Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Autumn Fruits and Berries


When I thought about doing this tag I knew straight away I wanted to do blackberry but I was torn which definition to go for (phone or fruit) as you know how much I like a construction project!!  Then I remembered making the sugar sticks a few tags ago and I knew that I could make blackberries using the same technique.  I showed you them on my last tag post as I made them yesterday so they would dry in time for me to use today.  I know the glass balls I used to coat the pin flair glue gel with make my berries look more like raspberries but I coloured them with alcohol inks to look like blackberries.  So today I was ready to make my tag:


Here are a few photos of the process I went through to make my tag for this week:


I chose a blue patterned paper to become the sky to set my blackberry bramble against.  I made a bramble sprig by wiring together some silk leaves I had stashed away.  I had to make a trip to my local florists to see if they had any tape I could buy to wind around my wires to make them look presentable! Brrrrrr - It is cold out there today - I think Autumn will soon be here!

I made little green.......I don't know what these things are called but they sit on the top of the berries!  Back in a moment - going to Google it..........after many differently worded searches it is the same as a flower has - Calyx!  I doctored flowers that I punched from green card to get these.  I trimmed all the petals so they would be narrower and that did the trick. 


I have attached my berries and have left some room to include some blackberry flowers - off to hunt through my paper flower collection......


I had some white paper flowers that were pretty close to size and shape so I added a touch of pink and then blob of silicone to attach each flower to it's calyx!!  Then I dipped them into some golden and black micro beads of glass.  How real do they look!!????


I found the perfect quote to finish my tag.  Especially considering what I was thinking as I started designing this tag.  Here is a close up.  No one is allowed to pick these blackberries!

Thank you everyone for all your encouragement and kind words.  I am off to see what is in our harvest of tags this week.

Hugs from Helen x

23 comments:

  1. Wow, those blackberries really do look good enough to eat - so cleverly made and so beautiful to look at - it's so, so lovely.

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  2. Really pretty! I left a comment on your blog about the apple butter.

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  3. Another beauty from you Helen. The whole thing is just gorgeous. The flowery background is ever so pretty, the fruit incredible and the quote perfect. Have you ever had Blackberry/Bramble loaf with a crumble topping? Very yum, hehe! :0)

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  4. Wow, your bramble sprig of blackberries is amazing Helen...Gorgeous tag!!

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  5. Those black berries are awesome!! And I had to smile at the quote!

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  6. Perfect blackberries, perfect blossoms, pretty tag

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  7. Stunning tag, those blackberries look good enough to eat! x

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  8. Great tag, those blackberries look real! Valerie

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  9. WOW,what a fantastic tag Helen, well done and I want to eat that loaf that Twinkle Toes mentioned.
    Lynn :)

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  10. This may have been a lot of work but it is lovely!

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  11. This may have been a lot of work but it is lovely!

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  12. Great tag.The blackberries are so realistic and your method is really clever.
    Jane x

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  13. Very effective brambles - looks fantastic and so interesting to read how you did it

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  14. Helen, your berries look good enough to eat :-) I am getting so far behind. I am so wanting to do these tags this month I love everything Autumn.

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  15. Wow! Your blackberries are amazingly realistic looking, and your tag design is outstanding. Blessings!

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  16. Your blackberries really look good enough to eat, love the patterns on the tag background too, Jane xx

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  17. Wonderful tag Helen, love the blackberries, leaves, and the background, great idea.
    Anni

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  18. A tour de force in blackberry making.
    The whole tag is stunning. Bravo!

    Fond regards

    Pat x

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  19. So realistic. A brilliant job done. Hugs Mrs A.

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  20. Wow beautiful tag Helen and I love your handmade blackberries they are very realistic!

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  21. What a stunning and evocative tag - When I saw your tag, I just wanted to sit outdoors, breathe in the fresh air and sip blackberry tea from a fine china cup!

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  22. WOW!WOW! WOW!Great tag, just love those berries! Beautiful job!
    Hugs,
    Ivy

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