Friday, November 14, 2014

Tartantags by Artatag

Hello, dear friends of Rubber Dance! My name is Gabriele from Art-a-tag and I am a Mixed Media artist from Germany.  I would like to invite you to the next step of our wonderful journey using the fantastic Rubber Dance stamps. 

Have you seen, that there is a colour challenge again going on, where you can win a pile of stamps?? The colours to be used are gold, red and green and (optional) a stencil somewhere in the artwork. Well, this is just down my alley!!! I love this classic Christmas colour combo and I love to use stencils, as they help creating a wonderful background or finish.

This time I decided to create some tags and the matching ribbons I found in my stash were Tartan patterns. Perfect!! So we got Tartantags by Artatag! Sounds a bit silly and is not really true, as only the ribbons are Tartans. 
I used ordinary shipping tags, 8x16 cm and applied acrylic paint with an old plastic credit card, they are nice and flexible. With a stencil I made some background patterns in green and gold

On some backgrounds the visibility of the stamped text was not too good, so I wrote with white ink on top and now it is not really popping, but better. As I did not have a golden inkpad I used acrylic paint for the larch twigs in the background. As I needed some eyecatcher I cut out a little heart in red, the same colour than the background.

Here I learned from my Design Team friends and ordered some embossing powder in white and here you see my first tries with that cool stuff. My goodness that really stands out from the background, I will be using that more in future I think. I love it! I embossed the pine twig and the sentiment. 

On this tag I stamped the larch twig and the pine cones in gold acrylics (the gold does not show very well) and embossed the text. When I was done I realized that I should have paid more attention to Helen Allen´s tutorials, where she uses this cute little brush to clean the piece before heating. All the access powder is now sticking to the tag. Helen, the next time I will use a little brush myself!

For this one I stamped the sentiment with Archival ink black on a separate piece of watercolour paper covered with Vermillion Red and cut it out with one of those funny scissors that make all kinds of border patterns. This Vermillion Red really is a strong colour!!

Supply list:
Acrylic paint
Winsor & Newton Vermillion Red
Daler-Rowney Phthalo Green
Lascaux Studio Bronze English Green Gold
Archival ink black
Embossing inkpad and embossing powder white

All the stamps I used for this project are from Rubber Dance and can be found on these sheets:

 #NP6-M: Pine Fir Yew and #SEC4-M: Christmas Greetings 
at the webshop:

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Thanks for joining me today. I hope you had some fun on this little excursion and it would be lovely to see you next month on our next journey. You are also very welcomed to visit me on my blog 

I wish you a happy and creative time!

Gabriele from Art-a-tag


  1. Das hast du aber toll gemacht! ... und ich dachte, dass ich der "Tagger" bin ♥ *grins*

  2. Thank you making for those great tags, Gabriele! It's interesting to read how you try this and that to find out what works and not. I love the title of the post! ;-)

    1. Thank you Bibi, well I could not resist Tartantags 😍

  3. I love that these are not traditional Christmas tag designs but have some traditional elements, including the colours. Awesome designs Gabriele! The last sentiment you show, '........lots of gifts' is Wee Man's favourite, haha :D xo

  4. Thank you Mo! You know, I was thinking of you while making them, glad you and Wee Man like them!

  5. Gabriele, these are all spectacular!!! Love the addition of the tartan ribbon.... not a traditional Christmas choice, but it works perfectly! Hugs, Pamikins

    1. Thank you very much Pam! I wanted to use traditional elements, like the colour, and for me checks, stripes and tartans are the perfect addition to christmas decoration.

  6. Love your unique style Gabrielle - Your would look fab attached to brown paper or white paper wrapped parcels.

  7. Thank you Helen, I love your style also and learned a lot in your tutorials - a big thank you for that!

  8. Phthalo green is such a great colour! I love it and it works brilliantly with the vermillion. Totally love these pieces. Thanks for sharing with us at Moo Mania & More.


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