Thursday, May 26, 2011

Challenge Entry: Buckin' Bronc Tag

The Western theme with Gingersnap Creations continues!  Lots of fun elements worked into this buckin' bronc tag for the GC101: Chestnut Theme Challenge - Cowboys and Cowgirls, including a great border SVG file from Creative Pointe.

The Details:
  • For the wood-like background, I embossed a piece of caramel-colored textured card stock using Tim Holtz wood grain texture fade.  After tearing the top and bottom edges and sanding down random areas with an emery board, I added layers of Vintage Photo and Peeled Paint Distress Inks all over using a foam ink blending tool.  Then random areas were stamped with Vintage Photo and Barn Red using a background speckle stamp.
  • The border was cut using Creative Pointe's Princess Border set that is available at Diecut Designer.  Don't let the name fool you, it's not just for princesses!  Cut from this rusty brown scrap paper, it reminded me a bit of spurs or barbed wire.  Perfect for a cowboy tag!  A touch of Frayed Burlap Distress Stickles on just the fretwork portions plays up the metallic feel.
  • The cowboy image is from Graphics Fairy.
  • The "lasso" is PTI rustic button twine wound up in a loose circle.
  • The boot started out as an ugly beige-ish novelty button, but with alcohol inks, anything can become the right color!  Blah beige became luscious leather with a combo of Mushroom and Sandal alcohol inks.  Nubian metallic rub-on wax added a great patina.

: PTI card stock 'Kraft'; scrap pattern papers

Image: Graphics Fairy 'Cowboy'
SVG: 'Princess Border' by The Creative Pointe at Diecut Designer
Stamps: SU! 'Itty Bitty Backgrounds'
Inks: Distress Inks 'Vintage Photo'; 'Barn Door'; 'Peeled Paint'; Alcohol Inks 'Mushroom', 'Sandal'; Craf-T metallic rub-on 'Nubian'
Embellishments: PTI rustic button twine; ribbon; twine; Distress Stickles 'Frayed Burlap'; boot button

Tools: glue dots; TH paper distresser; hole punch; ink blending tool; Texture Boutique; TH wood grain texture fade; 3M Super 77 spray adhesive; emery board
Misc: scrap cardboard (cereal boxes)


  1. Wow, super tag. I don't know anything about these SVG files, guess that's something I'll have to look into because you're right that's perfect with your cowboy image.

  2. Great tag - your rope and charm are fabulous embellishments.

  3. This is a great tag and love the sentiment!!

  4. What a great way to use the border file! It fits perfectly.

  5. What a great tag. The embellishments add a wonderful touch.


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