Monday, 2 April 2012

Framed "Tag" Art

Tags are all the rage.  I remember when we'd all wait for Tim Holtz to do his 12 tags of Christmas.  Now he's doing 12 tags of April for pete's sake.  Ha ha ha..

Pink Paislee inspired me with a beautiful project, based on essentially tags.  I decided I just had to do my own version.  Since we repainted the bathroom this weekend, and none of my old decor matches, I was faced with the perfect opportunity.  I loved working on it, and hope you enjoy the end result.

(Like this project?  Let me know if you'd like me to do it as a class!)


I started with an old gilt frame that no longer matches our house.  I removed the glass and mat, and painted the whole thing over with guess.  It took about 3 coats, but I still purposely left some of the original color showing to make it look "distressed."


Next came the tags.  Banners are all the rage right now, so I went with that.  I hand cut a template, then traced it onto an old music book back from my music school days. (trust me, I no longer care about "The Art of Counterpoint!")

Because I knew I wanted to add paint, clear Rock candy distress paint and the like, I backed each paper banner on chip board to give it some substance.  Then I started decorating!  I knew I liked the "family" tags on the Pink Paislee sample, so I made my own version of that.


Next, I added a Prima flower from the Gatsby collection.  It already had chiffon, lace and tulle.  I added a little lacey edging to the tag which I stained with some ink in broken China and Stormy sky. and it was ready to go.  The next tag was simple.  I just framed a black and white picture with white and inked the edges of the tag brown.   

This tag featured just Katelyn.  I actually made this black flower from scratch.  I punched out 3 flower shapes, stamped it with text, coated with clear rock candy distress and curled the edges. Again, some blue distress ink, paper lace trim and two banners cut from gold and blue paper.  Three rhinestones added just the right touch of bling.


This tag again utilized the same lace trim but paired with some blue ribbon and buttons.  I had the die cut heart in my stash so I added some stitching to give it character.  In hindsight, I wish I would have used white thread instead of blue.  Oh well!  This tag also has some brown distress ink added.


Now this tag was very simple.  It was the only color picture I used, so it already stood out.  A  button, some baker's twine in yellow and a Jenni Bowlin pre-made butterfly and I was good to go.


I think there's something to be said for hanging back.  Many of these tags had lots and lots of elements, so some of them, I kept simple.  The tag on the left just had the black and white picture and the Jenni Bowlin butterfly.  The tag on the right had one of my home made flowers, with the same lace trim and some stitching on the edges.  A yellow scrap of paper helped make things pop.


Finally, a left over Pink Paislee stamp shaped die cut, a flower and brad and some baker's twine help embellish this cute picture of Josh flying a kite.


I strung some simple paper coated wire from nails I hammered into the back of the frame, added a black ribbon at the top and hung the tags from clothespins.  I don't like these large ones, so i am ordering in some smaller sized ones.  Hey, I wanted them for a card class coming up anyway, so why not?!



It's a great addition to my bare bathroom wall.  I can so easily change the look and feel, maybe I can do another for my living room in different colors?  Time to hit the goodwill store for some more frames!

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