Thursday, March 22, 2012

Blooming Tree Birthday Tag

It's definitely feeling like Spring here in West Texas. The trees are blooming or already have leafed out, and most everybody is cleaning up their yards and planting flowers. Since I am feeling this contagious mood, I wanted to make a Spring tag that combines three challenge guidelines. Simon Says Stamp & Show's challenge is "handmade backgrounds", The Sunday Stamper's challenge is "paper flowers", and The Blogger's Challenge is "birthdays". I think I got it all covered, plus some Spring!
I used Tim's Wrinkle Free Distress technique to gain color on my tag. I dabbed on Distress Inks onto my craft mat and misted with water, then ran my tag over several times, drying between coats. I had a lot of ink on the mat and I didn't want to waste it, so I did several tags.
I stamped the music notes in Walnut Stain and the letter script in Peeled Paint Distress Inks.
I rubbed Snow Cap Acrylic paint around edges of tag and then used it to stamp the swirling pollen (that's what I think it is) image on. There you have it...my background.
I die cut the tree and inked it with Gathered Twigs appropriately, and then stamped the wood grain image on with Walnut Stain Ink.
I have had these mini paper flowers in my stash for probably 10 years...now they have a home, along with a Stickle center.
I stamped my sentiment with Embossing Distress Ink and Spiced Marmalade Distress Powder. I coated the whole thing with Crackle Accents.
I have quilt binding, which is not to be confused with seam binding...cause it ain't people, cause I tried. It didn't work like I wanted but it colored well and was pretty enough. I stamped the AO butterfly on cardstock with Sepia Archival and used Glazed Pens to give it color and shine.
 
 
Supplies:
From My Stash: mini paper flowers, quilt seam binding, white cardstock



I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

16 comments:

  1. Anita, I love your spring tree tag! Wonderful use of all the techniques.

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  2. that is so cool Anita!! loving that tree :) lainey x

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  3. Here in Luxembourg we also had a lovely spring day.
    I love your spring tree Anita,it`s so beautiful with all the little details.
    Felicie

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  4. Anita, your cheery birthday tag is beautiful! I love your handmade background. The colors are like a breath of Spring and the stamping you've done over them looks incredible! I love your blooming tree! It's so pretty! I also love your sentiment with adorable little butterfly fluttering above it. Beautifully done! Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

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  5. Very lovely tag. Love the design, with the flowers in the tree. And that background is amazing!!

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  6. Totally gorgeous tag! I love how you made your flowering tree!

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  7. My first thought on seeing this tag was, "SPRING!!" It's beautiful. I love the background, it provides a perfect contrast to the flowers.

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  8. Absolutely FABulous! I love everything from the background, the overstamping, the die cut tree and the flowers! It's amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your ART with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show! Ellen :)

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  9. What a beautiful tag, great to see the steps you followed to create it too! The Design Team are really pleased that you joined us for the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge this week - Thank you!

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  10. Such a cool tree - You've captured the very essence of spring in this project! I love the way you did the sentiment and the butterfly too, gorgeous xx

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  11. Wonderful tag, so spring like with that lovely tree.

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  12. Gorgeous tag Anita. Very apt for this lovely spring weather we are having! That is in Wales, UK.

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  13. Beautiful tag!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  14. Stunning Tag, so sorry I am late visiting... been so busy I haven't even had chance to sit at my desk...ekk, need to get some inky fingers, am getting withdrawals lol Anyways... am here now and I just need to say HOW FREAKING COOL is that idea!!! LOVE IT!! Thank you for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

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  15. How did I miss this one?!? So gorgeous... LOVE it! Congrats on you Simon Says win!

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  16. Anita - I just love this tag! M-m-m-m-m makes you feel good just looking at it! Fabulous technique. I've got to get inky!!

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