June 13, 2018

Precious Things

What to do, what to do...

I can't bring myself to use the papers included in this month's Simon card kit because they are just too pretty! Seriously.

And I couldn't bear to cover up the background of a tag made with a new embossing folder (Tim Holtz 3D Botanical) because it was just too pretty, too!

So I tried to think of a design where I could leave most of it showing and here's what I came up with.

I really played around with distressing the background. I embossed a rather thin piece of pink paper (after slightly damping it first) and then I gave it a coat of Krylon clear matt finish to seal and protect it.

Then I went crazy with gesso, inks, and paints--brushing on, wiping off (and even a little bit of sanding), just to see what worked the best to bring out those glorious embossed details.

Who could blame me for not wanting to cover this beauty up?!

The girls are Paper Dolls (Tim Holtz) and the butterflies came from the Graphics Fairy which I printed in miniature on vellum and then cut out.

Some tiny jewels (tinted with alcohol ink), a scrap of vintage sheet music, a Remnant Rub (text) and a border made with dots of Liquid Pearls were also used.

I tinted the Paper Dolls with transparent acrylic paint and the white of the pearls and lace were made with a Gelly Roll pen. I had a tiny butterfly that was just the right size for sitting atop the little girl's hair bow.

I'm linking this up to Simon's Monday Challenge Blog, this week's theme is Anything But A Card.

Now, what to do about those pretty papers...


  1. Oh, I am so in love with this beautiful tag! It is so wonderful! Love the butterflies especially the one on the little girl's bow. The background is perfect--I haven't seen that embossing folder but I must get it. Thanks for making my day seeing this gorgeous tag! P.S. I've seen those papers in the Simon Says kit and I agree that I wouldn't be able to cut into them either!

  2. Gorgeous tag!! I totally agree with you about leaving that background showing, it is beautiful! Love the string of butterflies coming down. Thanks for sharing your awesome make with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! hugs, Maura

  3. OMG that background is perfect I agree with you you have to show it, it's wonderful, and I have the same problem than you with some papers I have, I cannot use them, they are so beautiful I'm not strong enough to cut them lol, hugs.

  4. You did an outstanding job, love the background and all the elements you added (Paper Dolls are my favourite)...and I am so with you in not using pretty paper...or embellishments...ok...I'm becoming an hoarder! Lol! Hugs ❤❤❤

  5. This tag is amazing! The background is stunning! I love all! Congrats!

  6. This is such gorgeous tag! The embossed background you created is amazing. :)

  7. I'm sorry because in this period I'm not able to comment every single masterpiece you create! this is a stunning piece, so nostalgic and soft! Fabulous design and colors! barbara