Two blog posts in one day???!!! Don’t get too excited, judging by my track record, the next post could be in two months!
After the self-induced stress of my tag book for the PaperArtsy challenge, (see previous post), I wanted to have a play & make something fairly quick & simple. I was having a rummage through my stash of embellishments & when I saw this metal Eiffel Tower magnet, the words ‘La Belle Époque’ came into my mind. Then I remembered the theme my wonderful friend & fellow #PATWIT, Helen, had chosen for this week’s Dragon’s Dream Tag It On challenge;
- Predominantly red
- Book pages/text
- An embellishment
- At least one real stamp
On a tag of course.
Here’s what I came up with.
I covered a manila tag with a page from an old dictionary & covered it with splats of Barn Door distress stain & layers of the various shades of red distress inks, flicking water over it from time to time. I used Aged Mahogany distress ink through the CWS mini harlequin stencil.
I added a little bit of stamping with Coffee Archival ink on mini PaperArtsy stamps – a script & splatters & some around the border with black Archival. All the other stamps are from a set called French Mail by Crafty Secrets.
I stamped in Versamark the free border stamp from the July issue of Craft Stamper magazine around the edge of the tag & heat set with clear embossing powder. When it was cool, I rubbed over the top with Ruby treasure gold. I can’t remember where I’ve seen it done before, but it’s a great way of adding texture.
I stamped the Lynne Perella image onto acetate & painted it on the reverse with assorted Fresco paints & made a little postcard from a scrap of white card, that I covered with Antique Linen & Old Paper DIs.
I glued another page of the dictionary to scrap card & cut the smallest flowers from the TH tattered floral die & the border from Spellbinders Edgeabilities dies & added some red & white baker’s twine & black adhesive pearls to finish.
Thanks to Helen for getting me to use a LOT of red, I quite liked it!
Before I end, I thought I’d share a link with you. After the PaperArtsy blog post this morning, I had a Twitter chat with Lin & Jax about why we get stressed over our projects, especially when they’re supposed to be fun. We talked about not being able to come up with ideas & when we do, the finished piece never looks as it did in our heads.
Lin gave us this link to a post on France Papillon’s blog & it really made me think. I KNOW that the pieces/cards/whatever that I’m making now are better than what I was making years ago. I still have many of the actual items, so the physical evidence is there. Therefore, if I continue to create & experiment, what I make in the future should be better than what I‘m making now. Ergo, I should stop being so hard on myself & start having fun. In other words; LIGHTEN UP KIRSTEN!!! Here’s the link……………
I’d love to know what you think of it.
Until next time, (hopefully not in two months),
Love & light.