Hi my crafty friends! Today I want to share a tag that I made as a part of the Tag Swap over on Creating and Sharing Mixed Media Art on Google+! For the month of November it was artists choice for the tag and as it is autumn/fall and coming up on the Thanksgiving holiday, I wanted to make a tag in keeping with that them. My swap buddy for this month is Donna Hanrahan and you can visit her here on Google+. I have been so excited to be a part of the swap and I look forward to ALL the fabulous talented creativity that will be going around!!
For Donna's tag, I used the darker tag (not sure what you call it) because I was again, thinking "warmth" and fall. A lot went on with the base of the tag that you really can't see due to all that I placed on top, but I will try to give you a run down based on my memory (very scary!) I used one of Tim Holtz's stamps that that was kind of vintage looking with Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade. Then I took some Distress Paint in Antique Linen through a stencil doing both just to give some background. I loved that I downloaded and knew I wanted to use it and as it had these birds in it I took a bird stamp from Fiskars that I had in my stash and stamped several on the background. Again, they are hard to see with all the fuss! I then distressed the edges with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.
As I always do I sprayed a fixative on the tag because I knew I would be putting things on the top and wanting to do some shading. I then applied the digital down with Mod Podge and added a piece of burlap and some twine down at the bottom. I had some emphemera that I picked up at the Dollar Store, of all places, that I loved and thought it would go cute with it, so I applied it down with the burlap and twine. I did quite a bit of shading with the emphemera and photo with Faber-Castell Big Brush Pen and then added some faux stitching around the photo.
I had this cute "little" tag that I wanted to use that I simply distressed with Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo and added the little sentiment and a little maroon rhinestone that you really can't see. I also added the little pin embellishment from Tim Holt's stash that says "keepsake" on it, that you also can't see! LOL So much for my lovely photography with my cellphone! LOL The flower emphemera that I added had some faint blue on it so I took a gel pen and added more blue specks and some on the foliage in the digital for a little more color. I then just added some ribbon and yarn that I had in my stash and voila!
I had so much fun doing this tag because I was so excited about the swap, so I hope that Donna enjoys it and knows that it comes with lots of warm Georgia hugs this wonderful Thanksgiving season!
I hope those others of you who are involved with the swap are having fun and enjoying the creativity your are receiving as well as enjoying giving back out! That's what it's all about!
Blessings for a great day! :)