Sunday, August 9, 2009

Tags plus Inchies - Grand Finale

My friend Kay (aka Kopperhead) organized a swap this Spring for something she invented called "tags plus inchies" or "TPIs." TPIs are just what they sound like - any sort of tag with at least one inchie included on the tag. We did three rounds with two sets of 20 TPI's with different themes each time. Here is a LINK for the posts showing the first six Tags plus Inchies I did for this swap (just scroll down to see the prior posts).

When the swap was over, everyone had been having so much fun that Kay decided to host one more mega-TPI swap. Through magical rocket scientist calculations, Kay determined that once 28 of us had signed up, we should do groups of seven in whatever multiple (1, 2, 3, or 4) we thought we would like to make. Of course, I decided that I had to do all four groups(!) The theme for this final swap was "Lucky Seven."

For some reason, I had a hard time deciding what to do and, since the due date was far away, I kept procrastinating (sometimes short deadlines are better!). I also had a hard time with the concept of doing completely different tags for each group. I finally decided that I would do "the same but different" tag for all four sets.

My concept was to use seven different techniques or tools for each tag. The bottom layer incorporates dry embossing (1), corner rounder (2) and a border punch (3).

For the top layer, I used regular hole punches (4), wet embossing (5), inking (6) and stamping (7).

I made groups of eight so I had seven to send for swapping and one of each left over for my collection.

Each group was a different color combination and I used similar but different stamps for the inchies and the image on the top tag.

If you would like to see all of the fabulous TPIs that were created for this swap, please visit KAY'S BLOG - you will be amazed! Thanks again to Kay for running a great swap.

(We are home again after a fast but fun trip - I haven't had a chance to catch up on all my mail and comments yet but I will work on that tomorrow morning. I hope to have a quiet and productive week. Jen and I are teaching several classes later this week so be sure to check the Let me Show you How to Do that blog for details).

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