Tag ~ Let your freak flag fly!

Some days you need to be with “your own” people. The ones who understand you without judgment. It is sometimes easier to hide your insecurities, your “weirdness,” little idiosyncrasies that make you, you.
Well, friends, I am here with my freak flag to welcome you home!

TCW provided me with some awesome goodies to play with, but the opinions and creations are my own.

Nothing says “weird” like a vintage ballerina with golden wings sitting on a billboard to announce to the world that you have arrived! I am sticking this tag in my book and will refer to it often! Here is what I did:

Start with a tag. This is a heavyweight tag from Ranger, but any heavy cardstock cut down will do. I use a box to spray into to prevent it from going everywhere. Add layers and dry in-between colors.

Switch on your laminator!

I like to use stamps on mixed media projects. Here is a notebook stamp from Unity Stamp Company with black Stazon Ink. This ink will not smear on any project. Pigment ink will have to be clear heat embossed to prevent smudging.

Next, I played with TCW885 Cut Outs and Distress Oxide.

I wanted a “yellow” element. I saw this TCW259 Chicken Wire, grabbed the Gamboge Stencil Butter, and applied it haphazardly over the tag.

I gave the tag a little more depth by adding doodling stamps, colored the edges with distress oxide, and splattered white ink to lighten back up the tag.

Now for the main character. This vintage lady is a digital stamp from Polka Dot Orchard, printed and cut out. I wanted her to be a bit whimsical but still have a sharp wit about her. Let’s give her wings and a crazy saying!

I just adore this TCW616 Angel wings stencil and needed them to be shiny and gold. Why not foil them? Here I use the TCW9048 Hot Foil Gel and evenly spread the gel all over. Wash your stencil and tools immediately. Let this dry completely before the next step.

Once the wings are dry, add distress oxide over the gel. Simply rub the wings clean to remove all the oxide.

I used gold foil for the wings. Cut them out by hand.

I debated only using one wing but positioned the other one so that it didn’t look odd. The sentiment is from Carmens Veranda and white heat embossed on black cardstock.

Isn’t she awesome? Don’t you just want to be her friend? I hope you like her and will let me
know by leaving a comment below!

Have a great week!

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