September 24, 2019

Summer Mind

While yesterday was the first day of fall, my mind and my heart will stay in summer for many months to come.

Living in the desert means hibernating during the heat of June through September but when the temperature breaks in the fall, activity-wise it's more like the summer everyone else was having. Festivals begin, strolls through the neighborhood are possible again and sitting out on the porch--a long-lost luxury.

So yes, I'm in a "summer state of mind" and that was my inspiration for this tag.

I'll describe the layers:

  • Calligraphic scrapbook paper (Authentique Classique: Pretty) cut in the shape of a tag was tinted with Distress Oxides.
  • Botanical collage paper was pasted over the top and the flower petals and leaves were filled-in with gesso.
  • The bug is from the Stampers Anonymous Entomology set and was stamped with black archival ink. The wings were also filled-in with gesso using a tiny brush.
  • The gessoed areas were painted with inks. Besides helping with adhesion, the gesso makes the colors more vibrant.
  • The text was cut from an old book.
  • I think most tags need a border to frame it and machine stitching around the edges was used for that purpose here.
I'm linking up to Simon's Monday challenge--the theme this week is stitching and also to The Funkie Junkie Boutique whose challenge is to make a tag.

Look for me on TFJB later this week where I'll have a guest spot and a fun project to share. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Cathie, I'm so excited to see your entry on The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog! I love how you can take things so simple and make them into a real art party! What a gorgeous flower on that subtle background! I especially love the stitching detail! Thank you for sharing your steps, too, and the gesso tip. I'm so happy you shared this with us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog! Hugs!

  2. Fabulous tag and background love the beautiful flower and bug-great tip using gesso too
    Csrol x

  3. Fantastic tag, Cathie! The flower is so pretty.

  4. Wonderful tag, I love the background you've made and that bug stamp is great, hugs.

  5. So many great techniques on this lovely tag! What a beautiful addition to our challenge at the Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. Hugs from Ginny at Polly's Paper Studio!

  6. How you pulled all the parts together is truly lovely.

  7. So beautiful! love the subtle palette you used! As always you are magical! Your skill to create fabulous collage is absolutely endless and amazing! thanks for joining us this week on Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!Barbara

  8. Wonderful subtle colour contrasts here between the background and that beautiful flower. This is a beautiful tag.

    Thanks for your lovely comment... and just a thought about Archival ink when embossing. You need to be fairly quick to get the powders on. Archival has a much quicker drying time than embossing inks or even Distress Inks, as I'm sure you know - but I do think it's worth it for that sharper impression, especially when working with more detailed stamps. For instance, with my quote stamps, it can sometimes be the difference between being able to read the words and not!
    Alison x

  9. Delighted to see you in the Spotlight at SSS!