Sunday, 25 June 2017

Out of Limitations comes Creativity

Good afternoon to you. I hope you have all had a fabulous weekend so far. The weather here today is much cooler. Well this tag is actually a make from a very long time ago which was soon grabbed by a friend as she loved it so much. I came across the photo of it whilst trying to clear out my tablet so thought I would share it here as I did get many questions about how it was made at the time.

So here's what I used...

Water colour card stock.
Stamp set...Ranger, Dina Wakley Scribbly Birds.
Stamp set...Ranger Dylusions, Around the Edge.
Stamp and Die set...Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations 660189.
Stencil...TCW Gabrielle Pollacco, Mini moving vines.
Embossing Paste...Dreamweaver.
Distress Inks...Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn.
A selection of Whisper water colour brush markers.
Gelli Plate.
Heat gun.
Flowers and ribbon from my stash.

Here's what I did...

I make all my own tags as I like the freedom of having a tag any size I like. I cut a piece of the water colour card to approximately 8x4", and snipped off the top corners to create my tag. I then blended over with the squeezed lemonade and twisted citron making sure I got a good depth of colour. Once happy I blended some spiced marmalade around the edges in patches, concentrating on the top left and bottom right corners. I then placed my stencil and applied the embossing paste. I love this embossing paste as it has a strange kind of texture and puffs nicely when heated with a heat tool.That's exactly what I did, gently heated, making sure I didn't over do it as it can burn easily. The paste nicely absorbed some of the colour from the distress inks but I gave a light blend over with the Twisted Citron to add some more colour. I set the card aside to go on and stamp my images.

I wanted my bird facing the opposite way to the bird on the stamp plate. Here is where my gelli plate comes in. I inked up by bird with versafine ink and carefully stamped him onto the gelli plate. I then picked up the gelli plate and just like a stamp, placed it onto a spare piece of water colour card, bird now faces the opposite way. I cut him out and coloured him with the brush markers until I was happy with the look. I stamped the leaves from the Dylusions stamp plate a few times as I was unsure at this point how many I would need and cut them out. I coloured them with distress inks and brush markers. I needed something to ground my bird so took some flowers from my stash that matched perfectly and also stamped one of the elements from the Dylusions stamp plate at the bottom of my piece. I glued on the flowers and then mounted my bird with glue gel. I then added some of the leaves. I chose the wording from the Sizzix set and stamped that onto a spare piece of card and cut it using the matching die. I mounted that onto my piece with glue gel. 

Once everything was dry I mounted my piece onto a matching piece of orange card and used a trimmer to cut round, leaving a small border. Using a cropodile I puched a hole in the top of the tag. I coloured a piece of white sparkly ribbon from my stash with the spiced marmalde distress ink. I cut one piece and threaded it through the hole and the other piece I used to make the bow and glued it in place with a hot glue gun.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and thanks for popping by. 

Much love 
Bev. xxx


  1. Love the delicate colours used on this Bev, reminds me of Spring Time and would make a fab card for Easter. Can't remember who I first saw do that Gelli plate reverse trick, fab idea but i'm too impatient to get a Gelli plate out to try it, I'd forget what I was doing by the time I got one out Hee hee!! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday Bev, nice to see some relaxing makes on a lazy Sunday afternoon..
    Hugs Tracey xx

    1. Ah thank you so much Tracey. Been doing that technique forever. It was the reason I actually bought a Gelli Plate in first place lol. I did eventually move on to backgrounds though....smiles. xxx

  2. Dear Bev,
    I very much understand your friend, snatching this wonderful tag ,from you, when seeing it ,lol
    It has so much spring and summer time in it, with the background colors and the lovely stenciled vine leaves--looks totally like embossing !!The sweet birdie turned over, on your Gelli plate is a great idea, - so sweet . A beautiful make Bev.

  3. Hi Bev, so glad to see you have blog.
    The tag, so much detail.

    1. I do indeed and it was blogging mind boggling to do when I started it lol. Thank you. So glad you left a comment. Much appreciated. xxx

  4. Fantastic tag Bev, you have a great eye for all the little details,you're a very talented young lady 🙂
    Donna xx

    1. Bless you Donna, thank you. I'm loving the young lady bit lol. x


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