Thursday, July 28, 2016

AVJ Tag Friday

Whenever there is a 5th Friday in a month it's Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey.  
(of course, it's still Thursday night posting here from the USA -  but it's 7 am Friday across the pond!) 
As one of the AVJ Creative Guides -  I signed up to contribute this month - and since we are in the throws of a hot summer here in Massachusetts - I was inspired to use a seaside theme!
Here are a few photos of how I put my tag together.  First I brushed over a #8 manila tag with Picket Fence Distress Paint and dried it with my heat tool.
Then I brushed over the white paint very unevenly with Weathered Wood Distress Paint and dried this layer with my heat tool.
I randomly stamped over the tag using stamps from this stamp set Beside the Seaside from Crafty Individuals.   I used WV Potting Soil Archival ink.

I sprayed some Salty Ocean Distress Spray Stain on my craft mat and then sprayed water over the stain.
I dragged my tag through the mix and let it drip down the tag - then dried it with my heat tool, mopping up any dark pools of stain.
I mopped up what was left on the craft mat with two tags - that I will use another day!
I stamped the bathing beauty from the stamp set with Potting Soil ink on Vintage Cream card stock, cut her out, sponged the edges with Tea Dye Distress Inks and layered her over the tag with foam dots.
I colored her cheeks with my Spun Sugar Distress Marker.  I cut an Idea-ology Small Talk Occasions sticker in half, sponged the edges with Tea Dye Ink and adhered it to the tag.
I stamped another one of the sentiments from the stamp set onto a piece of Vintage Cream cardstock and cut it with a Stitched Mat Rectangle die from Lil' Inker Designs. I sponged the edges with Tea Dye Ink.  I added two small shells I picked up off the beach on Sanibel Island, FL when Kent and I were on vacation there several years ago. (I knew I'd want them someday!)  I also added some 'sand' that I made using Tim's recipe for this card.  I looped a piece ofLinen Ribbon through the hole in the tag - I love the look you get when you pull the ends of this ribbon open - it looks almost like fish nets!
This tag makes me want to go to the beach this weekend!  We are so lucky to live on the North East Coast of the US - we have many beaches near us although they can get very crowded and you have to go early to get a parking spot!

So if you have a few minutes and would like some AWESOME tag inspiration -  please check out all the beautiful designs and techniques the Creative Guides have used this month on their tags!

And you have until Thursday 4th August 2016 to make a project for our July Monochromatic Challenge - Our challenge is a monthly one and a randomly chosen winner will receive a $25 gift voucher from our generous sponsor, The Funkie Junkie Boutique. We also award our Pinworthy badges to the Top 3, chosen by the Creative Guides who are subsequently invited to join us on the blog as a guest designer.
 You can find all the Creative Guide projects, guest designers, pinworthies and winners on our Pinterest boards.

I'm also linking my creation to:
Anything But Cute Challenge - Summertime Fun

Frilly and Funkie - By the Sea Challenge

I'm on vacation for a week starting tonight after work!  We have a trip to Vermont planned to visit Kent's brother and sister-in-law, a trip to Lake Winnepesaukee in New Hampshire to visit friends and a stop in Eaton Center, NH to visit some family!  I'll need a vacation after my vacation to rest up! 
Stamps:  Crafty Individual
Paper:  #8 Manila Tag - Ranger, Vintage Cream and Dark Chocolate cardstock - PTI.
Ink:  Wendy Vecchi Archival Potting Soil, Ranger Distress Tea Dye.
Accessories:  Stitched Mat Rectangle Die - Lil'Inker Designs, Idea-ology Small Talk/Occasions Stickers, Linen Ribbon, Ranger Distress Spray Stain Salty Ocean, Ranger Distress Paint Picket Fence and Weathered Wood, water Mister - Ranger, foam dots, shells from beach, sand using Tim Holtz recipe


Sherry Hickey said...

I just happened by and wanted to tell you how much I love your beautiful tag! It was fun reading how you made it; your instructions were clear and made me feel I could successfully try your techniques! Lovely.

Annette Allen said...

this is so awesome.. i love how you created that background

Samra Leshinski said...

Stunning tag Julia! I haven't been much around in blogland...I probably need to catch up with visits and all your gorgeous work :)
Paper Talk with Samra

Vintagehandmade said...

Marvelous vintage seaside tag, Julia! I love how you did your awesome background and your beautiful stamping! Great job! Thank you so much again for joining in our Summertime Fun challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugs! Branka DT :)

A Pink said...

Your tag is an absolute beauty, Julia . Like you it makes me want to go to the beach and paddle in the sea. I loved seeing how you created such a wonderful tag.
A real fave for me
have a lovely weekend
hugs x

Redanne said...

I do love the seaside and you have transported me there too with this gorgeous tag Julia! I love the way you did the background, it makes the beach lady stand out beautifully and those little shells are the perfect finishing touch! Hope you have fun at the seaside! Hugs, Anne xx

Nikki Acton said...

Super tag Julia - a fabulous composition and variety of tones xxx

~amy~ said...

Oh, I love this Julia! I always love your tutorials!

Mona Pendleton said...

Fantastic tag Julia! Love the beautiful background! Hope you have an amazing weekend!

jdmommy - Anne Harmon said...

What a wonderful summer beach tag! I love the brown ink on cream for a very Vintage look, Julia!!

Sara Barker said...

Once again, Julia, I spotted your artwork at Anything But Cute as I catch up on my commenting, so I had to move in for a closer look. I guess I would have eventually got to it on my "own time", but my this is gorgeous! I love the way the background came together and those stamps are perfect! I love how you've created the fishnet with Tim's trimmings!

Sanibel Island has a wonderful shelling beach as I can remember from my 2 visits as a younger adult. Such a beautiful beach, too! I didn't know you lived close to the beach in Mass. I know what you mean by getting there early for a parking spot. I live 7 miles from Wrightsville Beach in NC (one of the prettiest), but never go because of the parking dilemma (and the sharks and I don't look good in a swimsuit!).

Thank you so much for linking this up to our Summertime Fun challenge at Anything But Cute. I do hope you are getting plenty of summertime fun this season! Hugs! Sara Emily DT

Redanne said...

Apologies Julia, I missed saying thank you for joining in our Summertime Fun challenge over at Anything But Cute! Hugs, Anne xx

butterfly said...

Simply lovely, Julia - I adore how you've used the text stamp to create detail on the gorgeous weather-washed background, and the vintage colour tones are right up my street - wonderful!
Alison x

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Julia, this is a great tag! Your beautiful mixed media perfectly captures the feel of salt spray and old wood. Gorgeous color palette! Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Frilly and Funkie "By the Sea" Challenge!

Cec said...

What a fabulous vintage tag with a perfect colour palette for a beach-themed project. The stamping is terrific and gives the look of layers. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

A fabulous tag and wonderful techniques, thanks so much for sharing it! Deb xo

Nancy Dynes said...

Your seaside tag is vintage inspired perfection, Julia!! I love everything about it! You've truly captured the atmosphere of a holiday by the shore. It's such a treat to get a peek at your process as well. Thank you so much for joining us at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge!

Karen D. said...

I just love this Julia...great looking tag with the wonderful vintage images. Thanks for showing how you created it too!