Today at A Vintage Journey it is Tag Friday, which takes place only when there is a fifth Friday in the month; it’s all about creating something you love so there is no particular theme, it’s time to play, experiment and have fun – it would be great to see you there!
I had lots of fun creating a Mixed Media tag for my tag journal and this time I was inspired by the butterflies that have been visiting our garden recently, so I captured both a Painted Lady and a Peacock butterfly on this double-sided tag.
To start, I used a large grid design Poster Card by Tim Holtz to create the tag by cutting off two of the corners to make a tag shape and punching a hole using my Crop-A-Dile machine. I used Distress Ink to colour each side of the tag by stamping the ink pad onto a blending mat, spritzing with water and pressing the tag onto the mat. I used Salty Ocean Distress Ink on the blue side of the tag and then Fired Brick on the red side of the tag.
For the blue tag, I stamped Sheet Music from Woodware using black Archival Ink, added some white gesso with my finger and then stamped the branches from Kaisercraft using black Archival Ink again. I also stamped a lot of butterflies using a Docrafts stamp with Teal Zeal Memento Ink. Next I added some mini white flowers and a Painted Lady butterfly that I had fussy cut from an old book, and stuck into place using double-sided tape.
For the red-side of the tag, I stamped some letters from Tim Holtz using the black Archival Ink, added some white gesso with my finger and stamped a round ornate design from the same Kaisercraft stamp set with the black Archival Ink. I added two stems of flowers which are from a Botanical Layers set by Tim Holtz and then I fussy cut a Peacock butterfly and stuck it in place.
I chose some wording that I thought was appropriate for the butterflies that I saw in our garden, all of which are from Tim Holtz and edged using a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker; the “Butterflies” wording is from a Salvage Sticker set and “A memory to hold”, “beauty and grace”, “happiness” and “in the garden” are Clipping Stickers. Both sides of the tag are edged using Black Soot Distress Ink and a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker.
To finish, I added an eyelet with my Crop-A-Dile machine which reinforced the hole as I’m using a book ring to secure all of my Tag Journal tags together when they are finished.
For more Tag Friday inspiration, please pop over to A Vintage Journey where you’ll find some amazing tags created by my fellow Creative Guides. I hope you are inspired to join us as I’m so looking forward to seeing your tag designs!
The purple flowers were popular in our garden this year and we had so many Painted Lady butterflies on our lavender …
… as well as this beautiful Peacock butterfly (grin!).
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 double-sided tag:
- Tim Holtz idea-ology (Pocket Cards #TH93208)
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Salty Ocean, Fired Brick, Black Soot)
- Woodware Craft Collection Clear Magic Singles (Sheet Music JGS111)
- Kaisercraft Clear Stamps (Magnolia Grove CS822)
- Tim Holtz Collection Stampers Anonymous (Documented CMS226)
- Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
- Docrafts Papermania Mini Clear Stamp (Everyday Assortment PMA907003)
- Tsukineko Memento Ink (Teal Zeal)
- Pébéo White Gesso
- Home Bargains Special Occasion (Mini Decorative Stickers 22740)
- The Illustrated Book of Nature – Painted Lady Butterfly
- Tim Holtz idea-ology (Layers – Botanical #TH93554, Salvage Stickers – Crowded Attic #TH92898, Clipping Stickers #TH93583)
- Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
- The Fruit Pixie (Collectors Cards – Peacock Butterfly)
- Pritt Stick
- Stix2 double-sided tape
- American Crafts We r Memory Keepers (Crop-A-Dile and Standard Eyelets 41582-4)