This is my revised edition of the tag. In case you missed my first post, there is a photo at the end of this blog of the original. And I know this means you got two emails… sorry!!
I have been wanting to try some new challenges and discovered this technique challenge at Splitcoaststampers website. As far as I know this is just for fun and you can choose a listed technique challenge anytime and post your creation any time. Great! No deadlines!
The ruching technique challenge fit right in with something I was already contemplating. This is the definition of “ruche” (as stated on the challenge description) - a strip of pleated lace, net, muslin, or other material for trimming or finishing. For this challenge, we could not use lace or ribbon that comes already pleated. We had to start with flat material and do the pleating/ruching ourselves!
Just as you are seeing Christmas decorations in the stores already, paper crafters are beginning to do the “Christmas in July” kickoff so that we have plenty of time to make handmade items (cards, decorations, gifts) for the Christmas season. It is not something you want to try to do starting after Thanksgiving! So, I had that in my mind, as well, after seeing so many things on websites during July.
Believe it or not, there is a pale green, laser-cut tree under all that Victorian fluff! You can see the ruched lace at each tier and a number of other things I added. There is pearl trim from karlas001.etsy.com; silver balls and light pink roses from Recollections; tiny white rosebuds and darker pink flowers (a gift with an order) from iamroses.com; the trim at the bottom I feel fairly certain is from frogfeathers.etsy.com; the other small cream flowers are from a local discount scrapbook supply shop which I think are Prima; the pink satin ribbon is from Stamp Simply Ribbon (a prize I won) along with some silver cord from my stash and the pearl and net sprays are from Hobby Lobby’s wedding department. I used my new stamps created by Becca Feeken of amazingpapergrace.com and marketed by Our Daily Bread Designs. The pink tag was a piece of packaging with writing all over it that I painted up with some Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers.
In my original post the green ink for the sentiment photographed a totally different shade than it actually is and my pinks aren’t all in the same tone so I found a way to work that out before Christmas actually gets here! This is a photo of the tag on my first post.
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