Posted by cathie on December 11, 2012

Rowan is my 4 year old, grandhandsome son who makes my heart smile with his “non stop” chatting abilities. This little man did not even say “one word” until he was 2 & 1/2 and now of course he is making up for it. Papa (Brian) and I have spoiled “this one” too this year (so much fun) and here is the tag that will go on his “major” present. Of course, this tag will also be placed on “his very purple Christmas tree” (there IS a story here) as soon as they get home. I love this photo. It is Rowan early in the morning and comes with “bed head” (I love 4 year old “bed head”) and his amazing “cheese” smile. I do have a professional photo of Rowan that I could have used …. but this one was just “more Rowan”.

Here are the tools I used to create this tag/ornament. There should be a Clearsnap stylus in there too as that is what I used to create the plaid background on the tag. I hand cut a stencil from window plastic and if you look to the right of the photo it is there. I used my stylus to apply these amazing pigmented colors from Clearsnap ( I went for lightfast) to make my “white tag” not white, anymore. Two of my pads are in the “new format” that I love from Clearsnap. The updated lid tells you right on top that it is “pigment ink” and states the color. This makes my inky heart very happy. These are such important adjectives. Remember you need to know “what kind” of ink you are using when you stamp. It is like going to a paint store and asking for “indoor, semi gloss” paint as opposed to “deck stain”. Therefore “the style” of ink printed right on the top of the lid gives you the information that you need.  My “Merry Christmas” stamp came from this set from “Impression Obsession”. Clear sets are wonderful because of their price point and if you stay away from solvent based inks, store them hidden from light, they will last you a long time. I still have some of my very first clear stamp images and they are in great shape.

My die cut images are from the “wreath maker” set from “In the Making Enterprises”. Dee’s Distinctively Dies are built with a 3D eye and here I applied my favourite two-sided, thin adhesive, “Be Creative” tape and added “Glitter Ritz”, micro fine glitter. Sculpt and adhere with your favourite 3D paste (mine is “Yes” glue for oh! so many reasons) and your die cuts are transformed to embellishments that will make your creative heart “shine” (lol).The ribbons started out white too and then they were altered with my pigment ink colours and “Be Creative” tape combined with “Glitter Ritz” glitter. Custom coloured everything makes so much sense to me … I simply buy “white ribbon” …. no hunting for the perfect colour of ribbon I simply “make it”. By the way when you use pigment ink to create custom coloured ribbon it will stay soft. These techniques are taught in my book, Vol. #6 of Canadian Scrapbooker Basics that you will may want to place under your Christmas tree, “for you from you” & make a tag “for you” too while you are at it, for “you” need to be on your tree too. I love our memory trees. I love looking at all the tags from years past and seeing these wonderful grandchildren grow from year to year. Hmmmmm, for some reason their is “no tag” with my face on it …. I guess I should get on “that” so …off I go to buy me a present to put a special “me” tag on it (lol)!

I thought I would add a shot of the back of the tag for it needs to have the flavour of the tag carried thru. And this is a “Sizzix” die that I used for the “bracket”. It is a frame but I cut it in two to create a very cool, bracket. ENJOY!




One Response to “ROWAN’S TAG.”

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