Karla's Birdsong Tag Swap, so the theme involves birds. To be honest, birds aren't usually my "thing," so I was at a loss for what to do.
In the beginning, I found clip art of a vintage sheet music cover that I loved (thanks, Graphics Fairy!) I played around with paper, stamps, and trims, and decided that the tag would look something like this:
But then I had second thoughts..... I really wanted to stitch something -- add a hand-stitched element to the tags, preferably using some of the ridiculously large lace stash that is ever-growing around here. But what to stitch? I decided to try to create a hand-stitched nest out of lace and trims. I was pretty excited about this idea! So I got out a few special trims, and I stitched and stitched until I had...... a big flat flower.
Ugh! Nothing nest-like about it. I started over. This time, I used less lace, added some tulle and a few strands of perle cotton embroidery floss:
Still kind of flower-like, but better, I think. I glued a few vintage rosary beads into the center for "eggs."
Once the nests were done (or, almost done -- I've got 7 nests to finish!), I laid out the paper and trims again, and decided on this design:
But in keeping with the theme of over-thinking these tags, I've decided that teal-blue paper is too dark (sigh), so now I'm thinking of switching it out with a lighter blue, for a look kind of like this:
Anyway, this has been a fun project -- it's nice to be creating again. I'm not sure why I've been so fickle and nervous about this little project! But the tags have to be in the mail Monday, so I've got to finish them all this weekend. I'll post more pics when they're all done. Wish me luck! :)
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