Grungy Valentine Tag

Hello everyone: I started this tag last night following Tim Holtz' February, 2016  tag for the background, and put the finishing touches on it early this morning. Couldn't sleep, so got up and headed for my craft room with a cup of tea at 4:30 am!  I once saw an unmounted stamp verse that said, "What's that thump, thump, thump in the middle of the night? A stamper!".  Well, that was me! LOL

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On a kraft tag, I sponged Pumice Stone distress ink over Tim's doily stencil. Then using the TH heart stencil, I painted in a few hearts with Cinnamon Twinkling H20 paint. The paint has a sheen which doesn't show in my picture. I stamped a heart scroll border along with bottom with Fired Brick, distressed the edge, then sponged Fired Brick and Pumice Stone along all the edges.

The love tag and date (2,heart,14) are from my stash. I think they might by Authentique paper? I slightly sponged over them with Antique Linen to age, and sponged along the edges with Pumice Stone ink. On the love tag, I overstamped with a french script stamp in Pumice Stone, and adhered a red heart embellishment. The red heart on the date tag was outlined with Red Stickles glitter.

The red doily heart is by Cottage Cutz, and I used several other hearts - gold stickers, and a heart cut from red glitter paper. 

The little centre heart is a plastic ribbon tag that I coated with very light beige acrylic paint, and stamped the verse in Memories Black ink. Luckily I had two of them, because the first one I didn't have the script centered evenly. It is an Impression Obsession stamp "Friends Heart" that was one of the first valentine stamps I bought years ago - the script fit the tag perfectly! Then I went along the edge with gold distress paint daubber, added a gold locket sticker and ribbon.

Finally, I cut a lock and key out of grunge paper (TH mini alteration die) and applied his "rusted grunge" technique using Pumice Stone distress embossing powder, Ground Expresso ink, and Gold distress paint daubber.

A bit of light cream crocheted lace finishes off the bottom of the tag.

Another storm is on the way with up to 30 cm's for our northern area in Nova Scotia - it seems every weekend since mid- January we've been hit with snow! Last Friday night we had 43 cm's of heavy wet snow causing a lot of power failures. Thankfully it rained on Wednesday reducing the snowbanks.

We have plans to go out to dinner tonight with friends to celebrate my birthday. It is already starting to freezing rain, so am keeping fingers crossed for later.

Feb. 5, 2016


Anything but Cute: Grungy Love

Simon Say Wednesday Challenge:  Have a heart


  1. Beautiful tag, Sharon! Love the various techniques you used to create it. We had a bit of unexpected snow this morning but not enough to cause any problems. Enjoy your birthday dinner!

  2. Really like this tag you sure captured the technique for TH challenge this month . Love all the layers of hearts and each one is so different . Enjoy your birthday dinner tonight .

  3. This is fabulous Sharon!! I haven't seen Tim's tag yet, but I sure do like yours! I love the eroded metal effect on your lock and key, it's such a great way to add some grunge to a Valentine's card! The little red gemstone is such a perfect bit of bling in the middle of the sentiment, I love that!! Fabulous take on our Grungy Love theme!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'Grungy Love' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  4. Happy Birthday, Sharon! And happy snow to you, too; I'm envious! But it sounds like you've had more than your share!

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your Grungy Love tag! I haven't seen Tim's tag yet, but yours is a wonderful example! I am smitten by your grungy lock and key and that bit of lace across the bottom, aw well as the ribbon through the heart! I adore little details like that!

    Thank you for joining in our Grungy Love challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugs! Sara Emily DT

  5. Your grungy love tag is beautiful Sharon and is a great take on Tim's tag, I just love the wonderful background you created and those ribbon 'wings' are so clever!

    Wishing you a (belated) Happy Birthday too. Thanks so much for joining in our Grungy Love challenge at Anything But Cute. Anne DT :)

  6. Gorgeous tag Sharon! So many lovely details to look at & I love the background you've created.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  7. Thanks everyone for your nice comments!

  8. Gorgeous vintage tag! Lovely layering, this is so fab!

  9. Nicely done :)
    Thank you so very kindly for joining our “Grungy Love” challenge at Anything But Cute!
    Samra DT
    Paper Talk with Samra

  10. Beautiful piece! I love the added little details. Creative Blessings! Kelly

  11. Hi Sharon! Thanks for the visit! You've been busy making Valentines! LOVE this one and all the layers! Beautiful!

  12. Fabulous valentine tag with a great grungy feel. Love the treatment of the lock and key and the grey with the red are perfect together. Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute.