Sunday, June 9, 2013
The over-abundance of rain has kept me indoors so I have been making tattered tags to replenish my supply.
I know I have shared tags with you before, but here is the newest bunch.
Of course, I used images from The Graphics Fairy - slightly altered over at Pic Monkey.
AND there was torn cotton ribbons, stamping, and distressing involved.
Freight tags were soaked in a mixture of old coffee, cheap vanilla and a dash of Rit taupe liquid dye. I stirred them around with a metal spoon - gently scratching the surface of the tags to make distressed marks.
While scrounging around in my craft stash, Horror Monster, to find some torn ribbons, I discovered this piece of calico and decided it was just too pristine. In the bowl it went.
No .longer white! A nice grungy look.
Notice the scars left by the spoon and from folds while in the dye bath.
I did dye the strings, but decided not to use them.
Great tip here. Go buy two aluminum screens from Habitat. Lightweight items like tags and cloth can be sandwiched between them for drying.
Unfortunately the brief period of no rain was not long enough for them to dry completely. It was fairly easy to pick up the screens and bring them in the house to finish drying.
The cloth torn into ribbons and the tags dried.
Besides the floral print, I used a turquoise calico for ribbons.
After deciding on the images I printed them out nine to a page.
Each image had to be trimmed to fit on the tags.
StazOn saddle brown ink and two stamps (a tapestry and a distressed) were used to make each tag suitably tattered-looking
Mod Podge affixed each image to a tag.
The finished products!
Arlette, a cowgirl, and a girl with a bouquet.
Ballerinas, two girls, and a dancer.
Roses and a girl with her cat and dog.
Yes, I sneaked a pink tag into the bunch. I painted with Poodle Pink and then stamped instead of dying this set.
Time to round them up and take them to the shop.
This is the tag I created to hang on the packs.
Always make sure to credit a person who provides you with free images to use in your projects. When I create with The Graphics Fairy images, I give Karen a mention.
It is only fair after the work she does!
I have three big pieces of furniture in my car that need to be painted. Surely the rain will go away for a couple of days. There are also five, yes, five tables in the living room and three chairs in line for make-overs. I did find some treasures this weekend, but have not unpacked them.
I promise to show them. As usual.
I'll be over at Donna's Funky Junk Interiors for Party Junk 191 all weekend long!