Thursday, May 10, 2012

Glittered Shabby Chic Tag by Linda Neff

 It’s Linda here, sharing with you my excitement for being selected to be on this talented Art Glitter Design Team and how I made this sparkly Glittered Shabby Chic Tag.

Detail paint brush & water bucket
Manila Tag
A2 Musical Flourish, Cuttlebug embossing folder
Primitive Hearts die, Sizzix
Corrugated cardboard scrap
Distress Inks in Tattered Rose & Stormy Sky, Ranger
Vagabond, Sizzix
Typed sentiment
Scrap ribbons & tulle from my stash
White card stock

To begin with, this Glittered Shabby Chic Tag is a little out of my comfort zone. I am all about earth tones and browns when it comes to color but this is one of the elements I really think I will enjoy about being on this team. It will push me to use products in a different way than I normally would and I’ll admit, I rather fell in love with the softness of this Glittered Shabby Chic Tag when it was finished and I hope you will too. Give it a try! 

I started by embossing my tag first then realized it would work better if I inked it first. So, as usual for me, I started over. I used Stormy Sky and Tattered Rose with an ink applicator to ink a new tag then ran it through my Vagabond in the A2 Musical Flourish embossing folder. Much better!

I cut three flowers from white card stock using the Flowers, 3-D die then inked them with the same two Distress colors and assembled following directions that came with the die; then I set them aside to dry.

Okay, now the real fun begins! I love detail work – I find it to be so very relaxing. To begin, I squirt out about a dime size amount of Designer Dries Clear (DDC) onto a non-stick palette (a scrap of plastic packaging works great). I ‘painted’ the DDC on top of the embossed swirls with the detail brush then sprinkled with the Crystal Ultrafine Transparent glitter. I tap off access and continue until all the embossed areas have been covered in glitter. Mind you, a small area is all that can be worked at a time – about the size of 50 cent piece. Because the DDG is painted on in such small amounts it will skin over quickly and dry. This technique requires slow and steady work – patience – but is so worth it.
To finish the flowers (they should be dry and set by now), I painted some DDG on the flower edges and dipped them in the jar of Crystal Ultrafine Transparent glitter. I squirted a small speck of DDG into the flower center and pushed in a scrap of white tulle with tweezers; adhered some flower stamens on top of tulle and repeated for all three flowers.

I cut two primitive hearts from corrugated cardboard either with the Sizzix die and painted them with a heavy coat of Pearl Adirondack Paint Dabber. I then sprinkled a heavy coat of Crystal Ultrafine Transparent glitter; gently tapped off access and set aside to dry.

I cut apart my sentiment, which was printed out on white card stock, and inked the edges slightly with Tattered Rose Distress Ink. I then added dimensional adhesive to the back of them.

 Assembly: I added some random strips of tissue tape inked with Tattered Rose Distress Ink to the bottom half of my tag. Using DDG, glued one of the primitive hearts to the lower half – centered – and placed a heavy book on top till set. 

I tied a scrap of tulle into a soft knot and glued it under the large flower, then glued the remaining flowers across the tag, with one being on top of the heart. I added the sentiments to create balance and added ribbon and scraps of tulle to the tag topper. This Glittered Shabby Chic Tag could easily be tied to a wedding, Mother’s Day or special friend’s gift package! What are your thoughts?

Posted by Linda Neff,


  1. Love your tag! For someone that is not comfortable with shabby chic, you do it very well!!

  2. oh my goodness Linda....your accents are beautiful. Your detail work sure paid off. Love the tips you showed here. TFS.

    1. Thanks Lisa. I love detail work - the mind wanders and stress slips away ... and before you know it, it's waaaaay past bedtime!

  3. Very pretty tag Linda! Do you need my address? :)

    True :D