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Thursday 17 January 2013

be mine .... for Creative Expressions DT

Well another Thursday and another Creative Expressions make, this time using the great hearts entwined set...
I love hearts and this has lots that can be very versatile..
So I went for a tag as I love the shape and flexibility..this could be used for tying to a bottle, a parcel, or adding to the front of a card.
So here is my make :

I decided to go for less traditional colours for this one and use some favourites browns and blues.. I started by making quite a grungy feel to the background swiping paint dabbers in mushroom, pebble and then to add layers with swipes of espresso and aqua.

I love the easy way these swipe to create a great grungy effect!
Then after a quick blast with the heat gun...being not so patient..(but you could wait for these to dry) I inked up this great heart image using espresso paint and stamped across background.

 When dry I added more paint swipes to help this blend as part of the background. The main heart was stamped in the same way and mounted onto grungeboard to create dimension. I added some rusty wire...couldn't help myself! and then swiped the edges with treasure gold..(brass)
I applied this to the sides of the tag too.

The pleats are dyed seam binding which I hand stitched along the middle and then pulled the thread, love the different texture it adds.

I also added seam binding to the top of the tag dyed with broken china and walnut stain distress stain.
The sentiment from the same stamp plate was stamped in coffee archival on a torn painty piece.

well hope you like it!? I will be back next week with something quite different.

all the materials I used are listed below:

Hearts entwined stamp set
Seam binding
Archival ink - coffee
Distress stains - walnut, broken china
Paint Dabbers - mushroom, espresso, pebble, aqua

have a fun  and inky one!
I'm off back to nurse duty for James, and looking after Lucy until time to get Oliver from school...hope it has warmed up -8 this morning brr!


  1. Lovely tag Trace, love the painty muted background and the stamped hearts too. Love,the coordinated ribbon and wire. Tracy x

  2. Hi Trace, you have used my new fav colour of paint - Espresso on your gorgeous tag, but what really does it for me is the way you have done the ribbon (fabulous idea) and the addition of the rusty wire (another fav). Really love this - a lot! Hugs, Anne x

  3. The colors are great and love the seambinding and the treasure gold! It makes it a great tag! Hugs, Gerrina

  4. fabulous tag Trace - really great colours and fab texture to your project too - hope it has warmed up for you xxxx

  5. Wonderful! The colors are perfect and I love the grunge feel.
    You did an amazing job!!

    Happy crafting

  6. Fabulous tag Trace, lovely vintage look and I love the aqua touches. Big hugs xx

  7. What a pretty tag! I love the washed effect you've done on this and the monochromatic color palette. Very pretty!!! Thanks so much for the comments you've left on my blog, too. I'm just getting back from CHA and have a million things to catch up on. But, I'm on such creative overload right now!! :) My hands are literally shaking to get the new products in my hands and start working with them! haha Love <3 Candy

  8. What a unique look, Trace...lovely

    greetings, Alie :-)

  9. Oh, my word - this is one of my all-time favourites of yours... the painty background, the gorgeous stamp, the fabulous ruched binding... it's just all wonderful!
    Alison xx

  10. Love the grungy/washed look to this tag Trace, the twisted wire finishes the heart off beautifully. xx

  11. I feel as if I can smell you coming!! Honestly Trace - your work is so gorgeous and unique - you just have that special touch called talent!! love your art work sweet pea. Beautifully done!!

  12. Fantastic tag Trace, I love the distressed, painty background! xx

  13. Wonderful tag Trace-love the way you have used the tape.

    Best wishes Chrissie xx

  14. Hi Trace
    A super tag one of those times when less is more and what you have used says a whole lot more. I really love this tag.

  15. A gorgeous tag, the background looks like weathered wood - really fantastic.

  16. A fabulous tag, your colours put such a different slant on the hearts and i love the pleated seam binding.
    Have a great weekend.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  17. Love the painted effects on you tag! Beautiful tag and colors! Have a fabulous weekend!

  18. Love the colour palette Trace....right up my street. The textures are great.

    Thanks for sharing


    Annie x

  19. Such an amazing 'worn look' to this and I love how you have echoed the stamped hearts with that grungeboard one. As ever this works so well. Hugs, Jenny x

  20. Such an amazing 'worn look' to this and I love how you have echoed the stamped hearts with that grungeboard one. As ever this works so well. Hugs, Jenny x

  21. This a brilliant too, love the grain effect on the tag, and the treasure gold looks great. The more I see it, the more I want to use it! Michelle x

  22. The wood is FANTASTIC!!!! I love the all brown as well ....yummy!


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