Wednesday, June 29, 2016

WWC74 - Marsha's Challenge Tag Theme

TAGS that's the theme for this week's Watercooler Wednesday challenge hosted by the talented Marsha Reed.   I hope you're up for it and will join us for some fun!

Earlier this month I designed a milestone birthday card for the June Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop and when Marsha selected the tag theme for this week's challenge, I thought "perfect" I'll make a tag and matching gift bag to go with this card.

Here's my tag:

The gift tag measures 4 1/4" x 7 1/4" from top to bottom.  The rosette or "lolly" as some paper crafters call it, was created from one 6 x 6 sheet of the Playful Palette DSP.  Simply cut three 2 x 6" strips of DSP attach them end to end and score at 1/4" intervals along the strip.    

I used a glue gun in the center and topped it with a 2 1/2" scrap of card stock to hold the rosette together.  Once the rosette was assembled I used a sponge dauber and Blushing Bride ink to distress the edgesTip:  It would probably be easier to do this last step before you score the strip.

Next I cut the banners from Emerald Envy, Basic Black and Playful Palette DSP with the Banners Framelit set. Easy peasy!  The largest banner was embossed with the Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder for some contrast.  The basic black banner looked too plain so I ran a line of Dazzling Details around the edge to give it a little pop.  Tip:  If you do this make sure you allow the Dazzling Details to dry before you start handling the card stock.   It takes a long time to dry!

The banner was attached to the rosette before the circles were, so it could be centered and anchored securely. I double cut the numbers from Emerald Envy and Basic Black and then glued them together with Tom Bow adhesive to get a shadow effect.  They were attached with the new Adhesive Foam strips - what a snap!

The final layers on the rosette are a 3 5/8" circle cut from Blushing Bride glimmer paper and a 3 1/4" circle of Very Vanilla card stock stamped with the "Thinking of You" sentiment from the Time of Year Hostess set.  Got to love that stamp!  A few basic rhinestones completed the sentiment section.  I didn't have any of Stampin' Up!s current ribbon selection or baker's cord so I chose a 1/8" no-name brand ribbon and attached it to the lolly before gluing down the circles. I finished the backside of the tag with another 3 1/4" circle, this time in Blushing Bride. This tag could be worn by the recipient as a tag simply by adding a pin to the back.

This is the backside of the tag
Stamp Sets: Time of Year (Hostess Set 2016 AC), Happy Birthday Everyone (Retired 2015-16 AC)
Card Stock:  Emerald Envy, Blushing Bride, Basic Black, Very Vanilla 
DSP:  Playful Palette and Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Emerald Envy, Blushing Bride
Accessories:  Big Shot, Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Circle, Large Numbers and Banner Framelits, Swirly Bird Thinlets, Large Polka Dot and Brick Wall EFs, Adhesive Foam Strips, Tom Bow Adhesive, Dazzling Details Silver Sparkle, Sponge Daubers and Basic Rhinestones. 

Here's the Gift Bag, Tag and Card Ensemble:
I've mixed and matched the DSP from the Playful Palette 6x6 paper pack to create the tag, card and gift bag layers.  The colours are so bright and bold, especially the Emerald Envy which is fast becoming my "go to" colour this season.  

The gift bag started with an ordinary craft paper bag from one of the big box stores as the base.  The bag measures 9 x 6 1/2".  I cut a piece of Emerald Envy card stock 8 1/2 x 6" ran it through the Big Shot with the Brick Wall Embossing Folder, leaving a 2 1/2" gap at the bottom for the sentiment.  The sentiment is from the retired Happy Birthday Everyone stamp set. 

I attached a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2" piece of DSP in black with coloured speckles and then a 5 x 5" piece of Blushing Bride speckled DSP over the embossed brick design.  I absolutely love the dies in the Swirly Scribbles Thinlet set so I cut the large and medium swirls in Emerald Envy and Peek a Boo Peach card stock and attached them to the dsp layers.  To add a little sparkle I coloured over the swirls with Dazzling Details.  I was a bit short on the bottom of the layers so I added a 1/2 x 6" strip of the black dsp.  Voila, in seconds you have a designer gift bag that cost just pennies to make! 

Well that's it for today's tag post.  I hope you've checked out the other design artist's projects because they are really awesome, and I hope you'll consider playing along.  Remember for this "theme" challenge all you need to create is a "tag" and you can post it on it's own, add it to a card or object or however you want to show it off.  So why don't you play along and try and "Rock the Watercooler" with your tagYou have until next Monday morning at 11:00 to enter your tag in the challenge.  In the meantime thanks for visiting and,

Happy Stamping!
Penny Tokens Stampin' Spot 

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