Saturday, 25 October 2014

12 tags of 2014 - October

Hi all,

I love this time of year, all the warm colours of the leaves, (much better than just green!) and misty mornings.  Although we don't make as much of Halloween in England I do like all the imagery and definitely the colour scheme.

I decided that you cannot have Halloween without witches so I wanted to put one on my tag, the witch on Tims Carved Halloween stamp set was perfect but as she is on a broomstick she has to fly!

 After stencilling the spooky words with grunge paste I set the tag aside to dry.  From the Carved Halloween stamp set I stamped the witch, pumpkin and two spiders onto some spare card.  The spiders were embossed with clear embossing powder and cut out, quite a labour of love I can tell you.  The witch and the pumpkin were coloured using distress markers.  The pumpkin was then triple embossed with clear embossing powder cut out and some dimensional tape put on the back.  The witch was cut out, her pumpkin lantern and boots were embossed with clear embossing powder and a long narrow strip of acetate attached at the top of her hat.

I then die cut the cobweb decorative strip using some black card and swiped the picket fence distress stain over the whole thing waited a couple of seconds then dabbed with a tissue to get an uneven finish.

I then took the dry tag and spritzed with wild honey, barn door and dusty concord distress spray stain and dried with a heat gun.  I then sanded lightly over some of the grunge paste letters to get some of them a lot lighter.  A light dusting of walnut stain distress ink over some of the other letters to give variations in tones and I then inked round the edgers of the tag with the same ink.

I attached the various pieces to the tag and attached the other end of the acetate strip to the bak of the tag so the witch looks as though she is flying across the tag.

 A few small text sayings and a bat from the Apothecary remnant rubs completed the front of the tag and a piece of crocheted black ribbon tied at the top to complete the tag.

Thanks Tim for the inspiration and hope you like my interpretation.


Thursday, 23 October 2014

CC3C - Challenge 13

Hi all,

What a week, in fact what a fortnight, I was asked to make the wedding invitations for some friends wedding and today I finished them, phew.

So onto the challenge,  Ive had this IndegoBlu Christmas stamp since last year and I just love it, I think it will be on all my cards this year if I ever get round to making them!  I decided it had to go onto the book front as I'm going to try to do some Christmas Tags this year and will need somewhere to put them.  So here it is:

I stamped the sentiment into the panel on the front of the cover and coloured the stag at the top, then decided to colour the fancy panels on the cover too.  I then added some gems to the corners of the panels.

I then die cut some trees and a lamp post, added some snow using a white pen, and attached them to the cover.  Some sons flakes die cut from silver mirri card were also added to the cover.

A selection of ribbons with some festive charms were threaded through the holes in the side of the cover.  I intend to do something with the inside but time has caught up with me so that is a job for another day, perhaps over the Christmas period.

Many thanks again to Linda Ledbetter for continuing to inspire along with the Curiosity Crew  and to the Inspiration Emporium for sponsoring this challenge.

I am now going to lie down in a darkened room with a very large glass of red wine after a very fraught two weeks!


Wednesday, 8 October 2014

CC3C - Challenge 12

Hi All

This challenge is all about Distress Photo Tinting, see page 41 of Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities. I have really enjoyed this challenge as I had to get out all the old family photos to choose one to use for my entry.  I decided on this photo of my Mum, she is wearing a dress that she made, to impress my Dad I think.  She was always sewing when my sister and I were little,  if we saw a dress we liked out came the sewing machine and we were wearing her version of that dress the next day.  My sister has followed her down the sewing route as she is now a fashion designer with her own company but although I can sew I prefer to play with ink and paper and card.

Anyhoo on with the challenge

I checked with my Mum who said the leaves on the dress were shades of green so I used peeled paint and shabby shutters, I  photocopied the original onto glossy photo paper as I didn't want to damage it.  I then cut the photo using the Spellbinders set Grand Labels Four and made a faux nestie out of kraft card which I then coloured with barn door, picked raspberries and ripe persimmon distress inks and then edged with walnut stain and mounted the photo onto the matt.

The background is a canvas panel that I sprayed with delusions inks and then used the Tim Holtz stencil Splatters with some grunge paste to give a little texture.  Once the paste was dry I inked over the stencilling and round the edges of the canvas with walnut stain distress ink.  I then wrapped some thin twine in three shades of green round the canvas and mounted the photo onto the twine.

I die cut several sewing items and distressed the edges with walnut stain distress ink, wound some green embroidery thread round the bobbin  and added some black soot distress paint to the sewing machine.  The scissors were cut from silver mirri card and sanded back then some black soot distress ink rubbed into the sanding and a little gold gilding wax added to the edges.  I added mini fastener to make the hinge.  These items were all added to the panel using silicon glue for added depth.

I die cut some pins from silver mirri card and added them and some die cut stitches to the panel.  I used some chipboard letters from my stash to spell out Mum and added some stamping and distress inks before adding them to the panel and covering with glossy accents.

I'm going to give this to my Mum for the photo gallery she has on her sideboard in the lounge, I think she'll like it.

Thanks to the Curiosity Crew for all their inspiration, you can check this out on Linda Ledbetters blog, there are some wonderful examples of the technique shown there.  Also thanks to The Funkie Junkie for sponsoring this challenge.