We decided to create tags for each other and look what she sent me:
Unbelievable!!!! Loads of awesome goodies alongside her wonderful tiny handmade book (which I have been admiring since I first saw it!!!) and the gorgeous tag she made for our swap!
I haven't removed the package of the tag yet as she also did that in a wonderful way ;)
Isn't that a stunning make!? I love that tiny nest, the enameled mini tag and the lovely portait in the beautiful frame, the feather and the lace and the great background!!! It's a perfect treasure and it is mine!
To have a closer look at her stunning handmade book, click here.
I sent her a tag that also has a portait in the centre. I stamped it on a gessoed bookpage scrap, sewed it to a piece of fabric and put it behind a piece of acetate that was treated with alcohol inks and sanded at the edges. All was fixed to the tag using tiny brads.
For the tag's background I created several layers that I blended with some DIs. Especially with the torn edges!
Before adding some spreckles of colour using Distress stains, a soft painting brush and my hands to flick droplets of colour onto the surface, I gave the surface some brushes with a wet painting brush, thus creating "traces" of watercolour alongside some brighter areas.
Then I stamped the Darkroom Door and the BoBunny image onto the tag using archival ink "rich cocoa".
I filled a bottle cap that I had rusted by leaving it on my balcony for some weeks in some vinegar and salt with some "treasures" and UTEE and heated it with my heat gun from below, holding the bottle cap with a pair of tongs.
The top of the tag was stamped with the lovely BoBunny stamp:
and the ribbon was sewn to the tag together with the vintage button.
I also die cut some "tattered florals" and a small banner from various ribbons and glued them to the tag with the bottle cap on top.
I sewed some ribbon and a strip of aged paper to the tag's bottom to create a lovely border. Done! I hope that Ana likes it too, as I sooo LOVE what she sent me!!! I put the treasures she sent me in my new display cabinet, so I can have a look at them every day!
Thank you so much, Ana, for doing this swap with me! It was so much fun and I really loved creating something for you and sending you some goodies along with it (to see what you will create with them ;)
Claudia - die amelie x