I made this jumbo spring themed tag (which coordinates with the broach I shared in the immediately prior post) for a lovely lady who recently lost her mother, and I wanted to fill it with crafty love. The tag has a bit of an Easter (renewed life) feel, and I am hoping this will be uplifting for my friend.

BASE: For the base of the tag, I used the largest of the Diemond Dies Tags Nesting Die Set with thin chipboard, and paper from some retired K & Company Floral Collection paper called “Bird on Pink”. I framed the tag from the back with gathered lace that I shirred a bit more as I hot glued it into place for extra luxe fluff. Then I used a mixed pastel colored braided trim all around the edges of the tag. While I liked the Easter colors of that braided trim, I thought it looked a bit unfinished so I added a strand of faceted white beaded trim all along the center-line, which I think gave the border of the tag a whimsical candy-covered look.

For the backside of the tag base, I printed out a beautiful quote from the Bible from the Word Art Wednesday Challenge Blog back in early December 2016. I know it is not the word art that is for the current challenge, but it seemed perfectly suited for my friend at this time in her life after her mother’s passing. I cut out the quote with a paper trimmer, then I rounded the corners with a We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper to match the rounded corners of the tag. Then I inked the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Worn Lipstick to give the word art a finished look.

FOCAL POINT: For the centerpiece, I die cut a sweet bird from the K & Company Floral Collection “Bird on Pink” (adding Glossy Accents to the eyes, beak and legs for some lifelike shine) with the 8th largest of the 20 piece Diemond Dies Die-Normous Stack-Ems Circle Nesting Die Set. I inked the edges of this die cut circle with more Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Worn Lipstick, which I think helped highlight the pale pink background. Then for some added whimsy, I added pom pom trim around the whole circle, which was intended to echo the faceted beaded trim around the tag while adding a different, soft texture. This pom pom trim also framed the focal point image nicely. Before adhering the image to the tag, I backed it with fun foam to add a bit of dimension to the focal point and bring it forward on this super dimensional tag.

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LAYERING/TOPPINGS: I added four 1/2″ lace strands and 4 pink and silver eyelash trim strands to create a fulsome tassel for the top of the tag, tying an eyelash trim bow to cinch it all together. Then for the tag itself, I knew I wanted to add two flower clusters — a larger one on the lower right to add some visual weight for the base and a smaller one in the upper left for balance. I used a variety of paper, foam and fabric flowers that I had been gifted (and hoarded for just that perfect special project) from crafty friends (YT: mynashka, Crafty Bean, NewCrafterBev, MyDivineGrace, and Crafty Creations by Dezy). I added twig-like curlicues from a Prima floral embellishment package to the right of the image emanating from the lower right flower cluster to add some height and to be a 3D reference to the twig on which the bird is standing. I also hand fussy cut some of the pale pink flowers from the K & Company Floral Collection “Bird on Pink” paper and popped those up on fun foam to add some dimension and interest while still matching in style with the focal bird image.

This jumbo spring tag is being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday The Great Outdoors Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes Challenge with an Option of For the Girls or Mothers Day
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday A Hint of Pink Challenge
Fab ‘n’ Funky Lovely Ladies Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge
Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes Challenge
Not Just Cards Easter Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday April Showers Bring May Flowers Challenge
613 Avenue Create Anything Goes with Optional Spring Challenge

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