Be Brave”, “Create” and “Enjoy” when I’m art journaling.

I’d like to thank Chrissie who inspired me to create this tag, because over at Tag Tuesday if you join in the fun you can enter a draw to win a fabulous owl that she has knitted (grin!). Well I really couldn’t pass up that opportunity as it is so adorable!

The current theme over at Tag Tuesday is “My Favourite Colour Combination”, so of course I choose two shades of blue as it’s my favourite colour along with black, white and some caramel accents to complement and bring out the blue tones.

I started by cutting a tag shape from some Design Pad paper by American Crafts, then I embossed white doily shapes and black butterflies onto the tag. I did this by stamping a Doily by Kaisercraft using Papermania embossing ink and applying white Stampendous embossing powder over the top. Then I shook the excess powder onto a piece of scrap paper and tapped the tag against the table to make sure I had removed any stray powder. Once the excess powder was safely returned to its container, I used a craft heat gun to melt the embossing powder. I swept the gun over the images, taking care not to direct the heat in one area for too long until the embossing powder melted into a glossy finish becoming smooth and dimensional. I repeated the same process for the butterflies using a stamp designed by Graphic 45 Hampton Art using black Versafine Ink and black Papermania embossing powder. Next I scribbled Boysenberry, Snow Cone and Caramel Faber-Castell Gelatos onto the tag and smudged the colour using my finger which I had dipped in water. Then I wiped the embossed images with kitchen paper to remove any excess gelato. I added a filigree leaf stamp by Crafter’s Companion using Danube Blue Memento Ink, a script stamp by Kaisercraft and a postage mark stamp by Hampton Art using black Archival Ink. To finish the background, I splattered black acrylic paint over the tag using a paintbrush.

The black flowers are felt fabric which I cut to fit and then glued onto the tag using a UHU glue pen. To make the tag more sturdy I cut out another tag shape from thick paper, slightly larger this time to create a border. I stained the edges of this paper with black Versafine Ink using a blending tool, edged both tags with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and then I stuck the two tags together using a UHU Stic. I punched a hole in the top of the tag and outlined it with the black Faber-Castell Big Brush Marker and I also added strips of black Glitterations stickers across the edge of where the two tags joined and also along the border to add more detail.

I added silver glitter details to the butterfly wings using Ranger Stickles and also some glittery hearts and blue round gems using Glossy Accents. The words are stamped onto a piece of design paper which I mounted on the leftover border paper, that I had stained with black ink, using a UHU Stic and then they are stuck to the tag using double-sided foam tape. I tied white organza, blue satin and black velvet ribbons through the tag which finished the tag beautifully.

As my tag has plenty of glitter and shine I’m also pleased to join the “Let it Shine” theme over at Try it on Tuesday. My good friend Gill likes elegance and grunge as much as me and I missed out on the tag fun when she was a guest designer over at Try it on Tuesday a couple of weeks ago, because, unfortunately, I just didn’t have the time. However this week I found that some rainy weather allowed me more time in my craft room so I got to work. I hope you like the result as much as me!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Faber-Castell Gelato (Boysenberry, Snow Cone, Caramel)
  • Dovecraft (Premium Embossing Ink DCBS62)
  • Tsukineko Versafine Ink (Onyx Black)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Tsukeniko Memento Ink (Danube Blue)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Stampendous Embossing Powder (Detail White Opaque)
  • Papermania Embossing Powder (Black PMA4021006)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Doily CS297, Script CS752)
  • Hampton Art Graphic 45 cling mounted rubber stamps (Tropical Travelogue ICO134)
  • Hampton Art 7 Gypsies Vintage cling mounted rubber stamps (Birdsong ICO151)
  • Crafter’s Companion Signature Collection by Sara Davies stamp set (Just for You – Butterfly Lullaby S-BL-ST-JUS)
  • Dovecraft Essentials Alphabet Stamp Set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • American Crafts Paper Pad (DIY Shop 366665)
  • The Works Design Pad (Classic Vintage CRO707/TW7, Vintage Experience CRO239/TW6)
  • Poundland (Felt Pads Black 117107)
  • Docrafts Glitterations (Black Borders ANT8181015)
  • Home Bargains Special Occasion (Mini Decorative Stickers 22740)
  • Hobbycraft Decorative Embellishments (Blue Round Gems 566538101)
  • Ribbon (White Organza, Blue Sation, Black Velvet)
  • Ranger Stickles (Silver)
  • UHU Stic and Glue Pen
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

