Monday, 17 September 2012

Tag You're It

Welcome to the Guild Hall. You have arrived just in time to hear my tribulations. I have yet to embark on a crafting quest that has felt a chore until I accepted this latest mission. Admittedly, the troubles started by my own accord and a foolish decision that nearly doomed the entire expedition. Instead of making my usual card, I decided to try my hand at making a tag. I have only made a tag once before and it wasn't a "stand alone" tag. It was crafted then quickly settled into its new home on a card face. It had purpose. This one was going to be a lone tag - a rogue. It was rough going the whole way through. I suppose I do need more practice at this particular craft.
The tag itself was one of my spoils gained from the Crafters Guild Raid last weekend. I started by inking the tag using Dylusions spray inks. Step two was stamping the Stampotique image using Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink. Then I sat there and stared at the tag for a good ten minutes trying to decide what to do next. Hmmmmm....nothing was coming to me. Luckily it was time to sup; a well needed break away from this tag that was apparently going no where. 

My evening meal consumed, I returned to the crafting chamber and stared at the tag for awhile longer. I finally decided to emboss the one side and ink it up. Then I dug through my "bits box" to try and find something of use. I came across that owl image that I had cut from the Storybook cartridge literally two years ago and that weird orange shape that I think was the inside piece of a jack-o-lantern mouth at one point. 

Next I stamped the sentiment from the Dylusions "Say What You Mean" set and the eyes from the "Dependable Dotty" set. I also added glossy accents to the eyes. I still thought it looked a little plain, so I stamped the key and button things from the 7 Gypsies "Steampunk" stamp set. Last I inked a piece of silver ribbon using the Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink and frayed the ends of it.

I stared at the tag a little longer and decided that nothing I could add would make me like it more. Best just enter it into the Stampotique Designers Challenge (#64: Colour Challenge - mustard, navy, orange) and be done with it.

This endevour wasn't a complete failure having earned myself +190 exp points in tag making. I will definitely need to attempt a similar quest again before I will have enough experience to level up this skill.

~ Guild Master Crystal ~


Kaz said...

This is a fab tag, I'm glad you kept going with it. Thanks for joining us at Stampotque.

Jane Wetzel said...

I LOVE this! glad u joined us at Stampotique!

AssiCrafts said...

Great tag! Thank you for joining us at Stampotique this week. XOXO

Ang said...

Love it!!
Great job as usual!! :)

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