Monday, April 21, 2014

Pretty little tags...

Happy Monday y’all! A quick note to introduce a fresh voice you’ll be hearing from on the Power Poppy blog. A wonderful welcome to Dina Kowal (Woooo!!) — so excited to have her sharing her new and inspiring ideas for using my stamp designs. Check it!  ~marcella
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Psst! Hey there! Dina here, with a fun little project to share. I’m so excited that Marcy let me sneak in to post.... actually I’ll be here every 3rd Monday with a little creative inspiration for you!

I’m getting excited about opening my etsy store up soon, and I’ve had this idea in my head for a few weeks. I love the orientation and in-the-round-ness of the main image from the Springtime Love set, and it’s perfect for what I’d like to share today!


I started by stamping the round image in the center of a Fabriano watercolor panel, then settled down to enjoy the painting process. I missed the finale of The Voice UK while we were traveling, so that was my entertainment.


Here’s the watercolored panel... aren’t those florals gorgeous? (Note to self: fill in those empty palette wells!) I did a wash around the image first before filling in the flowers and leaves. Another time maybe I'll share more of a step-by-step of how I color flowers.


Next, I positioned small label dies (Quickutz) around the edges of the image, making sure each little label had a piece of the image in the corner or along an edge. I used a little washi tape to keep the dies in place for cutting.


Here are the labels after cutting... aren’t they pretty?!


Some layers and lovely sentiments, a little sponging here and there, and they’re ready to tie onto a gift, tuck in a book, or cheer up a friend. Here are some of the tags above, plus a few more with Azaleas, just for fun.




I hope you’re inspired to look at your stamps in a different way today!
Thanks for stopping by!

44 comments:

Julie Koerber said...

Absolutely gorgeous Dina! I swear -- you make it look SO easy! :-)

ChristineCreations said...

SO cute Dina! I love how pretty each of those little tags are!

Tosha Leyendekker said...

How clever and gorgeous Dina!! What a great idea!!

Robin Clendenning said...

I think I would not be able to cut up a gorgeously colored image!!! OMGoodness! Those tags are beautiful though, wow!

Giovana Smith said...

Amazing!! Super clever idea!

Gretchen Wilson said...

Dina you are a genius. I love these tags.

Chris said...

Fantastic - I remember years ago you made some other watercolored tags and I was so inspired. This time it's the same way - can't wait to try it!

Allison Cope said...

Super duper cute Dina! I love your (water)colouring! I'm gunna have to experiment I think with those one of these days!

ulrika said...

Those tags turned out super pretty! Such a good inspiration, I might try something similar myself! Thanks for sharing.

Cindy Groh said...

Great idea. Love these little tags for gift packages.

Susie said...

Wonderful ideas, Dina. Thank you for the inspiration.

Tracy said...

Just stunning and so very clever. Thanks so much for sharing this idea!

Jean Bullock said...

What a great idea. Going to try this great technique. Thanks so much!

acons said...

Beautifully clever! Thanks for sharing, will definitely try this.

aileen (mum) said...

Absolutely beautiful. Such a clever idea. Ohhh you are so good :)

Beth Norman said...

Wow, Dina, how absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for the tutorial. Awesome work, once again.

Marci Collins said...

BRILLIANT! What a wonderful tutorial - I would have never thought to do that.......so glad you did! Thank you for the easy, clear instructions.

Kathy Jones said...

Woweee!!!! Dina these look absolutely gorgeous!!!! What a fab way to use this image!!!

Theresa said...

Great idea for tags.

Dawn Y. said...

Dina, what an amazing idea!! I never would have thought of trying something like this. Thank you SO much for the wonderful tutorial. I'm so inspired!!

Trena inNaperville said...

What a wonderful idea Dina! Love it!
Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

cardchick's world said...

Newbie here...Gorgeous! and thats a great rip with the tag dies...luv it thanks for sharing you talent with us

Judy Sander said...

I never would have thought; but I see, I think and I will. So totally clever and beautiful. Thanks for the technique! This is what I love about making cards. ENDLESS new ideas!

Katie Sims said...

Wow....these are beautiful Dina! What a wonderful way to make several tags at once!

Carmen M. said...

Wow super pretty. What a great Idea don't think I would be brave enough.

Eliz Z said...

I really, really like these. Dying to know what die combo made the narrow tags. Anyone know? Googling around for Quickutz hasn't turned up anything.

Cyw said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! Those little tags look so so so very pretty, I just LOVE them! Yesterday I ordered another 5 sets of dies (tags, labels, scalloped rectangles...), just to copy those perfect little tags of yours! Thanks for the inspiration!

Cyw said...

I'm asking myself the same: Especially the little pale blue ones in the first picture are so cute... I'd love to know where the dies came from!

Dina Kowal said...

The long narrow ones? The backing one is from Spellbinders, now retired... and the smaller rectangle is from Quickutz - if I remember right it was a Christmas kit.

Leslie Miller said...

What a totally fabulous idea, Dina! Six tags from one image -- so clever and gorgeous!

Eliz Z. said...

Thanks! That will really help with my hunt :)

Eliz Z. said...

And yes, what Cyw said: the pale blue ones with the scalloped insides are super cool!

Maureen Chandler said...

I just love this idea - your tags are beautiful! Thanks so very much for sharing this idea!

Linda Knox said...

This is so very inspiring and creative. Just love your water coloring too. Thanks so much.

Kim Dearing said...

So beautiful, but I agree with Robin, your water coloring is so beautiful it would be hard to cut it up! I need to get over stuff like that, huh? Thanks for the inspiration.

Sue said...

WOW! Such a wonderful idea. I love the image and amazing colouring. Thanks for sharing.
Sue xx

Helen said...

What a great idea, Dina. I would never have thought of cutting up my coloured image like that - thanks for sharing your lovely work.

Cheryl O said...

Oh my gosh, what a terrific idea!!! I would have never have thought of that, I love it!!! And Dini, your watercoloring is just gorgeous!!! So inspiring, thank you for sharing this with us.

MaryH said...

Simply gorgeous, and the prettiest tags I've ever seen. Thanks for this super idea! I may become a tag person yet, after seeing these stunning ones. Thanks Dina for sharing how you made these tags, and look forward to seeing how you do the w/coloring on flowers.

Lisa Lara said...

Wow those tags are so beautiful Dina.

Wanda Cullen said...

What a clever idea! Looking forward to your ongoing inspiration!

Bobbi Miller said...

WOW! Be still my heart! Beautiful coloring/painting and what a splendid idea for a quick focal point on a card, scrapbook page, bookmark, tag, etc. Outstanding! I'm off to try this!

GunnyMom said...

Please share the step-by-step of how you color flowers. They are gorgeous .

Eluned Jeffery said...

Lovely Thanks