Welcome! I started this blog because I love to craft. I dabble with scrap booking, and card making. I love bending, folding and tweaking paper. I try other crafts, too. I hope to share some projects with you.

Friday, August 15, 2014

July Tag "Celebrate America"

   Like so many others the 4th of July makes me think of all the blessings that we as Americans enjoy. So I picked  "Celebrate America" as July's theme. I asked everyone to express what America is to them and how they enjoy celebrating their freedom. It was a real pleasure to see how other artists interpreted this theme. It also showed me how different we as Americans are.


Kathy Cabble

   I started this tag by adhering a small cloth flag to white card stock using thinned white glue. I first spread it quite thick onto th e card stock using an old paint brush. Then I pressed the small flag onto it being careful not to leave any wrinkles or air bubbles. Then I appled the white glue mixture over the top of the cloth flag. I sat it aside to dry. Next I used a cutting die and cut out the Statue of Liberty. Using a punch I punched out the five stars using white glimmer paper. I glued them in place and then using foam squares I pressed my statue silhouette in place.
   Once while searching the web for images I bumped into this vintage print of "The Star Spangled Banner". I thought it was pretty so I kept it. I'm glad that I did because I thought it was perfect for my August Tag. I re-sized it and printed it. I then sat it aside while I painted the back of my tag brown and waited for it to dry. After it was dry I center it and then glued it in place. As soon as it was dry enough to work with using a glue stick and leaving globs and blobs I worked the outside edge merging onto the printed image. I then sprinkled Copper embossing powder thickly over the glue and then heat embossed it. Using a glue stick sloppily gives the embossing powder the look of molten metal. I love this look and use it often. When it was cool I turned it over an using a glue pen a drew a border around the outside edge of the flag and then used the copper to emboss it too. As a finishing touch I tied red, white, blue ribbons to the tag as the tie.

 Kathy Keller

 Barbara Hahn

Gabreille Haider

 Lori Otto

 Judy Lawson

 Sandie Hamel

Kathy Scholl

   Yes, these were some really outstanding tags. I can't see how anyone wouldn't be pleased with any tag that they received. I know that I hated to swap them out and mail them off. Thanks for dropping in.

Take Care

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