Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Playing Around

My sweet hubby found a coupon, and ordered a book from Barnes and Noble that I'd wanted for quite awhile~Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities! I was so excited when it came in the mail, and I've been playing around with some background techniques of his. It's very hard to see the background of this tag in the photo, but basically, it's just Antique Linen Distress Ink that I applied and dampened a little--and then used the same ink to stamp a background image on the tag. I edged the tag with dark brown chalk ink, and used the same chalk ink to stamp the flourishes. I made the "shabby flower" out of paper from a brown grocery store bag; I punched circles out and trimmed the edges with decorative scissors, and then crunched up the paper after I'd sprayed it with some Glimmer Mist. I opened the circles out while still damp, and then dried them with a heat gun and layered 6 individual pieces, gluing them in the centers--and then added a vintage button when I was done.*** I've had the Paper Whimsy image for a long time, and thought she'd be perfect for this tag!
***I got the idea for the paper bag flowers from this wonderful video by the VERY talented "ER" on YouTube--here is the link:


Lynn Stevens said...

Gorgeous tag jann, Your gonna Love that book! so many wonderful techniques!
hugs Lynn

Revamped French Maison said...

That's a really cute tag! I don't think I've seen one similar to it anywhere! So that makes it pretty original and makes you clever. =0)


Louise (KardKrazy) said...

Jann, it's so beautiful! I love the vintage brown background....and your flower is divine!

Linda R. said...

Oh my goodness.. This is so pretty.. I just love it. I would love to get that book. I can't wait to see what else you make from it. Hope you are having a wonderful day!!!

Hugs, Linda

Robin said...

What a beautiful tag Jann!


Martina2801 said...

This tag is gorgeous, dear the the Paper Whimsy Girl and the wonderful flower!

Marlynn said...

Ahhh, one of my favorite books and I love it. Your creation is yummy and I love your PW girl! M

Nancy Maxwell James said...

I just adore your tag. The background really makes the PW image pop. I want to check that book out - so happy you were able to purchase it!

Terri Kahrs said...

Jann, your tag is beautiful! Such lovely detail, and the paper rose is the perfect touch! Thanks so much for your blog visit and lovely comment! Hugs, Terri

BelleSouth said...


I don't pretend to be Louise but I will really miss Tag Tuesday, so I am picking up the challenge! Come join as at this address:


Thanks very much!!!!!


Hermine said...

Absolutely gorgoeus, so elegant

alveen said...

Love this tag Jan! Of course I love all of your creations but this one especially. What a great idea for the flower. I'm off to watch the video, thank you for the link.