Monday, March 16, 2015

My Very First Tag...And More Smooshing

Hi, I've always admired my friend Marcia and her ability to make beautiful tags.  I've never successfully made a tag, until this week.  Such a small amount of space to fill and make it pop at the same time just wasn't working for me.  I even admire Tim Holtz's tags, too, and his 12 tags.  Just awe inspiring.  I saw a tag on Pinterest, my daily inspiration :) using Penny Black's die cut Rose.  I found the die cut at a local stamping store and immediately bought it, thinking I would replicate that tag.

Well, I watched Betsy Veldman on Nichole Heady's Capture the Moment blog for the latest Make It Monday and she was demonstrating the smooshing technique.  So I made a few card fronts using Tim Holtz's distress inks in Picked Raspberry, Orange Marmalade and Squeezed Lemonade.  I made one card, which I posted a few days ago.  You can see that card here.  I still had a card front left and thought the Rose die cut would look very nice on it and boom the tag came together in my head!  I cut the PB die in both Gina K's white and SU's Always Artichoke card stock, inked up the leaves to give them a little more depth the TH's Peeled Paint ink, glued the rose back together and set it aside for the time being.  I then cut the card front using PaperTrey Ink's Basic Bookmark Die #3.  I cut a piece of Stampin' Up's Always Artichoke from PTI's Basic Bookmark Die to add to the bottom of the tag.  I took Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow stencil and sponged Picked Raspberry, Orange Marmalade and Peeled Paint distress inks on the matching colors.  I also inked up Hero Arts Old Letter Writing stamp in the 3 colors, but you can't see it very well on here.  I glued down the rose and the Always Artichoke panel and inked up Friends for Life from Penny Black's Eloquence stamp set and added the green ribbon to finish up the tag.

Thank you, Marcia, Tim and Pinterest for all your inspirations!  I did it and I really liked how it turned out!  I never did replicate that tag on found on Pinterest, maybe another day.

Thanks for stopping by and please leave a comment.  I love and appreciate them all!


  1. LOVE this tag Sue! Love the colors and really LOVE that rose die cut...can I borrow it???? Thanks so much for the kind words too...I'm glad my addiction can inspire you!! And aren't you glad you finally made a tag? I love making them to add to gifts, and also giving away as bookmarks too. Glad you had fun with this really shows! :0)

  2. You went from zero to professional in one tag, Sue! I'm not a tag maker either for the same reason, but I made one not too long ago that wasn't half bad. It felt good, huh?! I really love your smooshing from your original card and think it worked so well for the tag background. The choice of the rose, mmm, just divine, all of it! Hugs, Darnell


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