Watercolour Tag

Hi Everyone,

It has been a little while since I shared a tag on the blog.  I have been having fun playing with watercolours lately.  I already had this tag that had been embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder so I created a watercolour background.  There are lots of watercolour products around but for this tag I used a set of watercolour paints called Koh-I-Noor.    These can give you a really vibrant effect or you can tone the colour down with more water.  There really is a difference in the effect you get with different products so is worth having a play to see what you like.   I used some purples, blues and greens to create the background for my tag.

When it was dry I added a little more colour to some areas with distress inks and inked the edges with Black Soot distress ink.  I stamped one of the stamps from the Just My Type set from Flourishes using Peacock Feathers distress ink.  Then I distressed the background a little by using the Invild Bolme Distressing Tool (using the file part of it).  The lace image was stamped with Archival ink.  I added some washi tape, the balloon sticker (from MME Fly Your Wings) and a cloud die cut that had been sitting on my desk.  I created the sentiment using some alphas by Kaisercraft and a stamp that was part of the same Prima set as the lace stamp.  The black and pale green twine is new from MME.

Thanks for stopping by,



Metallic Distress Paint Tag – Life

Hi everyone,

We have house guests at the moment, so just a quick post today to show a few metallic distress paint tag backgrounds plus a completed tag.  The metallic distress paints are as fun as I thought they would be and make great backgrounds with the other distress paints too.  The shimmer is just lovely which you can see a little in the picture.


For my completed tag, I decided to go for a tone on tone look with the Antique Bronze distress paint so I used it on just about everything :).  I swiped the edges with the paint dabber and added a little over the top of my metal prima flower.  I also applied the paint directly to the ‘Life’ piece of chipboard (which I had previously cut apart and used the other part of a different project) and also to the Prima wooden leaf.  The effect is slightly different because of the different surfaces.  It was also easy to colour the crinkle ribbon with the distress paint and it dried in a few minutes even without the heat gun.

Thanks for stopping by,



Adore Tag

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick post today as I need to get ready to go out for a hen’s night.  I grabbed a few moments today to make this tag using some Gold Mister Huey’s mist and Black magic glimmer mist, a cute Wooden Maya Road bird, a leftover die cut of the La La Land Crafts Heart Fence Die, a white Kaisercraft Flower, a gold flower by Prima, a word from the barcode strip of a piece of Pickled Pear paper, and a big paperclip.  Gold is a colour which is a definitely a trend at the moment.  You’ll have to excuse the slightly ordinary pic as I was trying to photograph it outside so you could see the glimmer but it was too windy so I had to hold it!

Hope you have a great weekend 🙂


Create Tag

Hi everyone,

I decided to use one of the tags that I made using distress paints to make today’s project.  I used the tag that I had made with Bundled Sage and Spun Sugar distress paints (you can see the 11 different backgrounds I made at this post).  I stamped the little girl with the flower and the butterfly using black archival ink and then coloured her with distress markers.  I then used the fine tip water brush to blend out the colours a little and also added a bit shading underneath the girl.  I then stamped the definitions stamp by Kaisercraft across the whole tag using black archival ink (but was careful to rub some of the ink off the stamp which gives a more vintage and less overpowering effect).  I then used black soot distress ink around the edges of the tag and added the word create (which was cut from one of the backs of the barcode strip of patterned paper from the Pickled Pear Collection.)  I coloured the crinkle ribbon with Bundled Sage and Spun Sugar distress paints and after it was dry just lightly inked it with Black Soot distress ink.  If you have any questions just leave me a comment and I will be sure to reply.

Thanks for stopping by.



Supplies: Distress Paints – Bundled Sage and Spun Sugar, Distress Ink – Black Soot, Crinkle Ribbon, Archival Ink – Jet Black, Prima Stamp, Kaisercraft Definition Stamp, Distress Markers – Spun Sugar, Aged Mahagony, Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Tea Dye

10 Distress Paint Tag Backgrounds

I got some of the new Tim Holtz distress paints this week and have had some fun just making some backgrounds so I decided rather than share a completed project I would share some of the tag backgrounds I have made and the colours that I used for each one. So far I am really enjoying these paints and can see me getting lots of use out of them.  As well as making the backgrounds I made a card for the Stef’s Paper Crafts blog (you can see it here) where I used it on a wood piece by Kaisercraft.  I was really impressed with the coverage of the paint and how quickly it dried.

