Creating with Vintage Jewelry and Images

Crafty Secrets Monday

Good Monday morning, friends!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  We were able to slip away to the beach for the day on Friday, and I have been happy ever since.  I adore the beach: the sun, the sky, the feel of the sand between my toes, the sound of the waves hitting the shore, watching the pelicans dive for food…and of course the people watching is always fun.  I came home with my mind so full of beautiful beach images that I just had to indulge in one more beach themed project.  This time, I decided that it would be fun if I did some creating with vintage jewelry and images.    Here’s a look at today’s project:

Crafty Secrets Beach Tag August 2013 08  I created this tag with images and papers from Crafty Secrets.  This time, I used two sets of the Heartwarming Vintage Creative Scraps and one of my favorite stamp sets: Seaside.  It is no longer available in clear acrylic stamps, but the good news is that you can purchase the digital set and have all the same wonderful images to use on your own project.  For my tag background, I used the reverse side of the Mini Vintage Creative Scraps, which is still available in the Crafty Secrets online store. (Even better….they are on sale! ) I also used the Calendar Creative Scraps, which are a steal at $1.25 each.  The year on the calendar is 2010, but I cut out the August picture and matched it up with the December calendar, which happens to line up with the right days/dates for August 2013!  Isn’t that neat?

Creating the Tag Background

Crafty Secrets Beach Tag August 2013 12To create the tag background, I simply traced around my manila tag onto the reverse side of the Mini Creative Scraps.   I used the side with the sheet music and bird image because I liked the pretty flourishes.  I cut that section out, then glued it to my tag with Studio Multi Matte Medium.  I used my bone folder to make sure there were no air bubbles trapped between the layers, and then I spritzed the tag lightly with Patina Glimmer Mist. The tag was gently heat dried, distressed around the edges and inked with Vintage Photo DI.  I then traced over the pretty flourishes with my Versamark Pen.  I sprinkled the tag with vintage bronze tinsel embossing powder and heat set.  This added a lovely soft glittered appearance to the top of the tag. It took under 5 minutes to create the background for this tag…you gotta love that!

Prepping the Vintage Image

Crafty Secrets Beach Tag August 2013 05  Here’s the fun vintage image I used as the focal point for my tag.  There’s something quite whimsical about these fetching ladies lolling on the beach in their modest bathing suits.  I cut out the image, cropped the corners, and distressed the edges lightly with a distressing tool and some Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Then I treated it to my favorite cracked glass technique.  (If you are not familiar with how to do this, you can find a tutorial on it here.)  I fussy cut the August calendar label, mounted it on foam tape and just added a couple of rhinestones to set it off.   The image was mounted to the center of the tag with more foam tape.  I then fussy cut the December calendar from the Calendar scraps and glued it directly below the image.

Crafty Secrets Beach Tag August 2013 10Next, I used red line tape to add three rows of ruffled ribbon to the base of the tag.  I wrapped white twine around the tag several times, added a button and the base of my tag was finished.  Pretty easy so far, right?

Crafty Secrets Beach Tag August 2013 11Since I have the Seaside clear art stamp set, I stamped the starfish onto thin cork using Coffee Archival Ink.  I clear embossed the image and set it aside.  I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of parchment paper and mounted it onto a small piece of corrugated cardstock using two small copper brads.  This was glued above the focal, and I popped that starfish up on some foam tape right between the two elements. 

Adding the Vintage Jewelry

Crafty Secrets Beach Tag August 2013 07This fun piece is actually an old earring.  One of my friends gave me a box of vintage jewelry from the 50’s and 60’s, knowing that I would have fun adding it to my projects.  I tapped the metal parts of the earring with some Vintaj Patina ink, let it dry a little bit, then rubbed over the top to create this cool verdigris look.  Since this was a clip earring, I put a glue dot on the front and back of the tag, opened the clasp on the earring and just pressed it into place.  I love how old it looks, and the fun addition to my tag.

Crafty Secrets Beach Tag August 2013 01At this point, I cut a piece of Coredination’s cardstock slightly larger than my tag, embossed it with a folder, sanded it, distressed and inked the edges and glued it to the back of my tag.  This secured the earring, and hid the raw edges of the ribbon.  I punched a hole at the top of my tag, ran some rayon seam binding through the top and added a little metal fish charm with a jump ring.  The fish was also tapped with the Vintaj ink, and I decided to go ahead and use my finger to randomly dot the ink in different areas of the tag.  This added to the aged, shabby appearance of my tag.  I even dotted ink onto the ribbon.Crafty Secrets Beach Tag August 2013 09

I am really happy with the final product that resulted from creating with vintage jewelry and images.  What do you think?  Do you ever add vintage jewelry to a project?  Do you think you would use vintage jewelry in this way?  I actually do it quite a lot.  It turns a simple tag into a really nice gift. This tag is currently perched on the shelf above my workspace, and I’m using it as a calendar. I think it would be fun to make a series of these calendar tags.  It would make a great Christmas gift, don’t you agree?

Thanks for taking the time to stop by the blog today.  I hope you were inspired to look at crafting with vintage jewelry and images in a new light.  Perhaps you’ll dig through some of your own stash and create something wonderful.  If you do, I’d love to see what you create!  Thanks for all your kind comments…they make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,




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8 thoughts on “Creating with Vintage Jewelry and Images

  1. ncguygirl

    This is beautiful, Kathy! Great idea to stamp the starfish onto cork – it makes it look so real. I love all the detail you put into your projects! The colors in this one remind me of Emerald Isle. Gorgeous!

  2. Darlene Pavlick

    WOWZA! Clever in SO MANY WAYS!!! (Love the photo setting too!) Great job Kathy! I rarely think of making tags but you’ve truly inspired me … guess what I’m hoping to work on today … LOL!! Have a wonderful day!
    HUGS from OHIO!

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