Shabby Tag

"LOVING she is, and tractable, though wild;
And Innocence hath privilege in her

To dignify arch looks and laughing eyes; (...)

And, as a faggot sparkles on the hearth,

Not less if unattended and alone
Than when both young and old sit gathered round
And take delight in its activity;

Even so this happy Creature of herself (...)

Unthought-of, unexpected, as the stir
Of the soft breeze ruffling the meadow flowers (...)."


Parts of the poem
"Characteristics of a Child Three Year Old"

by William Wordsworth

My project for week #152 at City Crafter guest design spot.

Kirsty hosts the wonderful challenge this week
"make a tag, include washi tape."

Now where's my washi tape here?
There's a little bit bordering the lovely vintage photo.
But there's lots of it on the background of the tag.

Here's a tiny tutorial like thingie of what I did:


1) Glue (old) bookpaper on the tag.

2) Distress with ink (a brown colour).
3) Tear pieces of (dictionary-) washi tape and stick them randomly on the tag (don't cover all the bookpaper though).
4) Apply a little bit of gesso with your fingertips, randomly (again, don't cover it all).
5) Spray some ink (I used a greenish/turquoise mixture of ecoline), again randomly.

And there you have it.
The bookpaper soaks in the (ecoline) ink
while the washi tape resists it,
 giving a gorgeous texture to your background.

Happy crafting,

xx Wen


  1. Wendy - this is beautiful - love it. You have inspired me.

  2. Beautiful tag. Those are fabulous Washi tapes in the photo. Happy Hearts are Creative Hearts...

  3. So So cute Wendy!! That little girl is so cute! She reminds me of Shirley Temple with those curls!

  4. How very sweet and delicate this is Wendy ... and the poem fits her perfectly! Love your washi tape! ... Have a beautiful day

  5. Oh my goodness girly. I am loving your cute tag. Love the vintage vib..


  6. I saw that you were guest designing at CCCB and came to see more of your work... I am certainly taken with it! Lovely!!!

  7. Thanks - it's time i learn some new skills . . .

  8. Anonymous17:46

    This is delightful Wendy. That sweet image and as you say, yummy laces.
    I agree, vintage book pages and tape are a perfect marriage for backgrounds.

  9. Wat maak je toch prachtige romantische creaties Wendy, zucht... altijd heerlijk om hier even weg te komen dromen... Lieve groetjes, Ira

  10. Dear Wendy, such a beautiful post, both your lovely tag, and the part of poem of William Wordsworth- going so wonderful with the image you used.
    Thankyou for tutorial, on how to, my dear- I love your tag.

  11. Hi Wendy,
    I am a new follower from the "Grow Your Blog"! (I am still making

    Love your work and I look forward to seeing more.

    Happy Crafting

  12. Wat een prachtige shabby tag en wat een gave tapetjes!!!

  13. This is such a sweet tag! I love the delicate lace you used and your dear image. Those are fab tapes as well.
    Thank you for sharing how you made it as well. I always love to see how people make their art.
    Happy Easter!

  14. How very sweet! I love the vintage photos of children and what a wonderful way to utilize them! Thanks for sharing the steps you took to create this. I always love learning someones technique!

  15. LOVE!!!!
    This is fabulous Wendy!!!!!

    Greetings from Paris!

  16. So beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing - Lots of love from Laura xxxxx

  17. Anonymous06:24

    the tag is wonderful your blog too
    Hello from Elma


Thank you so much for leaving me a sweet message, I love reading your comments. Hugs and happy day to you! xx Wen