Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Donna Salazar - December DT Pt I

Below post went live on the Donna Salazar Blog earlier today.

Today I would like to share a step-by-step tutorial on how to get the best use out of the Crafty Chronicle and Donna's versatile Artistic Papers.

I love creating tags as they are not only a great way to use up those scraps, but they also come in handy when you need a quick card or something to adorn a present and you have no time (or mojo) to get crafty.
Whenever I am not in the mood to create a bigger project, I sit down and dabble in tags. They are then all stored in a little basket on my work desk, so I can grab one quickly whenever I need it.

Now, the Crafty Chronicle and the Artistic Papers are perfect for tags - especially the Chronicle with its plethora of wonderful quotes. For today's tag I have chosen the following:
"If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun"
- Katherine Hepburn

** click on any of the images to enlarge/sharpen their view **
My starting point for this tag was actually the layered flower, it kind of evolved from there.
I had so many scraps of paper flying around from my Chronicle,  which were perfect for a selection of various sizes of the Scalloped Circles die from Spellbinders.
I used some Smooch Spritz in Cashmere on all circles to give them a more aged look. After they dried I started folding
and pinching the individual circles
Some circles I pinched, folded and scrunched more than others in order to get different widths
With the help of glue dots placed in each middle section, I started to layer
Can you see the delightful shimmer from the Smooch Spritz on the layers? I love the aged effect the Cashmere colour gives to the Chronicle.

But I was not quite done there and wanted to add  bits of interested to a few areas of the layers. With the help of the new Emboss Gloss I was able to get to the exact areas I wanted - it makes life so much easier. The gloss stays wet long enough and allowed me to change my mind about four times as to which colour from Donna's new Embossing Powders I was going to choose. In the end, I opted for Chiffon.
I LOVE how the embossed areas look like I dipped the scallops in some paint. But there was still something missing, because you just can't have a layered flowers without some Fairy Dust Glitter, eh?
A self-adhesive pear from Want2Scrap placed in the centre gave the flower a lovely finish.
As soon as this was completed I knew that I wanted to showcase the flower on a tag, so I took a piece of the Artistic Papers, traced along the outline of an old tag and hand cut my own.
Its colour was too bright for what I had in mind, so I started to distress the background by first blending a generous helping of the new Mixed Media Inx in Honey and Leather over the whole of the tag. A little Smooch Spritz in Wood Stain and Mixed Berries added to the aged look.
The rest was then a matter of fussy cutting and layering.
Firstly I hand cut the quote I mentioned at the beginning of my post from the Chronicle and adhered it to some black cardstock. Then I hand cut one of the gorgeous butterflies from another sheet of the Artistic papers and adhered it to the tag with foam dots to add some dimension.
I did not distress or alter the butterfly with any inks or mists as I found the cream and black to work perfectly as a contrast to the layered flower. Had I altered the butterfly I think the tag could have looked a bit wishy-washy.
When I started with my layered flower I had no idea what my project would end up to be and once I finished the tag, I initially I thought I would stick it on a card. But writing this post and looking at the tag again, I have decided I want to display this on the wall and will be looking for a fitting shadow box.

Products used
Other products
Pens: Zig Millenium pen in black
Adhesive: Helmar, Scrapbook Adhesives
Other: Embroidery Floss, Self-adhesive washer


  1. WOWZAH!!! great tag...you really know how to distress like a pro:)

  2. oh and love he saying...so true, so true!!!

  3. so pretty! reading your posts always makes me want to get my hands all inky :)

  4. This is just beautiful, Kim! I really really love your flower. It is so right up my shabby chic loving alley. Love the contrast with the neutral butterfly and love that inked and misted tag. Really fabulous job, my friend!


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