Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tag #1 Dylusions---Swim with me and Info on tonights class...

Good Evening Everybody!

Thought I would post this before the stream tonight! Once again, we will be making the Vintage Photo Album from start to finish.  Here are the details....

The Vintage Photobook-

Cut chipboard to:
(2) 3-5/8 x 6
(1) 5/8 x 3-5/8

Outside Cover Pages-

Trim pattern paper to:
(2) 6 x 4-5/8
(1) 2 x 4-5/8

Inside Lining Pages-

Trim pattern paper to:
(2) 3-3/8 x 6
(1) 1-1/2 x 3-3/8

Inside Photo Pages-

Trim black cardstock to:
(6) 3-3/8 x 11-3/4
(6) 3-3/8 x 6-1/4

Now, for some other fun...Remember me writing about my tags?  Well, up tonight is my Dylusional tag....From Dyan's Dylusions stamps! It was stamped with Ocean Backgrounds and Under The Sea stamp sets and sprayed with some Calypso Teal and Postbox Red Spray Inks.  I used two tags and sandwiched them together.

First I cut out a window or "aquarium" on one side and added some acetate on the back.  I sprayed the other tag with the Calypso Teal and stamped the fish background stamp.  I then colored those in with Squeezed Orange Ink.   Next, I stamped out the little crab onto Ranger Manila cardstock and colored it in with the Postbox Red Spray Ink and attached it to the tag where I had adhered the acetate.  I added a border of medium weight chipboard to one of the tags to raise it up from the other and adhered the two tags together.

Last, I pulled out my trusty bamboo skewers and cut and glued these to the front of the tag...over and over and over....LOL!  Pleased with the look, but not the overall effect, I used a pen to mark lines on the skewers to look more like bamboo.  I went over the skewers with Vintage Photo Distress ink, added some shells, pearls and a saying...

Hope you like it....

See You in a few minutes!

The Gentleman Crafter


  1. Wow! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this tag! So much fun and I am a sucker for sea themed things.

  2. Amazing tag Jim, your just awesome!

  3. i do. i really do like it. thanks for the smile

  4. So clever!! I like the look of the skewers... really does look like bamboo. Don't be too hard on yourself... you're so talented!

  5. Jim, love this tag! All the work you did to get the skewers on there is so great. Really takes it up to the next level.

  6. This truly is Owldorable Jim! I can only imagine the Labor of heARTistic Love. So much FUN and gave me an aha moment :) Can't wait, I'm breaking out my inks.
    HUGS xoxo
    Nichole M.

  7. Your tag is awesome, Jim!!! I love the aquarium window idea with the skewers. Is there no end to your creativity?! I hope not! :) Sorry I had to miss the video tonight. I'll check it out later on though. <3 Candy

  8. Hi Jim, Love your tag. The crab at the window makes me laugh & the use of skewers is the perfect finishing touch - genius! Hugs, Theresa

  9. This is awesome! So fun...and really made me smile. Clever you!

  10. Adorable! You're not pleased with the overall effect?!? Why, you're not FISH-ing for compliments, are you? (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

    Just "discovered" you and am blown away by your talent. Thanks for sharing what you do.
    -- Connie C.

  11. Great tag. To make things easier, though, I think I've seen the bamboo in a sheet like that at Pier 1 Imports or other places that sell bamboo placemats. Just a thought. Looking at your dimensions for the pcs cutout for last nights video (which I didn't get to see yet), you have the chipboard at 3 5/8" x 6", but the black CS and PP at 3 3/8" x 6" is that supposed to be correct? Just checking before I make all my cuts. Love your work and always look forward to seeing what you come up with next. Keep up the great job! Thanks for the tutorials.

  12. Dearest Jim, your tag is amazing and you again surprised me by your versatility. You are the king of steampunk, but look at you doing cute little things like this. Your stream last night was so much fun, even with the time lag. Funny how the lag is not so apparent on the recording, just don't give up on YouStream because we would miss you terribly. The project last night was very familiar to me from some of my great grandma's memorbillia (sp) and I can't wait to make one for some of the old pics that I have been scanning and scanning for the family. I really like how you made it yours and thought that it would make a great little book for my grandchildren to keep their classmates school photos in. Thanks again for your generosity and sense of sharing. GracieCakes

  13. Jim, what a great tag, I love how you made the aquarium effect and the use of the bamboo skewers is genius! Thanks for explaining how you did it. Sorry I had to miss the live u-stream yesterday, I just finished watching the recording. I hope you are enjoying your day off.

  14. Sorry for being so late commenting Jim, life has been a little overwhelming here! LOL! I am loving this tag! You are such a clever crafter! Love how you used those bamboo skewers! Have a fabulous week!

  15. Well that went under my other google account! Geezzzzzz!


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