OK, I could not help but make another April Tag. I was thinking about orientating the die cut banner along the length of the tag, so had to try it out.
I quite like the look of it actually. The larger banner gives room for a larger word.
The background is a scrap piece of white card stock I decorated it by smearing some chalks across a small piece of white card stock. After that, I stamped the optical illusion pattern, a texture stamp by Helen Breil, in Perfect Medium and embossed it in clear. The chalk colouration is very subtle, but a lovely look, especially when, after the embossing cooled, I inked the darker purple on over top, then buffed the surface cleanly. I did something similar with the pocket tags I made last year.
I die cut the CREATIVE along the cut banner in the tag, and slipped the decorated piece of paper under it. The pattern looks great under the die cut.
I added a bit of outlining of the letters and the die cut Joy, with a silver gel pen. I had some leftover formed flowers which I layered and placed over the card. I had previously spritzed them with Smooch after forming them. I then placed them on the tag face with brads, and coloured the brads with a bit of pearl dimensional glue.
I added a bit of distressing to the outer tag edges and some Pumice Stone ink too.
I really love the embossed pattern. The colour under the embossing, with the chalk pastes, was very subtle, but lovely.