Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A Victorian Valentine

     I don't know about you, but I love ALL things from the British Isles and Ireland.  I can't explain it although I guess it could be some of my Scottish and Irish genes calling me home.  LOL  The history, architecture, and landscapes just fascinate me, so this weeks "Victorian" theme at Papercraft Star was a fun one for me.  It even spurred me on to dig out some MORE of those underused supplies and play.  This little project is going to a very sweet friend of mine for Valentine's Day.
     I've created a tag using a piece of chipboard as a sturdy base.  My first layer is a piece of white that was edged with Tattered Rose Distress ink.  Next comes a layer of Buff Ivory which I stamped using my Ornate Texture stamp with the Tattered Rose ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I then added Old Paper and finally Tea Dye over the embossing.  The edges were distressed with scissors.
    The next layer is a postcard image from the Postcard Grunge digital sheet from The House Across the Bay.  On top of that I layered one of the Jane Austen Fashion Show images from another THATB digital sheet.   It was inked with Tea Dye and distressed with scissors also.   There's a little lace under the edge of her and I added an Adage Ticket and Hinge clasp plus a couple of buttons tied with Kraft Outlet Hang Tag String.
     I punched a hole in the tag with my Crop-a-dile and made my own reinforcements.  There's some pink seam binding tied through the hole.  The final element is my attempt at a technique I recently saw here.  Her's came out much better (I didn't have the TH metal pieces), but it's still a cool effect.  The metal flower has Tattered Rose and Antique Gold embossing powder melted on it for a faux enameled look.
    I know blah, blah, blah I was chatty with this post wasn't I.  :-)  Sorry about that.  We'd love to have you join the challenge this week and make sure you check out our guest designer Hilda's wonderful projects for this week.
     I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Crafty Blogger Network--distressing
Creative Stamp Friends--old fashioned or antique
Incy Wincy Designs--anything but a card
MyGrafico--tickets anywhere for someone special
Paper Playtime--tag plus sentiment
The Crazy Challenge--vintage
Craft Your Days Away--distressing
Sugar Creek Hollow--go girly
Crop Stop--distressed, vintage, shabby chic
Delightful Challenges--distressed/vintage

     Happy Wednesday!

  • Papers:  Kraft Outlet Chipboard and Buff Ivory Cover Weight cardstock, Recollections
  • Digital Images:  The House Across the Bay Jane Austen Fashion Show (043) and  Postcard Grunge (070)
  • Stamp:  Ornate Texture
  • Ink:  Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Old Paper, and Aged Mahogany Distress inks; Versamark
  • Tools:  Crop-a-dile, 1/2" circle punch unknown brand, heat gun
  • Miscellaneous:  metal flower, seam binding, buttons, and lace from my stash, Kraft Outlet hang Tag string, Tim Holtz Hinge Clasp and Adage Ticket, Zing Clear embossing powder, Tattered Rose Distress embossing powder, Ranger Antique Gold embossing powder


Nancy said...

Gorgeous tag, Tracy! Hey, I don't mind your chattiness at all! I love to hear how these pieces of art come together! Besides...I love to practice your the more words the more practice I get! lol
Have a very happy day, my friend! :o)

Ros said...

Ooooh! I love this Tracy ...

Im just me - Marleen said...

wow what a wonderful project, thanks for joining us At the Crafty Bloggers Network Challenge xx

Unknown said...

Fabulous tag Tracy! We must share the same genes, I'm very fond of anything British, too ;-) Hugs, Ira x

heidy said...

Oh Tracy what a beautiful Tag,so elegant!
Hugs Heidy

Sheryl said...

Hi Tracy, I love your tag! I really like the Victorian feel. Thanks for joining us at Incy Wincy this week. Good luck Sheryl xx

Kathleen (Kath) B. Hernandez said...

Gorgeous tag! Thanks for joining CropStop's “Distressing-Vintage-Shabby Chic” Challenge!

Blog: Creo by Lady Katutz at

Unknown said...

This looks amazing my friend. You did a fabulous job...

Hugs, Linda

Vicki said...

Fantabulous vintage tag! Great details. Thanks for playing along with our CropStop Challenge Blog.

CropStop said...

Great tags like this will really inspire others to try one themselves. Thank you for joining in the fun at

Tracy Vinson said...

Very beautiful vintage tag. Fits our girly theme perfectly. Thanks for joining us at SCH. Tracy

♥Jan♥ said...

I LOVE this tag !

♥Jan♥ said...

oh yeh, and I am putting it on Pinterest too. . .

Audrey Pettit said...

My jaw is hanging open! What a gorgeous tag, Tracy!

Payne Holler Cards said...

i so love your talent! I think i say that everytime I pop in (-:

...thanks so much for sharing with us at Sugar Creek Hollow

The Wired Angel said...

I love everything about this, Tracy. Such inspiration and it's perfect for our challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow this week. We've got a new challenge coming up on Saturday and I hope you will join us again. Peggy x

Sleepy Stamper said...

Beautiful tag Tracy, it's so jammed packed with so many lovely details! This has got to be one of my new favorites from you:-)


Ina G said...

Oh Tracy - you just blow me away with such a beautiful tag. So much talent. I am so lovin' your work.

FerrellGraph-x said...

Your tag is so beautiful Tracy! The distressing is the perfect finishing touch! Wouldn't it be fabulous to take a trip to Scottland! Perhaps someday I can see where my ancestors came from :)
Kindest regards,