Monday, July 16, 2012

Smell the flowers

Hi everyone! I am so happy to be posting my first DT project for Simon Says Stamp & Show. The challenge theme of this week is ‘anything goes’, and I had almost too many ideas, finally deciding to do a little paper bag that holds a tag. I hope you will play along with us!

When doing cards or tags with bulky 3D elements, I often wonder how to present them to the receiver, since they don’t fit into ordinary envelopes. Looking at the In The Bag die, I realized that the little bag would be a fun way of handing over a bulky tag, and the tag from the Tag & Tie die fits perfectly into the bag.

The bag and tag were die-cut from manila cardstock, which is heavy enough to create a sturdy bag. It is one of my favorite paper surfaces and works so well with many techniques. Here I wanted a soft watercolour background, so Victorian Velvet, Antique Linen and Pumice Stone Distress Ink were smeared on my craft sheet and misted with water and Perfect Pearls. Both the bag and the tag were dipped into the ink. The white flower was white embossed on the front of the bag and on the tag. I restamped it with Victorian Velvet, using a stamp positioner, to just offset it a little. This creates a shadow effect.

I also stamped both pieces with a flourish stamp, using Victorian Velvet, and with a long sentiment stamp using Pumice Stone ink. The sentiment was stamped on strips of inked manila cardstock with letter stamps. It is a favorite sentiment of mine.

A butterfly border was dry embossed at the top of the tag. The embossed parts were inked with Colorbox Frost White, using a sponge dauber to apply the ink.

The clock was die-cut from grungeboard and painted silver. I discovered that the clock face stamp from the Stamper’s Anonymous Curiosities set, fits perfectly inside the little clock die cut, and stamped it with Archival Jet Black ink on white cardstock and inked with Antique Linen. After gluing it behind the clock, I filled up the whole area with Glossy Accents.

The three flowers were die cut from Core’dinations cardstock (Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet), sanded to reveal a bit of the inner core, rolled up, and then a bit of Rock Candy Stickles were smeared on them. I added some stickles to the flourish and butterfly die-cuts too. The flourish was die-cut from grungeboard, painted silver and white embossed with a swirl stamp.

The back of the tag was also stamped with the flourish and the long sentiment stamp (before assembling). The ATC texture fades fits perfectly with the bag, and I dry embossed the back of the bag with a bingo folder. The raised parts were inked with Colorbox Frost White.

The lace was dyed with Victorian Velvet and Pumice Stone Distress Stain and misted with Perfect Pearls. The Vintage Lace lace is die-cut from white cardstock and coated with Rock Candy Distress Stickles.

The butterfly was die-cut from grungeboard, painted silver and white embossed with the same swirl stamp as the flourish on the tag.

Thank you so much for looking! I hope you can play along with us. You can win a 50$ gift voucher at Simon Says Stamps (and buy some new stamps, dies, inks etc!).


Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Curiosities, Fabulous Flourishes, Tiny Textures, Nature's Moments, Stuff to Say; Hero Arts Basic Lowercase Letters LL188
Dies and embossing folders: Sizzix: In the Bag, Tag & Tie, 3D Flowers Bigz, Mini Butterflies Movers & Shapers, Vintage Alarm Clock Movers & Shapers, Vintage Lace Sizzlitz, Mini Flourish Movers & Shapers; Playing Games Bingo Texture Trades, Springtime Background & Borders
Ink, paint etc.: Distress Ink: Victorian Velvet, Pumice Stone, Antique Linen; Distress Stain: Pumice Stone, Victorian VelvetArchival Ink Jet Black; Colorbox Frost White; Ranger Seamfoam White embossing powder; Adirondack Silver Paint dabber; Rock Candy Distress Stickles

Other: Glossy Accents, Perfect Pearls, idea-ology grungeboard, Ranger manila cardstock, Core'dinations Distress cardstock; lace trim, pearl


  1. Love your clock, great post with all the details. X

  2. Anna-Karin...BRAVO on your first project as a member of the DT for SSSS. I love your little bag and the tag that fits down inside. Love your design and the colors you've! There are so many textures, layers and beautifully stamped areas. Very lovely. <3 Candy

  3. Beautiful project, love the stamping and white embossing. The tag compliments the bag beautifully. Tracy x

  4. Hi, I came looking for this yesterday - I'm so glad it's here now, so that I can say I LOVE IT. Totally beautiful inside and out. Just lovely - the idea, the colours, the embossing, the alarm clock - delicious! Thank you so much for such an inspiring project.
    Alison x

  5. Anna,
    This is jaw dropping beautiful! I'm here from Craft a scene and this beauty stopped me in mid scroll.

  6. I love the little bag and tag combo. Blessings!

  7. Gorgeous tag and bag! Love all the details! There is so much to see. Those flowers are stunning! Great job teamie! Hugs, Sandra

  8. Pragtig Anna-Karin! SSS mag bly wees met jou in die DT!!

  9. Lovely tag and the coordinating bag is sweet! Love the added gloss to the clock face. The layered flowers are beautiful!

  10. So lovely! Great idea to put the tag in a bag!

  11. Simply beautiful ;)
    xoxo Sioux

  12. this is just gorgeous, love it

  13. I really like these little bags that you make. All the detailing and textures makes them eye candy. Thank you for your kind words at my blog and blessings!


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