Friday, March 10, 2017

Dream of Sunny Days Tag with Deb Riddell

Hello and thank you for stopping by, it’s Deb here today to share with you a tag I made using Southern Ridge’s Delicate Lace Doily, Cedar Trees, Ferns and Foliage Sprigs chipboard pieces and the Brick stencil.

Spring is being very elusive here in British Columbia so dreams of sunny days and gardens are about all we have right now!  I’ve a few step out photos on how I made my tag, so read on for the how to.

I started out with a #8 manila mop up tag (it looked like it was used to mop up several shades of blue Distress inks) and I stenciled through the Brick stencil with some Martha Stewart Texture Effect paste.  Any sandy texture paste or grout would work just as well, you just want to get some ‘brick’ texture onto your tag.  Once the texture paste had dried, the hole tag was sprayed with Aged Mahogany Distress Spray stain.

The entire tag was sealed with a coat of Liquitex Matte Fluid Medium and then the ‘bricks’ were coloured with Distress Crayons (I used Gathered Twigs, Rusty Hinge and Antique Linen).  Sealing the tag allowed me to add and subtract the crayon colours by rubbing them with my fingers, using a waterbrush and a damp baby wipe until I was happy with the colour of the bricks.

The ‘grout’ between the bricks was shaded with a Derwent Medium Wash 4B sketching pencil and a waterbrush.

A Fern spray, some leaves and branches from the Foliage Sprigs set and the largest Cedar tree were then coloured with multiple shades of Distress crayons after being sealed with the matte fluid medium.  Think I used most every colour of green Distress crayon I had, adding and subtracting the colours until I was happy.

The Delicate Lace Doily was cut in half with scissors and one half set aside for a future project.

The other half of the doily was coloured with Black Soot Distress Spray stain and when dry covered with Mercury Rising embossing powder from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies.  Love the texture of this embossing powder and it created a real wrought iron look on that lovely Delicate Lace Doily, don’t you think?

I needed some flowers for my garden tag so I broke out a hoarded stash of Graphic 45 Botanical Tea scrapbook paper and die cut some flowers with the Tiny Tattered Florals die.

And finally, I chose two sentiments for the tag from a couple of Tim Holtz sentiment sticker sets.  The ‘we dream of sunny days’ phrase was from the Occasions Small Talk stickers pad and the ‘in the garden’ phrase was from his new Clipping Stickers.  Both stickers were edged with a bit of Frayed Burlap Distress ink before adhering them to the tag.

And then the components were assembled onto the tag.  The sentiment stickers were adhered to the top and a star brad from my stash, coloured with Pitch Black and Mushroom alcohol inks, was inserted through the hole at the top of the tag along with a snippet of Crinkle Ribbon coloured with multiple shades of green Distress crayons.

The ‘wrought iron gate’ Delicate Lace Doily was adhered to the right side of the tag and the Cedar tree on the left.

All of the Fern and Foliage Sprigs were arranged along the bottom, overlapping each other for some dimension, and the flowers scattered about among the greenery.

And with that the tag was complete, think this will be as close as I get to any flowers or greenery around here for a while!

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

- Ferns (coming soon)
- Foliage Sprigs (coming soon)
- Brick stencil (coming soon)

Other Supplies Used:

- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Distress Spray stain, Distress Crayons, Distress Ink and Alcohol Ink
- Tim Holtz for Sizzix: Tiny Tattered Florals Die
- Advantus / Tim Holtz: Crinkle Ribbon, Occasions Small Talk Stickers and Clipping Stickers
- Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Mercury Rising Embossing Powder
- Graphic 45: Botanical Tea Patterned Paper
- Martha Stewart: White Texture Effect paste
- Liquitex: Matte Fluid Medium
- Tombow: Tombow Adhesive
- Miscellaneous: #8 manila tag

Although I have used these components to make a tag, this layout could easily be adapted for a card, home decor piece or scrapbook layout so hope I’ve given you some ideas and inspiration.  Thanks again for stopping by and as always, happy creating!

Deb xo


  1. Such a beautiful tag Deb, I just love those bricks and you have coloured them so wonderfully well, they look almost real! The leaves and flowers give such a lovely Spring-like feel too. xx

  2. This tag is wonderful love all the textures!