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by Julie Brooks

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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Gift tags

Hello everyone

Well, I don't know what it's like where you are, but here it's grey and overcast and damp! I went out in our garden earlier to take photos of some of the lovely spring blooms we're currently enjoying and came back in wet and muddy! But, the blooms are beautiful - will share those in a separate post - and the birds are singing. We have carrion crows nesting in a big tree very close to our garden - they nest there every year - and they're currently feeding one if not two babies. They had 3 last year which all fledged successfully and it was funny watching their juvenile antics as they found out about the World around them! So I'm hoping they will all make it again this year. Some people hate crows but I quite like them actually. They're extremely intelligent and I love their beautiful black plumage, AND, if they find a tasty bone or something lying around but it needs a wash before they'll consider eating it, they do no more than hop up onto one of our two bird baths and give whatever it is a good dunking - so clever!

Anyway, on to today's post, which features some gift tags I made a while back but checking back through my blog posts I can't spot that I featured them anywhere, so thought I'd give them a turn in the spotlight!

Now, these tags are not to be confused with the incredibly amazing, awesome and gorgeous Tim Holtz and other such tag creations I see on many peoples' blogs these days. I have not begun to make tags of that ilk ... yet! Mine were produced to sell as gift tags to put on gifts, rather than works of art, so they are simple designs, to keep them within a sensible price range. That said, I will be making some "extravagant" tags in the near future, but to sell as pieces of art rather than for on a gift - so they could end up being a gift in their own right I suppose. Watch this space!

So anyway, here goes.

This first one just uses various stamps to produce a pretty meadow themed image.

As you can see, I embellished the stamped images with some Platinum Stickles - works a treat. I love butterflies. We've had tiny Meadow Blues in our garden this past week.

This next photo is of two tags I put together using stamps, chalk inks, punches and die cuts. I love them both for different reasons.

Bear in mind that these two tags both started off as the brown coloured tag you see above, so you can tell I used a lot of ink to alter the background colour! I could have used chalk acrylic paints but I think they might have been a bit stiff then! The bottom tag has some script stamped on in pale lilac and I stamped some butterflies to match (colour-wise!).

This next one I gave the heat embossing treatment to! I used dark blue embossing powder and then finished by colouring in some sections using a white pencil and then added a few pearls. This remains one of my favourites.

Lastly, these two designs were produced using Versamark ink to produce a watermark over which I inked using various distress inks. The design was on white card and I mounted this onto some black card to provide a narrow border. I stamped the black butterfly image over the top, added some little black flowers and used beads for their centres. I love these as they were the product of my first chance to play with watermarks and they turned out great in my opinion.

So, there you have a selection of tags which are both pretty and practical!

I hope you like them - please leave me a comment as I love to read your messages.

Have a great day!

Bye for now.

Love from me xx