Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Lovely, Little, Red Valentine Tag

Happy Saturday crafters! The Artistic Outpost has a monthly challenge called the Referral Program. They have  revamped the Referral Program for 2012, and it started today, February 1st. Each month they will post a challenge theme on the blog along with inspiration from the Design Team.  To participate in the challenge, you'll need to use Artistic Outpost images along with the theme to create your project, and then add your link to the Monthly Referral Program post.  The challenge will be open for the entire month, and you'll be able to enter as many times as you wish.  At the end of the month they'll have the Random Number Generator pick the winner, and post the winners name on their blog.  The winner of the monthly Referral Program will receive an Artistic Outpost Prize Package!  The first Theme Challenge is "Shades of Red", and you have until February 28, 2012, to enter and hopefully win some yummy stamps! 
Here is the tag I created for the Referral Theme Challenge (shucks, I can't win the prize). I used the Lovely Day stamp set. I am also submitting this little beauty (I named her Hannah) to the "embellish it" challenge at The Stamp Man.
I stamped Hannah and her bicycle images with Archival Ink in Jet Black and colored them in with Glaze Pens, Watercolor Pens, and a Marvy red marker, and then cut them out. The sentiment was stamped in Festive Berries Distress Ink and heat embossed with Fired Brick Distress Powder, then given a coat of Crackle Accents. For some reason the Crackle caused the sentiment to bleed and blur underneath. I think this was due to a  Distress Ink reaction, but I am not entirely sure, and will have to research that. Any opinions, please let me know.
I had this scrap red paper that I tore out of a  Somerset Studio Magazine. I embossed it with the Valentine Background texture fade, and then inked it with Black Soot Distress Ink. I adhered it to a tag, although I went with a black one instead of manilla.
I used Red Pepper Alcohol Ink to color the button rose.
Black paper lace die cut from Tim's Vintage Lace Die and a gold foil doily were added to the tag and trimmed off. I bunched a hole in it and adhered the button, and tied the wire to the button hole on the back making a loop. Hannah and her bicycle were adhered and embellishments (roses, glittered cut out hearts, ribbon) were added.

Wilton: Foil Gold Doily
The Paper Studio: glittered red cardstock
Uchida Marvy: Red Pigmented Marker
From My Stash: red wire, red  and white cardstock, ribbon, wooden heart (given to me)

I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. Потрясающе-миленькая штука! Мне очень нравится! как раз в стиле наступающего праздника!

    1. I wish I could read what you said, but I can't find a translator tool. Thank you for commenting though, I know it was sweet coming from you!

  2. Gorgeous Anita!!! I love the touches of gold through-out!

  3. You always give me such great ideas! I keep seeing the NEED to get the Valentine texture fade--and I have some white doilies in my kitchen--great idea to use them in a Valentine project! You continue to inspire!

  4. Anita, what a truly stunning tag! I love the stamps and all the little extra detailing everywhere - especially on the bicycle. Your creativity is absolutely fantastic! Anna xx

  5. Gorgeous creation, and thank you for joining in The Artistic Stamper Challenge


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