Tags can combine with other elements to support wonderful, pocket-sized shrines. In this shrine, I wanted to use familiar elements such as a matchbox, but make it a little quirky.
I’d already worked with many traditional matchbox shrines. This time, I wanted to deconstruct one.
This shrine was made with the cut-up-and-reconstructed inside of a matchbox. I lined it with origami paper, attached a miniature Tarot card and a small irridescent bead like a crystal ball.
On the outside of the matchbox, I glued a bit of gold ribbon, some more origami paper, and I added my “signature” antennae with gold wire and beads. (I’d been using wings and ornate antennae starting in the late 1990s.)
I glued the matchbox to a pair of stamped wings that were reinforced with wire so they bend like real wings.
(I use this wing stamp often. It’s from Stampers Anonymous.)
Then I attached this whole thing to a small tag, stamped with the word “CREATE” (Antique Alphabet Set by Personal Stamp Exchange).
I added beads to the tag string, and glued a miniature Artfest 2001 logo to the back of the tag.