Sunday, January 19, 2014

#64 Glorious sky

those tag cards….I always like them on other peoples work but never could get motivated to use them, maybe it’s trying to stamp in such a confined space.  However, I do like to try new things and I did pick up these tags a month or so ago with the intention of using them.  The My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge 159 was just the push I needed. 

As I was working I was struck with the thought of using warm and cool colors together.  That doesn’t usually happen as one has blues to cool and the other yellows  to warm things up.  But for some reason it worked on here.  Why? 

I used Ranger distress inks and swiped them on my craft mat, sprayed water on them and pulled the tag through.  All Warm colors.  I took the piece of designer paper and cut the scallops.  The DP is definitely a cool palette.  I warmed it up by distressing it with Tea Dye distress ink which kind of made the blue parts of the paper subtly pop.  (the cool parts of the paper) I added the gray strip on the top of the scallops because there is a lot of gray in the DP.  This seems kind of a warm gray with yellows in it and it looks cool like steel gray but blends nicely with the warm tones on the tag.   Oo-Oo~I scored on these decorative brad tags at Michaels after Christmas, like a sixty seven cents score for the whole package.  Yeah, I scooped up a few of them.  That little tag fit perfectly with the colors I used and now I have another Holiday card made ahead.  I am so going to be ready this year when the holidays roll around again.  ~now what to do with this pretty tag I have made.  I liked this pretty cool green color card stock, after I ran it through the Big Shot with a scallop stencil, but it seemed to need something more.  I grabbed a piece of that same steel gray and stamped it with a wood grain Back ground stamp, angled the top two pieces and it was just the look I was hoping for. I popped the main tag up with dimensionals.



IMAGE: Mark’s Finest Papers~Peaceful Nuthatch~MFT Wood Grain Back Ground

DP: Paper Studio~pocket full of posies

STENCIL: My Favorite Things Scallops

DIES: MFT Blueprints 3 & 6 & KwikKutz flourish

TAGS: Paper Studio



  1. Beautiful! Very rich looking tag! Great colors and beautiful scallops!

  2. I'm with you, tags are way low on my list of go-to items but other people do great things with them, including you! I couldn't tell you why the warm and cool work together here, but they do. I'm sure there is some color theory to explain it all. I like the addition of the flourish that comes out from underneath the tag and then overlaps it. That really helps make the tag feel as though it it part of the card and not just sitting on top of it.