Sunday, August 14, 2011

Phantom of the Opera Tags

I created these tags for a Phantom of the Opera Tags Swap which took place at the AllThingsTim Yahoo group .
I made 15 similar tags. I've sent 14 tags and kept one for myself.
The colors I chose are very dramatic, as required by the theme.
I was lucky to attend the original production of the Phantom of the Opera in NY in 1980, and I still remember it very vividly.
I used several main motifs from the show: the musical notes, the rose, the chandelier, the white face.
I added other motifs referring to making it into a film (with text and admit ticket).

Supplies used:
White CS
Papers - commercials of the "black swan" movie
Old book's pages
White printer's paper
All Night Media Single Rose stamp
Tim Holtz Urban Grunge acrylic stamp set - chandelier stamp
Tim Holtz Lost and Found acrylic stamp set - film stamp
Tim Holtz Ideaology mask - Concerto
Tim Holtz Patchwork embossing folder - Admit One
Ranger's Distress Ink - Fired Brick, Vintage Photo, Spiced Marmalade
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
Red half pearls with sticky back
Color changing soft fibers
Organza burgundy ribbon
Adage tickets - Admit One
Pure alcohol
Ranger's Glossy Accents
3D double sided foam tape

I started with #8 tags, which I cut out of white CS.

The tag's back side
I started working on the tag's back side, printing the swap's details (and mine) on white printer's paper and attaching them to it.
Then I attached the Concerto mask to the tag and blended Ranger's Distress Ink (Fired Brick) all over and around it, until the tag was covered with ink (and so were my fingers… lol)
I sprayed alcohol on the tag to enhance the colors and to fixate them.
I stamped the Single Rose stamp using black ink.

The tag's front side
I used leftover commercials of the "black swan" movie (which I collected for artistic purposes, to re-use in one of my works).
The white face reminded me of the white mask in The Phantom of the Opera, and the wings around the eyes seemed mystical to me.
I cut the papers to fit to the tag's size and adhered them, covering their lower part with a piece of an old book's page (because it's about telling a story).
I stamped Tim Holtz film stamp using black ink (because it's also been filmed).
The chandelier stamp also reminded me one of the motifs in the original production of The Phantom of the Opera.
I stamped it on white CS, cut it and covered it with Glossy Accents to create a glazing. It was glued using a 3D foam tape for extra dimension.
I added red half pearls for the eyes, to make them a bit scary and dramatic.

I took a few Admit One Adage tickets I had and created the rest of them using Tim Holtz Patchwork embossing folder (the Admit One part).
I distressed them using Ranger's Distress Ink (Spiced Marmalade) to give them some bright color, and glued them 3D for some extra dimension.

I chopped the tags' corners with TH scissors, punched holes with the Crop-A-Dile and distressed the edges using Ranger's Distress Ink (Vintage Photo).
Then I added colorful soft fibers and an organza ribbon from my stash.
The fibers and the ribbon remind me of the woman's hair.

And here are all my 15 tags:

Creepy… aren't they?
(You can enlarge each photo by clicking on it)
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed. Have a creative day! Dorly


  1. Hello Dorly,

    they are not creepy they are gorgeous ! :)

    I really like how you used the face of the swan as a starting point; This really grabs your attention and then your eyes go wandering over the tag to see all the other details.

    I also like the back of your tag: the white notes on the red tag are such a nice contrast. And then the little black rose as a last detail...

    great tags !

    greetings from belgium

  2. These are stunning tags Dorly: The red eyes really grab your attention! I think they are beautiful, in a creepy kind of way :)
    Greetings from France

  3. Creepy, yet very impressive. I think they came out even better that planned!


  4. These are intense AND stunning! Great detail and some serious "oooomph!" effect.


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