Thursday, August 2, 2012

12 Tags of 2012 – August

Time Holtz was quick off the mark this month and as I was home with my son today, I had a chance to get stuck in to it.

Typically, I did not have a single one of the products he used so I had spent quite a bit of time finding stuff to make a tag that looked similar.

To create the tag with the die-cut end I turned to my trusty Silhouette Cameo.  It took a bit of fiddling to merge two file together the way I wanted to but I got there in the end. Then I found an un-named frame stamp, that I embossed with detail black embossing powder.  The cameo stamp was a freebie with a magazine.  I was thinking they might be a bit small but they were what I had so I just got on with it.

I created an embossing diffuser using the tag file with an oval cut into it (well, 3 layers of really).  It worked quite well once I sorted out a sandwich + shim for running it through the cuttlebug.  I mixed a bit of Stormy Skies Distess Ink with Picket Fence Distress stain to wipe over the raised pattern then added some Tattered Rose.

I cut 3 different spiral roses on the Cameo, along with some leaves.  I creased the leaves in a vein sort of pattern and inked the creases with Vintage Photo.


Not entirely satisfied I had a 2nd go.  This time round I took a slightly different tact and made better use of the Silhouette Cameo.

I created the frame from a slightly modified Oval Doily and the cameo figure from a modified Print and Cut file.  This time I used the oval shape to mask the tag before stamping the text/flourish background that was then heat embossed.  I added Tattered Rose and Victorian Velvet inks to the background and edged with Peacock Feathers from the seasonal range.  I used a flower that I had already made and cut the “branches” using the leaf vein part of the spiral rose cutting file from my first tag.


Personally, I prefer the 2nd tag even though I forgot to add any words.  What do you think?

Cheers, Esther  xoxo


  1. I like them both :) they are both very unique.

  2. That cameo stamp is beautiful isn't it, and a freebie? Cool! First one with the roses my favourite, I have a thing about these roses myself, I put them on anything at the moment lol.

  3. They both have a very different feel...I like the cameo in the first one, very elegant,but I like the boldness of the second one...

  4. I think they're both gorgeous! Beautiful takes on Tim's Tag!

  5. These are both gorgeous. Especially love the first one. xx

  6. These are both lovely. I like the idea of making two different designs. I did that with Tim's April tag. I'm crazy for the silhouette images and really like both of yours.

  7. both are beautiful Esther! Lovely roses x

  8. both are wonderful love the blue a different twist...

  9. You did a great job making two beautiful tags :)

  10. Great take on Tim's tag - still haven't got round to one yet! I'm your latest follower - like what I see on your blog!

    1. Thanks Julia - lovely to have you on board. Hugs from down under.

  11. Seriously Esther, you're asking me to choose - they're both gorgeous! I love how you modify and create everything, and if I had to choose, it would be the second one - my favourite background x