Sunday 27 February 2011

Tissue Tape Tags

I really enjoyed watching Tim Holtz on QVC Craft Day on Tuesday; the demos were really inspiring and I picked up lots of tips and ideas. In particular I wanted to try out covering tags with tissue tape. If I had to nail my colours to the mast though, I am definitely more of a Crafty Individuals girl than a Tim Holtz girl, so I thought I would combine this idea with their pretty and delicate stamp designs - sort of Tim meets Jean!
This is the first one, and there will be loads! 

This turned out to be a great way to use up card stock in colours you don't like, as just a little of the colour shows through the tissue tape, in this case pale blue. I have the Tim Holtz Alterations die which cuts the tags (mainly because it has the lovely book plates on there also) so because tissue tape doesn't adhere very firmly, I wrapped the ends around the back, then cut another identical tag to stick to the back. This makes it more robust but also covers any ink you pick up on your work surface along the way (not that I would be messy ......!). I found it worked best to have the tissue tape running in different directions.

I stamped the beautiful butterfly image (CI 061) and coloured it with Pro Markers. I am finding that the thicker end of the pens is lovely for colouring the backgrounds - do you do that, too? I then tore around the image and added some fibres, and then friendly plastic butterflies and a rose I made from the moulds of the Primark jewellery - do you think I have got my money's worth from my cheap jewellery yet, hee hee!


  1. Cool tag, i love that you made molds from the primark stash, i have the roses so must give it a try!

  2. Fabby Tag !
    And cool colours
    Yeah I liked the show too there were some good demo's
    got the new stamps Friday and been plying since !

  3. Great tag, I just love tissue tape!

  4. The TT makes a fab background Lucy !!

  5. Love this, Lucy! The tissue tape is amazing as a tag background. Beautiful butterflies and of course your perfect rose! Have fun!

  6. Beautiful tag, Lucy! And I'm glad I'm not the only one that has trouble with the tape not sticking.... when Tim did that grunge bird with the inked tissue tape for the 12 Days of Christmas, he didn't mention that bit, and I found my birdie needed some emergency repairs, LOL! Can't wait to see the others. :)