The basic method for making the backgrounds was to apply a bit of each paint to my craft sheet, mist the paint with water and then swipe my tag through until I was happy with the look.  I sometimes did more than one coat after I dried the first one with my heat gun.  Sometimes I misted the tag before heating it and just generally experimented.  It is important to remember than often this is only part of what would be a finished background.  I would probably add at least some ink around the edges and probably would stamp on the backgrounds or use a stencil too.  Sometimes as I was heating the paint it bubbled and pop which left quite a nice texture but you would want to be careful with this so you didn’t burn your paper!  You will see from the photos that you can get lots of different colours and no 2 backgrounds are the same.  I included the light coloured tag to show that you can also make soft and pretty tags if you want to.



Tag 1 – Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, Barn Door, Tag 2 – Bundled Sage, Snow Cap, Spun Sugar, Tag 3 – Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Walnut stain



Tag 4 – Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Tag 5- Barn Door, Wild Honey, Frayed Burlap,

Tag 6 – Fired Brick, Victorian Velvet, Barn Door


Tag 7 – Seedless Preserves, Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry, Tag 8 – Broken China, Black Sott, Weathered Wood, Tag 9 – Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss, Bundled Sage



Tag 10 – Broken China and Walnut Stain.

Both these tags used the same colours (so technically I have shown you 11 tags 🙂 The second one was made after I had finished the first and I spritzed more water onto the craft sheet.  You can get a totally different look.  The second one reminds me of stormy skies at the beach.

Thanks for reading all the way to the end!  I hope this gives you some ideas of some colour combinations you could use if you decide to dabble with the distress paints.  If you have any questions just leave me a comment.

Have fun,


Big Love Tag

Hi everyone,

I have had these black tags for a little while and so I pulled some mists, a template, one of the new Kaisercraft texture stamps, silver paint dabber, some ribbon and some embellishments.  My youngest boy (he is 2 and a half) likes to help with the cooking and also likes painting, so he was quick to come and see what I was doing.  My stamping space has moved into an area next to our kitchen so I put the box I do my misting in on the kitchen bench and I think that was what grabbed his interest. So we made him a tag too.  If you have any questions about how I made the tag just leave me a comment and I will be sure to write back.

Thanks for stopping by,



Supplies: Inkssentials Black tag, Perfect Pearls Mist – turquoise , Ribbon, Glimmermist – Mountain Mist, Kasiercraft Wheat Template,  Kaisercraft Secret Admirer Collection Sticker sheet, Kaisercraft Texture Stamp – Believe , Adirondack Paint Dabber – Silver, Prima Flower, Heart Pearls, MME Washi Tape

Love Bird Tag

Hi Everyone,

I has been a while since I made a tag and I had a tag that I had swiped through some left over glimmermist before Christmas.  I added some distress stains to my kraft sheet and swiped the tag through the stains to add to the background and give more coverage to the tag.  I experimented a bit with some embossing powder and a stencil but it didn’t quite work out how I hoped !

I had some new Maya Road wooden birds that I have been waiting to use.   I used some Tarnished Brass Distress stain to colour the bird and also stamped a love definition stamp using Sepia Archival Ink onto the bird.  The Tarnished Brass distress stain was used to colour the metal love heart as it was originally silver and I used Vintage Photo distress stain on the Kaisercraft frame.  The crinkle ribbon was also coloured with assorted red distress stains as well as the tarnished brass.

My copic markers were used to colour in a clear jewel pin, both the jewel (R59) to make it red and also the pin section (E33) to change it to a more bronze colour.  I think that pretty much covers the main parts of how I made the tag but if you have any questions, leave me a comment and I will be sure to reply.

Thanks for stopping by.



Supplies: Tag, Tim Holtz Crinkle Ribbon, Distress Stains – Tarnished Brass, Festive Berries, Barn Door, Fired Brick and Vintage photo, Distress Ink – Vintage Photo, Glitz Designs 6×6 paper pad – French Kiss, Copic Markers – E33 and R59, Assorted Lace, Prima Flower – Precious Metals Honey Colour, Papermania Metal brad, Pearl (coloured with E33 marker), Maya Road – Vintage Wood Birds, Kaisercraft Wooden Flourish – Ornate frame, Archival Ink – Sepia, Kaisercraft stamps – Script and Secret Admirer – Definitions