Friday, 30 September 2016

Some Bunny Loves You Tag, Acetate Layer, Rabbit

I'm sure you've noticed that some stamps have a sentiment that just pairs with them so absolutely perfectly that they look like they were always meant to be together.
 You have noticed that, haven't you?
My tag for today's new Tag You're It challenge just so happens to be one of those pairings.  
I don't often do 'cute' images, but I just couldn't resist this sweet little bunny - it's so adorable :)

Here are two close up shots.  Isn't bunny just the sweetest thing? 

...  and if you look really closely at the last image you will hopefully notice my subtle embossing :) 

 Now at first glance I will admit that this tag of mine looks like it has nothing in common with our Featured Artist's inspiration tag for this challenge.

However, if you look you'll see that not only do Richard Breaks stamp and sentiment pair perfectly;  he's also only really used the one main colour - variations of brown with a few complimentary colours thrown in (artistically, of course)!   And he's also embossed his background.

Now I may not have used brown, or coffee, or gone for a heavy embossed look...  but I have included those key features in my own unique way :)

(This bunny sure does make me smile, have you noticed)? 

Now I don't know what you normally colour your images in with if you are using acetate, but I had a 'eureka' moment by accident whilst experimenting with this design.
You see initially, I wasn't sure if I was going to stamp in black or white, so I got out both of my Stazon Ink pads for a quick practice on scrap acetate packaging.
I had never used my Cotton White ink pad before and it did not go well...  and I followed the instructions on the packaging three times over!  
So being suitably unimpressed, and resigning myself to the fact that this was a bad purchase on my part that would have to be binned, I put this to one side and stamped with my black Stazon instead.

But then I got to thinking (it happens occasionally)!
What if rather than throw the ink pad away (if you know anything about this ink pad you will know that it comes as a dry pad with a separate bottle of ink that you apply yourself), I used the Inker bottle ink to paint with?  'Eureka' indeed!

So I applied two coats of ink to the back of the stamped images (with drying time in between), added a touch of 3D Gel Glue behind the bunny and then sandwiched the two tags together.  Then it was simply a case of adding a few bright and colourful embellishments...  and job done :)

(If you missed my post the other day you may be wondering how I achieved the deep pink look to my tag.  It was super easy as all I had to do was use some Crafter's Companion/Spectrum Noir Aqua Tint Ink.  Just wet your paper and splodge it on.  It really is that simple).

I hope my little bunny tag made you smile today, too :)
Why don't you have a go and see what design you can come up with?  Whether it's coffee or not or brown or not, my team mates and I would love to see you give it a try.  
So come and join us at Tag You're It :) 

Supplies Used:

Mamaelephant 'Tags A Lot'

Clearly Besotted 'Woodland Kisses'

Stazon 'Jet Black'
Stazon 'Cotton White'

Crafter's Companion/Spectrum Noir 'Aqua Tint Inks' - Perfectly Primary
Wooden Button
Micro Button - Heart Shaped
Green Raffia - Two shades of Green
3D Glue Gel

Challenges I'm Entering...

Anything Goes

W2CB#33   'Every Child Deserves A Champion'
(...  and what better way to champion your child than to remind them that they are loved)?

Challenge #18 - I chose Stencil, 3D Project, Back To School
(Can you imagine this in a school lunch box - maybe with a lollipop tied around it - just to remind your child that they are loved)?

Challenge #165   'Anything Goes'

Out of interest, have any of you also had failings with the Cotton White Stazon ink pad or am I just uniquely blessed in that department?
Don't laugh...  I'm uniquely blessed in lots of ways!

Have a warm, safe and peaceful weekend...  and if you can't have all three, be safe at least.

Big hugs to you for stopping by today...

Donna. x


  1. He really is the most adorable little bunny and I love your beautiful pink tag. I think you're right that you have met the criteria perfectly and the heart embossing on the background looks lovely.

