Hello all! It's a final fling for the year over at A Vintage Journey with a fun Tag Friday. We all just get to play however we want, as long as we create a tag... well, I've created many!
I was inspired by a class offered at SkillShare by the wonderful Anna-Karin Evaldsson of Layers of Ink. You can find the details of the class here. I was in time to take advantage of her generous Christmas gift of taking the class for free, but it's still a bargain.
I'm not going to share the details of the techniques used here - that wouldn't be fair - but I will show you lots of pictures instead!
I had a lovely time getting messy with my watercolour paints.
The resists give light to the gift tags...
... not only because of the white space they leave...
... but also owing to the glossy light-reflecting properties of the gel medium used. This is under a daylight bulb since there was so little sunlight around!
I stuck to a limited colour palette for these...
... but I'll definitely play again with different colour groupings.
It'll be a lovely way to play with colour combining.
But for now I stuck with some of my favourites.
Like Anna-Karin, I used lots of snippets of different sizes of paper.
There are some tall, thin, elegant ones...
... some tiny ones...
... and some more substantial ones in case you want to write a longer message on the reverse.
It was lovely to put my little Hero Arts alphabet to use again.
I think this is the first time it's been out to play in 2016.
These gift tag games are a good excuse to play with lots of different stencils...
... as well as doing some more of the scribbling I've been enjoying this year.
... and because you're creating in batches you end up with a nice handful of tags to keep handy.
Some are Christmassy...
... some less so.
I kept the toppings simple - all plain twine.
For my preferred gift wrapping of "brown paper packages, tied up with string", these will add a little life and colour.
I hope you'll be able to hop over to A Vintage Journey to see the taggy delights my lovely team-mates have in store for you.
And I'll be back later today with one final post for 2016 (a year I shan't be sorry to see the back of in many ways, though I personally have had lots of lovely adventures). I hope I'll see you again later on...
The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.