Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Valentines Tags

I am sorry for my lack of blog posts, haven’t been feeling too well and have been trying to sort out my crafting area at the same time so i don’t fall over anymore! My crafting area hasn’t been sorted for about 10 years. I did a mini sort out last year but have had further purges and now have a much more streamlined stash.  The next stage is making it easier to access the most used items, this is a work in progress.

My last make was our Valentines Tags which i finished on 13 Feb, wrote most of the post and then just didn’t get around to finishing it, bad blogger!

So today i am finishing writing and adding the list of stash i used. Please get yourself a cuppa and sit back and i hope you enjoy the read.

List of items used to make the Tags:

Pan Pastels Blue and Turquoise

Inkylicious Elements 2 Stamp Set

Crafters Companion Splats and Stains Stamps Set

Stampotique Moth Fab and Checkers

Brilliance Ink Pad Pearlescent Sky Blue

Adirondack Cloudy Blue/Cool Peri and Denim

Archival Ink Pad Cornflower Blue

Distress Stains Old Paper/Spiced Marmalade/Picket Fence and Chipped Sapphire

Fresco Chalk Paints Nougat Blood Orange/Claret and London Bus

DecoArt Misters Red and Orange

DecoArt Media Paints Quinacridone Gold/Metallic Gold

DecoArt Lustres Majestic Purple and Lavish Green

DecoArt Stencils Tie dye and Timeless Treasures

Glitzcraft Glitter Frost Pastes White and from their Satin Finish Royal Blue and Copper

Stabilo All Black Pencil

From my older stash:


DCWV Vellum Quotes Stack

Small staples

Letraset Alphabet rub ons

Shiny tape with different designs

Uni Pin Pen and White Signo for the doodles

Card Stock to make my own Tags

Cereal box to make the smaller hearts

Old book pages

The Journey of layering and stencilling begins.



The hearts had already been sprayed with lots of lovely Cosmic Shimmer Sprays, OH chose the colours green, blue and copper for our Tags, so went with the colours already on the hearts. Added some lilac textured ribbon onto the top of the heart and glued down using watered down PVA Glue.

Added the Vellum sentiments over the top, used small staples to keep the stubborn edges down and then adhered them onto another piece of card as they kept curling up too much. When dry applied Ruby Treasure Gold around the edges.


Cut out two hearts from a piece of cereal box using an old sheet of stickers for the template.

Added a very thick layer of the Glitzcraft white glitter frosting and immediately sprayed the red and orange DecoArt Misters over the top. Left them to dry which took about an hour because of the sprays being added.

Didn’t like the colour as i had sprayed too much of the orange, my mistake, so added a layer of Blood Orange, Claret and then London Bus Fresco Paints to make them more red, then a layer of the Quinacridone Gold.

Liking this large Tag which i used as a mop up from the DecoArt Media Mister sprays.


The Tag backgrounds were made using all the different stamps from the Inkylicious Elements set 2 plate and a couple of the new Crafters Companion Texture stamp sets.


For each different stamp i used a different shade of blue ink.


Both Tags have similar backgrounds but i used two different DecoArt 12 x 12 stencils called Tie dye and Timeless Treasures to add some texture, both of these themes have meanings to us and our relationship.

The Glitzcraft Satin Paste is easy to use and dries very quickly. Both the copper and royal blue are beautiful colours.



Forgot to mention i wanted to warm the background of the Tags a little so brayered some Fresco Nougat over some of the areas before adding the glitter paste.

This gave me an idea, i also brayered over the dried glitter paste to take the colours down a little. The paste now looks like a very fine crackle not a glitter. Really like this effect and will definitely employ this technique again.



Macro shots of the hearts which show you the added DecoArt Gold Metallic paint and a hint of Picket Fence Distress Stain. Glad to see some rust tones to the finished hearts which i quite like.


Back of the copper Tag, used Distress Stains and some of the Inkylicious Stamps to create an area to write on.


Back of the royal blue Tag where i used Distress Stains again and also Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue ink pad and a stamp i got from a bundle i purchased from the lovely Astrid last year.

So you’ve seen the creative process and now for the Tags themselves.


This is the one i sent to my wonderful OH, i added the lovely Moth Fab from Stampotique and a couple of other stickers. Also added a few of the Letraset letters and the chevron style accents.


This is the one i received from OH. Added some doodling onto this heart and Checkers from Stampotique who was stamped onto old book paper and coloured with some very old pens.

As a final touch some doodling was added around the edges of both Tags.

Phew, that was a very long post! Apologies if you didn’t make it to the end but i wanted to share how i used all the products.

Thank you so much for your patience and for dropping by and leaving such encouraging comments.

Will be back in a few days once the stash has been tamed and i am ready to create once again.



  1. Your crafting just gets better! I love the scrumptious ness of the hearts. Backgrounds are Scrummy too! Love the way that you add layers over layers. Great job! Xx

  2. I'm loving the look of the Glitzcraft Satin Paste, especially the royal blue! My stash hasn't had a reorganisation for 10 years either and it just propagates... I badly need to tackle it! Enjoyed seeing how these tags came together and they're both great!

  3. This tags are just GORGEOUS.....
    good luck with your craft room...
    sounds like it would be a lot of work!

    It will be nice and inspiring if all the work is done!

