Monday, August 31, 2015

12 tags of 2015 August

Hi all! This is my second post for the day, if you are here for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge post, you can find it below. In the nick of time, here is my version of Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2015 August tag. I missed the June and July tag because there just wasn't time during the summer holiday.

I love using my dies to create backgrounds and had fun with Tim's background technique. The patterned paper underneath the die cut tag consists of three different patterns, from the smaller designs in the Correspondence paper stash, I like that you can just barely see the patterns. I did a slightly similar background in a tutorial a few months ago, but using paint instead of ink. You can find it here. Aren't these two children sweet, all dressed up to go somewhere.

I used dies from Friendship Words Blocks and the honeycomb die from the Mixed Media set to die cut my background, together with the Precision Base Plate. The inks used were Blueprint Sketch, Hickory Smoke and Cracked Pistachio. I love how they blend when you apply the matte multi-medium on top.

The background was stamped with the mini version of my favourite alphabet background stamp, which I am sure you have seen me use before.

I layered different ephemera pieces together and added a Game Piece. I like that the stamping is also on the collage elements and not only on the background, it ties the whole piece together in a nice way.

Here you can spot the honeycomb die cut. The shading around and below the children makes them a part of the background. A text pattern peak through behind the die cut. 

Making this tag made me smile and I am going to hang it on my Clip Carousel, where I display all my newer tags. You can see it in this post

Thank you for visiting!!

Happy crafting!



Set Sail Journal Page

Hello everyone! We had a good weekend with putt putt golf, a cycle ride and good weather. It is Monday and a new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is up. This week our theme is 'trio of color'. I am looking forward to seeing lots of great colour combinations.

Don't miss STAMPtember which starts tomorrow at Simon Says Stamp, it will be a month of wonderful stamping fun. 

I had started on a different project, with other colours, when the postman knocked on the door with a parcel containing, among other things, the new distress Blueprint Sketch ink and some fun Simon Says Stamp Exclusive products. I wanted to use it immediately and started working on this journaling page instead, with a monochrome colour combination of Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon and Cracked Pistachio. I used Ranger's Distress Micro Glaze for a fun resist effect.

Here you can see the three Distress Inks I picked. I like to look through my Distress Inks and think of all the different colour combinations I can get from them. 

The background is watercolour paper and I started by embossing the Falling Stars with white powder. The three Distress Inks were smeared in horizontal bands on my craft sheet and misted with water. The paper was pressed into the ink. The words were die cut from watercolour paper and coloured in the same way.

These two sentiments both come from the Sail Away set, stamped with Jet Black ink. I love the rich deep blue of Blueprint Sketch.

To make the waves, I die cut three strips with one of the wave shapes in the Border Waves set. I applied Distress Micro Glaze with my finger, concentrating on the tips of the waves, but also adding some to the the rest of the die cuts. If you work on the textured side of the watercolour paper, it is easier to get a textured look from the glaze. For other examples using the Distress Micro Glaze, check out this tag and this wall art piece of mine, both using the popular Bird Crazy stamps.

The Sail Away set contains two boat stamps, a solid one and an open one, I stamped both in Jet Black ink and cut the sails from the white one.

This sentiment is what inspired the whole journal page, and the windy sea scene.

I used a glitter pen to add a tiny bit of shine to the die cut words

And a small stamped anchor in the corner, as a symbol of hope.

I hope you enjoyed this post and that you will join us in our challenge this week. As every week, one random participant wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp.

Happy stamping!