A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Layering Stencils on Tags

One of the things we did at last week's craft retreat was Tim Holtz's technique of layering stencils on a tag.  I made two - one a Christmas theme, and one a butterfly theme.

I layered with Distress Oxide inks, various stencils, some 3D sparkly paint (on the holly stencil), text stamping, and finally a die cut "merry" (cut once in black and once in gold with the black barely peeking out from behind the gold) and gold die cut stars.  It needs a bit of ribbon at the top but I'll decide on that when I add it to a card.

Here's a close-up of the 3D sparkly paint and the text stamping, and you can see the layered stencils in this section:

The butterfly one might be a work in progress.  I think it needs a die cut or a fussy cut image to add some dimension.  If I do add more, I'll show it in a future post.

Like the Christmas one, it has Oxide inks, some stencil layering (including the butterflies), and some text stamping.  But it also has some word and botanical rub-ons, and some large drops of water.

Here are links to the tags made by the others at our retreat:


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  1. These are fabulous, Susan! Thanks for the inspiration. This is so fun to do and haven't done it in quite some time. I'll have to try this again! Love your tags!

  2. I also love the Christmas tag, it has so much texture and gorgeous colours. I'm looking forward to seeing the other tag when you have added more. I still have my Christmas one to finish, like yours it's a WIP :)

  3. Both your tags are soooo Gorgeous Susan and even more so IRL. I just added your post to my tag post http://scandinancycreates.blogspot.com/2017/05/crafty-retreat-photos.html. We sure have fun sharing!

    I loved how you made one of your tags a Christmas tag and one a generic. Both color combos, stenciling and embellishments were so different and so beautiful. Great photos too my friend. Hugs..miss you...

  4. These are gorgeous, Susan! That Christmas one would be a gift in and of itself, as would the other one.

  5. Love that look! Yours look really nice.

  6. love these....great effects you achieved with these lovelies.
    xx Karen

  7. Your tags are so beautiful Susan! Love the colors and stencils you used! Julia xx

  8. Both your tags are awesome, Susan!! Love the choices of layering stencils that you used. And love the addition of lots of text. Beautiful mix of colours. So fun making our tags together!! xx

  9. Love all the layering and the colours. Lots to look at and admire and particularly love the sparkle through the stencil. X

  10. Very pretty, Susan! Looks like fun!


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