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Okay, my doves are not crying.  In fact, they are relatively happy doves.  I had a lot of fun making these tags using a few techniques I’d been wanting to try.

Gotta show you the full tag before I blah, blah, blah about the techniques:

dove tag

(no jingle bell props today…craft room looks like a war zone and I was practically hovering in the air to manage to access my “light box” to take a picture – light box is a piece of foam board, btw)

I was inspired by Betsy Veldman’s post on watercolour tags to make my own background for these tags so I pulled out my watercolour paper, reinkers and a mister bottle of water.

I used teal and olive reinkers for these tags.  I waited for them to dry a bit and then spritzed on some bronze colour mist and randomly splattered more water on them (except one poor card that was blasted with water – see far right), left it for a minute and blotted the water off with a paper towel (that wasn’t in her post but I love the effect – I wasn’t sure exactly how to do it so I “winged” it. Ba dum dum.)

The second technique I wanted to try was the loops of thread behind a fussy cut image. (Lucy Abrams does this to great effect all the time)  I didn’t know how to do that either but I bravely unearthed some gold thread from when I used to cross-stitch (TRIVIA TIME – I miss cross-stitching but that’s how I started paper crafting…I have a relatively useless middle finger on my dominant hand) and I looped the thread around three of my fingers 5-6 times to make the loops.  I stuck it to some double-sided tape in the centre of the tag and hid the tape with the dove image which is popped up on dimensionals.

A scattering of metallic sequins was all I needed to finish these off.  They are quite sparkly and pretty in real life.  It was fun to play with these techniques but I have to get back to ‘straight crafting’ if I want to finish my Christmas to-do list!