Sunday, 1 August 2021

Monochromatic - Grey starry tag

Hello everyone, here is my first make for the August challenge of the Country View Challenges. The theme is Monochromatic, so I chose the shades of grey.

And here is the tutorial.
First, I cut out a tag with my old and beloved die, the Sizzix Movers&Shapers Tag&Bookplates die from 300 gsm watercolour paper.

Then I painted grey with a mixture of Distress paints (Hickory Smoke, Picket Fence, Pumice Stone).

Then I cut out stars from the same watercolour paper. For this, I used the Stacked Stars and Crescent Moon&Stars Sizzix Bigz dies. I painted them darker or lighter grey than the tag. Some of them got extra texture or embellishment.

Next step was to ink the edges of the tag with Black Soot Archival ink and then I glued the stars and the text to the surface. I covered the text with a paper, then I spattered the tag with silver Distress paint (Brushed Pewter).

In this picture you can see what are the extras I added for some stars.

What I used:

Sizzix Movers&Shapers die, Tag&Bookplates 

Sizzix Bigz die, Stacked Stars

Sizzix Bigz die, Crescent Moon&Stars

Sizzix Texture Fades (Diamond Plate, Riveted Metal)

Stampers Anonymous, Tiny Text

Ranger Distress paints (Black Soot, Hickory Smoke, Picket Fence, Pumice Stone, Brushed Pewter)

Ranger Grit-Paste

Ranger embossing powder (silver)

Ranger Archival ink (Black Soot)

If you have a monochrome project, please don't hesitate jo join our August challenge where a randomly selected winner can have a £20 voucher in the Country View Crafts online shop.


  1. Wow, what a stunning tag! I'm loving your monochromatic design, the grey colour is perfect and I was amazed by all the different mediums that you used to create the stars - beautiful 😀. Thanks for the inspiration and Happy August! Hugs, Jo x

  2. A great tag Monika. That die is one of my favourites...the crescent moon is awesome too. Happy August xx

  3. So effective Monika ! Have a lovely August ! Corrie x

  4. Never black and white but many shades of greys! Lovely idea Monika!
    Happy August. x

  5. Wonderful tag, Monika! I love all the details you added to the stars.
    Happy August!
    Evelyn xxx

  6. This is wonderful Monika, so pretty! Take care and have a very happy August, Sue xx

  7. wow a truly monochromatic star. I love all the differing hues you have incorporated in this tag as it works so well to create such a harmonious piece. Fabulous! Hugs Debsxx


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