Thursday, February 21, 2013

Hydrangea Tag

We're kicking off a new theme at today . . . Totally Tags 'n ATC Thursdaze! Thursdays will be the day to explore different themes, elements, techniques or embellishments. There is no restriction on what tools are used to create these tags or ATC's. It could be a die cut machine, punches, stamps, etc. The sky is the limit! (However, if the Design Team uses digi stamps or SVG's they will be from Paper Crafting World.)

If you don't know what an ATC card is, here is a definition from Wikepedia: Artist trading cards (or ATCs) are miniature works of art about the same size as modern trading cards/ baseball cards. They are 2 1⁄2 by 3 1⁄2 inches (63 mm × 89 mm), small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets. The ATC movement developed out of the mail art movement and has its origins in Switzerland. Cards are produced in various media, including dry media (pencils, pens, markers, etc.), wet media (watercolor, acrylic paints, etc.), paper media (in the form of collage, papercuts, found objects, etc.) or even metals or cloth. The cards are usually traded or exchanged. 

The great thing about making something small, like a tag or ATC, is that gives you the opportunity try new techniques; or to make things that take too long to do on a larger scale for a layout or card.

This week's element to use on our tag/ATC is ribbon . . . here's what I created:

Here's the recipe:
  • I used the Cricut George & Basic Shapes for my tag base (handbook, pg. 102). It measures 4 1/2" high by 2 1/2" wide and is ivory card stock. The edges were "aged" with a brown ink pad and I used a brown Zig Writer to the doodles. 
  • The jar (handbook, pg. 95) was cut twice using the Cricut Doodlecharms cartridge. It measures 2 1/4" high and was cut from white card stock and then vellum. 
  • I sandwiched the stem of the hydrangea between the card stock and vellum so that it would look like my flower was inside the jar. The hydrangea (handbook, pg. 101) was cut at 3 1/2" high using the Cricut Walk In My Garden cartridge. I used papers from my scrap stash -- the green is "Guacamole" by Bazzill; the darker blue is by Recollections; and the lighter blue is "Splash" by Bazzill. 
  • A few sticky-backed pearls adorn my hydrangea. I used a green Zig Writer for the veins on the leaves. 
  • The word "hydrangea" was printed on the ivory prior to it being die cut. 
  • Satin ribbon adorns the neck of my mason jar as well as the top of my tag.
I love the way my little tag turned out! My mom grows hydrangeas in her yard and they have always been a favorite of mine, too.

Now, I hope you'll head on over to and see what the other designers have created. Thanks so much for stopping by!


Melinda Beltran said...

What a beautiful tag Jen! I love the way you used vellum for the jar! Your hydrangea is just precious! Thank you for sharing your gifts, time and talents my friend :-)

Sue Crease said...

Jen, I love this tag so clean and simple but perfect in every way. I just love hydrangea. Lovely


Sandy Palmer said...

Jen, this really is a very beautiful tag! That hydrangea is quite lovely! :)

Larelyn said...

I love this, Jen. I always love your projects because you remind me of the fabulous cuts on my seldom used cartridges. This one is terrific, my friend.

Chriss America Real said...

This tag is so lovely. Oh I can't wait until the hydrangea's are blooming in my backyard once again!



Sherrie K. said...

Gorgeous tag!! The jar is soo fun and love the second layer with vellum! The hydrangea is fabulous too!
Thanks so much for joining us at My Craft Spot!
Sherrie K

Julie Odil said...

I love that flower! Thanks for joining us at 3 Girl Jam's Anything Goes plus ribbong challenge!
- Julie O, DT member

Cheri said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. I really like the colors and the vellum - covered jar. Thanks for linking your card to the 3 Girl JAM "Anything Goes with Ribbon" challenge.
Cheri - 3 Girl JAM DT

Brenda said...

This is a beautiful tag Jen! I love the jar and that you used vellum for it. I also love, love the hydrangea! So beautiful, your ribbons are just perfect and I love your doodling!

Donna K said...

What a beautiful tag.... so elegant. The hydrangea makes me wish it were spring right now!!

Julie Odil said...

Oh, how beautiful! Thanks for joining us at 3 Girl Jam challenges
- Julie O

Marie97 said...

Very pretty tag!

Suzanne said...

This tag is so gorgeous Jen. I love the hydrangea. Such a pretty cut and the colors you chose are perfect. Thanks for being part of the Tag challenge this week. :)

Kate said...

What a gorgeous tag! I love the doodling around the edge and the hydrangeas are so pretty!

Thanks so much for playing along with us at My Craft Spot!

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Anonymous said...

lovely tag so pretty! Thanks for sharing with us at Top Tip Tuesday, hugs me x

Dr Sonia S V said...

The flowers look so beautiful
Dr Sonia
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