Monday, June 16, 2014

Vibrant Happy Inky Tags

Hi all! It is summer time and we are having an Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week. I hope you will join us!

I had fun making two inky tags using mainly Simon Says Stamp Exclusive products. I couldn't pick between the Butterfly Drift and the Stars Parade, so simply had to make two tags.

I didn't have much of a plan starting out, just a bunch of products that I wanted to use. The background is Bazzill Antique patterned paper, die cut with the Sizzix Tag & Bookplates die. I cut off a thin strip on all the sides, and cut another tag from white cardstock to mat inky one on.

The great Sketched Alphabet letters were clear embossed on the background, placing them in order on my acrylic block. You don't need to stamp one at a time. After embossing, I misted the background with two colours Dylusions mist (Dirty Martini and Calypso Teal). The embossing resists the ink. When the mist was dry, I splattered and misted it with some White Linen and finally also applied embossing ink through the Falling Stars stencil and white embossed the stars. As you can see, not all the stars are perfect, since it is hard to get embossing ink evenly through such a detailed stencils, but I thought it fit with the tag. 
I used left-over gelli prints for the stars, die cutting the Stars Parade from different printed papers. They were left-overs from different printing session, such as this, this and this one. I die cut the Star Parade another two times from white cardstock and pieced the coloured stars into the negative spaces. The Sizzix Magnetic Platform works great together with the Simon Says Stamp wafer thin dies.  
To finish the tag, I die cut one of my favourite words, added a stamped word and sprinkled tiny wood veneer stars here and there. The stars had been painted with Picket Fence paint. I also stitched a border with embroidery floss.

The second tag was made in pretty much the same way. After clear embossing the alphabet letters on the background I misted it with Dirty Martini, Lemon Zest and just a tiny bit of Calypso Teal. The white embossing was done with the Falling Snow stencil.
The Butterfly Drift was die cut from green, yellow and blue gelli printed papers, as well as from white cardstock, piecing it all together.

This butterfly got a wood veneer arrow as a body.

I die cut a sentiment and stamped the beginning of the sentiment on one of the butterflies. To this tag, I also added some cheese cloth, twill and lace, and heart and arrow wood veneer shapes.

Here you can see the layers of paper, resist stamping, misting, white mist and finally white embossing.
Join us this week and it could be you who wins the $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp, drawn randomly. And remember that anything goes.

Thank you so much for looking!

Happy crafting!


Surfaces: Neenah Smooth Solar White cardstock; Bazzill Antique Paper Pad 6 x 6
Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Butterfly Drift, Stars Parade, Happy, You; Sizzix: Tag & Bookplate
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Be Sentiments, Sketched Alphabet,
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black; Versamark
Mist: Ranger Dylusions: Dirty Martini, Lemon Zest, Calypso Teal, White Linen
Paint: Distress Paint Picket Fence
Embossing powder: Ranger: Seafoam White, Clear
Stencils: Simon Says Stamp: Falling Stars, Falling Snow
Embellishments: Studio Calico: Tiny Stars, Hearts & Arrows; Creative Impressions: ABC Printed Twill
Tools: Sizzix: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform; Gelli Arts: Gel Printing Plate 6 x 6, Gel Printing Plate 8 x 10


  1. Hi Anna-Karin! These tags look great! I really like the stars die, so versatile. It looks like you had a blast making these tags! :) Ingrid x

  2. They are indeed vibrant and happy! The backgrounds are beautiful and the tags are very inspiring! Anne x

  3. What a riot of beautiful happy colors! Gorgeous layering on your stunning tags!

  4. Love both gorgeous tags! The colors and textures are awesome! Great design, Anna Karin :)

  5. Stunning tags, Anna-Karin! Love them! The both are so cheerful! Hugs, Sandra

  6. The clear embossed letters against those fab papers are so cool surrounded by all that vibrant inky colour. These two tags are terrific, Anna-Karin - a real celebration of summer and sunshine and fun.
    Alison xx

  7. Gorgeous tags Anna-Karin! So fun and happy! Love all the butterflies and stars!

  8. Super gorgeous duo, Anna-Karin! I love the greens, glitter, & white outline on the butterflies & stars!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  9. These are fantastic! I love how you really made summer come to life with these tags and I like the bits of white that act as accents here and there. Great combination of several wonderful techniques and elements.

  10. Anna Karin you are always able to amaze me! These tags are both incredibles! Love the way that you've mixed different elements! BArbarayaya

  11. Why choose when you can make two fabulous tags Anna-Karin! Love them both.

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  13. These are fantastic Anna-Karin...bold, bright and beautiful and I love all the different elements that you've incorporated into them...fabulous work, as always! :)

  14. Superb tags. Love the way you've used those strong greens - not something seen a lot and my goodness you've pulled it off. Jenny x

  15. Great tags, Anna-Karin. I can see why you struggled choosing between the stars and butterflies - they're both great!

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  17. oh wow! these are the perfect combination of grunge and bright. fabulous!!


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