Kraken Tag – TMR 84

It’s time for a new challenge at The Male Room, and this time around we’re looking for anything other than a card. I decided to make a tag for my contribution, though the challenge really is wide open to interpretation.

For my tag I started by cutting a piece of watercolour paper with a tag die from Simon Says Stamp. I then ink blended in from the right hand side using Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide (LFL|SSS). I added some water splatters once I was happy with the blending.

Then I took the bubble stamps from Lawn Fawn’s Lovable Legends (LF|SSS) stamp set and used the Mermaid Lagoon ink to stamp bubbles across the tag.

I used MFT Black Licorice Hybrid ink (MFT|SSS) to stamp the kraken from the same stamp set onto a snippet of card, then added colour to it by inking over with Spiced Marmalade Distress ink (SSS). This allowed me to get a base layer of colour down quickly. I used some Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers to add more shading to the kraken, then used a white gel pen to add some dot detail.

Next I fussy cut the kraken out and adhered him to my tag, slightly overlapping the edge. I popped him up with foam tape for added dimension. I then added some Nuvo Drops in Sea Breeze (LFL|SSS) to the bubbles. Finally I took three ribbons and looped them through the top of the tag, completing it.

Then I went and broke the rules a bit by turning my “not a card” project into a card. Oops. I just couldn’t resist!

I used the Mermaid Lagoon ink to stamp several rows of the wave stamp across on one side of my card base. I then did some selective masking and stamping to add a customised sentiment, using the Spiced Marmalade for the word “kraken” and MFT Black Licorice ink for the remainder of the sentiment. I then adhered the tag with foam tape atop the waves to complete my card.

The tag project was really cute and a lot of fun. I do think it works well just as a tag, but like I said I couldn’t resist turning it into a card. And I love how the card turned out!


Lady Joyful

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Challenges included:

Addicted to CAS – Bubbles

Addicted to Stamps and More – CAS

CAS(E) This Sketch – Sketch

Daring Cardmakers – Blue

HLS Anything Goes With Dies – Use Dies

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes

Pause Dream Enjoy – Anything But A Card

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes

The House That Stamps Built – Anything Goes

The Male Room – Anything Apart From A Card


Check out what the rest of the DT made:






Lady Joyful (that’s me!)




33 thoughts on “Kraken Tag – TMR 84

  1. So cute! Love that background too! So happy you could share this with us at Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes w/ Dies Challenge and good luck!

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  2. He is awesome ! fab colouring and inking.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. Have a great day x


  3. What a seriously awesome card – love how you’ve kept it CAS with the waves, showing off your tag to perfection. Love it! Thanks for playing along with the Daring Cardmakers this week. 😀

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  4. Great tag that I’m glad you turned into a card so you could enter it in the CAS challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More. The coloring is fabulous and the bubbles look real.

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  5. This is a Kraken card!!! Sorry! Couldn’t resist! I think the tag is fab and I love the dimension on the bubbles. The colouring is brilliant. Great work. Deborah xx

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