You know the saying, “one step forward, two steps back”? Well, it feels like ten steps back for me at the moment & it’s extremely annoying. Anyway. I really had to push myself to get this project finished before the PaperArtsy challenge closes at noon today & I’m really cutting it fine, so I shall try to make this post as concise as possible.
Carol started her week with a fantastic tag book & as someone who cannot measure a straight line, never mind cut one, it filled me with much fear & trepidation. but I love handmade books & I’d love to make them ,so I thought I’d have a go. And sure enough, I made a few mistakes on the insert, but I managed to fix them, (cover them up).
These links will take you to Carol’s project & if you haven’t tried something like it before, why not have a go?
Tag Book, Part 1
Tag Book, Part 2
The covers. Fresco paints – Bora Bora, Mermaid, Beach Hut, Pumpkin Soup – and Treasure Gold – Spanish Topaz, Aquamarine, Ruby. The large bird & the hinges are PaperArtsy dies, the letters TH & the tiny birds an Impress die.
The other side of the mount board was a dark blue, so I painted it with Lilac & Eggplant Frescos & added some stamping to the Thorndon Hall PA paper.
I kept all the tags fairly simple, following techniques I’ve seen on the PA blog in recent months. This is frescos & treasure gold over stencilled grunge paste.
I covered this tag with Thorndon Hall paper, edged it with clear embossing powder & covered that with Spanish Topaz TG. Stamped a script stamp with Pumice Stone distress ink, edged it with black EP – the little border stamp that is free with the current issue of Craft Stamper magazine is perfect for this. Found a scrap of patterned vellum in my stash & stamped onto it with Stazon. The frame is from Crafts Too.
PaperArtsy’s Crackle Glaze on this tag, with Stone & Beach Hut frescos. Stamping with Coffee Archival. The frame is grunge paper. I mixed grunge paste with frescos – Stone & Hey Pesto – and when it was dry, sprayed it with Chocolate Dylusions. The grunge paper shrank when I heated it, but I quite like that it’s not straight.
This was a tag that I’d used to mop up excess paint. I just embossed it with a TH embossing folder & added treasure gold. I stamped the image with Versafine & heat set it with a clear sparkle EP.
I glued scraps of TH paper to this tag, painted over them with Eggplant, Zesty Zing & Lilac frescos. Stamped with Brown Shed, Nougat & Stone frescos, then with Versafine. The house was stamped with Stazon onto metal card & coloured with frescos – Brown Shed & French Roast.
All the Lynne Perella images were coloured with frescos/Whispers pens/distress inks & the quotes are from a set of Hero Arts stamps.
Have to admit that I’m quite proud I finished this, I was tempted to give up more than once. The tags could be better, but I can remake them. Thanks so much for looking.
Love & light.