Live the life you’ve imagined

Thank you for all the comments about my last tag featuring the white embossing and promarker colouring, this time I’m keeping with the grungy style but working with Letraset Inks and Aquamarkers…

To make the layered butterfly I randomly stuck the tissue tape to a piece of card then die cut the solid wings from this and the veined wings and body from the gold card

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Using a blending tool and some felt, I coloured the tissue tape pieces with Letraset Inks

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While these pieces dry, I coloured the tag with aquamarkers. As they are water based, I scribbled various colours onto a piece of plastic/acrylic – then spritzed with water allowing the colours to mix and blend, then dragged the tag through the colours several times until I was happy with the effect (you can dry each layer of colour with a heat tool)

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I then “inked” up the grass stamp with Aquarmarkers and stamped along the base of the tag, and added the sentiment in the same way

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Time to add the butterfly – I adhered the solid wings and body to the tag, then just adhered one end of the veined wings to create a 3d effect

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To finish off I scribbled more Aquamarkers onto plastic, spritzed with water and used to colour some seam binding to tie at the top of the tag


And here’s the finished tag


materials list:

  • manilla tag
  • gold leaf card from The Papeterie
  • Tim Holtz tissue tape
  • Tim Holtz Fanciful Flight die
  • Ranger Blending Tool & Felt
  • Letraset Inks
  • Aquamarkers
  • Visible Image Tall Grass stamp
  • Tim Holtz sentiment stamp
  • Seam binding

Hope you enjoyed this – and please share if you decide to try these techniques

Pop over to my blog – I’m giving away 2 packs of Aquamarkers

Debbi x

About Debbi

I'm a freelance craft designer and demonstrator, I regularly teach classes and demonstrate Letraset products across Scotland.

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11 Responses to Live the life you’ve imagined

  1. Ginny July 19, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

    Fabulous project looks amazing Ginny

  2. Gabbi July 19, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

    Oh wow, I love what you did with the tape and die cut and then inking over the wings. Great inspiration. Thanks so much for the chance to win the markers!

  3. Lorraine July 20, 2014 at 10:36 pm #

    Gorgeous tag Debbie and I just love how you’ve created the wings they look amazing.
    Huge Hugz, Lorraine xx

  4. wendy p July 21, 2014 at 1:30 am #

    gorgeous tag – thanks for the inspiration !!!

  5. sammy July 25, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

    Oh wow, these are all just stunning! I’m still very new to tags and inks and such, but this would certainly be something to aspire to!. Gorgeous. x

  6. Hlora July 27, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

    wow! Fatnastin job! I love the way you made the wings of butterfly. This looks great!

  7. Lora July 27, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

    It is cute! Love this tag.

  8. Larisa July 27, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

    I love your tag, it’s beautiful and elegant.

  9. Shazza July 27, 2014 at 8:33 pm #

    just gorgeous x

  10. Wendy L July 28, 2014 at 9:46 am #

    Great tag, fab details, xxx

  11. KateE July 29, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

    I love this & have recently got some inks and started to experiment with distressed-type projects. Will definitely give your tag background a try, thank you x

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