The musings and offerings of a burgeoning greetings master

Friday, September 30, 2016

Mr Cardmaker is Tagged and Bagged

Believe it or not, I have TWO blog posts today! Be sure to scroll around and find it!

I am SO happy to be guest designing for the "Tag! You're It!" blog today! The wonderful Tracey McNeeley was kind enough to ask me to create a tag for this challenge. I am honored and flattered!

The weather is FINALLY cooling off (at least here in the Northeast), and that means more warm beverages, which to my mind, means COFFEE!! Hot, steaming mugs of joe, PSL (That's a pumpkin spice latte, which you already know, if you're a Starbucks fan), cappuccinos, café au laits, on and on and on!

So, I made this--

This is done with Altenew's Coffee Love and Coffee Talk stamp sets. I needed these sets the second I laid eyes on them! I LOOOOVE the artwork, and the sentiments are wonderful.
I also bought, but didn't use here, the Coffee Ring stamps, which offer the sentiment "Coffee, Craft, Repeat." Perfect!

I colored the pot with my new Zig clean color real brush watercolor pens (OMG, that's a LOT of words for a pen) and then coated it with some Glossy Accents. Because, shiny.
The sentiment is all embossed, in both white and clear over Versafine Onyx Black.
A bit of ink blending and water flicking finishes off both pieces.

I also took this opportunity to try out my recent purchase of Ranger's Copper super fine detail embossing powder. Yeah, love that stuff.
The coffee beans in copper remind me of all the copper molds people used to hang on the walls of their kitchens. I went further by using the copper embossing powder to create my own copper card stock for the starburst behind the coffee pot, and used a bit more to frame my sentiment piece. I tapped the edges onto my Versamark ink pad, and then into the copper embossing powder. It makes such a delicate little frame!

I think this is a great tag to use when giving a gift of the grind to your favorite coffee buddy!

I am so looking forward to seeing what my tag inspires you to do! Join in and have fun!
Thanks as well to all the great designers at "Tag! You're it!" I had a blast!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
All Best--

PS- Find me on Instagram! @rlbreaks


  1. Thanks for the great inspiration! I love this tag with all of its rich roasted goodness! That copper looks amazing and so does that ZIGged (I'm claiming that as a verb) coffee!

  2. Richard, thrilled that you're our featured designer over at Tag, You're It, and what a fantastic project you've designed! The coffee pot, with the perfectly coloured coffee, the fabulous sentiment, the shimmery coffee beans: absolutely delightful! So enjoyed drawing inspiration from you!

  3. That's one of the rasons I look forward to fall and winter, too: feeling cozy with whatever kind of hot beverage is the right one in any particular moment. Great tag!

  4. Hello Richard! Thank you for your awesome inspiration tag. Love how you colored the coffee, it really looks like freshly brewed coffee.

  5. Fabulous tag. The watercoloring is perfect. Great way to personalize a simple gift.

  6. Adore your tag, Richard! The copper is a glimmer-glamour touch of perfection! And the coffee itself looks real enough to drink! So glad you're with the tag team this week!

  7. Wow, Richard! That coffee tag is amazing! I too love the copper beans!

  8. Yay congrats on being a guest designer over at Tag You're It, I love that challenge and I would totally be joining in to support you this time, but I am heading to London right now. Love your tag..why have I never thought of this as a gift for a coffee lover LOL. Cx


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