1. Stamp tag with Calais flourish (Archival ink- Sepia or Distress Ink - Vintage Photo).
2. Use the fine tip of a liquid glue bottle (I used Glossy Accents) to “paint” in between some of the lines of the stamp image. Remember, you will not see the middle of the tag in the end. Add glitter, set aside to dry. You could use Stickles for this step, but I just don't like waiting for it to dry so I just stick (no pun intended) to traditional glitter.
3. Cut a free form scallop on the raw edge along length of wired ribbon (do not cut the wired edge off).
4. Find one end of the wire. Pull wire to gather ribbon. Form a winding circle then using a liquid glue adhere flower to a chipboard or an interfacing circle...just something to keep it's shape.
|flower before adding the circle backing|
6. Now we need to start layering the tag. Here's how I did it: Gather pieces of cheesecloth, crochet lace, tulle, etc. Think TEXTURE here. All the pieces are similar in color but they each have a unique texture. Once you have everything gathered, use liquid glue to layer the foundation. Use your flower to check your work from time to time so you get the right balance.
|Small pieces of dyed cheesecloth and a piece from a doily. I like to pull the cheesecloth so it looks uneven and really frayed.|
|Squeeze some glue onto tag. Working quickly, add a piece of cheesecloth.|
|Then add the crochet piece |
|lay the flower on your work to check the progress|
|Add a second piece of cheesecloth and then the flower|
|long loops so they will hang out from under the flower|
9. Turn leaves over. Paint only the back of leaves with gel medium to add strength. Why only the backs? I love the texture of old book pages...the paper is almost furry it's so thick!
10. Once leaves are dry, adhere to tag under flower along with the ribbon and a bit of gold tulle. The tulle balances out the weight of the leaves and ribbon at the bottom of the tag and also brings the gold color up to the top of the tag.
|Just use a bit of liquid glue to add the ribbon, leaves and tulle.|
Alright ladies, I'll meet you back here on Friday for tag #5 the big powder puff flower.