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Saturday, 25 August 2012

Alphatags Again

Yes it's that time again, although I actually made these tags over a week ago but just haven't got around to doing the blog. As you will probably see I struggled somewhat this month with the letter Q,and though I had one or two ideas I ended up with Q for question mark, and even this hasn't turned out quite as I intended it to. However I do rather like the colours I used and I hope the person who receives it wont be too disappointed.The base tag was coloured with alcohol inks in Expresso,Terra Cotta and Willow with some gold added at the end with a Krylon pen. I then stamped some Chocolate Baroque swirly corners with versamark and embossed them with WOW gold fine detail embossing powder, and some curly Qs with brown Stazon ink.The question mark I drew by hand onto grunge paper and cut it out. I tried several methods of colouring it with various ink pads and stains but didn't like any of them and while searching for something else I found a jar of Viva Precious Metal Colour in Blue Lagoon that I had forgotten about and tried it out. It is a lovely colour and went well with my background so I went ahead and gave it two coats of paint. I still wasn't really happy with it so I ran it through the Cuttlebug with a Craft Concepts embossing folder, and then just touched up the ink a bit and edged it with the Krylon pen and attached it to the tag with foam pads. I also used the gold pen to edge the tag and the hole reinforcer.
    For R I went for Romance and Roses. I covered the tag with pink paper from an Artylicious Echoes of Italy pack, and again stamped the lovely swirly corner from the Chocolate Baroque nature swirls set, using Billiance Pearlescent Crimson ink.The Romance image is also a CB stamp from a set called Romantica, stamped I think with Adirondak Raisin and embossed with WOW pearl powder. I trimmed the bottom of the tag with a Fiskars edge punch and used the pearlescent crimson ink and a little dusty concord DI to shade round the edge. The roses and leaves are from my stash but were the wrong colour so I altered them a bit with some pearly paints from my Artquest Sparkling Pastelles pallet. The heart is one I made some time ago with a Das air drying clay in a silicon mould, and  I used several layers of ink and paint to get the colour I wanted. I finished the whole thing off with some ribbon and pearls and a piece of very pale pink lace through the hole.

I now have to set my thoughts to next months letters, S and T which should be a bit easier and then on to the really nasty ones!!. To be honest I have been lacking in inspiration lately, but I have been making some ATCs this week which I might show you later, so perhaps it is returning. Thank you all for dropping by, I love to hear from you.


  1. The Q is a beauty with those colours & the I do like your decoration of it - the ribbons are gorgeous. Your Romance is terrific with the decorative edge & the lace & I love the way the latter picks up on the swirliness of that Romance stamp. Those Brilliance inks are quite different aren't they?
    Paula (PEP)

  2. Hi Jean, I love to see what you choose for these tags! I love Q - those colours are gorgeous and I love the gold embossed corners - they look really delicate. R has a lovely vintage feel to it, and the clay heart is beautiful.

    Take care

    Maria x