Altered Tag Swap

A couple weeks ago, QueenBe (Carol) suggested hosting an altered tag swap. She sent out plain manilla tags to half a dozen folks, and our job was to go at them in any way we please, then send them back. I finally got mine done and sent off late last week.

I've had some ideas floating around for a while now to incorporate fabric into my collage work. At the very same time, Melange hosted a "Transfer Challenge" on their blog. I incorporated my fabric ideas into this challenge and did a homemade inkjet paper technique which I could also use for my tags.

To get started on my set of tags I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink on the tags, spritzed them with water, then let them dry. As a base, I adhered bits of sewing pattern with Golden's soft gel. As that dried I gathered an assortment of tidbits to complement a "seamstress" theme, including rick rack, lace, vintage buttons and measuring tape, pins, and pieces of button cards. Oh, and of course my mini images printed on cotton. I did a little sewing here and there for added interest, then toped it all off with gloss soft gel. (I wish I'd gone with a matte finish instead, but I'm still learning by trial and error.) Here's the finished result:

Now I'm just waiting for my assortment to come back to me... a pouch of pretty little presents from some of my favorite Etsy pals!


RenĂ©e Gandy September 8, 2009 at 3:45 PM  

I love these..lots of different media that works well together.

QueenBe September 8, 2009 at 3:53 PM  

Bren, I wondered if you had done a fabric transfer on the tags. They are amazing. I just love them all. I am going to have a heck of a time picking the ones I am going to keep from all the participants!

Persimmons Gal October 13, 2009 at 9:29 PM  

They look fantastic!!!

krystyna81 October 18, 2009 at 8:14 AM  

what a fun project! We used to trade art in grad school, working on each other's pieces, then when we got it back, 6 artists had added their bits and pieces - what a fun collaboration! Great idea :)

Brenda October 21, 2009 at 5:24 PM  

Hi Bren! I am one of the lucky 8 who got one of your tags, it is amazing! I'm so sorry it took me so long to thank you. It was a real fun swap, so many different techniques on them all!
Thank you :)

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