12 Tags of 2014 March

Published March 30, 2014 by isisimaginings

Hello, thank you very much to everyone for the kind comments & tweets on my blog post last night, I was still blushing this morning.

Keren Baker asked me last night how long it takes me to make a background & the answer is not long at all, if I know what I’m doing. Which is rare. Usually, there’s lots of thinking & staring & wondering how on earth to start. I’m not one of those talented crafters who can move seamlessly from one idea to the next. My ideas are dragged out, kicking & screaming, from the depths of my brain.

I know I’ve joked about it before, but one of my biggest difficulties is choosing colours & really, it’s not funny, to me at least. I cannot put colours together & I cannot tell if a colour combination works or not, so trying to get that right takes ages. I decided to join Pinterest simply so that I could have a place where I put pictures of colour combinations & I get a daily email from http://designseeds.com, which I pin to my Colour Palettes board. Then of course, I have to decide which of the colours I have matches most closely with the pictures. All of which goes to explain why I’m lucky if I manage to do a blog post more than once a week.

Cutting it fine yet again, I have managed to finish my take on Tim’s beautiful, Spring-like March tag, which you can see here. As usual, I had to come up with something using what I have in my stash, but I followed Tim’s process as closely as I could.  I’m still using canvas boards & this time I have also used a tag.

I gave the board a quick coat of gesso, then applied some Cheesecake Fresco with a baby wipe. I cut a few centimetres off the bottom of the tag so that it would look better on the board. All the stamping was done using Tim’s Visual Artistry stamps & Wendy Vecchi’s Archival inks – Potting Soil, Watering Can, Cornflower Blue & Orange Blossom. The second generation stamping worked quite well on the board I thought. And I discovered I could smudge the ink with a baby wipe if I was careful not to overdo it.

I die cut the feather & applied the inks through the negative & added some pencil lines to the feather on the tag. The words are 7 Gypsies stamps. I blended Tattered Rose, Shabby Shutters & Squeezed Lemonade distress inks very lightly over the top.

I scribbled some Whispers pens onto the craft sheet & used a waterbrush to colour the foliage below the bird.


Tim used his very cool distress marker spritzer through a stencil on his tags & I had to improvise to get this effect. I added tiny amounts of Pea Coat Fresco paint to water in a mister bottle & spraying onto scrap card to check the colour until it was what  I wanted. Then I sprayed through a TCW stencil. I wanted quite a subtle look to the board, but I couldn’t resist a spritz of Biscotti Perfect Pearls mist at this stage.


A close up to show the stencilled layer.


The finished board. I edged the tag with Walnut Stain Distress ink & the board with Potting Soil Archival & French Roast Fresco. There’s a little bit of washi tape on the board & I used paper string through the word band on the tag & added the eyelets for decoration. I stuck a piece of kraft card to the back of the tag to strengthen it. The tag had curled slightly as I was working on it, so I left it like that, using double foam pads at the top & bottom only.


That’s it, I hope you like it. Thank you to Tim for his genius & inspiration. See you next time.


12 comments on “12 Tags of 2014 March

  • Love love love this, I haven’t seen Tim’s but love yours. I’m reminded of blue ceramics with the bird and colouring which is so cool. Loving all the layers of ink. Really fab xx

    • This is just gorgeous, Kirsten… the colours work beautifully together, and I love the subtle whisper of the secondary stamping on the canvas board texture. Really gorgeous with the tag mounted in place… great take on the March inspiration.

      And because I’m on catch-up, I still have yesterday’s post to enjoy!
      Alison x

  • I love the effect of that feather, especially on the tag with your positioning of it emanating from the flourish motif. The blue of the bird is a brilliant combination with the orange of the feather & I particularly like the softness you achieved on the tag. Like you my designs are wrenched out of me & my blog posts are even scarcer than once a week. It’s the design & layout that has floored me but maybe that will now improve………
    Paula (PEP)

  • I’m famous!! I reckon your backgrounds would take significantly less time than if I had a go! So elegant and beautiful. Didn’t get chance to do Tim’s March one- will have to check out Aprils x

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