Tuesday, 28 February 2012

12 Tags of 2012... Game on!

Hi everyone :)

Well I wasn't sure if I would participate this month as I have a bit going on at the moment. Study travel etc etc lol. I was also having a creative block when it came to this months techniques as I neither have honeycomb paper or a matching stamp and embossing folder.

So after thinking for over a week I decided I was going to use one of the butterfly movers and shapers for my card. Then last night I decided that dried marigold would be my colour of choice. But I didn't know how I was going to do the embossing technique....

First I tried various markers in embossing folders to see how that worked. I tried marvy markers, pitt big brush, pitt artist and zig. None worked as with large areas the colour starts to pull away from the recessed sides. So the best result I had gotten was with the Faber Castell Pitt Artist Markers so I decided to try again today... No go it just wouldn't work with the larger intricate design.

I have some more examples to show you what I ended up doing :). First I covered my white cardstock in distress stain. For my card I used Dried Marigold. Then I used my cuttlebug border folder on the edge. *Tip; if you are going to do this while cs is still damp from the stain use a full size folder! After I did this I took my Pitt Artist Marker in Orange Glaze #113 and carefully coloured over the raised flourish.

On this example I used tumbled glass as the background, the embossing folder is the cracked texture fade and the marker is Pthalo Blue #110. I have left the middle bare for now as I am not sure what kind of card I will make with this as yet :)

The next one is made with wild honey and am not sure of the name of the cuttlebug folder. It's a leafy flourish at any rate lol. I used Pitt Artist pen in Leaf Green #112. Again leaving the middle blank for embellishing.

The next two examples were done with differently. The first was done with dried marigold stain, embossed with the same folder as above and then I used my distress ink tool to add ripe persimmon ink to it. I them misted with shimmer mist.

This last one was done with aged mahogany stain, then I shimmer misted and blotted to activate the ink and tone down the colour a little. I then shimmer misted again and ran through my cuttlebug with the Cuttlebug Clockworks folder. I used my ink blending tool and the aged mahogany ink pad to swipe over the top of the embossing.  Absolutely Love this one :)

Back to the card lol. The flourish on the edge is an embossing folder from cuttlebug from the Organic Flourish set. So pretty! The background butterflies are from recollections and are stamped with a Big Brush Marker the same colour I coloured the flourish.

My butterfies are cut from the movers and shapers butterflies. I layered 7-8 pieces of paper and ran them through. I also cut each butterfly from grungeboard. I adhered a butterfly to each grungeboard piece with matte accents. I then folded each butterfly wing along the body so they were creased well. I used a small amount of matte accents along the body of each butterfly and layered them up. I waited til they were dry aand then fluffed them up lol.

Lastly I created my sentiment with Lifestyle Crafts Label dies. The back piece is coloured with the orange glaze big brush marker. The top coloured with dried marigold stain. I then used a Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous sentiment stamp from Mini Classics and my big brush marker in orange.  I layered the pieces together with foam tape and thats it Card done!! :) Just in time too. Sorry for the few pics, was scrap day at a friends and it was raining so my camera stayed at home! lol
Happy Scrappin'


  1. Love your set of papers. I like the embossing and I can't wait for all your tags to be done. :)

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  2. This is such a beautiful project. Thanks for entering it in our Texture Challenge.