Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Blog Hop for Oyster Paper Crafts

Hello Peeps

Firstly thank you for stopping by.

And haven't the ladies done well some lovely work done.

Today I have three tags which are part of the Oyster Papercrafts blog hop which all the design team are taking part in.

The brief that we got was "tags" so basically we could do what we want but with products sold by oyster paper crafts naturally. The blog hop started last Friday and in case you have missed any of them I would recommend you go and visit the blogs.

There is also two goody bags up for grabs if you leave a comment on each blog.

Also all the products are Available from Oyster Stamps link here:


Neet          10th October                      http://www.hickydorums.blogspot.co.uk/
Pam          11th October                      http://pam-simcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/
Martine     12th October                      http://abfabdesigns.blogspot.co.uk/
Hellen       13th October                      http://www.elliescupboard.blogspot.co.uk/
Margot    14th October                        http://margot-craftcorner.blogspot.co.uk/
Andy      15th October                          http://www.andrewbennett17.blogspot.co.uk/
Eileen     16th October                           http://eileenscraftyzone.blogspot.co.uk/
Kerry     17th October                           http://kerryscraft.com/
As you can see I have furnished you with the blog addresses for you to visit.
My Tags
I ended up doing three basically I could not make up my mind.
First of I made my own tags the reason being (as will come apparent later) is you can make the tag any size you want.
I cut the card 6"x 3",  place the short edge up into the gift box punch board.
Make sure you put all the way to the top as far as it will go. Punch
Remove and first side is done.
Flip it over and do the other side
One tag
With your screw punch add hole. Your tag is now complete. Simples
As I say the reason I went down this route was because I can make the tag any size I want.
Tag 1

Ok I decided on this because of the Ryn Tanaka Stamps being stocked at Oyster.
I took three Distress inks pads ( Mowed Lawn Salty Ocean, and Peacock Feathers) and took then directly to a acrylic block, sprayed with water then on to card stock. Removed block and added salt crystals, so yes I did rock salt technique for the background.
Stamped fish twice once on the tag,  and second on to card , coloured it in using alcohol pens, then gave it three coats of glaze with clear embossing powder.
Stamped the seaweed in Versafine majestic blue on the tag and the bubbles in momento tuxedo black.
I highlighted the top and bottom of the bubbles with white gel pen.
Cut out glazed fish and mounted in on to tag using 3D foam pads.
Cut length of ribbon  folded it half and threaded it through the hole from the front then tied a bow with the "tails"
Stamps used Water effects 1
Sea creatures 1
Tag 2
 Ok I just had to do a Christmas themed tag.
Tag made as before.
I roughly divided this in thirds. Top two thirds of the tag I covered with a generous layer of distress crackle paint the clear rock crystal. The bottom third I applied a generous layer of gesso and used a artists trowel to apply the gesso to create "snow drifts". I left it to dry overnight.
I went over the entire piece with Tumbled Glass distress ink pad and Broken china around the edge.
Now we have a rough surface we cant stamp on it. So I stamped on tissue paper the two tress, with Versafine onyx black, ripped them out with hands gently and used 3d crystal glaze to attach trees to tag above the snow drifts. I covered the whole of the top including trees with a coat of the 3d glaze to make sure it was really sealed and stuck. again left it to dry.
Once dry I went over the bottoms of the trees and snow drifts with a glue pen and fine glitter.
The Deer was die cut from the Spellbinders " Frost Forms" then ran through again to emboss. Went over the antlers and rump with Metallic Lustre "Gold Rush" I used 3d foam pads and attached to tag
The poinsettia was Stamped, with Versamark ink pad, wow super fine silver embossing powder and heat set,  using Heartfelt Creations Christmas Poinsettia then used the heartfelt creation Sun kissed fleur to cut out poinsettia. Layered the poinsettia and attached to tag
Ribbon as before and you can just about see the loop at the back of the tag.
Tag 3
Ok my favourite.
The tag is a bit of a whopper. Measuring 10.5cm x 21cm
that's 4 1/8" x 8 3/8".
For this tag I wanted certain elements to go on hence the size.
To do the tag cut the card with the measurements given above and again punch with gift bag punch board.
I then embossed with the Anna Griffin "foundery" embossing folder
While you have your machine out, die cut two of the Heart shape dies (from the Raindrops on roses die set) with the scrolls, and the Chateau Gate both by Heartfelt Creations.
Die cut some flowers as well, I used the Classic Sunflower Stamp with matching die, both by Heartfelt Creations.
Om a separate piece of card in Momento Tuxedo Black stamp the Mallards from the Heartfelt Creations Waters Edge Stamp set. 
Here you can see a close up of the finished picture. Basically I masked of the mallards and water and reeds. In case you wondering I used Art mask fluid as you can paint it on hence why I was able to mask the fiddly bits. Put a small round post it to act as the sun and put on the horizon. I then brayered the sky using Adirondack Stonewashed. Remove sun mask and colour sun using Sunshine Yellow again by Adirondack.
I removed the rest of the mask and coloured everything using Alcohol Pens.
I then carefully trimmed to fit the Window without any thing peeking from the sides and top.

I then gathered all my die cut bits(apart from the flowers) and in this order, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, over all the bits including the main background of the tag that has been embossed.
Again using the photo as a guide and using 3d foam pads stick the elements to the tag.
Colour the flowers I used yellow and orange and browns for the centre. Using a mouse mat embossing tool and a water

mister shape your flowers. Attach to the tag as shown using some glue.
I would like to thank Martine for showing me how to do flowers ... Thank you.

Well folks that's my tags I hope you like them and have given you some inspiration.

