I’m efforting to get caught up with my monthly tag series, since it’s almost time to make #20 in a few days! I was able to finish #15 over the weekend, and I tried a technique on it that I’ve been dying to try for quite awhile.
also: Mark Richards adhesive rhinestones (3mm Lt Pink), My Minds Eye 6×6 paper pad (Reunion – exclusive to Michaels Stores), Recollections rhinestones (swirl), Celebrate It by Michaels ribbon (Sheer Creations – black), Martha Stewart for Avery labels (Staples exclusive).
March 2012 was a big month for our family. My husband finally got the transfer close to home to a low custody facility that we’d been waiting six months for (well, really that we’d been waiting 15 months for, but he’d been on the waiting list officially for 6 months). I wanted this tag to have some special elements to reflect that event.
The first element that I selected was the map paper to cut the tag with. It seemed an appropriate foundation for this tag, since the theme of the month was travel. My husband spent two weeks traveling all over the state of Florida to finally arrive at his new DOC home. This particular paper is from October Afternoon’s Sasparilla collection.
The next element that I selected for the design was the butterfly. It represents the “fluttering around” my husband did traveling, and also the increased level of freedom at his destination. For this element I used a feature of my Tim Holtz Alterations Tag & Bookplates die that I rarely take advantage of – its Mover & Shaper capability. When I cut the tag, I placed the Tim Holtz Alterations butterfly Mover & Shaper magnetic die into the tag die, so after cutting I was left with a tag that had a butterfly shaped hole in it.
I cut the hole out because I wanted to try the faux epoxy technique that Tim Holtz used on his day four tag of the 12 Tags of Christmas last year for the number 25. I’ve been dying to try that technique ever since I saw him use it on that tag, but it took me awhile to find the right project!
To create the depth that I needed for the technique, I left the tag & butterfly dies put together, and cut a second tag from a scrap of chipboard. Then I use Claudine Hellmuth’s Matte Multi Medium to laminate the two tag pieces together. Once they were done drying, I “closed” the window behind the butterfly cut-out by cutting a piece of paper from the 6×6 paper pad and using Multi Medium to adhere it to the back of the tag behind the butterfly.
The next step was to add the bling that makes the body of the butterfly. Fortunately I had the right size rhinestones to make the body out of exactly 3 rhinestones, to represent Mike, Bridget and I, and how we have more freedom to be a family again now.
Once the rhinestones were in place, it was time to fill the butterfly with Glossy Accents. I very carefully worked it into the curves of the design, and around the rhinestones, making sure not to fill higher than the top of the rhinestones. I ended up with one bubble that dried funky that I probably should have dealt with but it dried naturally very well. I let it sit overnight before working any more with it after applying the Glossy Accents so that it would have plenty of time to cure well.
After the butterfly, the rest of the tag was fairly quick! I layered some labels and stamped the date on them with the Hero Arts “Make A Date” clear stamp set, along with a small block of patterned paper to anchor the Bingo chip for the number of the month. That left me with a large amount of white space. I didn’t really want to completely fill it, but it was bugging me – so I settled on putting some texture into it with the swirl of rhinestones. The light touch added just the right amount of interest without overwhelming that space and unbalancing my tag.
The finishing touches were the reinforcer for the hole and the ribbon. I reached for my reliable Tim Holtz Reinforcers stickers and as usual when I’m working on a vintage tag, found the perfect one to use. I settled on the bold black ribbon because I thought the tag needed a dramatic touch and the black emphasized the date and the number tile.
Now, only five more tags to go and I’ll be caught up!