Thursday, 2 May 2013

Tim's May tag

Sorry it's been quiet on here recently! My excuse? Why, I have been away again...a trip to the west country, Devon to be precise.

And so it is a new month & a new tag from Tim. As is so often the case, I had hardly any of the necessary ingredients so I have been up to my usual improvising tricks.

My tag has no rub-ons, instead I stamped in archival and then used an embossing ink pen to go over/around the images & added clear embossing powder. This was to try and give me the "white edge" look. Amazingly enough the pen still worked despite having sat unloved for about 4 years!

I have swiped the card though Distress inks (weathered wood, salty ocean, broken china, fired brick,peeled paint) the edge has then been further coloured with a little more Peeled Paint.
I then did some more stamping in Archival black: TH Top Hats, crown, flourish & words are from the "love" definition. The black stars are from a set of Hero Arts tiny stars, the graph & the cog are from Paper Artsy Hot Picks Xtra 01, the butterfly image is a Clear Choice Stamps mini set- the diamond pattern is from Stampers Anonymous & the G,2,13 & May are random stamps from my stash. I have used a film strip stamp from Hobbycraft to make the film strip on the left hand side.

The ribbon has been coloured with the leftover inks, the round tag at the side has got Chit-Chat stickers added & slightly coloured with antique linen DI, I have added a word band to finish it off.

I then decided to have a go at using some rub-ons that have been lurking in a drawer for quite a few years, I think I bought them the first or second year that we started going over to the USA to visit the grandchildren - Emily has just celebrated her 10th birthday and we first saw her aged 6 months!!!

So I have used the same colours and most of the same stamps plus I have used some rub-ons: braces, pen, spectacles & half a briefcase (it was quite large) the metal edged circular tag has been coloured with alcohol inks & the Chit Chat lightly coloured with Weathered Wood DI.
This is going to find its way onto a birthday card shortly!

I am posting the backgrounds that I made before I started over stamping as well as the finished items.

Hope you like the results.


  1. gorgeous tag! really unique.. so much details!

  2. Fabulous tag, love your backgrounds.
    Yvonne x

  3. Oh well done, these are really good. I have some rub ons somewhere, buried deep under a pile of other stuff no doubt, must try this one.

  4. Really like the background colour effect on your second tag - beautiful. Love the men in their top hats too. Very dapper.

  5. I really like the vibrant blue you've got - is that Salty Ocean? Glad I am not the only who has ancient rub-ons they are using up!

  6. thanks for sharing the two-step pics of your beautiful tags.
    ~ Terry ~

  7. WOWzers! What a stunning background and all the many images you've improvised with are fantastic! I love the eyeglasses...original and creatively awesome! Fantastic take!

  8. I really love these, Sally - especially the second one (fabulous inky background). Your improvised embossing for the rub-ons is so clever, and the ancient transfers were well worth resurrecting... delicious!
    Alison x

  9. What a neat improvisation Sally. I love how you created your faux rub-ons. Gorgeous.