12 tags of 2014 – april…


i love the shabby color palette of these vintage looking tea roses against the bold patterned design of the background.  this nostalgic floral accent is the perfect compliment for the new frameworks dies, and the inspiration for this month’s tag.  now you may remember the first time i shared these flowers from that august 12 tags of 2012 using the tattered pinecone die.  well it’s a technique i’ve used many times, and with spring in air let it’s time for your creativity to be inspired, and see just how simple this tag is to create, let’s get started…t!m


  • surfaces: #8 manila tag, 8×8 paper stash, grungeboard
  • dies: frameworks trellis, tattered pinecone
  • embellishments: tissue tape, philosophy tag, wire pin, mirrored
  • trimmings: crinkle ribbon
  • distress ink: worn lipstick, tattered rose, scattered straw, squeezed lemonade
  • distress paint: iced spruce, evergreen bough
  • mediums: multi-medium
  • adheisves: hot glue
  • tools: mini blending tool, mister, collage glue stick, heat tool, sanding grip, cork, vagabond, toothpicks

DSC09336step 1: die cut grungeboard from trellis frameworks (we will use this as our “frame”).

DSC09337step 2: die cut mirrored and cork from trellis frameworks (we will use these “pieces”).

DSC09338step 3: cut scraps of cardstock and adhere to grungeboard with a collage gluestick.

DSC09339step 4: die cut collaged grungeboard from trellis frameworks (we will use these “pieces”).

DSC09345step 5: adhere various strips of tissue tape to a #8 tag to create a background collage.

DSC09346step 6: shake distress paint and apply over collaged tag.

DSC09347step 7: mist painted tag with water to blend color.

DSC09349step 8: begin blotting excess water and paint from tag, they dry with heat tool.

DSC09350step 9: ink tag with distress ink using mini ink blending tool – the tissue tape with resist most of the distress ink.

DSC09351step 10: flick water droplets over the inked surface.

DSC09352step 11: dry the water droplets with a heat tool or blot off with a towel.

DSC09353*this is the cool mottled effect created by layering distress paint and distress ink.

DSC09354step 12: lightly swipe distress paint over the grungeboard “frame” and let dry.

DSC09355step 13: lightly scuff over the grungeboard with a sanding grip to expose grunge.

DSC09356step 14: ink over the grungeboard with distress ink using a mini blending tool.

DSC09361step 15: cut the framework into sections and adhere together the tag using multi-medium.

DSC09362step 16: ink the edges of the “pieces” with distress ink using a mini blending tool.

DSC09363step 17: adhere some of the “pieces” back inside the “frame”.

DSC09364step 18: remove the paper backing of mirrored “piece” and adhere inside the “frame”.

DSC09366step 19: remove the protective film from mirrored to reveal.

DSC09367step 20: die-cut two tattered pinecone shape from paper to create the flowers.

DSC09368step 21: die-cut two juniper shapes from paper to create the greenery.

DSC09369step 22: create two flowers following the video instructions below…

*check out the versatility of the tattered pinecone die

DSC09370step 23: ink the flowers with distress ink using an ink blending tool.

DSC09371step 24: adhere the flowers and the juniper to the tag with hot glue.

DSC09373step 25: colorize crinkle ribbon by misting the ribbon with water and swipe distress ink over the ribbon, crinkle in a ball to dry, and tie around tag.

DSC09382the details: a painted philosophy tag pinned to the colored ribbon accents the small paper roses and intricate detailing of the frameworks.

*be sure to check your local stores for these supplies or you can
click the links below to purchase online…
(SSS=simon says stamp / IE=inspiration emporium)

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