Always+Forever

By Taheerah | 6th April 2012 | 5 Comments

Hey everyone!

I hope you’re all having a wonderful Good Friday. I’m on holiday now for a bit and really appreciating the lie-ins and gentle pace of the day. Hoping to get inky again a bit later!

I’m popping on today with a tag I created. I don’t think I’ve posted a tag on my blog before but after cards they’re my favourite thing to make. They’re like perfect little canvases waiting to be dressed up!

So today I’m posting a rustic-style tag I made last weekend:

What do you think? I had a blast with a lot of different techniques going into making this and I just love how it turned out!

I started by die-cutting a couple of tags using the Tag Sale #3 die. I cut the front from coaster board and the back from Kraft cardstock.

For the front of the tag I then rough-painted with some acrylic paints from Making Memories. I’m so disappointed that this line is being discontinued so am bagging some of the colours while I have the chance! Here I used the Paper Bag and Manilla colours, as well as swiping the tag with some Kraft ink first. You only need a tiny bit of paint which I’m really glad of as hopefully it means I can make it last!!

When dry (which was only a couple of minutes) I used the Unity Stamps Distressed Dots Background to stamp a few rough dots on the tag. I used the Manilla paint to do this and love the effect it gave.

After that had dried I used my new favourite stamp set to stamp the woodgrain background. The stamp is called Love Knots and is by a company called Gel-á-Tins. Don’t you just love those heart-shaped knots in the woodgrain?!! I stamped it with Kraft ink and just love the appearance. Coupled with the paint it really gives a rustic barn door/tree/wood feel to the tag!!

I adhered the Kraft tag to the back of the coaster board tag (the back is painted with Manilla paint and stamped with Love Knots using Kraft ink again) before wrapping round and tying some May Arts ribbon, tying at the side. I tied some May Arts Jute Twine round too. I loved experimenting with the knotting of the twine and gave it one loop instead of a bow – fun!

Next comes the rustic heart embellishment. I die cut some burlap using the ProvoCraft Concentric Hearts die, roughed up the edges a little then swiped some Kraft and Dark Chocolate ink on it to give it a ‘burnt’ effect. I adhered the heart to the ribbon using Pinflair Glue Gel.

I stamped a gingham heart from the WPlus9 Heartfelt Mix set, using Pure Poppy ink for the stamping before applying Palette Haystack ink over the whole shape to alter the colour/feel slightly. I trimmed out the heart, roughed the edges with my fingernail then adhered to the burlap heart using Pinflair.

Almost there! Next I stamped the sentiments from Pink by Designs’ My Type set using Dark Chocolate ink, and the cupid’s heart from Love and Marriage using Pure Poppy ink. Finally I finished up by tying some May Arts Twill Tape, and some red raffia from my stash, through the top of the tag and knotted. And voila!

I’d love to know what you think of this little creation. Thanks so much for stopping by and see you again soon!

5 thoughts on “Always+Forever”

  1. Simply WOW!!! You put so much detail into one tag, I am amazed…this is a true gift in itself! I just love that woodgrain stamp that has the heart in the design, love all the ribbons you chose and the cool rustic heart. I am truly impressed!

  2. Taheerah, what's not to love about this tag? I love the texture and all its rustic goodness. 🙂 It seems like something a person might find in the bottom of a trunk in a family attic. 🙂 So authentic. I love your willingness to adventure in your art. I wish I had some of that. 🙂

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