Wednesday, 16 March 2016

'Mad March' Tag

It's Mad March because there's just so much going on... virtual crop coming up ...two retreat classes under construction and now a tag ...that's four lots of Graphic 45 loveliness for you all!! As before the tag uses the two pages from the Children's Hour collection that are dedicated to the current month...March. As before the tag is a 4" x 8" piece of card with the top corners chopped off and the bottom corners rounded...
In addition to this I used some white card, dusty concord distress ink and some co-ordinating ribbon.

I started by covering the whole tag with the purple paper (choosing a bit that didn't mean I lost features on the other side that I might later want. I inked the edges with the purple distress ink and also inked a bit near the top of the tag which I knew would be behind and above my decoration...

Next I cut out the green strip which features small white flowers and glued this vertically to the left hand side of the tag...
I used a spellbinders die to cut out a white scalloped circle - you could cut this freehand, use a plain circle, a doily or whatever you like. I damaged my die cut getting it out of the die, but I knew that part would be hidden so I didn't worry too much...
Next I cut the boy and girl out from the postcard paper and glued them onto the circle...
I then spent some time cutting out other elements that I wanted to add - more of the pansies, the 'Hello spring' banner. I started to add more flowers round the children, using foam pads to raise them up... note that I crinkled the 'hello' banner a little to give it some dimension. I later decided to add a bit of the purple clover strip beneath it (you might want to add this first!!)
...I lifted the 'hello' banner and added the purple strip, added even more flowers on foam pads, added a couple of the cut out little birds and then tied on some green, purple, yellow and white ribbon...

Of course you could stop here, but I decided it still wasn't quite finished so I got out my leaf frond and butterfly punches and added some butterflies and leaves to give an even more 'spring-like' feel to the tag. Here are some close-ups and the finished tag...








If you have a go at making some Children's Hour tags do please share them here or on the ATDML Facebook page.
Happy crafting.
Jane








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