Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Queen of Hearts Tag

Happy Leap Day! 
It seems I've been away a lot this month -- but after taking my son for his college visit tomorrow I think we'll be able to stay home for a while. 

For this tag I'm joining in the fun with Tim Holtz' 12 Tags of 2012 challenge!  You have a month to create some "tagspiration" and I'm cutting it REALLY close.  I guess it's good for me that I had an extra day this year. 

My inspiration for this tag, aside from it being my friend's birthday, actually came from this past year's 12 Tags of Christmas (by Tim Holtz, of course).  His tag for day 12 utilized his deco strip die "Vintage Lace" to create a faux dresden paper lace/german scrap (for more info on dresden/german scrap click HERE).  I was so excited about it that I immediately went out and bought the die.  I had recently acquired several rolls of German foils and I got straight to work cutting out the "faux dresden". 

I got a bit carried away with my cutting of the colored foil, so I adhered them to blank paper with removable adhesive down the left & right sides of the paper. I gently pull them off the paper as needed, and they store flat very easily.

Another tip Tim Holtz passed along was to take adhere a strip of packing tape to the die and run it through the cutter prior to cutting paper.  It helps all those little pieces to come out SO much easier!  What a fantastic tip!

As most of you know, I love my Perfect Pearls -- and Sunflower Sparkle is my favorite!  Using an acrylic block I misted with water, I scooped some PP on my brush and added it to the water directly on the block.  I misted more water as needed to make it more of a wash and painted it over my queen.  I also should mention I used the same PP in a spray mix to spray the background before I started my tag, as well.  I used the Swirls embossing folder, inked with Tattered Rose distress ink, for the background of the tag before assembling it together.

Weathered Wood & Aged Mahogany distress inks were used on the queen, but after going over it with the Perfect Pearls it gave it a sort of Platinum look.  I also used Blush Perfect Pearls over Tattered Rose for the heart -- framing it with Forever Red & more Sunflower Sparkle PP.  =) 
For the background of the queen  I squeezed a blob of Barn Door distress stickles directly on the image and moved it around with my finger to fill in the crevices for an additional pop of glitz.  To finish it off, I used Fired Brick distress stain to color white seam binding ribbon and tied it off over the faux dresden.  The photos don't do it justice for all the shimmer it actually has.  =)

The products I used for this tag: 
Dies:  TH Tag & Bookplates, TH Tattered Banner  (thx Marjie), TH Heart Wings
Embossing Folders:  TH Swirls Texture Fade, TH Poker Face Texture Trades
Distress Inks:  Tattered Rose, Aged Mahogany, Weathered Wood
Distress Stains:  Weathered Wood, Fired Brick
Distress Stickles:  Barn Door
Perfect Pearls:  Sunflower Sparkle, Forever Red, Blush
"For My Friend" - Michael's $1 bin stamps
Hug Snug Seam Binding - White

Thanks for stopping by! Lisa


  1. Such a wonderful tag and so happy to see you playing along with Tim's 12 Tags of 2012! Love all the embossing! Have a great time taking our son off for a college visit! So exciting and scary all at once! Enjoy the evening!

  2. Nice job! The tips on the foil strips is great - thanks. I just bought that die and haven't used it yet-need to get busy!

  3. dear Lisa,
    First thanks for all your visits and I do hope by now you are feeling a bit better. I love your tag today! That playing card is incredible. Your ideas on the vintage cut trim is amazing. I think I must go out and buy that die NOW! take care dear, gerri

  4. Wow! I love your tag. The amount of detail is incredible. I love your queen of hearts! The Perfect Pearls really is a perfect touch!

  5. Wow, Lisa, that queen of hearts is stunning! Thank you for sharing that tip about the packing tape on the lace die. I'm going to give that a try right now and see if it's easier (hopefully I'm not too late since I have cut paper - but the little bits are a pain!)

  6. This is an amazing tag. It has a sculptural feel to it. Blessings!


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