Wednesday, April 30, 2014

12 Tags of 2014: April

Wow!  My second year doing 12 Tags, and I'm already a third of the way through it!  :-)  Time flies!

I'm also sharing this project with A Vintage Journey ("Spring Flowers").

Materials/tools used:
 - Ranger Inkssentials Manila tags
 - Ranger Distress Ink: Iced Spruce, Milled Lavender, Mustard Seed, Shaded Lilac, Squeezed Lemonade, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain
 - Ranger Distress Paint: Broken China, Peeled Paint
 - Ranger Glossy Accents
 - Ranger Matte Glue 'n' Seal
 - idea-ology: Crinkle Ribbon, Grungeboard, Jump Rings, Jute String, Mirrored, Philosophy Tags, Sanding Grip, Tissue Tape (Sketchbook, Symphony), Wire Pins
 - DCWV adhesive backed cork
 - Tim Holtz 8x8 Paper Stash: Menagerie
 - Ranger Heat Tool
 - Ranger Inkssentials Foam Blending Tool
 - Ranger Inkssentials Mister
 - Ranger Inkssentials Collage Glue Stick
 - Sizzix Big Shot
 - Sizzix dies: Tattered Pinecone Bigz, Trellis Frameworks
 - Tonic Studios Craft Scissors
 - Hot glue gun
 - Toothpicks, paper towels

I'm not going to devote a long post to what techniques I used.  My 12 Tags post is always based on inspiration from Tim Holtz's post, so head there for all the tips and techniques!  :-)

I will note that I was aready elbow-deep in project when I realized that what I was remembering as a jar of Multi-Medium, was in fact Glue 'n' Seal, so I wound up using that instead, to attach my trellis die cut, and it worked pretty well.  I put a heavy book on top of it for about 10 minutes, just to keep it in place and let it bond.  I used dots of Glossy Accents to adhere the center pieces into the trellis.

The technique for turning a tattered pinecone into a tea rose is cool, but takes some practice.  I did okay on the first rose (the yellow one), but then on the second (purple), when I was loosening and repositioning the petals, 2 of them separated, so that I basically had 2 spirals, instead of one.  It still came out okay, but I think I still need some practice making those.  :-) (Also, fun fact: the hot glue gun doesn't lie.  It's hot.)

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I still have two more projects I completed for the end of April to share with you this evening, so check back in a little bit for installments 2 & 3.  :-)



  1. Your tag just goes to show that "practice makes perfect" your flowers are lovely and it looks like the trellis is staying put. Great job on this one and thank you for traveling with us at A Vintage Journey.

  2. This is such a wonderful take on Tim's tag, I love your colour choices and the flowers look beautiful to me! Thanks so much for joining in our Spring Flowers challenge at A Vintage journey. Anne x

  3. Hi Liz. Your take on Tim's April tag is very nicely done. Your vintage sweetheart roses done from Tim's pinecone die cut are so pretty. Love the trellis in the background, too. Thanks so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey. <3 Candy