31 March 2017

Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey

Hi everyone and welcome! We are celebrating having a fifth week in the month with a Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey. It's a chance for the Creative Guides to get to play with new techniques and products and this time there's also an opportunity for you to join in the fun. I have not one, not two, but three tags for you this time! And there's a peek at the much larger project they form part of, one which will be revealed in full very soon.

I can't say enough about these new Distress Oxides. The colours are soft and muted, and their ability to layer without muddying is sublime. I used a combination of Iced Spruce, Broken China and Vintage Photo with water to cover the base of each three tags (the new Tim Holtz Distress Heavystock tags) dipping and drying between each layer (the drying is the important bit). Then each one had a combination of stencilling applied over the top.

For this first romantic one I used the Tim Holtz 'Heartstruck' Layering Stencil with Picket Fence Distress Paint, adding some extra detailing with a silver pen. Next came a scattering of flowers using the Tim Holtz 'Roses' Layering Stencil and Fired Brick Distress Oxide, making it a little more aged by dripping water onto the ink before drying. Some splatters of Tumbled Glass Distress Paint completed the perfect background for this romantic couple from Tim Holtz Paper Dolls pack. You'll notice they've been touched up a little with dilute Candied Apple and Chipped Sapphire Distress Paints. And the Metallic Sticker was coloured with the Tumbled Glass version.

This second more whimsical tag was embossed with the Tim Holtz 'Ornate' Layering Stencil before I brayered over it with the Picket Fence Distress Paint to reveal the pattern. I also blended Fired Brick Distress Oxide through the Tim Holtz 'Wildflower' Layering Stencil and splattered a little Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint before adding more Paper Dolls and Brushed Pewter die cut Wildflowers. Again the girls were painted with Candied Apple, Tumbled Glass and Chipped Sapphire.

This third and final tag is something of an ode to the value of education, with an initial Brushed Pewter layer using the Tim Holtz 'Numeric' Layering Stencil. With Tumbled Glass Distress Paint stamping of the Ledger Script design, drips of Picket Fence Distress Paint and Fired Brick Distress Oxide blended through the Tim Holtz 'Typo' Layering Stencil, all that remained was to pick out a few of the numbers with a silver pen for added impact. The little boys would have been lost on the background without a patchwork of Ephemera behind them and again I painted their clothing with Tumbled Glass and Chipped Sapphire to make them stand out more.

And here's a peek at the project they form part of - a Midori/Travelers Notebook sized junk journal, the cover of which I revealed a little while back on Instagram/Facebook. Now it's ready to open, but you'll have to wait a little longer for that...

That's it from me for this Tag Friday - I do encourage you to hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see what my fellow Creative Guides have been up to with their tags, and remember, there's that opportunity to join in too for this one!

It's going to be a busy weekend for me with a trip up to Carnforth in Lancashire for a Rowan Tree Crafts 'Demo Day' this Saturday, 1st April. My buddy Elizabeth Robinson will be there too and Sharon Quinn always organises fun stuff to see, do and buy, so if you're in the area I look forward to seeing you! Whatever you're up to take care of yourselves and have fun xxx


  1. What a delightful set of tags Jenny (and journal!) I love the pops of red with the blue and your wonderful stenciled backgrounds! Julia xx

  2. Love all of them Jenny! Those paper dolls are fab, I need more!! Gorgeous makes as always xx

  3. These are all beautiful examples of your wonderful work Jenny and look magnificent one by one but now, after your great tease, I can't wait to see the big reveal xxx

  4. Three fabulous tags, Jenny - amazing colour combinations - and I can't wait to see the rest of that journal!
    Alison x

  5. Fabulous trio of tags! Jenny . Love them all and looking forward to seeing the full project. I figured it maybe a journal ..... :)
    Hugs x

  6. The same tag and such different results. Amazing work Jenny!!
    Lia xx

  7. All of the tags are gorgeous Jenny, the backgrounds are wonderful, I love how you coloured the ephemera and the fibres you added to the top are stunning! I look forward to seeing more of your journal! Anne xx

  8. Amazing tags, I love the backgrounds and the subject of each one. So beautifully done. Hugs, Sandy

  9. Absolutely love all three tags Jenny! The colour combinations are just gorgeous and the additional colouring on the paper dolls is such a lovely touch. Can't wait to see the journal! Have a great, if busy, weekend! Jennie x

  10. These are fabulous tags Jenny, loving the look of the paper dolls too which are already on my wish list.
    Linda xxx

  11. I am in love - the backgrounds are absolutely stunning. I can not wait to get my new oxides. They do look marvelous. My favorite tag - well it is hard to say but I love the image on the first tag. She looks thrilled to death and he looks rather hesitant - "What have I done!".
    Wonderful post Jenny - thanks!!
    sandy xx

  12. I love these tags. I like how you can see through the paint. So gorgeous.

  13. A fabulous trio Jenny, each one just perfect in it's own way! Aren't those Oxides, just thr best? You have used them just beautifully here, a super set!

  14. Wow - stunning collection of tags Jenny - I in awe of everyone's oxide demos - I really must catch up and bit and get some! xx

  15. Jenny, what a fabulous trifecta of gorgeous vintage tags! Your backgrounds are amazing in color and depth! You have really used those Oxides to perfection and adding paint to the paper dolls is a brilliant move! Now I HAVE got to get me some paper dolls! I am amazed by your talent! Thank you for the gorgeous inspiration! Hugs!

    1. Thanks Sara - you'll love those Paper Dolls! xx

  16. Stunning tags Jenny, adore that colour palette and love the fabulous images you have used! Can't wait to get my hands on those Oxides and Paper Dolls, they are both on their way in the mail, yipee! Can't wait to see the inside pages of your fab Eileen Journal too, thanks so much for sharing these lovely tags, Deb xo

  17. Oh the color palette...oh the images...oh the backgrounds! All three are stunning Jenni!


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