Did you see Ellen's beautiful gessoed tag post using the Fashionista papers from the Graphic 45 line a couple of days ago? It inspired me to pull out my Fashionista papers! Initially I had determined to stick with a formal black and cream color scheme, but a bit of those rich flowers managed to sneak on anyway. . .
I started with a large Manila tag and its coordinating tag envelope. Since I knew that I wanted to add a bow to the top of the card, I sealed the open end and cut off the pre-sealed end. Next I used a circle punch to cut a half circle to make room for the bow. I laid some of the black patterned paper on the back of both the tag and the envelope to create a mat as well as to give the back a finished look. Please Note: All products from Ellen Hutson, LLC are linked at the bottom of this post.
Next I covered the front of the envelope and found or created some elements to spice up the front of the envelope.
I left the inside tag mostly blank for writing, stamping only some Tree Swallows in Adirondack Lake Mist ink, and a sentiment from the Rummage Bin Ornamental Beauty set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I also sponged Tea Dye Distress ink on all exposed edges and over stitching.
After finishing the inside tag and adding its bow, I was ready to decorate the front. (I needed to see where the bow would fall before placing the elements on the front of the envelope.)
As you can see, a few things changed in the process--they almost always do. I added splashes of color rather than sticking with only black and white, and I left off all but one of the vintage buttons that I had intended to use and added rhinestones instead. The buttons were a little informal for the rest of the materials, and the winged clock needed some emphasis.
I love starting with pretty materials and seeing where the process leads; don't you? Thank you for visiting the CLASSroom!
Linked Supplies Used:
Papers: En Vogue, Tres Chic, Potpourri and Haute Couture(Fashionista Line of Graphic 45)
Inks: Adirondack Lake Mist, Memento Tuxedo Black, Tea Dye Distress Ink
Stamps: Tree Swallows, Ornamental Beauty
Accessories: Micro Dot Twinkle Stickers (red rhinestones), Large Manila Tag, Tag Envelope. (Wide silk ribbon and button were from my stash.)