Tuesday 16 September 2014

A shabby French tag

Hi everyone it’s Brenda from Bumblebees and Butterflies here today to share a tag I made using a quick distress ink background and the French Flight stamps and dies set.

I started with the background using Victorian Velvet and Scattered Straw distress inks, smooshing them onto the heat mat and spritzing them with water. I laid a stencil into the inks lifted it and laid it on my tag transferring the colours and some of the pattern.
I used the same colours to blend inks over the tag to create some more depth and I splattered with some walnut stain and frayed burlap inks to create some more interest.
At this point I had a good idea of the elements I wanted to add to the tag but hadn’t got the design yet in my head.
You’ll see the pen nib didn’t make it lol but I always mix and swap elements until I am happy with the composition.
I added the tiny bicycle because I just thought it looked very French and added to the atmosphere of the theme, but also helped to ground everything and the piece of trellis framework behind the Eiffel Tower just seemed to help place it and give it some perspective.
I also added some torn strips of tissue tape …..
…. and the Fleur de Lys was inked, covered with glossy accents to give it some dimension and you can just see a smearing of Treasure Pewter on it. The seam binding was dipped in distress inks and wound three times round my fingers to make a fuller bow.
Thanks for looking, I hope you are inspired to try out the background and the beautiful Framelits dies.

Till the next time.

hugs Brenda xxx


  1. Beautiful Tag as always Brenda, some fab techniques which i will try as they look fantastic. Good to see your process, i am in awe of how you choose all the embellishments and get them to work together. I learn a lot when i visit your Blog Brenda, thank you :-) xxx

  2. Gorgeous Tag Brenda. Love your background and step by step.

  3. Gorgeous tag Brenda - fabulous choice of colours and elements. I am enjoying that background technique too ! x

  4. Your tags are always beautiful Brenda. I love the gorgeous background you created, it really makes the elements stand out beautifully! Anne xx

  5. A fabulous tag as always Brenda x your tattie tigon to detail ia amazing and the bike is perfect.

    TFS and hugs
    Annie x

  6. Hello Brenda,
    This is a gorgeous Tag.

  7. As expected this is beautiful Brenda. You've definitely tempted me with those Framelits dies/stamps. Jenny x

  8. I knew it would be worth the hop over. Love this beautiful tag, Brenda! Great use of those Framelits dies, which look amazing against the background! Love this! Hugs!

  9. What a great tag! Thank you for the excellent tutorial on how you made it too! Lots of inspiration here! I love the addition of the bicycle, which contributes to the vintage feel and the sentiment is spot on!