Wednesday, May 30, 2012

To Dye For new challenge at Dragons Dream TIO

This week at Dragons Dream TIO it's Sue's turn to provide a recipe and it is
- “To Dye for” -;Make a tag and use spray ink, die cut(s) and embossing (heat or dry) and use at least one real stamp.

My tag was a bit of a disaster to make, I had it all planned but it didn't turn out as it should.

First I made the background for which I used my DIY spray ink (mixed watercolour paint with water in a spraybottle) and so far it worked out great, I really liked how the background turned out. Then the problems started.
I stamped the Time Traveler using black Stazon and when I removed the stamp from the tag some of the spray ink flaked off the tag and the stamped image was not clear. That was the first problem.....

But I solved this by stamping the image again on vellum, cut the image out and glued it on the tag(over the failed stamped image) then stamped and heat embossed the words Time Traveller.

The tag still needed something extra, so I masked the Time Traveler and stamped the clocks using white Stazon and had the same problem...... the Stazon and my DIY spray ink didn't like each other and when I removed my stamp the spray ink flaked off the tag and the stamped image was not clear. To make the image more visible I used white embossing powder and I liked the result.

Now I only had to add some die cuts and decided to use the TH Gadget Gears and cut them out off metal tape covered cardstock. Because of the mettalic look of the gears I thought the tag had a futuristic feel about it and I thought it would be fun to put some glitter glue around the can probably guess what happened......... the glue didn't want to come out of the bottle so I had to squeeze it a bit harder.......then the nozzle came off and half of the glitter glue bursted out of the bottle on to the tag............

Luckely I could remove the most of the glitter from the tag. Instead of ribbon I used wire to finish the tag and attached a light bulb to the wire.

Here it is..... drumroll......

Hope you like and come and join the challenge

I will enter these tag in the following challenges: the lightbulb was recycled (it is a light bulb form my bicycle light)


  1. Wow, that's a cool tag, great colors :)

  2. Oh bless you! Thank you for being so honest that this didn't go as planned but look at the fabulous tag it became! Utterly brilliant x

  3. VERY COOL! Love all the masking and the wire and bulb at the top is FAB!


  4. It's refreshing to hear the problems and how they were overcome. You "fixed" the tag really well and the result is fabulous. I'm really going to have to start making tags again and joining in with Frankie's dream TFS xxx

  5. Simply Fabulous..if you did'nt tell us you had these disasters we would never have known.. Just Brillant.. Hugs May x x x

  6. Hi MO, I figured out where your follow by email button is, well I hope I did since I cant read the words. Now I will know when you post cool stuff :) (big grin)
    Well I really do love your tag, even through your misshapes it is awesome! Now you said you used "
    First I made the background for which I used my DIY spray ink (mixed watercolour paint with water in a spraybottle)" Okay so what is "Wathercolour" paint? I just bought some more spray inks (that came in the mail today actually) But I was wondering if I added some drops of a re-inker to a spray/mister bottle and water if it would do the same thing? I should have know it was TH dies for the cogs. However, my mom just ordered a punch from Stampin' Up that looks like it. I just love the tiny light bulb, IDK why but to me it's so cute LOL! Seeing your tag makes me want to go make one. Is that silly? But really I do! Yours did turn out beautiful even w/ all your mishaps, but it's cool how you over came them! That's a true artist!! Hope you have a great day hun!

  7. A really great tag and I like your recycling, maybe I should find the small lamps from my christmas lights! =)
    Thanks for joining us at Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent!
    Hugs, Elenor DT

  8. Gorgeous tag - love the clocks in the background and who would have thought a lightbulb could look so cool! So glad you linked up at Recyle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent!

  9. You brave girl!
    What a fabulous steampunk tag after all those things that happened!
    I really like the white embossing you did, that is something I'll keep in mind! That little bulb is such a funky addition!
    Thanks for joining us at Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-Invent!
    Hope you'll join us again.
    Rene DT

  10. Hi I love your tag, all that hard work was definateley worth it.the use of the light bulb and wire is ingenius. Thanks for joining in at Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-invent Hope to see you there again soon:o)

  11. Monique, This is very cool. I love the inked background and my Hubby has now been asked to save any little light bulb he comes across. Such a great idea and oh the possibilities are endless. Thank you for sharing this with us at Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

  12. Monique, you handled all of your "disasters" so creatively and with wonderful results. What a great lesson to all of us not to give up when something goes wrong. Love your tag and the tiny lightbulb wrapped with curled wire is inspired! Thanks for joining our challenge at Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-invent. Please join us again!

  13. Wow Monique, this is fabulous, I love your background, brilliant colours, and no way does it look like you have had problems with this. The wire and light bulb are perfect - definitely keeping that idea lol x

  14. That's just a fabulous one - I love it. Great vibrant color combo in contrast to the main image, and I love the idea with the bike light bulb ;-) Wonderful job.