    You just reminded me I have a white stazon pad hidden away somewhere too! Thank you for visiting mine recently Donna and for all the lovely comments you left. Barbxx

    1. You are very welcome, Barb. It feels like I'm always playing 'catch up' when it comes to commenting, but I never forget!
      Glad you love my bunny, too. x
      Have a lovely weekend :)

  2. Hi Donna

    VERY cute bunny tag . . . nice touch with the acetate & good idea to use up your white ink this way.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

    1. Thanks Sarn. You still on 'light' duties?

  3. Donna, this little bunny indeed makes me smile! There are so many subtle details on your tag that also make me smile, like the little hearts in the fore and background, and that rich pink color. I love how you used the white ink with the bunny! I haven't attempted that ink, but I could see it being a big mess for me too.

    1. Hello Kara. Thank you so much for stopping by :)
      I'm glad bunny made you smile today.
      Have a lovely weekend...
      Donna. X

  4. Donna, I'm smiling out loud in seeing your darling bunny! The details you've included, drawn from Richard's tag, are incredibly clever and wonderfully charming! Love x Love your sweet creation!

    1. Mwah! I'm smiling that you're smiling at my bunny, Carol :)
      Thank you so much for your always kind and caring words.
      Have a good weekend. X

  5. I love how far you were able to go with my ideas! Sweet little bunny. Glad you managed to make your experiments work out in the end!

    1. Thank you, Richard.
      I don't think people realise just how much inspiration they can give just by offering up their ideas - yours included :)
      Thanks for being our Featured Artist this time 'round. 'Visual' people like me appreciate it far more than you know!

  6. Love this tag Donna! your white bunny is so adorable and love this background colour..those tiny heart are a perfect touch.
    Pam x

    1. Thank you, Pam. The background hearts are from one of the stencils you gave me - did you notice?
      I expect you'll be busy this weekend... Hope things settle down for you after next week. x

  7. Gorgeous tag, love the colour and the embossing, the bunny is so cute too! Cathy x

  8. Your tag is so sweet Donna. Love that adorable bunny ... and you're right, the perfect sentiment. Good idea to use the ink to "paint" the bunny and hearts. Worked really well. xx

    1. Thank you, Loll.
      Instructions on the back of the packaging said 'apply eight dots of ink and spread with spreader provided'. After three goes the pad was still not inked enough, but I got enough of an impression on scrap acetate to know that it wasn't the look I wanted.
      Have a good weekend, Loll. X

  9. What a cute bunny!! Love the embossed, red background tag!! Thanks for playing with us over at Stamping Smiles Designs Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge!!


  10. Donna, Bunny is indeed the sweetest thing, and this is one sweet tag! I love all the techniques you incorporated in this tag, and that touch of green raffia is a perfect accent. Thanks so much for joining us at Words 2 Craft By. :)

    1. Thank you, Sybrina :)
      Have a good week... X

  11. Super cute tag and I love your subtle embossing and your red color...Thank you for joining us at AUD SENTIMENTS challenge this week
    Ċ½eljka DT

    1. Thank you so much :)
      I appreciate your very kind words. X

  12. That dog is CUTE! Adorable tag. Thanks for playing along Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge! Gayatri xx

    1. Glad you like it, Gayatri :)
      Have a good week. X

  13. Donna, your tag is so sweet. I just just the beautiful background! Sweet little bunny and the subtle embossing is so pretty--great photo!

  14. Wonderful tag Donna. I agree, he is just the cutest little bunny and the sentiment is perfect xx

    1. Thank you, Andrea :)
      Hope you've had a good weekend. X

  15. Darling bunny, equally darling tag ... and LOOK, you've used one of my favorite supplies: embossing folder! Thanks for that close-up, and for all the love today! xx
    =] Michele

  16. This is an adorable bunny, Donna! And I love that beautiful pink, embossed background! Wow!

  17. Aaaaw, just too too sweet Donna dear friend! Must dash I'm afraid. I'm on my way out to get some more things sorted! Have a wonderful week sweet friend! Hazel xx
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    1. Thank you, Hazel :)
      Don't forget to try and look after yourself, too. X