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Phenomenal Woman by Victoria Hills

Phenomenal Woman by Victoria Hills

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Hi, it’s Victoria…I’m so pleased to be with you on the blog today, sharing this Dylusions journal tag that I made. I’ll often use a short quote or a few words or phrases from a poem into my work, however when I found this poem by Maya Angelou, I loved it so much I wanted to capture the whole thing. The large Dylusions journal tag was the perfect size to enable me to do this, and the ‘Jay’ silhouette complements the poem’s sentiment perfectly.

Phenomenal Woman by Victoria Hills

Step 1: The first step is to make your kraft journal tag look grungy. Unscrew the top of the Melted Chocolate ink spray, and gently tap the end of the spray mechanism over the tag so that small drops of ink splatter randomly over its surface. The key is to be gentle: if the ink splatters are too big, they’ll distract from your writing.

Phenomenal Woman by Victoria Hills

Step 2: Let the ink dry – or use a heat tool to speed up the process – and then make splatters in the same way with the White Linen ink spray. I held up the tag vertically and tapped the back of it a couple of times after I’d used the White Linen spray to encourage the bigger ink drops to run.

Phenomenal Woman by Victoria Hills

Step 3: When the White Linen ink drops are dry, roughen up the edges of the tag with the paper distressing tool. When you’re happy with the degree of distressing, rub the Jet Black Archival Ink pad around the tag’s distressed edges. It doesn’t have to be really neat: a few accidental black ink marks on the tag just add to the grungy look. Put the tag to one side while you start work on the silhouette.

Phenomenal Woman by Victoria Hills
Here’s a close-up of the distressed, grungy tag.

Phenomenal Woman by Victoria Hills

Step 4: Use a pencil to outline the large Jay silhouette onto the black Dylusions journal insert sheet. Carefully cut out the silhouette, using a craft knife for the trickier area near her legs. Stamp two or three of the smallest hearts from the ‘Love Struck Lucy’ set onto a piece of scrap kraft paper using the journaling block and Jet Black Archival Ink.

Phenomenal Woman by Victoria Hills

Step 5: Cut out the small heart and stick it onto the silhouette with matte collage medium. Outline the edge of the silhouette with the White Linen paint pen. I found that rather than trying to outline with a single, constant line, it was far easier to do it using small, feathery strokes. When the collage medium is completely dry, add some white highlights to the stamped heart. Flip the tag over and outline the edge of the reverse side with the White Linen Paint Pen and the same ‘feathery strokes’ technique. Put the outlined silhouette to one side.

Phenomenal Woman by Victoria Hills

Step 6: Go back to your kraft journal tag and write out the poem in black permanent ink. I wanted it to look very natural, so I used my normal, everyday handwriting. I did a practice run on another tag beforehand so that I was confident the whole poem would fit.

Phenomenal Woman by Victoria Hills

Step 7: Finally, use a single hole punch to make a hole near the centre of the silhouette’s head, and fasten the silhouette onto the tag with a length of ribbon or twine that matches your tag’s colour scheme. You can see in the photo above that I went back to the silhouette and added a line of small white dashes inside the outlining I’d already done. It gave the silhouette more impact when it was resting against the kraft tag.

Phenomenal Woman by Victoria Hills

Phenomenal Woman by Victoria Hills

Here are a couple of photos of the finished project. I love how the silhouette stands out against the handwriting on the distressed kraft tag, and the way in which the ink spray splatters give the tag a grungy, worn-in look.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing how I made this tag, and that it inspires you to do something similar with a poem that you love.

Victoria Hills I’m Victoria Hills…I’m from Yorkshire, where I live with my husband, two boys and Black Labrador, Larry. I’m a newcomer to all things art, design and mixed media; in 2014 I left a career of 20+ years in the corporate world to focus on bringing up our boys. Shortly after, I was wandering round a craft shop and found a mixed media magazine – I bought it, and was immediately hooked. I started designing and making cards, and then in 2016 bought my first Dylusions products and began art journaling. I love creating designs that bring together words and images that catch my imagination, and am continually inspired (and a bit intimidated!) by the amazing work that I see out there. You can find me on Instagram and Facebook.