Friday, May 25, 2012

12 Tags of 2012: May flowers

This month's 12 Tags, another in the series hosted by Tim Holtz, involves a lot of fun inking and gluing and grungy ideas, and something that has recently become my favorite technique: Paper flowers dipped in Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel.

The first time I saw this method was at The Funkie Junkie blog. Linda Coughlin, who owns the Funkie Junkie blog, Frilly and Funky challenge blog and stores on Etsy and Zibbet, used paper flowers cut with the Tattered Florals decorative strip die.

Today's version is from Tim of course and employs teeny paper flowers on wire.

I only had two itsy bitsy paper flowers on hand, but wanted three for my midnight garden, so I made a third with a bit of colored copper wire and plain printer paper cut in the style of kindergarten students making snowflakes -- it turned out beautifully, don't you think?

Another element that is unique enough to babble about are my homemade version of Tim's chitchat blocks. They're printed on buff-colored card stock, trimmed out and lightly crumpled. Using an alcohol-ink applicator tool that was dipped into a pool of Victorian Velvet Distress Stain I colored the edges of the blocks.

Ensuring that the tool was very wet with stain resulted in a wonderfully blotched and soiled-looking design perfect for a grungy garden sign.

Finally, since I'll be adding this to the link list at Frilly and Funkie's Sunday Share, let's look at what I used from the Funkie Junkie shop: Three rusted metal stars, a small piece of rusty tin mesh, ribbon (dyed with distress stain) and a manilla tag, cut with a die that also was purchased from Linda's store.

OK, I'm off to play with some brush less watercolor that is the topic of the week at StudioL3.

Thanks for visiting today and let me know if you have any questions!


  1. Oh my! Something else for me to learn. Your flowers look fantastic as does the rest of the tag. hugs Mrs A

  2. I see that I am not the only one that did not go with a sewing theme! Yeap, those flowers are beautiful as is your Midnight garden tag! Great idea to make your own litte chitchat letters! Hope you have a great Memorial Day Weekend! So are you going to BBQ?

  3. Lovely tag and especially love the beautiful flowers. x

  4. Gorgeous tag, I'm joining in as well, loving those flowers.
    Yvonne x

  5. Great tag and just love those tiny flowers on wire.

  6. Oh gosh, now you've made me want to get out my melting pot again! So many amazing crafty things going on here. Your tag is ultra wonderful, Tracy. I especially love the way you put the flowers on the wires - very cool idea that I will definitely be remembering for my own future projects!

    Thanks so much for the lovely shout out and for linking up to Sunday Share. Good luck winning the 25% discount coupon this week!


  7. omgosh so much catching up to do with your art my friend!!1 i'm loving this as usuallyou have your own style..and i am always amazed with each peice of art..will be checking in more..loves ya

  8. Awesome! I love your garden theme! Fun sentiment....Your flower on the wire is great! I love it!