Sunday, September 15, 2013

FLY tag

It's now 4:00 a.m.-ish, which is what happens when you don't eat all day, then drink two cups of coffee at 7:00 p.m., and then have some wine.

This is also what happens.

My tag is inspired by Alison Bomber's Tutorial post #two at Paper Artsy's blog.

Like hers, mine uses Fresco Finish painted torn corrugated cardboard, text/music paper, Distress inks, and stamping.

However, I cheated. I used printed papers from My Mind's Eye Lost and Found 6x6 pads rather than true text paper. I die-cut corrugated cardboard, which made it easier to peel off a layer. I also used Stampotique's Moon Girl to fulfill another challenge (and one to myself). Wink of Stella Clear glitter pen was used on the fairy's wings because when there are fairies, there is always fairy dust, aka glitter.

I'm a hoarder and keep all sorts of things that I think will be useful one day in my crafting. I have a lots of corrugated cardboard, which I have meant to use, but haven't gotten around to doing. Until this evening.

As stated above, I started by die cutting corrugated cardboard, tore off the top layer, then painted it with Nougat Fresco Finish paint. 

I chose music-themed patterned paper and painted it with watered down Fresco Finish paints (Sky, Lilac, Toad Hall, Hey Pesto, and Limelight) and and heat set it. When it was dry, I stamped the birds with grass from Paper Artsy's Hot Pick #1005 set using Onyx Black VersaFine ink and heat set it.

I used a piece of Cut N' Dry foam to apply Moonlight Fresco Finish paint to Moon Girl (seems appropriate), then stamped her onto text-patterned paper. Lilac and Concord Grape Distress inks were used to color her, then Wink of Stella clear glitter pen was added to her wings and edges, pink glitter pen was added to the heart on her dress, and clear Glaze pen was added to her eyes, which didn't hurt her one little bit.

Studio Calico Darling Dear Wood Vaneer letters were painted with Eggplant Fresco Finish paint and heat embossed with Filigree Clear Detail embossing powder.

Concord Grape Distress ink was sponged on the painted corrugated cardboard tag. The stamped painted scene was torn, edged with Concord Grape Distress ink, and adhered to the tag. The sentiment was adhered with glue and Moon Girl was adhered with dimensional foam adhesive.

Experimenting with new techniques and media has been big fun!

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this tag in the following challenges.
Paper Artsy Blog: Challenged By Alison Bomber
Stampotique Designers Challenge #116: Try a new technique
Simon Says Wednesday Challenges: Emboss It!
Simon Says Monday Challenges: Embossed


  1. This is so pretty, Kathi - I love the blend of colours in your sky, and the grasses look wonderful against the music background. Fabulous distressing on the edges too. Thank you so much for joining in the fun over at PaperArtsy.
    Alison x

  2. Cute tag, love the colours you used.

  3. Lovely tag great colour combo


  4. This is such a beautiful tag! I love the gorgeous colors, the ribbon and the wood veneer letters! They look so pretty!

    Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog!

  5. Lovely tag, love the Stampotique image at the top, lovely subtle colour palette too and love the stamping . Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp Momday Challemge. Tracy x

  6. Been there! Done that! And, yes, II have been know to be in my craft room in the wee hours of the morning, Kathi! I would say your sleepless night was worth it when I see this beautiful tag! I love things created with corrugated cardboard, and, although just a peek here, it is a strong base! Love all the yummy layers, too! Bravo from one night owl to another!! Kay

  7. Fabulous tag, Kathi, in spite of the fact that you were up all night! (I haven't done that for a long time!)
    Love the fab treatment of the DP and the cardboard! Love the fly sentiment--way cool! And your little fairy must have bionic eyes for that Glaze pen to not hurt them. (You meanie, you!) ;^)
    Really love the way you finished the tag with the cool ribbon! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  8. Very pretty. I love the corrigated cardboard background and the stamped flowers!
    Thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind comments. I appreciate it.

  9. Love the fairy and the music against the corrugated's a wonderful contrast.

  10. Looking good for a caffeine and alcohol powered crafting session!! Love corrugated cardboard (I hoard it too) and also love that Stampotique girl - fabulously quirky and cute to boot :) Keep on with the MM - loving it!