Tuesday, 14 February 2012


The Tag Tuesday theme for this week is 'Valentine's Day'.
So I decided to make a tag that could be turned into a card for the man in my life.
It had to match certain criteria though:  he wouldn't like it if it was covered in ribbons, bows, lace or hearts (so that narrowed the field!).  He also wouldn't like it if it was pink or red, or had words that were overly romantic (or 'soppy')!
Taking all that into account here is the tag I made, followed by the card I turned it into.

I was inspired by my collection of old, antique printers blocks.  I absolutely love them and have them scattered around most of the house!  I love the patina - beautiful well-used wood and ink stains. 
 To recreate this look on the tag I painted it with Golden fluid acrylics, in a orangey-brown colour.  I sprayed it with Moonshadow mist (walnut ink mixed with metallic copper), and then I flicked Paynes Grey fluid acrylic onto it to create the ink splatters.
I cut out the letters for the word LOVE, but unlike my printers blocks I turned the L round to face the right way.
I then entwined copper wire threaded with beads around the tag and added a terracotta coloured ribbon to finish it off.

For the background to the card I used transfer gel and the text from an old hand-written letter.  I distressed it with Tim Holtz distress ink (Pumice), and singed the edges with a heat gun.

The antique printers blocks that I used for inspiration


  1. I had to pop over from tag tuesday to see the end result, Fabulous work! Just love it, Hugs May x x x x

  2. It looks fantastic Diana, like rusty metal which is one of my favourite materials. Hope your chappy likes his card.
    Lynn xx

  3. Really like your tag Diana - and the card that it became!

  4. Oh wow... I am gradually working backwards through your blog posts, Diana, and am feeling more and more stunned... Love the effect you've achieved, inspired by the beautiful printer's blocks. What a fabulous "man" Valentine card!!

    I can't think why you haven't got a million followers!!