Thursday, May 28, 2020

A Strange And Wonderful Place For Tag Friday At A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone, so glad you could stop by today.  It's time for another Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey where the Creative Guides get to create a tag in any style or theme that they fancy and where we invite you to link up any tags that you have made this month.

I was playing with my gel plate a few days back and so decided to print a few tags to use as journal inserts.  I chose this tag for my Tag Friday entry, welcome to a strange and a wonderful place!

A Strange And Wonderful Place Tag

I started out with a gel plate printed tag that incorporated StencilGirl Products' Black Bird In Trees and Leafy Trees Arch stencil and mask.  I then chose one of the stenciled birds and added a halo of Golden Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide around it by applying a touch of paint with my finger and blending it in (thanks to Mary Beth Shaw for introducing me to this fab colour in one of her Facebook Live sessions!).

A Strange And Wonderful Place Tag Tutorial Step One

To further emphasize the focal point I then added a circle of white paint with a bottle cap, repeating the circle motif a few other places on the tag.

Some white paint spatters followed along with some spatters of diluted DecoArt Metallic Lustre Champagne Ice which was also added around the edges of the tag.

A Strange And Wonderful Place Tag Tutorial Step Two

The highlighted bird was then outlined with a white Sigma Gel Pen and a black Pigma Micron pen.  I reapplied the Black Birds In Trees stencil and stamped through the stencil with a fine script stamp over the highlighted bird and then added some second generation script stamping here and there elsewhere on the tag background.  Some doodling on the stamped paint circle around the bird ended up turning into a flower ... didn't plan it but that's where my muse took me!

I chose the sentiment from Tim Holtz's Clipping Stickers because this tag had certainly taken me to a strange and wonderful place.  I outlined the words with the black Pigma marker.

A Strange And Wonderful Place Tag Tutorial Step Three

The back of the tag was inked with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and then stamped with Tim's Lined stamp for a journaling spot.

And finally to finish it off, I found a bit of ribbon in my stash that coordinated quite nicely and then coloured some button thread with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to tie it onto the tag.

A Strange And Wonderful Place Tag Tutorial Step Four

Here are a few closeups of the finished tag.

A Strange And Wonderful Place Tag Detail

A Strange And Wonderful Place Tag Detail

A Strange And Wonderful Place Tag Detail

I hope that you've enjoyed seeing how my tag came together and that you'll link up any tags that you've created this month over at A Vintage Journey, we'd love to see what you've made!  Have a wonderful weekend and happy creating,

Deb xo


  1. Hi Deb x Such a beautiful tag you have created x I love the background and the amazing stencilled layers. The white pen really adds dimension and of course I adore the colurful splats of paint xx

    Sending big hugs
    Annie xx

  2. This is gorgeous, Deb. Somehow it has a really whimsical fairytale feel to me. I love the colours and that lovely tied ribbon topping off. A great idea to add some journalling space (and straight line assistance!) on the reverse. A delightful Tag Friday tag.
    Alison x

  3. What beautiful techniques, colors, stenciling and stampings on this Deb - your background is so pretty! love the white and orange splatter too! xx


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