Sunday, September 25, 2011

Inner Beauty Tag...

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.  ~  Kahlil Gibran

Front View
Back View
This tag was a labor of love... 

I created the manila tag in DS, I was having trouble finding  the exact shape I wanted.  Then cut three tags.  Coffee dyed 2 of the the tags, crinkled them up while they were still wet, then unfolded them gently. Inked them both with some distress ink, then used glimmer mist and then let the 2 tags dry, in-between paper and under a heavy book, overnight.  Kept the 3rd tag clean and crisp, so it could be use later between the other 2 tags, for support.

The next day, I stamped & embossed my desired images on each tag, then painted black crackle paint randomly on both tags.  Dried them with a heat gun and then sanded the black crackle paint, just a bit.  Now for some clear crackle and a tad bit of glitter. Once the 2 tags dried, I glued the three tags together (clean 3rd tag between the 2 processed tags).  Used the sewing machine to randomly pierce holes where I desired them. Then proceeded to hand thread (only in a few of the holes) with hand embroidery type thread. Outlined the unused hole with black marker. Base tag done!

Decorated the tag with my very own hand stamped, handmade cloth flowers & cloth ribbon.  Used some burlap, buttons, beads, and a hand stamped partial body.  The "partial body" was stamped on a recycled envelope (interior) which I mounted to a piece of cardboard (for support), so I could pop it off the tag with some foam tape.  Pierce holes down the missing side of the body. Then proceeded to hand thread (only in a few of the holes) with the same embroidery type thread, that was used on the tag. Outlined the unused hole with black marker.  Used some black crackle, glitter, beauty rubber stamp and glittered personal handwriting for the word inner.  

Added a heart rhinestone and wala... A labor of love! 


  1. Wow, Lisa! These are stunning. I love that they look both vintage and distressed. A style I have yet to conquer. These came out gorgeous!

  2. Really beautiful tags. Your labor of love shines.


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