Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pumpkin Tag and a Party (Project 12)

For today’s project, I have something a bit different – a tag.  I made this for the September tag swap over at Artsy Inkers.  Which, before I forget, we are having a party over at AI starting on Saturday called Inktoberfest.  There will be a variety of challenges for member to participate in as well as games.  If you ever participated in one of the stamping parties over at Two Peas in a Bucket, Inktoberfest will be like those.  If you haven’t, you should come over and check out Artsy Inkers.  There is a great bunch of stampers over there and we have a ton of fun during parties.  So that is my pitch for joining us at AI.  On to the tag.

I used my silhouette to cut out the shape from watercolor paper.  The image is by Impression Obsession and I cannot remember what ink I used to stamp it.  I think it was Memento Rich Cocoa.  I watercolored the image with Distress Inks in Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss, and Barn Door.

I created the base with used paper towels.  When I color with DI, I usually smoosh the ink on my craft mat, pick up the color with a brush or dauber, and when I’m done, I mist with water and wipe the excess up with a paper towel.  As a result I have some pretty paper towels.  So of course, I save them.   To create the base, I took a large snippet of white cardstock, applied Mod Podge, put the paper towel down and then coated it with more Mod Podge.  And I ran into some trouble.  The paper towel was 2 ply.  The glue didn’t go through both layers, so I had several spots that need more Mod Podge.  When I did the back of the tag, I separated the plies and applied them one at a time.  That worked much better.  And the colors weren’t bright enough if I used just one of the layers.

So when I went to add the focal piece to the base, I didn’t like how white the piece was.  So I added some Distress Ink.  I diluted  some Mustard Seed for around the image and inked the edges with Barn Door.  Finally, I added some liquid pearls to the image.

The leaves were punched with an EK Success punch from EK Success self-adhesive wood veneer paper and colored with Distress Inks.   The fibers are snippets that were RAKed to me ages ago.  The bow was created with my bow-it-all from ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

For the back, I stamped the same focal image.  I used Memento Ink in Rich Cocoa but I forgot that it needed reinking, so the image is rather faint.  I reinked the pad before stamping the leaves, which are by Inkadinkado.

I’m going to enter this over at Pixie’s Snippets Playground- Week 144.

Before I go, I know several of you have had some trouble following my blog.  Mary was nice enough to email me the fix she found when she was having trouble following me.  So here they are:
First - go to the blog you wish to follow, get to the Home section so you can copy & paste the URL for the blog…not just a particular post.
 1. Get to the reading list of the blogs you follow  (I had to manually go to the Dashboard, as my reading list does not always show up or populate)
 2. Look to the far right - there is a gear type of icon. Click it
 3. This brings up the list of blogs you are following. Scroll to the very bottom. Look for an orange block with the word ADD. Click it
 4.  Dialog box appears. Paste in the URL of the blog you’re trying to follow.
 5. NEXT (orange box) - click it
 6. Step 2: follow publicly - as whatever your google (blogger) id
 7. FOLLOW - Orange box.
Your picture should now appear in the following list of the blog you’re trying to follow and the new blog should now be in your following list.
Thank you everybody who has wished me luck with my etsy shop. 
Thanks for stopping by and please come again.


  1. Love your tag! You've chosen beautiful colours.

    I was going to say that I've been trying to follow your blog, but the link wouldn't work, when I spotted the instructions above. It took me a while as there was no orange block on the first gear icon I clicked, so I played around and got there in the end! xx

    1. Thanks for following my blog and I'm glad the info from Mary helped.

  2. Hi Sarah, I see you now have a new face in your following list - Yippee! I am so loving what you've done on this tag. It was fascinating to read how you scrunched the blot towels and then mod podged these onto the tag. (Just read another blog where the overspray on a stencil was blotted, then wrinkled tissue with gel medium, Inca Gold, I love reading these techniques!) Love your punkin image and ditto that you cut the mat shape with the silhouette. This is a very outstanding fall tag. Great use of your snippets (well, used blot towels are snippets too now that I think of it!). Will check out this challenge - TFS & Hugs.

  3. Yay! I'm following you now - three cheers for Mary :)

    Fabulous tag Sarah - loved how you did, and described, the background work!

    Hugs, Di xx

  4. This is a wonderful tag. IO has some very whimsical Halloween stamps. I love them.

  5. Would like to be able to say that I'm following too but blogger is having a hissy fit. Tried Mary's instructions and I got a nice little message saying I was following the Max number of 300 blogs allowed and to go and un follow some . Funny that I alreay follow. 366 peeps!!! Will try again after I have had a little drinkie poo. Hugs Mrs A.

    1. I'm sorry to hear blogger is not cooperating but thanks for trying. And I think having a little drinkie poo sounds like a great way to deal with uncooperative computers.

  6. I like your use of the kitchen towels on your tag. Waste not want not is my moto. Hugs Mrs A.

  7. Shut the front door! I can't believe you used a paper towel with distress inks for your background of your tag! It looks fabulous!! I love that pumpkin in that beautiful shape too. Very cool tag Sarah, it has great fall colors on it too. I wasn't quite following the directions to become a follower, so I decided to follow you by Bloglovin. Hugs, Brenda

  8. I have now drunk all the wine, the cida wos very good 2. Der whisky wus luvfly an I can't remember last time vodcar tasted like um vodcars should. Twied agin to linky poo but dat bloggers snot aving it so eyes splaying around at the mumet . hic.!$% jus spottedan ickle bit of jin sleft over frum Chrrisie . Dun know oooo chrissie is but bottoms up an thanky oooooo for following me. Cheers Mrs A or B or C. or swatevers.

    1. I didn't see who this comment was from before I started reading it and I thought, what on earth. Then I figured it out and laughed. You are too funny. And you're welcome.

  9. On a more serious note tried following again but blogger is still playing up. Tried on bloglovin too under both your blog name and your name. will keep on trying. I think blooger is having serious issues at the moment. My readers list has gone AWOL again. Thankyou for following my blog. hugs Mrs A.

  10. This looks wonderful Loved reading about your paper towel technique.

    Now that I am packing, I have plenty of tissue paper stockpiled for wrapping. I am going to save a few pieces for mopping up y inks and then try sticking it onto tags or even just paper for backgrounds. You have inspired me!