Monday, February 25, 2013

February tag

Hello all,

Last night I put the finishing touches on my February tag, and here it is!

Once again, I took the example from Tim's blog, and put my own spin on it.  I had a lot of fun playing around with my waterbrush and Distress markers (for the first time since I got them, actually!), and tried two different color schemes for my conversation heart:

For my tag, I settled on the purple, but I may use the blue for another project.  :-)

My biggest frustration out of the whole project was in the final step: the tissue tape ribbon!  I bought some tissue tape last month in a sale, but this was my first time working with it.  I had so much trouble getting a long enough length to work with, without the tape shredding as I pulled it from the roll.  I wound up wasting about 3 feet, while trying to get a single 18" length I could work with!  I hope I just had something from a bad batch, because I really like the look of tissue tape, and had been looking forward to incorporating it into more projects.  :-/  (FWIW, what finally worked for me was to gently rock the tape from side to side as I pulled it from the roll.  Obviously, this won't work if you have it mounted in the dispenser, but if your tissue tape is shredding, give this a shot.)

Materials used:
 - Ranger Inkssentials Manila Craft Tags
 - Ranger Distress Inks: Black Soot, Frayed Burlap
 - Ranger Distress Stains: Festive Berries, Fired Brick
 - Ranger Distress Markers: Dusty Concord, Victorian Velvet, Fired Brick
 - Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
 - Ranger Glossy Accents
 - Core'dinations Tim Holtz Kraft-Core #24
 - The Paper Studio Love Love Love Embossing Folder
 - Sizzix Valentine Set Embossing Folders - "Be Mine"
 - idea-ology Cash Keys
 - idea-ology Seasonal Chit Chat
 - idea-ology Jump Rings
 - idea-ology Nostalgic Tissue Tape
 - idea-ology Vial Labels
 - Maya Road Twine Cording: Blackberry
 - Stampin' Up Small Oval Punch
 - Stamps by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous: CMS143 & CSS25900
 - Cold-press watercolour paper
 - Foam tape, double-stick tape from my stash

I should note that I had a lot of fun learning about how to make custom cash keys with the Stampin' Up punch (my first SU product!).  I already have a few ideas for custom pendants using this technique!  :-)

Well, that's it for now.  Can't wait to see what March brings, tag-wise.  (In the meantime, I have some other new discoveries to share, so keep an eye out for those in the next few days.)



  1. Beautiful! Looks like fun. Where's the hug button? No, this deserves the love button! ;-)