Monday, October 20, 2014

Art Deck Inspirational Art Tags

A couple of weeks ago I signed up in a The Creativeblock-StampersAnonymous group to participate in a tag swap that is more then just a tag swap.  It is an inspirational art deck and everyone who participates will get a complete deck because Sandy is going to scan and print out a set for everyone who gets in a funk and lacks inspiration or is creatively blocked somehow.  I am really excited cause sometimes it is just the little things that will get me motivated and having deck of tags to fall back on will definitely help. 

The minimum number of tags each person had to create was 3 but the moderator of the group, Sandy, sent each of us five different color chips to play with.  Sandy said we could pick what three we wanted to do or if you wanted to do so you could use all five.  Well you know me....overachiever and all that!  I decided that I would do the five and here is what I came up with.   The color palettes paint chips are next to my completed tags and the colors didn't have to be exact but at least one of the colors should dominate your tag.  

Anyway here are the tags I made. 
All the tags are a variant of the #8 size tag.  These tags are 3.125"x 6".  

Tim Holtz (TH) Distress inks: shabby shutters, peeled paint, and black soot.  Stencils:The Crafter's Workshop (TCW) stencil (I think)and a Dylusions stencil.   Stamps: TH Classic Stamp 1 TH stamp set Going Somewhere. 
White Signo Uniball pen


Inks:  Black Soot, scattered straw, mustard seed, squeezed lemonade, wild honey, peeled paint and rusty nail.
Distress Pens: rusty nail, wild honey
Stencils: Dylusions
Stamps:  Inbetweenies and How does your garden grow by Dylusions.  TH Going Somewhere

This tag is covered with a paper from the Prima line called Natures Garden.   I loved the print of this paper and didn't do much to it to cover it up.
Glossy Accents covers the fairy.
Inks:  aged mahogany, tattered rose, spun sugar
Stamps:  TH Urban Chic
Recollections butterfly stencil
Artist Loft coarse texture paste.

 Another tag covered with paper from a DCWV paper stack called Once Upon a Time.
Inks:  aged mahogany
White Signo Uniball pen
TCW Stencil with Artist Loft coarse texture paste tinted with aged mahogany
Inspirational sentiment from
TH Purely Random set. 

For some reason these colors don't follow through true on the scanner the darker colors are almost identical in person!!
Inks:  faded jeans, weathered wood, black soot, Stampin' Up! Not Quite Navy.
TH stencil #8 Lattice
Stamps: Mini Holiday, Winter Sketch book
White Signo Uniball pen

It was a lot of fun creating these tags and if given another opportunity to do a similar project I would!  It was fun to be challenged and have to work outside my comfort zone! Next time I won't glue the backs and tags together till they are all done.  The paint chips got kind of messed up!  +];-)

UPDATE:  I used a gum eraser and just about all the backs cleaned up perfectly!  Yay!


  1. What lovely tags, Vickie. I think it's a great idea having a limited palette for each one, and you've followed the brief very well. You could stick the paint sample pieces on the bac of each tag.


  2. I love all the colour themes for the tags Vickie. Happy woyww Jill #29

  3. These are going to be gorgeous when everyone gets one. I really bet yours will be the pick of the bunch. Happy WOYWW from # 2.

  4. These are so lovely Vickie - thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW, Chris # 3

  5. Oh Vickie, those tags are beautiful! Do you now give them to others and you receive 5 tags from someone? And then all the tags gets scanned and everyone gets a copy of all the tags? So you have a whole lot of inspiration? Good idea.
    Anyway I made two tags this week and I'm on a roll. I love it.
    I'm not a stamper but I have a few stamps that never get used really. I'm determined to play with them.
    Thank you for letting me have a peep of your workspace.
    Have a good week

  6. Hi Vickie, those are fabulous. Definitely a project for the to-do list Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #28 xx

  7. Fun tags Vickie....and a great idea, seems I too have to have some motivation and I have been missing my ATC swaps. I like the color inspiration idea too. Have a fun week. Beautiful fall days here, hub is done with harvest and on to working the land. Me ...therapy, therapy therapy. !

  8. Great tags. SO glad they cleaned up for you. Peg #20


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