Friday, February 17, 2012

Clipping Cupid's wings

I wasn't going to buy Tim's mini Love Struck die set.  I have several heart dies already and when else would you use cupid except around Valentine's Day or maybe anniversaries?  When I saw the die hanging next to the mini Old Glory die set I had an idea instantly.  What would Tim's mini cupid look like without wings?  He looks mighty fine...
and he carries that flag like a true patriot! 

I followed along with Tim's description of how he made his tag but went with a red, white and blue color scheme and a patriotic theme.

I cut cupid out of cardboard, cut off his wings, striped him with dabbers, then painted him with Stickles.  Before they were completely dry I wiped them off leaving just a hint of sparkle around the edges.  Looks really cool IRL.

The flag was also cut from cardboard but was colored with distress inks and Rock Candy Distress Stickles.

The stars folder was run through the Big Shot with the dark blue kraft core'dinations paper and trimmed to fit the tag.  Using Tim's sanding block I removed some of the color.  The edges of the tag were distressed with the edge of my scissors.  I also sanded some of the embossed lettering on the tag before running a brown distress ink all over everything to age it. 

I stuck down some HVAC tape on cardstock then ran it through my Big Shot using the Vintage Lace die.  I scuffed up the silver so the Coffee Archival ink would stick to it and make it look older.  Glossy Accents holds it on the bottom of the tag.

Uncle Sam was stamped in Jet Black Archival Ink on white shrink plastic that had a light hint of brown ink smeared on it.  Cut out the image, punched a small hole using my Cropadile then shrank it.  I happened to have a spool of red, white and blue crochet thread on hand; it was dunked into some brown distress stain and water to age it...white was not right!

It was fun playing with the honeycomb paper by Inky Antics.  However, Tim's tiny star was maybe just a bit on the small side.  I tapped a brown distress ink on the edges before cutting it in half...that was the most difficult part!  The stickers were distressed and aged with the sanding block and more distress ink.

Wait 'til you see what I do with cupid next!  Stay tuned for Sunday's post...

Products used:

Ranger:  Denim, Cranberry, Snow Cap paint dabbers; Xmas Red, Midnight Blue, Frosted Lace Stickles; Faded Jeans, Fired Brick, Gathered Twigs, Tea Dye, Chipped Sapphire, Aged mahogany, Walnut Stain Distress inks; Rock Candy Distress Stickles; Jet Black, Coffee Archival inks; Glossy Accents

Sizzix:  Mini Love Struck Set, Mini Old Glory Set, Vintage Lace, Americana Print embossing folder, stars embossing folder

TH:  Americana Silhouettes stamps, distress core'dinations cardstock, Seasonal Salvage Stickers

Misc.: #8 manila tag, cardboard, twine, HVAC tape, Inky Antics honeycomb paper, jump ring


  1. Fantastic idea - love your innovation!

  2. Wow - love your imagination. Really cute

  3. Hello Susan,

    really great idea to use the cupid die !!!
    This shows your creativity :) seeing different possibilities in your stash !

    greetings from Belgium

  4. Now I want the die. This is stunning! What amazing details.

  5. Great tag! I love de-winged Cupid!

  6. What a cool idea! It makes the cupid die more versitile!

  7. Just adorable Susan! Great use of the dies.

  8. Hey, Susan, that is totally adorable!

  9. just awesome! what a great idea! Fabulous creating Susan!

  10. WOWZER!!! Now that's some kind of serious creative genius thinking!!! Way to go Susan!!! This is fantastic, and I feel like saying the pledge!!!

  11. Awesome! You are so clever, Susan.... Cupid as a little old red white and blue boy is FANTASTIC!

  12. Totally cool...What a great interpretation! Great job.

  13. So creative!! what a great idea for 'repurposing' the cupid piece.

    Visiting from Tim's 2012 Tags

  14. That is so perfect... looks just like a boy running with a flag!!! Wonderful tag!!!