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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

be mine valentine for creative expressions DT make

For this creative expressions Dt make I have used the amazingly versatile set hearts entwined to create a gift bag and matching tag that fits inside the bag. Last time I made a grunged up steampunk make and this week I have gone for a more vintage style piece. I know I usually post on Thursday..but have another post up then so here I am! here is my make :

I will show the tag and other side in more detail later in the post. I started by smooshing some distress stains (tea dye, old paper, vintage photo and picket fence) onto my craft mat and spritzing with water, then pulling the paper through the colour. I then dried and dabbed the piece back onto dots of colour until I was happy with the colour and layers. When dry ( okay I blasted it with the heat gun, impatient me!!) I edged lightly with walnut stain distress ink.
I used the same technique for the front of the tag and scuffed and edged the tag with the same distress ink. ( the back was coloured with vintage photo distress ink and left blank for that romantic...(or maybe not!?) message.

I used the small two hearts joined and randomly stamped over the bag die cut. Now the decorations. I had some heart die cut shapes ( I used movers and shapers heart die but any hearts will do) and repeatedly stamped I love you across them in a random manner, dried with heat tool and then edged with vintage photo distress ink.

The sentiments  were done in the same manner and cut into strips so that I could break up the sentiment across the design. (two hearts joined as one can be stamped as a whole design or split into its parts..which makes it even more versatile , I did this with be mine as well as I liked the design better this way for this piece)

On the tag I did use some text from another creative expressions set timeless journey, as I love this script.To complete I made a love letter and added pen embellishments.

 and some idea-ology and on the other side of the bag added some...have you guessed....wings!!!

The seam binding finishes off the tag and was coloured using the same distress stains, with the addition of walnut stain.

Well hope you like my more vintage styled make and see you next week for something different!

Make sure you pop across and see the links to the other design team members who have been having lots of fun with these stamps too!

have a fun and inky one!


  1. Really love your vintage style Trace, the muted tones are beautiful and I love the idea of a tag in a bag too. Always good to see how you achieve your results, so thank you for sharing. Hugs, Anne x

  2. love the feminine vintage look you create....super tag.

  3. Gorgeous make Tracy, so many things to love! For me the perfect finishing touch is the little love letter and pen nib, - just perfect! Love those paper bags and tags too (just ordered a whole bunch of them that arrived today, can't wait to start playing with them). The crinkled seam binding in those colours is glorious too, altogether a brilliant project!

  4. I love this vintage style Trace...Beautiful design.. Love the use of the pen-nibs!! Love it all.. Hugs May x x x

  5. What a fantastic tag/bag combo! Love the results of your smooching - glad to know someone else is impatient as I am!!! Hugs, Jenny x

  6. What a fantastic tag/bag combo! Love the results of your smooching - glad to know someone else is impatient as I am!!! Hugs, Jenny x

  7. Well, as you know, I'm a sucker for vintage style and this is just gorgeous! The colour is so soft and pretty, and I love the little details like the random-stamped hearts and adorable pen nib and scroll. A beautiful, beautiful make... Oh yes, and you're right - cassette tape!
    Alison xx

  8. So lovely Trace! A great text and you pictured it so nice!

    greetings, Alie :-)

  9. Gorgeous,love the vintage feel to this ,love how you have embellished this too.Stunning work.Jacqueline.S

  10. Beautiful and amazing. You are so creative and talented. I just love looking at your work!

    Happy Crafting

  11. Hi Trace love your bag/tag make. Really gorgeous pink hearts too.
    Smoothing is great fun and like you I dry with my heat gun.


    Annie x

  12. What a fantastic use of the stamps the tag and bag are FAB they really have a vintage look to them very pretty

  13. Gorgeous pieces Trace, love the colours and those hearts are so eye catching.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  14. Love this tag! Love the bag! Brilliant! Great embellies too!

  15. Love it, love it, love it!! I just don't understand why Gog give some people so much talent -- I think God needs to spread it around!!

  16. Just lovely, really a beautiful piece of art.

  17. Just love how you've treated the card/paper. The colour, the spritzing and the finished effect are wonderful. One of my favourite parts has to be the pen nib resting on the rolled up paper - such a great touch!
    Hugs again (think I've caught up with you now!), Juliaxxx


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