Saturday, 6 April 2013

12 tags of 2013 - April

OMG! I can't believe that I have missed these tutorials and challenges! I'm a big fan of Tim Holtz's stuff so I really don't get that I have missed all of this. Unfortunately, I learned that I really need to have the Distress Paints as well! ; )

Since I don't have the Distress Paints I tried to use ordinary acrylics and even though I kind of like the outcome of my tags, I didn't get the same result as Tim got with the Distress Paints at all. I tried to use about the same colors because I liked the color scheme om Tim's. I really loved the turquoise in Tim's tags so I tried to mix my own turquoise. I didn't succeed very well!

 As you can see, the acrylics didn't react with water at all. And the acrylics from Making Memories had almost dried so I tried to dilute them with water. God, I need those Distress Paints!!  ; )

Here are my tags before the stamping. I tried to use the same Distress Ink Pads as Tim here as well and that was a real challenge. Rusty hinge is my least favourite color of them all! But I'm glad I did. It's nice to think outside the normal sometimes. I can't make everything pink or purple & orange. The butterflies are painted in a somewhat solid color and then I have distressed the edges with walnut stain.

I didn't have any Clearly for Art as well so I used some transparency film and cut some butterflies out of it.

Here is my tag. I cut a tag from a can and punched 'fly away'. The heart is filled with 3D glaze and micro beads and it also has a sentiment 'free spirit'.

 A Close-up of the wings of the butterfly. I like that the acrylic paint on the wings of the butterfly began to bubble when I dried it with my heat gun!

I never make one when I'm making something. I'm clumsy and I often destroy what I'm doing. It is also convenient to have a piece to try things out on. This time I managed to finish all four of the tags I made! I just attached them to a white cardbase, I don't think the cards need anything else.

 This was such a fun challenge! I also adored the tag for March. I think I will have a go at that one as well!

Making Memories Scrapbook Colors: marine, avocado, country blue, sky

duga liquid metal: Dynasty pewter, Classic copper, Olympic gold
Distress Ink Pads: walnut stain, iced spruce, rusty hinge, evergreen bough
Stampers Anonymous: Urban Grunge, Boundless Flight, Artful Things
Making Memories: Butterflies Metallique Reverie, no 36025
Metal embellishment from PY Hobby
3D Crystal Glaze
Arkwright - Transparency Film for Computer Printers
Jump rings
Manila tag
Flower ribbon from Panduro
Seam binding


  1. I love your take on this tag...really interestin color combo plus the embelishments you used...excellent results!

  2. I love your take on this months tag! Beautiful colors and I love how you make do with what you have - and the results are fantastic!!

    1. Thank you, samboscraftart! I love to buy new stuff - and I will sure get my hands on the Distress Paints! - but I also like to use what I have. You don't always have to get the expensive stuff.

  3. gorgeous tags ! great improvisation very creative x

  4. Thank you, toni! Thanks for looking and thanks for the nice comments!


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