Thursday, March 1, 2012

The 12 Tags Of 2012: March

Thursday Night:

I got home from yet another rough 'n tumble day at the office.  I parked myself in front of the TV for a couple of episodes of 'Leave It To Beaver' while I unwound from the day at war and pondered tomorrow's PAYDAY-FRIDAY celebration.  I'd nearly resigned myself to a Benadryl and praying for early sleep, when I noticed that Mr. Holtz had a new post up-

The March tag of The 12 Tags of 2012 was up!

So I un-parked my ass from the sofa and parked it at my worktable.

I grabbed a pickaxe and mined STASH MOUNTAIN, gathering anything that reminded me of Mr. Holtz's tag.  Some butterfly stickers, a few Distress Inks, a tag... then I dried up and considered going back to the sofa.  No, I want to be productive.  I want to be creative.  I want a glass of wine.

I began playing around- and I'm gonna admit, I'm rather proud of my tag!  Is anyone else tagging along?

First, I 'wrinkle free distressed' the tag with a combination of Distress Inks in Victorian Velvet, Broken China, and Scattered Straw.  I felt they were rather Spring-y colors!  I've had the woodgrain stamp for a few months and haven't had a use for it, until tonight.  It's a Hobby Lobby brand stamp- rather plain, but I like the fainter/lighter (?) woodgrain on this stamp- it isn't an overpowering grain, get what I'm saying?  I was also surprised/impressed that I lined it up so well when I stamped the second half of the card.  I'm usually off just enough to drive me crazy.  I used Walnut Stain Distress Ink for the woodgrain stamp.

I embossed the upper right and bottom left of the tag with a Sizzix folder that I didn't know I had- and definitely don't even remember buying.  It must've been on clearance.  I am pretty sure it was with a Christmas-themed set, because its companions were a snowflake strip and a generic 'card-sized' folder.  Hmmm.  Really don't have a clue when I got it, where it came from, or what it's called.  After I embossed the flourishes, I sanded it a bit and rubbed some Tea Dye ink onto the exposed tag.

I heat embossed the Prima bird with a crown. Does anybody know where this trend came from?  Birds with crowns?  I have a few, and even have a porcelain bird with a crown on one of my bookshelves.

And yeahp!  I had to use my October Afternoon doily stamp!  After stamping the doily onto some kraft cardstock, cut that little treasure out and rubbed some Picket Fence Distress Stain over it- it still didn't look quite right, so I did the edges with a little more Broken China and Scattered Straw.

The 'title' tag, I just used some more kraft cardstock.  When I sprayed water on my woodgrain stamp to clean it off- I shook it and let it drip onto the scrap of cardstock, then stamped it with the 'Journey' sentiment.  I distressed it, and attached it and the doily to the tag with my beloved Tiny Attacher.  I love that thing.

How about a close up?

If you've made a tag based on the March tag, let me know- I'd love to see!



  1. Love this tag! You never fail to inspire me.......

  2. What a gorgeous tag Kory, lovely colors, gorgeous embossing, love the doily, it is simply perfect! I too have birds with crowns, aren't they awesome?? LOVE! Oh, and THANK YOU for joining Flying Unicorn truly appreciate it and hope you will come and play with us too! You ROCK friend! Love you too!

    -Hugs! Frank

  3. Wonderful tag Kory. The colours are amazing as is the visual texture. I don't know where the birds with crowns idea came from but there are some symbols which have a strong mainstay in stamp art: crowns, tall pointy hats, birds, butterflies, wings. Maybe it harks back to the dadaists who were the first to incorporate disparate objects together. Hope oyu have a fab Friday. There's always the weekend to look forward to :) Px

  4. your tag turned out awesome!! love the colors you got from your techniques!! have a great day! hl

  5. That tag rocks! simply rocks! Can't wait to see more!!

  6. Your commentary made me chuckle. First time coming to your blog.

    Nice tag. Love the Sizzix embossing folder corners. Nice way to do the text. I too love the tiny attacher.

  7. Love how your tag turned out! I have been dragging my feet about doing Tim's tag because I don't have the exact items he used. You have inspired me to move beyond that and use what I do have! Hope my tag turns out half as nice as yours!

  8. Kory...your tag is wonderful! I love the background colors and your design. <3 Candy

  9. I wanted to tell you that I loved your post. It made me laugh. I react that way when I see a new Tim post. Love your tag! Great background and the sentiment looks cool!

  10. Really like the colourful background!