27 February 2013


I was thrilled to receive the new release Sydney products in my creative team parcel from Darkroom Door. I love black and white photography and knew right away that I wanted to put a heritage twist on the photos. For the background, I had the idea to create a stylised wattle motif using the Dots stamp. I inked the stamp with a combination of gold and orange ink and when the kraft paper was dry I added hightlights with paint. Next came the tricky part - placing the images on the tags. For me this is the most time consuming part but is well worth the effort. There's nothing worse than deciding it all looks wrong *after* you've stuck it down! And finally, I got to play with my heat gun and drip hot wax over the tags. Beeswax is magic stuff - it looks great and smells even better :-)

Darkroom Door products - DDBS004 Dots background stamp, Sydney montage, Sydney wordstrips
Ink - Brilliance galaxy gold, Distress spiced marmalade
Paper - kraft
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - silver brads, ribbon, gumnuts
Other - acrylic paint (yellow, off-white), cocktail pick, hole punch, heat tool, natural beeswax


1. Stamp six kraft tags with the Dots background stamp. When dry, use the blunt end of a cocktail pick to apply dots of acrylic paint.
2. Make a reinforcement for each tag by punching a hole in a strip of folded black card.
2. Cut Sydney images from the montage sheet. Mount the largest image on a hand-cut frame and arrange the smaller photos around it. When satisfied with the layout, attach everything with double-sided tape.
3. Affix a Sydney wordstrip to each tag and embellish with handmade photo corners and silver brads.
4. Glue clusters of gumnuts to the tags. When dry, drip liberally with melted beeswax.
5. Tie with ribbon.


Teresa Abajo said...

Brilliant! The tags look awesome displayed all together like that. The gum nuts are a cute touch too.

Liesbeth Fidder said...

Wow, your tags are amazing, Sephi !

Connie Mercer said...

These are amazing!! Love the black and white on the kraft cardstock!! awesome look!!!