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Sunday, 10 August 2014

busy blowing bubbles

Well here I am with a tag, this was used for the teachers wine bottles...to say thanks for all they have done...I love making tags to go round bottles they just seem a perfect fit...This year there were rather a lot to make so I think all in all I made 7 of these!
I wanted a fairly simple but pretty tag to make as I had to make a few...something I never really do as I like to create one offs but with 10 cards and 8 tags to create I had to get smart! especially as I didn't have oodles of time....
I started by creating the background  by applying Wendy vecchi crackle paste through one of Tim's layering stencils in various places. 

When it had worked its magic, I added some tumbled glass distress ink.

I then added some more distress ink to the background and flicked some water across the surface, drying to leave a great effect. I do love my distress inks!

I die cut some of the framework trellis die and dipped into some stain, which I had applied to my craft sheet. and left to dry. adding some ink when dry.

To add some more detail to the tag I added some colours of blue and green distress markers to the background using distress marker spritzer.... which creates a really cool effect!

Here is a close up of some of that spritzing.. I just love building up those layers x

I then added some inked bubbles using mini blending tool and distress ink.

Then I edged the background with distress ink and this picture shows what a difference this makes to the finished piece .

I then added pieces of the trellis die...

For the blueprint, I stamped in jet black archival and cut out and edged using tonic distressing tool, then dipped into stain from craft sheet.

I then edged with distress ink and edged with distress..adding colour to the main image using distress markers and my waterbrush.

 I added some dyed seam binding for the sea...

And finally some small sea shells and one of those super cool and super useful hashtags!

Well that's all for today...hopefully when you read this we will be enjoying some Cornish sunshine and sea air x


  1. Beautiful seahorse tag(s)! Trace, you've excelled yourself again, I'm sure there are some happy teachers out there :-)


  2. WOW WOW this is so beautiful Trace. Beautiful technique, love it. Lovely greet

  3. Fantastic tag ans thank you for sharing how you made it Trace.

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday

    Love Chrissie x

  4. Fabulous tag Trace and what a great step by step to show how you put it all together! Love all the Tim techniques you used and the died seam binding for the sea is such a cool idea!

    I'm in Cornwall right now too, visiting my son in Porthleven(close to Helston), the wind is howling right now, but at least it's sunny. Hope it is where you are too, (and if you are close by, let me know, it would be great to say a quick hello!!)

  5. Beautiful tag Trace! I'm sure all the teachers loved them! Hope you're getting some good weather! Sue C x

  6. beautiful make Trace - enjoy your holibobs xx

  7. Love your gorgeous tag,fab details and colours.xxx

  8. This is wonderful Trace,such a beautiful tag and what a generous gift too. I love the way you have done the background,sometimes I hate having to cover a background up as I love it so much :)

    Donna xx

  9. Fabulous, very pretty colours. Xx

  10. Such a lovely tag!
    Have a nice Sunday Trace..
    Greetings, Alie

  11. Great tag love the sea blues xxx thanks for tutorial Julie xxx

  12. Very pretty. Love the color and your layers.

  13. An AMAZING ******PIECE
    wonderful tag!

  14. Beautiful tag! Think that it still was fun to make more of them... Hugs, Gerrina

  15. such beautiful gifts Trace........and I am sure the teachers will treasure them. Love the background and gorgeous colours

    TFS and crafty hugs

    Annie x

  16. Fabulous tag(s) Trace! Gorgeous colours and textures and just so wonderfully summery. Jennie x

  17. This looks really good Trace - thanks for sharing x

  18. Stunning Trace, you must have had your work cut out doing a batch of these beauties though! I bet the teachers loved them.. Hugs, Anne xx

  19. Wine for the teachers - how wonderful!! You tag is fabulous! I really like using the seam binding for the
    Sea - it looks so good. Bubbles and sparkling wine you clever girl.
    Sandy xx

  20. Beautiful tag, I love the blues you've used!

  21. Fabulous textures and I love the use of the Frameworks for added interest. The seahorse looks lovely, and the delicate blues are so pretty. What a treat for the teachers...
    Alison xx


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