The Crafters Workshop Blog Hop: Leaf Grid Faith, Hope, and Love tag

I am so excited to be participating in The Crafter’s Workshop / Balzer Designs Spring Blog Hop!  I really love The Crafter’s Workshop Stencils and Julie Balzer’s designs.  It is such a thrill to me to be invited to participate!
This week the blog hoppers are featuring the Leaf Grid Stencil.  I used the 6×6 version for a tag.  You can check out the Leaf Grid stencil and more of Julie’s designs at: .
tammytutterow faith hope love tag
The design of my tag is reminiscent of a framed print I remember in the church I grew up attending.  The print featured a quilt design with each block of the quilt featured a virtue of love from 1 Corinthians 13.  While thinking of that print I focused on the words faith, hope, and love and on using the Leaf Grid design to bring in the quilt feel.

tammytutterow faith hope love tag

On a scrap of smooth cream cardstock, I stamped a script text design.  To stamp (Hero Arts La Letter), I misted the stamp with Vibrant Turquoise Dylusions Ink Spray.  (To clean the spray ink off of the stamp, I misted it with water and used a rub-it scrub-it stamp scrubber.)  After stamping the text on the paper, I placed the template over the paper and used an ink blending tool to apply Peacock Feathers Distress Ink over the stencil, using it like a mask.  I used only part of the design so that I had three blocks.

tammytutterow faith hope love tag

I tore the edges of the strip around the three blocks.  After tearing, I misted the piece with Perfect Pearl Perfect Pearls Mist.  I applied Vintage photo Distres Ink to the edges of the strip.

tammytutterow faith hope love tag

For the tag base, I misted a kraft tag with Cappuccino Perfect Pearls Mist.  After drying the tag, I used the stencil as a mask to create a border around the tag.  I used an ink blending tool with Vintage Photo Distress Ink with the stencil.  I love the tone on tone effect it created.

tammytutterow faith hope love tag

I added a light touch of Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink to the center of each of the quilt blocks to add a touch of color and highlight.  I then adhered the torn strip to the kraft tag.

tammytutterow faith hope love tag

I tore three strips of the cream cardstock and added my three words to each using Hero Arts Printer’s Type letter stamps with Coffee Archival Ink.  I inked the edge of each strip with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

tammytutterow faith hope love tag

I adhered each word strip to the tag centering each over a block.

tammytutterow faith hope love tag

I added machine stitching over the end of each strip.

tammytutterow faith hope love tag

At the top of the tag I added a velvet millinery style flower and leaf, both souvenirs from a recent visit to the downtown Los Angeles garment district.  I love that the flower works so well with the touch of yellow I added to each of the stenciled squares.

tammytutterow faith hope love tag

Please be sure to visit the rest of the hoppers to see what they created with the Leaf Grid stencil!

And be sure too to visit Julie’s blog with links to all of the spring blog hops:


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  1. Susan says

    Gorgeous tag!! Do different from Julie’s and yet the same stencil!! Never think to use them in different ways!

  2. says

    These tags are gorgeous!!! Love the details you put on them. Thanks for the inspiration!!! and the chance to obtain some of these!!

  3. rubyt says

    These Blog Hops are always fun idea filled goodness!!
    Seeing how each participant used the same product in a different way is always great.
    Your use of the different colors of the stencil positive along with the layering is a soothing overall effect.
    Keep the artistic ideas flowing…..

  4. Bonnie Rabon says

    Loved the inspiration behind your tag. Pretty layers and coloring. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. Miriam Prantner says

    Your tags are always so wonderful! Love how you used the stencil here!