Ok…so a little birdie told me that Mother’s Day is not too far away!
I won’t say it too loudly; but, the sun is shining – ssshh I don’t want to scare it away. The downside is that I now have to close my blinds as I can’t see a damn thing on my desk! The cat however, is in 7th heaven. In case I haven’t introduced her…this is Maisie!
I noticed that she, my mum that is (not the cat), has kept the tag off a present that I made at Christmas, and has it hanging on her dressing table mirror. So, I thought, it’s not very Spring-like and I wanted to make her a proper tag to hang in its place.
For this, I have raided my ephemera box and found a load of Tim Holtz bits and pieces and, whilst she is out for a few hours, I will get the tag made. She loves green, so always a good base to start with.
Firstly, I am working on a mixed media chipboard tag from Prima and applying a coat of “Metallic Bronze” paint, which I dry completely before the next step. Next, using standard PVA glue, I apply a thick layer over the top and then, before it has a chance to dry, I apply a coat of “Sage” green paint. To make the crackles, all you do is go over the paint with your heat tool and you will see the cracks start to appear. Then I just leave the tag to one side to dry completely. The paints I am using are by Docrafts Artiste.
For some added interest, I stamped a floral design over the tag using an Inkadinkado rubber stamp and some Perfect Medium, before applying pearl effect embossing powder and heat setting it. The reason why I chose pearl was that I wanted a more delicate finish that would not detract from the ephemera that I will be adding later.
I want to apply a couple of decorative paper panels to the tag and I have picked 2 from a First Edition paper pad called “The Promise” and just cut 2 panels out, before adding some Bundled Sage Distress Oxide around the edges and then running over the edges with my Tim Holtz distressing tool to roughen them up. To finish the panels, I go over the edges with Coffee Archival ink to add some age to them. I attached a decorative metal brad to one of the paper panels and then stuck them both to the body of the tag. Using the Coffee ink, I then edged the whole tag as well.
Just because I have just got my hands on some Luscious powders from Indigo Blu, I mixed a little of the powder to water and added some splashes over the tag. I used Unicorn Tears and Verdigris.
Ok. Now for the back of the tag. Quite quick and simple really, I covered it with one of the papers I used for the front. I then added a small panel on the top, distressing it the same way I did the panels on the front, before adding a small butterfly to the bottom corner.
Ok. Back to the front again. I added some washi tape by Tim Holtz onto the top paper panel, before arranging and gluing down a selection of ephemera from Tim Holtz’s “Botanical” and “Snippets” collections. I used 2 different types of glue for this – standard PVA and also Pinflair Glue Gel, to raise up some of the elements and add dimension (you can of course use foam tape; for the life of me I have no idea where mine is at the moment!).
I then added some Cosmic Shimmer mica flakes in “Marshmallow” at random places on the tag to add further texture; before applying some Stickles “Star Dust” in the centres of the daisies and on the butterfly wings.
Along the base of the tag, I stuck some crochet lace and a dusky pink satin ribbon, along with a Tim Holtz word tag; before attaching an Eiffel Tower charm with some string to the hole at the top of the tag.
I knew that I wanted to add a metal filigree flower to the tag, but the colour was all wrong, so I put some silver gilding wax over the flower and then buffed it up, before sticking it at the base of the tag.
Finally, I thread though some coordinating pieces of ribbon and et voila! Here’s hoping she likes it 😊
To all you mum’s out there – I hope you all have a wonderful Mother’s Day on Sunday and get spoilt rotten. Gem xx