Sunday, March 2, 2014

Little Altered Tags: Ballooning sweet thoughts

I like to ink up my stamps and print them the way I'd print a tiny little linocut block - rather than pressing down, laying the paper onto the block and burnishing over the on the back of the paper woth your bone folder gives you the ability to control your edges and fade them if you want.

That's what I did with the damask print on this tag. It's printed with chalk ink over a smudging of pigment ink.  The edges are all aged with more pigment - I love those little cat's eye sets for this kind of thing! They really help you get into a tiny space.

The peach paper is from a seven gypsies pack. I love having those little bits and pieces at my disposal. The lace and the millinery flowers are from my collection of vintage fibers.

 The amazingly sweet birds-in-a-balloon image and the teacup image are both printouts from public-domain images.  

Keep surfing those libraries and museums - there's a lot of material out there from long ago. I aged the edge of the balloon cutout with pigment ink, mod podged it for a little more body, and glued it to a handmade tab for a little bit of dimension.

The 2014 is a little bit from Basic Grey, and the lace and pompom fiber is from my giant stash of yarns and trims.



  1. Fantastic creation, thanks for joining Stamping Sensations, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  2. Lovely creation , thanks for joining us at Stamping sensations this month
    Francesca x

  3. A beautiful tag, thank you for sharing it with us at FSC this time.

  4. So pretty and delightfully vintage, I love it.
    Thank you for joining us over at Rhedd & Rosies...x

  5. A lovely piece of artwork and just perfect for our theme this month.

    Thanks so much for joining us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

    B x

  6. I love this pretty vintage tag, thank you for sharing with us at Rhedd and Rosie's, good luck, Zoe DT xx

  7. Beautiful tag, the colours are delicious! Really lovely stamping to create that background too. Thanks so much for playing along at Fashionable Stamping challenges
    Claire xx

  8. Terrific tag with lots of beautiful colours and images. Nice to know how you made it and thank you for sharing it with us at Artful Times

    Love Chrissie x

  9. ooohhh i LOVE this tag! Thanks for joining us at Rhedd & Rosies challenge blog!

  10. Thanks for the tip on fading out the images. What a brilliant result! What a great tag.
    Thanks for joining us at Artful Times - Hugs, Neet xx


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