Monday, April 23, 2012

April's Tag is a Birthday Card

Today's birthday card is gonna be a bit late for my brother-in-law, but on time (finally) for Tim Holtz'  12 Tags of 2012 for April.  I decided to make this into a dual purpose card, since I had a birthday to fulfill. 

I followed Tim's blog tutorial with a few stylistic changes based on the materials I had on hand:

TH Distressed Frame embossing folder
TH Reflections script stamp
TH Lost & Found flying birds stamp
TH Shabby French bird stamp (fussy cut - which is just another name for spending a lot of time cutting something out  =)
grungeboard bookplate & keyhole
TH trimmings inked w/frayed burlap & peeled paint
7 Gypsies key
Distress Inks:  frayed burlap, scattered straw, peeled paint, stormy sky, & vintage photo
Archival Ink: black, cobalt
Jute, stapled with TH tiny attacher
variety of letter rub-ons

And here's a Tip about shadowing rub-ons:  adhere rub-on to cardstock, then go over it carefully with an inked blending tool after it's secure -- this will give a shadowed look to your rub-on, as the overflow material on the rub-on acts as a natural resist.  In my case I used white cardstock then went over it with stormy sky & frayed burlap.  You can see where the letters have a white shadowed effect.  Pretty cool, eh?

Hope you're having a fabulous day!  Lisa


  1. I don't think your brother-in-law will mind that that his birthday card is late. Your card rocks. Blessings!

  2. This is fantastic, Lisa.... love the bird on the plate... your spin on the April tag is so clever!

  3. Oh I do so love this card! Not yr usual style my dear!Thanks so much for visiting lately. Hope you are doing well.take care, gerri

  4. I love it! I love the cool bird and love him perched on the sentiment! Very cool background.


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