PaperArtsy Challenge–Inspired by Carol Quance

Published June 23, 2013 by isisimaginings

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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All the Lynne Perella images were coloured with frescos/Whispers pens/distress inks & the quotes are from a set of Hero Arts stamps.

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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.

11 comments on “PaperArtsy Challenge–Inspired by Carol Quance

  • Hey well done you!! Much braver than me and now you have a finished project to look back on. Great covers but I especially like your first 3 tags – wonderful

    Well done again – Sam xxx

  • OMG Kirsten, you must have worked really hard to finish this. I know(!) and don’t forget – you didn’t see all my errors posted on the PA blog. I manage to cut my mount board with my fiskars paper cutter so it really helps with the straight edges. I’ve had a good look at the close-ups of all your tags and I must say,it’s wonderful. I’m deeply chuffed that you took the time to reproduce it. xx

  • Kirsten, this is stunning! I love the shape you cut for GB binding, that’s inspired – and your tags look gorgeous! So pleased for you that you finished, given you were up against the time!

  • Great project. I’m so impressed! Sorry I only just had a chance to get online and see what you had done – busy day with some culinary disasters, but I was really looking forward to I love your work! This is brilliant! Thanks for working so hard to share it and many congrats on your win. YOu so deserve it! Julie Ann

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