March 23, 2013 · 7:23 pm
As promised, here are the tags from my previous post brought to life as part of a couple of Mothers Day cards.
I added the first tag to the front of this hand-made card with a few embellishments and a bit of lace.
The second tag also became the front of a hand-made card with a few embellishments and some bits of lace and trim.
I really enjoy giving second life to items that are normally thrown away without a second thought—in this case the hang tags from purchased clothing. I encourage you to think about even small ways you can make use of an item and give it a second life. TFL!
March 20, 2013 · 10:48 pm
Hello Hello! Today I have a tag tutorial that features another SPRING theme. In spite of the snow that is forecast in the next couple of days I am moving headlong into spring. So–alittle background for this tag–
I have a thing for recycling. Not unusual–recycling is very popular right? I recycle cans, and paper, and glass, and all the usual stuff but I have a couple of less usual things I like to recycle art-wise–non-styrofoam packing materials and clothing hangtags. I’m not sure why I’m so enamored of these two items but I am. Sometimes when I unpack a new item I’m almost more excited about the packing than the actual item. When I look at packing materials I see all the texture and layers and it makes my heart go pitty-pat. Sometimes it’s hard for me to put packing material in the recycling bin and I can totally see myself hoarding it but as you know my art shack is small so I can’t.
Hangtags are my other weakness but on these I’m a bit more discerning. I don’t go for just any hangtag. They have to be a certain weight and it helps if they have interesting texture or pics or graphics or shape. It’s amazing how creative companies are getting with their hangtags these days! I really enjoy upcycling these tags into little works of art that I then use on greeting cards or presents.
So I made one spring tag and then decided to do a step-out photo tutorial and make another one. I started with these items
I first covered the Calvin Klein tag with gesso and then painted it with craft paint.
I used a couple of coats of gesso and then covered the tag thickly with paint. I applied the paint with a foam brush and let ridged brush marks form for extra texture.
I colored my flowers with Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst dye using the foam stamping applicator tip. I then spritzed with water to allow the color to blend a bit.
I like the distressed look so I roughed up the edges of my accent tag using my old school Making Memories distress tool.
I also did some inking of some of my elements to get that grungy distress look.
Then it was time to start putting all the pieces together.
I really like the way my background looks like painted wood with all the texture and the graining highlighted by the ink.
I use PVA glue to adhere most things. It dries clear and is virtually indestructible once it dries.
I added leaves and layered the flowers and a bit of raffia. Also added a butterfly stamp to the accent tag.
Put a few touches of gesso on a few areas to add a bit of shabbiness.
Here’s a couple of sprigs of spring! In my next post I’ll show you what I did with these tags! TFL!