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Monday, March 10, 2008

Travel Tags

So, here is the making of collage. Not my favorite I have done, but you will get the basics. I am posting photos in stages to give you an idea of how I work when I do collage. I am never sure where I am going when I start so it is like a journey all in itself. I started by stamping images on parchment paper using Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress ink. Tore around them, DTP'd with TH Old Paper and then sponged the edges with TH Vintage Photo. The tag book was white and printed with a french script in black. I used a Tim Holtz applicator tool and applied ink in Frayed Burlap and Scattered Straw. (see photo) Then, I started laying out the torn images on my die cut pre-printed tag. I originally just tacked them down until I got all the images where I wanted them. The 3rd tag from the left features images torn from a contemporary american art book that was a flea market find. "To All Gates was created in Plaster, wood & plastic by George Segal in 1971. All other images are by Rubbernecker Stamp co. Postmarks: Eiffel 193-08, Cote' D Azure 193-09, Ooutier 193-11, Paris 193-07MC 193-04, P2 193-02, MK 193-03. Petite Luggage Tag 44-13, Petite Passport 44-07, Petite Airline Ticker 44-02, Travel map 44-01, Compass 191-03, Eiffel Tower 193-10, Greek Ruins 193-12, Colliuseum 193-06, Travel Background 44-08. After all the images were affixed where I wanted them, I sponged all the tag edges with TH Black Soot ink. Images were then sponged with Tattered Rose, Weathered Wood, Shabby Shutters and Broken China Distress inks. Jumbo black eyelets were put in the tag holes and fibers were tied on to finish off the tag book.


  1. Awesome! Thanks so much for this tutorial Shelly!

  2. I just love seeing the step by step!!! AND to see these up cloase. EVENTHOUGH they are not your favorite--I think they still rock!

    I love the subtle color!! It brings out the romanace of travel!

  3. WOW! Beautiful tags! Thanks for sharing your how-to's. It doesn't look as scary now!!

  4. Shelly this is rockin' FABULOUS!


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