40 thoughts on “My favourite colour combination – Tag

    • Thank you Chrissie! I don’t normally create tags and I was really surprised how many different materials I used 😀. Fingers crossed for the draw, if not no worries I really enjoyed making this tag and it’s now displayed on my craft room wall so I get to look at it every day 😁. Happy Friday and Weekend! J 😊


    • Thank you dear Susi! It now has pride of place in my craft room and looks so lovely, I’m really pleased with it 😀. Thanks again and you are very welcome, that’s such a lovely thing say 😁. Have a wonderful and happy weekend too! J 😊


  1. Oh gosh, once again I am entranced by your description of how you made your tag with these marvellous supplies. Embossing is a bit of a dark art to me, but I now see how you do it, and the gelatos sound tremendous fun. I would love to come over and use your supplies (but don’t worry I won’t). Your tag is terrific and well worthy of the knitted owl which is certainly an inducement. It is very wonderful, and I was intrigued to read that you used the gelatos over the tag after the embossing. I like the ribbons at the top and the black edging too, a great finish.

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    • Thanks very much! You are more than welcome to come over and play, I think we would have so much fun together 😀. As the embossing is slightly raised it acts as a relief to the gelato especially if you wet your finger to dilute and smudge the gelato colour. I was surprised how many different materials I had used on this tag, a lot more than some of the pages I’ve created 😁. Thanks again, it’s always nice chatting with you. Wishing you a lovely weekend! J 😊


  2. I love your colour choices Jo and all the beautiful embossing make it look so touchable. Our computers should have a touch mode in the future. The tag will look lovely on your wall and I do like the great words and sparkles you added, it will really shine as the light catches it.
    Thank you for joining us all over at Try it on Tuesdays and sharing your art with us.
    Yvonne xx

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    • Thank you! Wouldn’t that be fun, it would be lovely to touch those 3D elements 😀. You are right, it does shine as it catches the light now that it’s hung on the wall, it has pride of place above my craft desk. Wishing you a lovely weekend! J 😊


  3. Jo, your tag is fantastic with a fabulous background and colours, and I also love the silver glitter on the butterflies. Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday.
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Mar 🙂

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  4. You put SO much into your tag. I was truly impressed. I was also thrilled to read how you embossed the doily and the butterflies. I never seem to get all the excess powder off, no matter how hard I try. I’ve even tried using a dusting bag first, and it doesn’t help. Your embossing turned out fabulous. The tag is a real winner.

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    • Thanks very much! The embossing worked really well with the gelatos and I don’t worry about or do anything special to stop the embossing powder getting everywhere, whatever will be will be … lol 😉. Enjoy you weekend! J 😊


  5. Fantastic tag Jo. I think you used some wonderful colors. And I like even better the lace images on the background. Perfect for butterflies I think. 🙂 Happy weekend. Enjoy and I hope you do something fun you can share with us on T Day. :Hugs-Erika

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    • Thanks so much Erica! The embossing worked really well for the lace and butterflies and I’m glad you like the colours as much as me 😁. We are having a lazy day today as we had a busy end to the week and we have a fun packed day tomorrow if the weather permits …lol 😀. Enjoy your weekend too! J 😊


  6. hi jo,wow,your tag such amazing,love the butterflys and blue glitter,just georgus backround with the white lace,love love love this 🙂
    thank you for all your kind comments of my blog,iam so happy.
    wishing you a happy new week,dear jo 🙂


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    • Thanks so much dear Jenny! I’m glad you like it so much and the tag is already on display in my craft room, it’s such a joy to look! You are very welcome, I always enjoy visiting your blog 😀. Wishing you a happy week too! J 😊


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