I wanted to create a tag with my new tree stamp, but was looking for a way to add a little dimension to the whole thing. Instead of using regular manilla tags I decided to use the Greyboard tags . I used 2 of them. Although this grey board is substantial it is not impossible to cut with scissors, and I had no problem trimming one of my tags into a large heart shape.
This is how I decorated them. I started with the rectangle tag. I coated it with Green Olives and Old gold, just randomly painted on. Once dry I added a layer of crackle glaze.... and then topped that with a layer of Sage. Just before the Sage dried I very carefully rubbed a little of it away to make it distressed.
As for the heart. I started with a coat of Nougat and Zesty Zing. I knew I wanted to colour the heart with translucent colours, so the nougat and zesty zing is to give a warm light behind to the background.
I lightly drew around the heart shape with a pencil, then I stamped the leaves all around the edge.
I then used Hey Pesto to fill in just half of each leaf.
Now to colour the heart. I started by adding Tango to most of the heart, except the very centre. then I blended Autumn Fire more towards the edges, and finally some Blood Orange to the edges. I used a sponge to make sure there were no harsh lines between the colour changes.
I stamped the tree from EDY06 using Black Archival and filled in the trunk using Little Black Dress. I then stamped the tiny butterfly/flower heads from EDY07. onto tissue paper. I filled them in with black and cut them out. I used matte glaze to attached them to the heart tag around the tree.
To make the heart even more of a focal point I decided to use clear UTEE on it.
After 3 layers it was nice and shiny. I added a little Treasure gold around the edge of both the background tag and the heart tag.
then I used heavy gel to attach the heart to the background.
At the Stamperama show in Stevenage I recreated this tag, but instead of using UTEE I coated the tag with 3-4 coats of Gloss glaze. You can see how it still achieved a lovely shine..
Here are the 2 tags to compare. The UTEE tag, on the left, is much more glossy, however the UTEE has clouded the Frescos slightly. On the right, the gloss glaze, the shine is more subtle, but the colours have remained much more vivid. It is interesting to see the differences,
Why don't you have a go at layering up 2 tags, doesn't have to be a heart, you can use any shape.
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