Saturday, August 11, 2018

Birthday Wishes for a Nephew

Hi all!  I am back with a quick birthday tag for one of my nephews.  I must confess that I am late with his birthday present.  Sigh...  Hopefully, he will like the tag enough to forgive me for the belated gift. 

I started with a manila tag that I colored with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink (applied with a blending tool).  I spritzed the background tag with water to give it that great bleached look.  I added some Walnut Stain Distress Ink around the edges.  My nephew is going back to school and so I thought I would use some of Tim Holtz's School Desk stamps for this tag.  You can see some of the great columns of numbers on the background tag (stamped with Coffee Archival Ink) and the alphabet stamp (stamped with Back Soot Archival Ink) used on the bow tie embellishment (Tim Holtz Bow Tied Sizzlet on Distress Cardstock edged with Black Soot Distress Ink). 

On top of the background tag, I layered one of Tim's Salvaged Baseboards with one of his Frame Baseboards.  In the frame, I put some printed scrapbook paper that I stamped the word "celebrate" and embellished with a small star and a couple of buttons.  I wanted it to look like a vintage print shirt with the bow tie on top.   I added my nephew's initial (grunged Tim Holtz letter ... sorry can't remember exactly what these letters were called) to the frame.

Some of Tim's Ideaology Design Tape (from the Travel set, Elementary set, and Dapper set) can be found on the frame and background image.  The final embellishment is Tim's "moments" die cut (from his Handwritten Journey thinlits set).  I die cut it on black cardstock and coated it with Glossy Accents.

 I used a "leather" cord tag tie to finish the tag and now I can mail off my nephew's birthday present this week.  Whew! 

I am entering this in

Allsorts Challenge Blog From Boys to Men Challenge
Love to Scrap Old School Challenge

This was so much fun to make.  Hope you are finding joy in crafting this week as well. -- Mary Elizabeth


brenda said...

A great masculine creation and with a lovely rustic feel to it, many thanks for joining in with our 'Boy's to Men' theme at Allsorts challenge.

B x

Redanne said...

Mary Elizabeth, I hesitate to use the word exquisite for a male tag, but that is just what this tag is! All of the elements work so beautifully together, the 'bow tie' and buttons really do give the appearance of a tailored shirt, the wording behind the buttons are just perfect too. I just love everything about this birthday tag and I bet your nephew thought exactly the same! Hugs, Anne xx

Kath Stewart said...

beautiful card, love all the layers you created, thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, hugs kath xxx

butterfly said...

Love this super cool tag - suave and elegant... The bow tie is such a great touch over the buttoned panel - a great design. I'm sure you'll be forgiven for a little tardiness!
Alison x

Wendy L said...

Great tag for our challenge at Allsorts Masculine theme, xxx

Amy Ottmers said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Love to Scrap, good luck!!! Amy DT

Sara Barker said...

Mary Elizabeth, I would certainly forgive your tardiness if I received such a beautiful tag to honor my birthday. I love all your well thought out details, especially the idea of the man's vintage print shirt.That is exactly what I saw when I first looked at your project! Well done! Sending hugs!

Anita Houston said...

Love this!!! Masculine and perfect!

Sara Barker said...

Back to say congratulations on being a favorite at Love to Scrap! I can see why! Love this! Hugs!