Thursday, January 30, 2014

We Three Tags...eP post

For my eclectic Paperie post this week, I decided to have a play with two things I've been ignoring lately: #8 manila tags and Dylusions spray inks. I don't know if you do this but it seems that I keep reaching for the same media or surfaces and it does me a world of good to shake things up every once in a while.

I grabbed my handy dandy craft mat and some ink sprays: Bubblegum Pink, Squeezed Orange, and Lemon Zest, along with a mini mister of water. After I randomly sprayed the mat with these inks and water, I dragged, plopped, and wiggled the tags through the inky mess. I was experimenting to see how moving or not moving the tags would affect the ink patterns. Then I dried each and did it again to build up another layer or two. Once they were dry, I spritzed more water through TH Measured layered stencil on the dreams tag and through the TH Burlap layered stencil on the house tag. Both were allowed to sit for a few minutes and then the water, and some of the ink, was removed by rolling paper towel over them. For good measure, and a bit more texture, water was flicked over all three to create lovely spots.

White embossing paste was scraped through TCW's Mini Tile Texture stencil on each tag and then allowed to air dry. The lovely grassy stamp with the flowers from Wendy Vecchi's Art Comforts stamp was stamped on the bottom edge of all three tags using Jet Black Archival ink. The three sentiments come from the same stamp it!

The bird and woman with the net come from Unity's Love Life stamp set by Melody Ross.

The house was created from scraps sitting on my desk. The little door is kraft and the hearts are from an MS punch. All edges were inked with Vintage Photo or Black Soot Distress inks.

The harlequin and scallop borders were cut from black cardstock using MFT dies and the clouds were cut from old book paper, also with an MFT die. White gesso was smeared onto them to partially obscure the text and they were edged along the bottom with Vintage Photo before being adhered and doodled on and around. White gesso was pounced through a piece of punchinella on the house tag in order to embed the house and border into the background. White gel pen was used to doodle on all three tags. The final touches were to edge each tag with Black Big Brush pen before mounting on black cardstock, leaving a narrow mat for contrast and then adding toppers of ribbon, cord, or seam binding as toppers. Little black speckles were added with Jet Black Archival and a TH stamp.

Thanks for joining me today. I hope the brightness of the tags has not damaged your eyes in any way...perhaps you should take the rest of the day...and maybe tomorrow I do like the pops of Dylusions sprays next to black and white...they shout "notice me". I appreciate your visit and read and re-read your lovely comments. You brighten my day...hope these tags did the same for you :)

I am entering these tags in the following challenges:
Through the Craft Room Door ~ Anything Goes
Love to Scrap ~ #22 Tags
613 Avenue Create ~ #56 Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody ~ #37 Anything Goes
Great Impressions ~ January challenge Use something new (Art Comforts stamp set)

Life is good; so is art.

If you click on the thumbnails below, you will be magically transported to the eclectic Paperie store:


~ginny said...

You have so much of the love of art in your designs! It is so obvious that you escape totally into the process and art is such a gift for you! Thank you again for letting us have a peek into your mental and physical process - I learn so much from you Bonnie!
Thanks so much for taking the time to share your project & creativity.
DT for 613 Ave Create: ATG Challenge
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Cathy's Obsessions Still said...

Your tags are works of art.. thank you for walking us thru the process of your creativity. Beautiful work... Thanks for joining us at Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog...

Angela Westland Australia said...

What a fabulous project - absolutely wonderfully made and created - thank you for joining us at Challenges 4 Everybody and good luck! - I would love you to join my blog and would be happy to join yours - happy crafting. Ange
P.S. Have joined your blog now.

BrendaB said...

Your tags are beautiful! I love the rich colors! Thanks for sharing the idea of spritzing water through the TH stencils - gotta try that! Thanks for joining us at Love to Scrap

Sandra said...

I love these tags Bonnie!!
They all look great, I think I need some of those sprays!
Thanks for joining the TTCRD challenges.

Anonymous said...

Lovely tag and great attention to detail. Thanks for joining us at Great Impressions.

designermc said...

Great tags, I need to pull out my supplies and try some of your ideas. You've inspired me! Thanks for joining us this week at 613 Avenue Create.

Words and Pictures said...

A completely brilliant trio - makes me want to play with red and orange - and that's pretty unusual for me!!
Alison xx