Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Rock the Red at Emerald Creek Dares!

Servus, hi and welcome!
Over at Emerald Creek Dares we're kicking off a new challenge for you and we ask you to

Rock the Red!

Whatever project pops up in your mind when reading this is welcome and you can win a $50 voucher to spend in the Emerald Creek online shop!!! So don't miss the chance and play along!

I had another post on my blog earlier today that is featuring Emerald Creek's fab embossing powders alongside some of Seth Apter's great dies and rubber stamps - so if you haven't already seen it I would like to invite you to click HERE or to scroll to the previous post to check it out too. The background that I used on my "Rock the Red" tag is a left over piece from that project by the way.

Emerald Creek products and supplies used:
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The tag that I created for my lovely boss Kim - as I want her to have a long life and to rise and shine too - emerged from a find on my always crammed and messy craft desk - a left over paper scrap from a monoprinting technique I had used some weeks ago on another project (as already mentioned above you can check that one out by scrolling to the previous post):

I had used several acrylic paints in reds, oranges and yellows and this is the paper I used to dab off any excess paint and create a bit of texture. I also used it to apply paint to the project by brushing on paint and pressing this paper onto the other - hence the lovely brushstrokes here and there.

So I started with cutting out a tag shape and then adding some black text using the lovely Kimilese 3 stamp and black archival stamping ink.

I die cut a star shape - using the fab Sizzix Dimensional Stars dies set from Tim Holtz - and heat embossed it using Emerald Creek Chinese New Year embossing powder. I had folded the star first, so folding it back into dimensional shape after the heat embossing would be easier. This step also included a happy accident - if you would like to call it that. ;)

I added a second layer of embossing powder and cooked it up a bit too much when heating it...or maybe it was too much of embossing ink that had to evade upwards (as it couldn't go downwards)...anyway - my embossing enamel started to bubble. I considered doing a new star for some time, but then found that the texture from the bubbling added a lot of interest. So I embraced imperfection (why is it so easy with craft projects' and so hard with our own???) and maybe i will even try to create that effect again some other time as I really like it. 

Looks a bit like a star fish, doesn't it?

I die cut another star from white card - a small one - and added it to my tag. I also punched a hole and used an eyelet that I painted with picket fence Distress paint to make it match the tag's look. 

I also used the picket fence Distress paint to paint the lovely Three Stars Metal Band charm that I added to the bottom of the tag using two white small brads.

The Chinese symbol for "Long Life" was stamped directly onto the tag and shaded with a white gel pen. "Rise & Shine" was stamped onto some white card, cut out and added using sticky foam pads.

I drew black and white borders - one for the tag, the other for the center heart - and added a piece of red and white cord. The two paper hearts were glued on using matte DecoArt Decou-Page.


Hop over to the Emerald Creek Dares blog to check out my teamies makes and find out about any challenge rules so you can play along! Hope to see you over there!

Hugs and happy crafting!


  1. Oh wow..das ist ja auch voll SUPER!

  2. Live that your leftover piece is so beautiful! The texture on the star is so amazing!

  3. Claudia I don't know how you do it! There is a signature to your work so I know it's you but I haven't pin pointed what it's is. On top of that your style is so unique that I am always impressed with the many ways you work across different surfaces and project styles. From tags to canvases you truly are inspiring. Hugs!

  4. Claudia, I could have sworn I left a comment on the first! I'm so happy I came back to see how your DT badge was displayed in your sidebar...yeah, finally getting to some well needed blog housekeeping! We'll see how that goes.

    Anyway, I digress, your tag is FABULOUS! Love the contrast of the bits of crisp white against your mixed media background and that fantastic red star! Gorgeous!

  5. LOVE it Cla
    udia... so much structure (yes.. that embossing on the star is great!) and details to see! You had a happy play.. I can see that...

  6. Claudia, I love this tag! All of the elements are put together beautifully and I love all the texture you were able to create.

  7. Hallo liebe Claudia!
    Das Thema Rot habe ich auch gerade bearbeitet. Superklasse dein Tag mit dem schönen roten Stern als eyecatcher, auch die HG-Texturen gefallen mir.
    Ich hoffe dir geht's gut.Ich kuriere grade eine Erkältung aus.
    Ganz liebe Grüße


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