Dragons Dream TIO Challenge

Published June 23, 2013 by isisimaginings

Two blog posts in one day???!!!  Don’t get too excited, judging by my track record, the next post could be in two months!

After the self-induced stress of my tag book for the PaperArtsy challenge, (see previous post), I wanted to have a play & make something fairly quick & simple.  I was having a rummage through my stash of embellishments & when I saw this metal Eiffel Tower magnet, the words ‘La Belle Époque’ came into my mind.  Then I remembered the theme my wonderful friend & fellow #PATWIT, Helen, had chosen for this week’s Dragon’s Dream Tag It On challenge;

  • Predominantly red
  • Book pages/text
  • An embellishment
  • At least one real stamp

On a tag of course.

Here’s what I came up with.

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I covered a manila tag with a page from an old dictionary & covered it with splats of Barn Door distress stain & layers of the various shades of red distress inks, flicking water over it from time to time.  I used Aged Mahogany distress ink through the CWS mini harlequin stencil.

I added a little bit of stamping with Coffee Archival ink on mini PaperArtsy stamps – a script & splatters & some around the border with black Archival.  All the other stamps are from a set called French Mail by Crafty Secrets.

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I stamped in Versamark the free border stamp from the July issue of Craft Stamper magazine around the edge of the tag & heat set with clear embossing powder.  When it was cool, I rubbed over the top with Ruby treasure gold.  I can’t remember where I’ve seen it done before, but it’s a great way of adding texture.

I stamped the Lynne Perella image onto acetate & painted it on the reverse with assorted Fresco paints & made a little postcard from a scrap of white card, that I covered with Antique Linen & Old Paper DIs.

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I glued another page of the dictionary to scrap card & cut the smallest flowers from the TH tattered floral die & the border from Spellbinders Edgeabilities dies & added some red & white baker’s twine & black adhesive pearls to finish.

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Thanks to Helen for getting me to use a LOT of red, I quite liked it!

Before I end, I thought I’d share a link with you.  After the PaperArtsy blog post this morning, I had a Twitter chat with Lin & Jax about why we get stressed over our projects, especially when they’re supposed to be fun.  We talked about not being able to come up with ideas & when we do, the finished piece never looks as it did in our heads.

Lin gave us this link to a post on France Papillon’s blog & it really made me think.  I KNOW that the pieces/cards/whatever that I’m making now are better than what I was making years ago.  I still have many of the actual items, so the physical evidence is there.  Therefore, if I continue to create & experiment, what I make in the future should be better than what I‘m making now.   Ergo, I should stop being so hard on myself & start having fun.  In other words; LIGHTEN UP KIRSTEN!!!  Here’s the link……………


I’d love to know what you think of it.

Until next time, (hopefully not in two months),

Love & light.


12 comments on “Dragons Dream TIO Challenge

  • This is such a beautiful tag, Kirsten! I love your work, it’s really impressed me since I started blogging back in April, so please don’t leave it 2 months – obviously don’t give yourself stress, though! xxx

  • The color and the composition are just striking! AH and the background!
    You don’t have to be too hard with you and your Art! Really, just have fun 🙂 you already make wonderful pieces!

  • This is great Kirsten! The background is very effective and love the stamps you’ve used. Not sure but think it might have been Carol Quance who used that border stamp like that. It looks very effective. The Lynnen Perella image is beautifully coloured and really stands out against the background. Fab stuff so stop beating yourself up, lol!

    Lesley Xx

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