Friday, March 21, 2014

Capture Life's Moments Tag

I swear, I sat down at my work table today determined to make a dent in the mess. But what do you do when your mess is so full of cool and inspiring stuff? Well, if you're me, you forget about cleaning and put it all together to make a pretty tag!

My inspiration was a tag I'd made a couple weeks ago. I was experimenting with Wendy Vecchi's beautiful Archival Ink technique and decided to try it on some of Tim Holtz's new Motif Resist paper. I haven't seen many people using it yet, and let me tell you, it's pretty amazing stuff!

I used Tim's Tag and Bookplates die to cut a tag from the resist paper, and then smooshed a couple of Wendy's ink pads on a non-stick craft sheet, added a bit of alcohol, and drug the tag through the ink. You don't get quite the watercolor-y effect as doing the technique on Ranger's Specialty Stamping paper, but I still love the look! I thought the beautiful lady from Tim's new Daydream set would be perfect with the colors, so I stamped it using Watering Can ink.

Since the hole in the tag would have messed up the face, I had to stamp it a bit lower on the tag, leaving a gap. I covered it with Tissue Tape and some of the new Industrious Trim. After I was done, I thought it still needed something, so I cut a piece of chipboard using the Pediments die and painted it with Picket Fence Distress Crackle paint. After I adhered it, I thought it looked like she was wearing a crown!

Another thing I came across while I was cleaning was this branch I had cut from aluminum flashing when I first got the Garden Greens die. The metal looked too flat, so I dabbed it with a combination of Slate, Silver, and Picket Fence alcohol inks. I love the tarnished effect the inks gave it! To finish off the tag, I painted the frame with Dusty Concord Distress paint, swiping over it with Picket Fence paint. I added a word band, and some flowers that I covered with Rock Candy Dry Glitter. I also added a bit of cheesecloth under the frame to give the tag a bit more texture.

Most of the supplies I used can be found at Inspiration Emporium via the links below. Remember to use my coupon code - stamptramp - to save 10% on your order!

Inspiration Emporium also has a fun challenge going on this month. You can read all about it HERE. Hope you decide to play along.

Thanks so much for stopping by - have a wonderful and creative weekend!


  1. Wonderful tag! You were inspired. Love the flashing leaf.

  2. Love your tag, Shelly. Your work is always outstanding!

  3. Beautiful tag! Love that stamp and how you added the pediments. Clever use of the two.

  4. Lovely tag Shelly, the colours are glorious. I love the focal image and you have embellished beautifully . Tracy x

  5. Stunning Shelly!!! The colors are amazing. Can't wait to try the new paper! Love the pediment at the top. Just a fabulous tag. -- Mary Elizabeth

  6. This tag is beautiful Shelly, I love all the embellishments you used and her face looks so serene!! Well done!

  7. It's a Gorgeous tag Shelly!! TFS!

  8. Simply fabulous! I appreciated following your steps....sure are a lot of them!

  9. That is so beautiful.


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