Again thanks peeps for dropping by and that's my blog hop done and I hope you have enjoyed it.


Andy xx


  1. Morning Andy, hope you are well. What a super trio you have produced for the blog hop, they are stupendous, I am not surprised because you make such wonderful creations. I love the detailed way you have shown us how you made these. Also looking forward to playing with the new stamps I hope to pick up today from Oysters. They are all so wonderful but my favourite is No 3, I love the window effect you have produced on here with the lovely background behind it, you can almost hear those geese calling when you look at it.

    Have a great day

    Stay healthy, safe and happy, hugs June Smith xxx

  2. Wowser Andy love them all ,so much work has gone into these .
    Flowers are good lol
    Hugs xxx

  3. Wow Andy - 3 amazing tags. They're all fabulous but I have to agree with you Tag number 3 is my favourite, it's stunning. Thanks for the opportunity of joining in with your blog hop. X

  4. well done Andy, great tags,the third one is my favourite x

  5. BOOTIFUL Andy so much talent love them all have a good week and a lovely weekend off to craft club at Oysters holiday over got to get back into the swing of things xx

  6. Super tags - thanks for all the details too.....

  7. I like all your tags but can see why the last one is your favourite. Love it!
    Hugs, Neet xx

  8. These are lovely tags. Great work. Love them all....xx

  9. Fabulous tags, especially the third one. Love those Heartfelt Creations dies you used.

  10. hi Andy, three brilliant tags, love the winter scene with the deer..

  11. Hi Andy.
    Three wonderful tags but my favourite is number 3 as I love the window effect....it's fabulous.

    Love Sheila xx

  12. Wow! You have created three amazing tags! You have given so much detail in producing these projects! I think you saved the best till last! Absolutely love the last tag! Thanks for sharing!!

  13. Hi Andrew
    Love all three Tags. You have a very creative mind going through all those elements
    Of each Tag with such attention to detail on all three. All I can say WOW WOW WOW keep up your good work!!!... And thank you for sharing them with everyone

  14. Wonderful tags the fish is my favourite though :)

  15. Every tag is a classic. Beautiful

  16. Thanks for all the detail of how to create them - really helpful. I like the fish best.

  17. Three great tags Andrew. Love the one with Ryn's stamps, gorgeous colours. The Christmas themed one is lovely with the dimension of the gesso and the third is fab.....such a lot of detail.

    Karen x

  18. Love them all but tag number 3 gets my vote as the fave as well xxxx Looking forward to seeing them in the flesh on friday xxx

  19. So much work has gone into your tags, they are all mini masterpieces and absolutely marvellous. Congratulations, Jackie xx

  20. Super tags. I always wondered if a tag had to be one particular size. So glad it doesn't. And I do so love your tags, specially the fish. Fab! x

  21. Wow, what fabulous tags and I love your detailed instructions for each, love them all but the third one us spectacular


  22. All 3 tags are beautiful and so different in style to each other! Love Ryn' stamps so I have a preference for the first tag.

  23. These are all fabulous Andy, loving the background and scenes you have created.
    Linda xxx

  24. Absolutely beautiful, each one different but as stunning as the others

  25. Beautiful work here Andy .
    Eileen xx

  26. Not sure if my comment went through so I'll try again ! All 3 tags are fabulous ! Love the inking on the first , the lovely deer on the second and the third is so beautiful!

  27. Three fabulous tags Andy! I think the first is my favourite because I love those colours and the Ryn fishy stamps.

  28. Not just tags but works of art. Love them all. Kx

  29. Three great tags and I like them all can't pick a favourite xx

  30. Hi Andy
    Three lovely tags! My favourite, like many bloggers, is the third one. I love heartfelt Creations dies, so you were definitely onto a winner there! Thanks for all the hard work I creating three tags! Best wishes, Anne O

  31. Hi andy
    wow stunning tags and I love that you've cut your own.... I wonder what you use to cut them on

    1. I used the We are Memory makers gift bag punch board as in the instructions loll hope this helps

  32. Great artwork - and thanks so much for the step-by-step instructions. That's what I love about blog-land - finding so many talented people who are happy to share their knowledge, skills and techniques.

  33. Wow! All three of these are stunning! So much detail and colour! No. 3 is my favourite - it's awesome! xxx

  34. Loving all 3 tags but the fish wants to come home to me, great work :)

  35. Great work Andy, what a treat to get three tags today. They all look stunning!

  36. All three tags are wonderful and so different in style too! Gorgeous work!

    Lesley Xx

  37. Fabulous tags Andy. Thanks for sharing. Jean.x

  38. Brilliant tags. Love stamps by Ryn and that Heartfelt Creations. Wowser

  39. Fabulous tags, all so different. I especially love the fish one, those bubbles always look so incredibly realistic. xx

  40. What a beautiful collection of tags. The Christmas one with the deer is my favourite

  41. Three great tags Andy. I love Ryn's stamps on the first, especially that pretty fish, and the snowy scene with the lovely flower embellishment on the second and the wonderful layers and window with the ducks on the third which is really clever. x

  42. A great selection of tags, brill techniques and details and a great way to remind that tags can be any size we want x

  43. Wow, you have been busy - three fabulous tags and instructions as well!!!

  44. TFS that tutorial on the 1st tag, all 3 are great , m,y favorites the 2 last ones great job

  45. Hi Andy your tags are gorgeous I love all of them. Hugs Jackie

  46. Thanks for the inspiration. xx

  47. Great tags Andy.. I love the colours. I thought I'd already commented, but as I can't find it, thought I'd better do it again!!
    janet c