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Sunday, 23 September 2012

Alphatags S and T

It's time once again to show you this month's tags that I have made for the Chocolate Baroque Alphatag swap. The letters this month were S and T which were a lot easier than last month's.  I bought this Haberdashery set of stamps from CB some time ago and somehow haven't had the opportunity to use them and seeing as these scissors are so beautiful and begin with S, I decided begin with them and see where it led.

S is for Sissors, Sewing and Stitches.

I chose a background paper and covered my tag with it and then stamped the scissors with Memento Rich Cocoa and embossed with clear embossing powder. I coloured them with Sukura glitter pens  in gold and silver. The thimble was stamped, embossed and coloured in the same way and the cotton reels were stamped with the same ink but not embossed as I wanted to colour them with colour soft pencils. I used Victorian Velvet DI to add shading around the edges and then adhered the tape measure ribbon down one side. I pricked holes round the other edges using a Tim Holtz ruler and stitched through them to look like machine stitching. It reminded me of the sewing cards I used to do when I was a little girl. To finish off I added a little swatch of fabrics cut from a craft magazine freebie and fixed them in place by sewing on with the buttons and adding a small sewing needle making sure that the point was hidden in the tape and gluing some thread through the eye with a spot of glossy accents, and lastly hanging a pair of scissors charm with the ribbon in the eyelet.
I am entering this tag  for The Crafters Cafe Challenge, Stitching Faux or Real.

T is for Time and Tide

The tags that I bought some time ago are rather a dark cream, not really manilla which I think they were called, but I find that the colour of inks is somewhat distorted and I usually end up covering them with paper, but on this occasion I decided to try using Picket Post distress stain to lighten it .It worked quite well and created a nice matt almost chalky effect when I used DI to colour over it. I think I used Antique Linen and Tea Dye on the lighter side and Chipped China and Stormy Sky on the blue side. I added a little background interest on the right hand side by adding more Tea Dye ink through a Crafters Workshop stencil and on the left with a little stamp that gives the effect of ripples in the water.The main images were stamped with Memento London Fog and embossed with clear embossing powder. I coloured the flowers with colour soft pencils and the dandelion clock with picket post distress marker, and added the little clock face and gems. I decided that the ship didn't show up enough and stamped it again on spare card with Versafine Black Onyx, embossed it and cut it out and adhered it over the original and added a few highlights with the white marker pen.The wording was printed onto safmat on the computer and the individual words cut out closely and placed on the tag. I used Walnut Stain DI to darken around the edge. The ship stamp is from the Seashell Collage set from Chocolate  Baroque and the dandelions also from CB Punky Romance set.

Thank you for taking a look, I love reading your comments.


  1. Beautiful tags this time Jean. Well done! I love that pair of scissors but it is really the boat tag that I like. Kate x

  2. Hi Jean, Two beautiful tags, I always love sewing themes and was originally drawn to that one, but I think the Time and Tide tag is stunning.
    Avril x

  3. Both of these are delightful & I particularly like the way you coloured those scissors - they are so authentic. The softness of your background with the T works beautifully & really makes one think in terms of sand & sea hues.
    Paula (PEP)

  4. I love both of your tags Jean. I am a sewing fan as you know, and the sea one is also beautifully done. Love the way you have blended the blue with the sand colour

  5. Both of your tags are gorgeous Jean.

  6. Wow, these are gorgeous. Thanks for playing at CCCB.

  7. Hiya Jean, these are beautiful tags! I love sewing stamps and this scissor one is gorgeous - the fabric swatches are a lovely touch, and I love your T tag - the colours are fabulous in this. I've been doing a bit of window shopping in CB - they have some lovely stamps, I have my eye on the lace set :-)

    Take care

    Maria xxxxx

  8. These tags are gorgeous. In particular, I love the time and tide one- so many ideas, put together so beautifully.