March 06, 2014

Slate-colored Junco

I've got a thing for tags and make a lot of them. I also make greeting cards but I guess I feel more liberated working on tags and I like the challenge of this odd-ball format.

The long and narrow space used to feel confining but it doesn't bother me anymore and the manila cardstock is tough and can take my abuse.

For this tag, I cut birds from an old book, used book text for the background and a 12" x 12" stencil from Crafter's Workshop called Branches. It's a favorite of mine and I highly recommend it. There are two versions, a positive (208) and a negative (251). The leaves were stamped and filled in with colored pencils.

I made it so I could link up to Tag It, the Wednesday challenge theme at Simon Says Stamp, for a chance to win the random drawing.

But I can't let this challenge theme go by without sharing my all-time, most favorite tag.

In his September, 2012, tag post, Tim Holtz did a demo on an embossed metal background and I used this technique to make a steam-punked version of my cat, Howie (click to enlarge it). His goggles were made from polymer clay and the scarf was made from cheese cloth. It was crazy fun!


  1. oh my, this is stunning! I adore those birds, sweet tag. I am so happy you played along with the Simon Says Stamp Tag It challenge!

    sparkle & shine *~*

  2. Fabulous tag, your birds are stunning

    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge

    Jo x

  3. I love your art pieces...totally in my style! Thank you very much for nice comment on my blog...I am very happy you stopped by! Hugs from Slovenia