12 Tags of 2016 – July Starfish

Hello!  Is everyone else out there sweltering in the heat??!!  It is too hot outside when it’s in the 90’s!!  At least there’s the nice, cool craft room to escape to from time to time 🙂  and it’s time for a Tim tag.


For my tag this month, I decided to go with a nautical theme.  My sister, who lives in NC, was visiting earlier in the month (she said it’s not hot here) and we had fun playing with our new beach-themed doll stamps, so I’m still in that mode, plus I wanted to use one of my nautical blueprint stamps.  I would love to see another sea-inspired blueprint set to go with Nautical and Mariner that included a whale, a shark, a lobster and some netting.  If only it were as simple as putting our orders in to Tim!!!  I apologize that my photos aren’t as crisp as they should be, but when I downloaded them it looked like they were (until I inserted into my post):  Maybe I need a new pair of glasses…

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I wanted to give my starfish a little dimension so I stamped the image twice and cut the starfish out.  I used Rusty Hinge to color him and then I found a stencil in my stash to add those little suction cups to his arms (I believe they’re called tube feet).  I colored my texture paste with Mustard Seed, but it was more yellow than I liked, so when it was dry I used my blending tool to tamp on some Vintage Photo to tone it down.  I could have covered it with the micro glaze at that point, but I wanted to add it as if it were a single stamped image.  I then colored my “water” with Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Peacock Feathers.  You can see I got some glaze around part of the outline, but I was happy overall with how it turned out.


I decided to add some Clear Rock Candy distress glitter to my starfish and “water” near the top, as if he’s near the surface with the sun shining down on the water, making it glisten. 

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As far as embellishing, I wanted to keep my tag simple.  I copied a page of hubby’s atlas and tore out a little part near an ocean.  I used my TH ruler to stitch along the top and bottom of that – I’ve had my ruler for at least a few years, but until I came across a video last month showing the features of the ruler, I had never noticed those little holes in my ruler before.  LOL!  Also, when I stamped my tag, I didn’t measure the length and it ended up being too short.  I just colored another piece to add, that’s why the colored part is separated.  I had also intended to use my sister’s new Vacation Words script dies before she left, but I forgot so I had to find something in the Holiday script dies to fit (wonderland).  I wanted it to stand out a bit so I added the shadow and then adhered that to another, discarded “wonder” to add some dimension.  I added an arrow and the bottom was done.  I used the same colors previously mentioned (minus Vintage Photo) to color my crinkle ribbon and added a little starfish charm.


Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave any comments 🙂

I am also entering my tag into the following challenges:


(Anything Goes and include a Handmade Bow)


(Nautical/By the Sea)






(Summer Sunshine)







21 thoughts on “12 Tags of 2016 – July Starfish

  1. fabulous tag Marty…love the cool ocean background and your dimension and sparkle on your starfish…thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge…enjoy what’s left of your weekend…hugs kath xxx


  2. I just adore it Marty! You and I are on the same thought process for sure! Really beautiful details. The seam binding and charms are the icing on the cake! Hope you are getting caught up and ready to have some stamping fun! Miss your posts. Hugs, Autumn


  3. Marty, This is one gorgeous tag — just stunning! I love your colors, design, and details. And, I’m thrilled that you shared this lovely tag with us for our Just Keep Swimming Challenge at Words 2 Craft By. Hope you’ll join us for future challenges. 🙂


  4. Such a beautiful entry for our Words 2 Craft By Challenge this month! The details are awesome and I especially love the extra touches on the starfish. Tube feet, huh? I just learned something new too! Bonus! Thanks for playing along, Marty.


  5. Very pretty tag and I love the theme. Your aqua bow is very pretty! Thanks for joining us at Craft-Dee BowZ for our July challenge! Hugs, Gail


  6. Marty … this is wonderful. I love that colors and the water layer and the placement of your embellishments. What a fantastic take on Tim’s July tag. Pinned. Congrats on your spotlight over at SSS Monday Challenge!! — Mary Elizabeth


  7. Fabulous Nautical Tag! Love all the elements you’ve used to create it. Thanks for playing along on the Southern Ridge Trading Company Blog.
    -Katelyn DT member at Southern Ridge


  8. Fabulous take on Tim’s tag, Marty and huge congratulations on your well deserved spotlight post at SSS! Yipppeee! I love your subject matter and you have really put on your creative genius cap with those suction thingies on the “arms”! (Did you know starfish will lose their arms and then regenerate them??? If only it were that easy for humans!) Awesome colors and great sparkle! Love this creative work of art! Hugs!


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