Sunday, 5 June 2011

Time piece

The Dragons Dream Tag It On challenge theme this week is 'Time Piece' and, having plenty of clock related bits and bobs at the moment I jumped at the opportunity.

Umm, not entirely sure it went very well....

I started off with a tag cut from some lovely diamond patterned paper which I embossed with the Tim Holtz pocket watches embossing folder.  I lightly inked the raised areas with brushed corduroy and black soot distress inks. At this point I really liked the look of the tag but wasn't really sure where to go with it.

After I while I thought along the 'time flies' route and stamped some Tim Holtz birds onto acetate with black stazon.  This really started to give me a feel for the way I wanted the tag to go - a dark 'gotham cityesque' feel (the tags are darker than they look in the photos)- but it needed a focus point... Umbrella man seemed perfect and the phrase 'no time to stand and stare' came to mind.

So... finished tag no.1:

But I didn't like it - the phrase was too messy and took up too much space, it just looked too busy. So I tried again - this time doing all the stamping onto acetate which was overlaid onto the clock pattern tag. Unfortunately, I couldn't get as clear and crisp an image onto the acetate as I had before (any tips will be gratefully received), so as a quick fix I coloured the faint images with permanent marker (??). I wrote the phrase freehand onto the acetate.

Finished tag no 2:

I do sort of like this one better, but it's still not right (and I'm sure permanent marker was not the best tool for the job!).  Think I'm going to give up on this one - nice idea, poor execution!

Hopefully, today will go better :0)


  1. Great idea and you are being hard on yourself the second tag with the smaller writing and the fact that it is written has a special charm. Thank you for sharing with us at Dragon's Dream TIO XOXO Zoe

  2. Both are fab but I prefer the 2nd one! Like the handwriting. Thanks for sharing your dream with us at the TIO this week. Elizabeth x

  3. I love them - I think the writing on the second one is best too, but the tags are fantastic. Thanks for taking time to dream this week.

  4. Love them both but the second one has a sort of charm with the handwriting, and the writing is not too dominant. I just love umbrella man! Got to have the die! Thanks for joining us this week on the TIO challenge.

  5. I think the first tag is my favourite. I like the way it is 'casually' put together and has more of a collage feel. Great idea, I like the umbrella man standing and staring. Thanks for joining us at DragonsDream TIO this week and hope to see you again soon.

    Janet xx


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