This is just a quick post to show off the tags I've made for the UK Scrappers February Tag Swap - the required elements were amethyst, lace and a love quote:
(I've put the second photo in because the first looks a little flat - I've actually ended up using 3 different thicknesses of foam pads to bring a variation in the levels)
I thought I'd also share my recipe for this one, although I don't normally go into detail over it:
I smooshed a tag with purple ink, and then stamped the wings on the left side. Then I stamped the eiffel tower in black on the right, and sprayed the whole thing with a mini mister filled with a teeny bit of water and a LOT of gold perfect pearls, unscrewing the top and flicking it at the paper for some lovely golden globules. When dry, I overstamped the edges with a flourish using white chalk ink, and added my ribbon - background done.
For embellishment I stamped the hearts onto definition paper, backed it with some card and cut out, mounting the top one on a 1mm foam pad and the bottom one on a 3mm one. I then layered up a torn strip of the definition paper, two sheets of white acid free tissue overstamped with a love quote/definition in silver (bottom layer pleated, top one plain). I topped this with some lilac vellum punched on both sides to create a lacy 'ribbon', added a strip of the same ribbon as I'd used at the top of the tag, and overstamped with with black stitching. Finally I added it to the tag using a glue runner to fix the top part flat, and 2mm foam pads under the bottom part to give the ruffles some extra volume.
It looks like a lot of work reading back through that, but honestly it's not - and I'm chuffed to little mint balls with how it's turned out!
Thanks for looking, and would love to see any links to work you thought looked complicated but turned out straightforward!