Hi. Happy Valentine’s (week). Hey, so today I want to walk you through my Valentine’s Day tag creations. I created not one but nine tags as I was just so inspired, my creative juices were flowing. I was inspired by none other than the amazing Tim Holtz. On his blog he hosts a 12 Tags of the Year. He posted his February 2015 Tag earlier this month. Check out his step by step instructions on his blog post: http://timholtz.com/12-tags-of-2015-february/
So as I collected my supplies I quickly realized that I had a lot of “left-over” ephemera, stickers, scrapbook paper and embellishments. So I decided to create a stash tag. And since I was saving my $$ for the Rose Bowl Flea Market on February 8 (more on that fabulous adventure next week), I decided no new purchases; though I think Tim Holtz’s metal arrows are awesome.
I began my first tag using mostly stickers and really liked the outcome. I noticed I had a ton (maybe a bit of an overstatement) of stickers and decided to continue with tags. Hence the nine tags. I probably could have kept going but really. So after I stuck all my stickers on my two sizes of tags (#5 & #8) I added some scrapbook and book paper. Covered everything with a coat of Mod Podge and let them dry. See my 9 beauties below before any highlighting or lowlighting.
As you can see some of the colors are a little strong. I followed Tim Holtz’s step by step instructions and added some “white” paint. His steps are easy to follow. I followed his steps until he started adding ephemera pretty closely. Sometimes, I don’t follow steps very closely but this time I did. Back to the unifying “white” paint. I used Distress Paint in “Antique Linen.” I liked the softer “white” as my tags were already stickered in “old” papers/stickers.
Once the tags were softened with Antique Linen I highlighted the tags with Black Soot Distress Marker. Then I began adding my ephemera. Below are the tags with the ephemera laid out but not yet attached.
I attached (Thanks Jen Cushman for always “attaching”) the ephemera using hot glue, Tombo adhesive, and metal wire. And finally, I used the shipping twine that was originally on the small tags. I wanted to de-emphasize the top of the tag as the tags themselves were so interesting and sort of strong and masculine. I did age the twine with scattered straw. And when I thought they were all done I decided to edge the tags. I added some ColorBox Terracotta ink and some Scattered Straw Distress Ink around the tags.
These fast and easy tags added to the Valentine’s Day holiday decorating theme that I inadvertently started. My Valentine’s decorations this year are red and black, with a dash of book paper. I have a final three that I liked best–but really I am pleased with all of my tag designs. I love the results!
P.S. I forgot to share all the supplies I used. Below is a picture of the supplies minus the stickers and book paper.