  4. Totally wondrous hearts and the fact you and OH collaborated on them is even better!
    I do hope you are feeling better now and have cleared obstacles away.
    Thanks for your comments on mine and 'Super Wee Man's' blog posts :o)) {{Hugs}}

  5. Wow,gorgeous tags Mo,loving the textures used and so many supplies used too!
    Sorry to hear you've not been feeling too good,fingers crossed you'll feel better soon....I'll send you some 'creepy faces' to make you all better lol
    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

  6. Loving those hearts, they look beautiful, macro shot was definitely a good choice to showcase them. Thats for the inspiration for the Glitz paste, been wondering what to do with my winnings from Speedcraft blog xx

  7. These are two beautiful tags - love the effect of the paste! Hope you are feeling better soon! Chrisx

  8. Wonderful tags, Mo! Love them both. Hope you feel better soon! Xx

  9. LOVE-ly tags! :-) I hope you feel better soon and I wish you good luck and lots of fun organizing your craft area. Maybe you'll find some stuff you haven't used in a while and it'll end up in the most often used category ;)

  10. Holy cow, Mo. You put a LOT into these tags. They are beautiful, and I applaud you for using all that stash you have.

    Although I read every word, there were products I had never heard of. You have the most extensive and AWESOME stash I have seen, and you put SO much into everything you make. These two tags are no exception. They are simply stunning.

    Hope you feel better soon. I know (sort of) how you feel. Just please don't overdo yourself.

    Wish I could get my craft room sorted, since I seem to be making more messes than ever. I look forward to seeing photos (HINT) of the finished room.

  11. Amazing Mo!! Your backgrounds are fantastic with all those drips and splats!! Beautiful colours and I love the texture on your hearts! Well done! Good luck sorting out your craft room!! hugs :)

  12. Wow those are amazing tags! The layers and textures are just gorgeous. Despite not feeling better you seem to have made a dent in using some of your stash! Reorganizing seems to be an ongoing thing for all of us! Feel better soon Mo!

  13. Well done! I appreciate the step by step as you walked us through their transformation. Wow! I love those red hearts especially. Feel better soon.

  14. Great collection of textures and tags x

  15. Really sorry to hear that you've not been well Mo. I do hope that you're soon feeling a bit better. These tags are so full of texture and layers! I love the unconventional shapes of the hearts too! The heart shape is such a great start for all kinds of projects and I do love a folk heart or unusual slant on traditional hearts. Love the colours too! xxx

  16. Your tags are beautiful - and I love the shape of the hearts - they have a quirky and fun look - gorgeous work and fabulous techniques. I hope you are on the mend now and feeling a lot better.
    Diana x

  17. Made it to the end, and it was sure worth it! Love your tags, esp. the indigo blue ink one. And the corrugated cardboard used a couple of posts ago- what fun! Thanks for visiting and following my blog. Elizabeth's interview introduced me to some new friends with similar interests. Hope you feel better.

  18. Love your tag, hope are well now, big hugs xx

  19. Wonderful tags, love how you did the hearts and all the textures look super!!

    Hope you are feeling better, thanks also for your comment on my gentleman door hanger. I'm afraid to say that I just used colours Mark had on his work table, I cannot for the life of me remember what they were, - sorry...

  20. Fantastic tags. Hope you're feeling a bit better.

  21. You tags are absolutely gorgeous, Mo! Such depth and dimension created by your great layers. You are on an artistic role, my friend...don't stop....you can clean later! (Hope you are feeling better and better each day!)

  22. Wow these tags are both fabulous. I love the hearts and the backgrounds are wonderful. Xxx

  23. Love these MoH, they must be huge tage 'cos I know what size theStampotique stamps are, The rust is fabulous, I like a nice bit of rust and crackle lol. Hope your tidying is all done and you're feeling better for the weekend xx

  24. Great Valentine's tags, love the textures of them all.

  25. What brilliant tags - with so many ideas and techniques and possibilities. Love the rusty textured hearts - the brayering over the glitter sounds like a great technique - and the stencilled backgrounds are fab!

    Hope you are feeling a bit better now - and wishing you lots of luck with the continued stash sorting.
    Alison xx

  26. Beautifully layered tags and I love those hearts. Jenny x

  27. These are gorgeous!! Good luck with your purging-I really need to do the same!!

  28. Fabulous post, thanks so much for sharing the how...I always appreciate that! Love the glorious finished tags and impressed by the glitter paste! Hope you're feeling better soon Mo. Hugs and best wishes Ruth x

  29. Sorry to hear that you have been feeling unwell, we have had a bug here too. I did smile at your tidying up after 10 years, sounds like here too!

    Your tags are both beautiful and I enjoyed seeing your 'how to' as well and the texture on the hearts is fabulous! Thanks for your visits and comments, I really appreciate it. Anne xx

  30. Mo these are awesome!! You created such wonderful and beautiful backgrounds and used so much stash that I've never heard of but the finished results - well Wow does not seem quite enough.
    Hope you are better now, we had some awful bugs over Christmas and New Year and it knocked the stuffing out of me.
    Good luck with the stash sorting. I'm trying to sort mine from moving rooms last year. Fifteen years of crafting, I was really shocked to see how much I had and how much that was ruined by keeping it for too long or, like you, for best,
    I've stopped doing that and I'm trying to use all of it. I'm trying to make everything special and a one off.
    I also wanted to let you know how grateful I am for your lovely comments and encouragement. I am having one heck of a blast and getting mucky fingers every night but I love it and your kind words has encouraged me a lot. Have a good weekend hun Karen xx