Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Tags of 2015 - April

Hi all,

What a month, its no wonder I'm almost too late for the April tag but, here we go.

Having cut the water colour card I stamped the steampunk flowers, Punky Flowers from Chocolate Baroque, using black archival ink.

I spritzed with water and, using mermaid lagoon, peacock feathers and ripe persimmon distress pen and the distress marker spritzer, I created my background. The flowers were coloured with vintage photo, fired brick, tea dye, and wild honey distress markers and blended with a water brush.  A final spattering of black soot distress ink finished the water colour panel.

I distressed the tag using a paper distresser and inked round the edges with walnut stain distress ink.
I then stamped the word punk using the Stampers Anonymous set Worn Text and black archival ink.  I then created a flap to push the panel through.  Once the panel was attached I added a couple of cogs to the bridge.  I used the Alpha Parts, Signmaker, to add the word steam above the bridge.

The ribbon is 1/2 inch seam binding and coloured with rusty hinge and wild honey distress ink and then blended with water.  Once dry I tied a bow through the hole at the top.

To complete the tag I hand stitched round the water colour panel with black embroidery thread.

Whew, just made it!


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge - Challenge 26

Hi all,

Well Challenge 26, smudge stamping page 42 of the Compendium.  |'ve had this note pad holder for a while and decided this was the challenge to use it.   I'm always looking for bits of paper to take messages and I can now put this next to the phone!  Just how long it will stay there who knows, my beloved hubby is always moving things!!

So on to the challenge.

The box is made of chipboard so rather than seal with gesso I decided to use chalk paint to make it look like 'stone.'  I used stone, buff and irish cream from the Paper Artsy fresco finish chalk acrylic range.  I then stamped some text and the writing hand from the Tim Holtz Typography Set and applied the technique for this challenge.

I used one of Tims Idea-ology ornate plates and added an embossed label, I also added a tassel that I found in my stash.  To make the quill pen I added one of the Idea-ology findings pen nibs and attached a red feather. An Idea-ology arrow completed the lid.

Each of the sides had a panel stamped with text from the Random Quotes stamp set and again the technique applied.  Each side then had some extra stamping which I coloured with various distress inks.  I then added embellishments and edged them with Pebeo king gold gilding wax.

These side panels were then attached to the box.

The inside of the box was painted with Turquoise Paper Artsy fresco finish chalk acrylic, I love this colour, I would paint my life in this colour.  I stamped the collage stamp from the Classics number 7 stamp set using picket fence distress stain, and the corner stamp in chipped sapphire and then applied the technique to both images.  I then over-stamped the sentiment in black archival ink.

To finish off the edges I rubbed some Pebeo king gold Gilding Wax over the edges and once dry buffed with a soft cloth to give a lovely sheen.  

Linda and the Curiosity Crew have, as usual, provided some wonderful examples and her web site is the place to see all this sumptuousness (I think the spelling may have got away from me there!).  Such wonderful samples.  Also thanks to The Funkie Junkie for sponsoring this challenge.