Saturday, January 21, 2017

Poe Appreciation Day Blog Hop: Tag Book (2)

I did it!
I finished the Poe-ms Tag Book.
I even like it! (though one tag is a bit underwhelming)

I'm linking this to the Poe Blog Hop sponsored by Lost Coast Designs. Please check out all the other Bloggers involved in this Hop by clicking on the photos at the bottom of the post. They are linked to blogs that will give you some great Poe inspiration.

If you missed the first tags in this "book", you can check out this post.

The Bells:   This is the tag that doesn't thrill me. I should have gone with my first instinct which was to use some kind of music sheet as the background. But I was lazy. So this tag for one of my favorite poems may get a do-over. "What a world of solemn thought their monody compels!"

Annabel Lee:  This tag turned out better than my original idea. Initially, I was going to place a mausoleum or tomb by the edge of the sea. But when I went through my Lost Coast stamps, I found the door used here. It was perfect for her "tomb by the sounding sea". I stamped it with a grey ink, detailed it with a gold pen, then went over the whole thing with Broken China Distress Stain. The blue stain turns slightly greenish over manilla tags and I loved the submerged feeling it provides.

I added the shells along the border between the torn edge of the tag and the blue acetate that I used for my sea. I stamped the Bubbles background (Lost Coast Designs) to give it the wavy texture in Azure blue StaZon ink. Shells are stamps from Lawn Fawn. (Critters in the Sea set) "It was many and many a year ago in a kingdom by the sea..."

 The Haunted Palace:  Having re-read this poem for inspiration, I discovered this line, "And all with pearl and ruby glowing was the fair palace door". So my original idea became the second tag and this line became the "door". I used the window from Lost Coast Designs and cut out the spaces with a craft knife. The "door" is embossed and colored with Distress markers. I added a few pearls for decoration and a brad for my handle.

The second, or inside, tag was covered with patterned paper. I stamped the skeleton (this one is from Tim Holtz but Lost Coast does have a brand new one!) in white pigment ink then embossed it.The smaller stamps were from my stash.

The Sleeper:   This tag had already been started so I just finished off the details. I attached the vellum ghost with glue underneath the rose. That rose is a hand-carved stamp I made and it's colored with a Sakura glaze pen so it appears a bit glossy. The dirt of the fresh grave is copper embossing powder. "I pray to God that she may lie forever with unopened eye while the pale sheeted ghosts go by."  
The Conqueror Worm:  Another favorite poem of mine. I just free handed all of this as I had a particular vision in my head. I wanted the worm to be like the Ouroboros, the snake or dragon that devours it's own tail. I wanted a very subterranean feel to reflect burial. The coffin image I added last as the space in the center bothered me. Since "the play is the Tragedy: Man", I felt that this was as good a symbol as any. This one looks much better in person as the camera had a hard time picking up the metallic glow of the worm. "Through a circle that ever returneth in to the self-same spot"

So there she is! I may add a back cover with another picture of Poe but I'm happy with it for now. I can finally cross this project off the list!

Remember if you love Poe, check out the links at the bottom of the post to see more great projects dedicated to the master of the macabre.


  1. A great tag it!

  2. OMG! Wyvern, this is so fantastic and leaves me speechless! How you used Lost Coast Design stamps and fit them to just the right poem is so awesome! And the worm is just amazing in every aspect as is the tomb of Annabelle, it looks so watery as the poem says! And the page that least impressed you LOL I simply love! The bell texture is wonderful and that is one of my favorite works of his :) Great tag book! xx

    1. Thanks so much, Nan! I really loved making it and the stamps were just perfect!

  3. Wyvern, each of these is so moody and goth. You've really captured the spirit. Cool tag book!

  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Congrats on completing your Poe-m tag book, job well done! I love how you made Lost Coast Designs stamps work with poem themes! POEfect! Thanks again for joining our Poe Appreciation Blog Hop with Lost Coast Portal to Creativity!

    1. thanks for all the inspiration, Leigh. You and your team give a great creative jump start to the year with this hop!

  5. Such an awesome collection of tags! What fun!

  6. So much to look at, so many fabulous images. The tag book is perfect. Thanks for joining us at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity :)

  7. Awesome book, so many great Poe takes and so much thoughts and effort put in it.