Monday, 30 July 2012

12 Tags of 2012 : July

Hi crafty friends.........hope you are all well and inky !!. I certainly am !!. Here I am at 'the cow's tail' submitting my take on  Tim's tag for July.  ( phew !!)  No matter how hard I try to be organised these days  I just don't seem to be on time !!!. "Better late than never as they say" x

 I had great fun with the techniques Tim used, particularly alcohol inks and a straw, as I did not have an air can. I also found that blowing from directly above the alcohol ink enabled me to achieve more coverage.  Really fun technique....Thanks Tim :-)   I cut out my  alcohol inked piece using a sizzix bigz tag die then folded it to make a pouch, where I could hide a sentiment. I used the distressing tool around the edges and inked with a mix of vintage photo and walnut stain DI's. I used a velcro dot as a fastener, placing a cog over the hole of the tag. 

My main tag was 'smooshed' in various layers of distress ink placed on my craft mat and sprayed with water, drying each layer with a heat tool, as advised by Tim. ( Inks used were vintage photo, mowed lawn and picked raspberry)  I then used stamps from Stamper's Anonymous Classic Favourites, creating further dimension using same DI colours.

I also ran the edges of the tag through the  Picked raspberry DI on my craft mat, creating a  nice coloured edge, adding walnut stain to give more definition once dry.

The pouch was  then adhered to the main tag as well as an Ornate Plate.  

I also used the same DI's on the ribbon, layering colour but drying in between, which gave a tie dye appearance as you can see in the photograph. 

                      A small tag was die cut and sanded then edges were distressed as per Tim's design. Once again I stamped with Stamper's Anonymous Classic favourites using Archival Ink. Idea-ology embellishments ( Philosophy Tags and a Game Spinner)  were added to complete the look.
I am also entering this tag in Simons Says Stamp and Show Challenge this week. The challenge is 'What do you say ?'.

I hear two hungry cats eeking !!! so I better go and see what they doubt some food !!
(They are both so fussy about their food these days..........any advice on how to manage this would be helpful x )

Take care and thanks for dropping in. Your comments are welcome and I will always try to get back to you.

Crafty Hugs

Annie xx


  1. Loving your awesome tag. x

  2. fabulous tag.. love the little pocket and the eyes peeking from the plate ..
    Our cat is lucky to get any food as the dog eats it!! so she eats whatever we put down just in case lol
    Lisa x

  3. This is just so fab Annie. i just couldn't get the straw to work(as I didn't have a can either). Mine just would not spray around. You have done a fantastic job
    x catherine

  4. This is beautiful! LOVE the way you've folded your tag and the colors are amazing! :)

  5. WOW, this is so creative! Love everything about it. Great idea for the pouch and I love the eyes in the ornate frame.

  6. This is fabulous Annie, I cant stop looking at those eyes.
    Kevin xx

  7. Such a gorgeous piece Annie! Love all the details and particularly the flap which comes down and reveals the wonderful sentiment. I really like the effect you've achieve with your straw. I don't do the Tim Tags simply because there's so much else to do but this is a great take on his latest.

  8. oh wow this is one brilliant tag Hun love all the elements you have added to this and the detail is just brilliant hugs Cherylxxxxxx

  9. Wow Annie, love your take on Tim's Tag! So cool how you've made the envelop to hide the sentiment. And I love those eyes behind the ornate plate Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

  10. Hi Annie, you did a much better job huffing and puffing than I did on mind, you must have brilliant lungs! lol. Love your tag, so clever to have a pocket with the sentiment in and loving those eyes, they are like one of those pictures where the eyes follow you it lots. Crafty hugs, Anne x

  11. Unbelievable tag Annie. The visuals are so intense and the textures just pop right out. Incredible job with this! :)
    As for a cat dogs?? LOL!

  12. How Absolutely Fabulous is this Tag. The colours and the way it has all come to-gether is one of the best I have seen. Those eyes really are Spectacular. Hugs from a Hugely Proud Mum xxxxxx

  13. Fabulous tag Annie.
    Really really beautifull

    Greetings Janny

  14. Beautiful tag Annie. Those eyes are so haunting & great colour scheme & very clever construction. Thank you for your kind comments. Sx

  15. Talk about saving the best till last Annie! This is gorgeous, I love your colour scheme, the envelope concealing the sentiment is wonderful and I love the haunting eyes too. Absolutely gorgeous xx

  16. Annie this is wonderful what stunning work Hugs Elaine

  17. Hi Annie! So glad you made in under the wire! The design of this tag is brilliant! Love the little pocket tag opening up...who knew?!? Now I will have to try. You are a mound of inspiration here. Love your lady eyes peering out as well, and your AO ink looks great. Fab it!

  18. Really like the pocket... very creative!


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