Thursday, 22 March 2018

Ex Libris - Tag


today I want to share a tag that’s been rattling around in my head for awhile now. I finally made it earlier this week and have to say that I’m chuffed to little mint balls at how it turned out.... sometimes an idea in my head doesn’t actually pan out as I imagine it will when I actually get round to making it and see it in the ‘flesh’, but for once, this one did.

As usual I started with 300 gsm watercolour paper cut to the size of a Ranger #8 tag, which I spritzed with water and coloured with Windsor & Newton watercolour paint (indigo). 

Firstly with white acrylic paint and then with the indigo watercolour paint, I added a few tiny splashes to the background before edging it with Archival Ink (French Ultra Marine) and Distress Ink (Weathered Wood). I also added a row of machine stitching around the edge and, with a Sakura pin-point roller glue pen and DecoArt GlamourDust, added a hint of shimmer.

Here's a close up of the edge showing how subtle the shimmer was over the ink.....

Using more watercolour paper, I cut a pair of wings using the Sissix Feathered Wings Die (No.660990). 

Once these were assembled, I subtly tinted the wings using the indigo watercolour paint, before edging them with the DecoArt Glamour Dust. I am not a glitter kind of gal, so when I need subtle shimmer  on a project this is definitely my go-to glitter. It’s fine, delicate and, as mentioned in the name, it’s like dust. Definitely not glitzy and definitely the one for me.

Next I tore a strip of delicately printed vellum, inked the edges with both the Archival (French Ultra Marine) and Distress Inks (Weathered Wood) before gently rolling it into a scroll. I secured the end with a tiny glue dot before winding round some silver wire and gluing a tiny, red ceramic heart on top.  The heart is one of France Papillon’s signature hearts. She teaches how to make them at some of her workshops and I now have a wee stash of them. They are super cute.  I used both Glossy Accents and double sided tape to secure the vellum roll into place between the wings, which were similarly secured to the tag in the same way.

Here is a close up of France's ceramic heart sitting on top of the silver wire and you should just able to make out the script on the vellum.......

The Ex Libris label was computer generated onto a scrap of the watercolour paper and edged with the same Archival and Distress Inks, before being layered onto a torn and similarly inked piece of vellum. Two tiny white brads secure the label in place.

To finish my tag I dyed some white seam binding using Distress Ink (Weathered Wood), created a tiny date tag and backed the main tag in black card to frame it. I also decided that I needed a little something on the background so added a touch of random shadow- stamping using France's Stampotique crackle stamp in the Weathered Wood DI.

I'm pleased how the tiny heart gives a pop of colour to the overall subtle blue of the tag and how the GlamourDust adds a hint of magic to the wings. Hopefully the label and flourished script on the vellum scroll will hint at a secret message..... who knows.

I always enjoy any time I spend playing in my craft room but it was especially the case whilst I was making this tag. I hope you liked it, so thank you for letting me share it with you.

Happy crafting.....

Carol. xx

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Tag - Tea/coffee

Hello and thank you for stopping by.

I’m sharing another tag. This is my contribution to the weekly challenge that Rachel’s doing over on her blog (Artful Evidence).  The theme this week is tea/coffee and I have to admit that just by looking at my tag, it’s not readily apparent that it follows the theme. 

So let me show you the tag and explain the process and hopefully all will become clear.

To start off I used 300gsm watercolour paper cut to the size of a Ranger size 8 tag.  Using my early morning cup of tea I coloured it, gently building up the overall colour until I was happy ....then I drank the remainder of my tea!   JOKING of course!  With a Ranger Distress Sprayer I added some droplets on the tag ... it doesn’t work as well as doing this technique on Distress Ink but well enough for what I wanted.

I followed the same steps on a second scrap of watercolour paper, which I cut slightly smaller than the base tag, however this time I used my (now cold) tea to add some drippage rather than droplets to this layer. 

 I dried both layers with a heat tool before randomly stamping script (Stampers Anonymous Entomology stamp set - CMS328) over both in Tea Dye Distress Ink. My spills, stains and splotches were added using Ground Expresso Distress Ink and the Visible Image Ink Splats stamp set.

The edges of both layers were distressed with a Ranger Distress tool before being inked with Ground Expresso Distress Ink. I added a couple of black eyelets to the top layer before machine stitching a couple of lines in dark brown cotton around the edge.

The focal point on my tag is a tea bag (yes, absolutely right.... the one I used to make my early morning cuppa). I dried it out using my heat tool, a gentle 30 second blast was all it needed before undertaking a little bit of surgery; a small incision on the reverse to ease out the now dried tea leaves from the inside.  

I also tea dyed a scrap of linen from my stash before stamping it, in Ground Expresso DI, with one of the tiny flower stamps from the Stamping Up Silhouette Sentiments stamp set and machine stitching it to the tea bag.  The string from the tea bag was tied to a home-rusted safety pin I found recently. To finish off the safety pin I added a fringe using some rustic hessian teased from an old sac.  

My final embellishment was to add a Ranger Idea-ology Story Stick (Travel) to the top layer with a Ranger Hex Fastener and a touch of Glossy Accents. 

To pull everything together the tea bag was secured in place using double sided tape, as was the top layer to the base tag.  As usual, I backed my tag with black card and added a tiny date tag threaded through some co-ordinating ribbon from my stash.

I hope you’ll now agree that I followed Rachel’s theme in spirit. At least my inks, dyes and embellishments were true to it: Ground Express, Tea Dye DI, my early morning cuppa, droplets, splatters, spills and stains, a tea bag, hessian taken from an old sack (perhaps an old tea sack). My flower was to represent a tea bush. And the travel pin?  Well I’ve just come back from holiday and whilst there I visited a tea plantation which is where, bizarrely,I picked up the safety pin!  Strange how things happen.

Hope you have a lovely day crafting and please, I’d love to read any comments you want to leave.

Carol. xx

Monday, 19 March 2018

Anniversary Tag

Just a quick post this morning to share with you a tag I made recently for that special person in my life.

If you’ve visited my blog before you’ll know already that my partner and I don’t buy cards for each other for our milestone events or Valentine’s Day etc.  We make something, whether it’s a card, tag, piece of artwork and/or a present.... that doesn’t mean to say we don’t buy presents and the odd card when the mood take us, but most of the time we’d rather have fun getting inky and turning the ‘playroom’ upside down creating something for each other.

So this was my ‘card’ for our anniversary recently.... or rather my tag.

The top layer was a piece of card left over from another project, so really it was just a case of making the base tag fit in with the colour scheme. Sorry to say that I can’t remember what colours I used (hence the quick post!) but it was Distress Ink smooched onto my crafting mat, spritzed with water and daubed in the inky deliciousness, al la Tim Holtz.

The Ranger Spritzer came out again to rain water droplets onto the base tag before it was randomly stamped ..... I’m doing better this time as I do recall the script stamp was from the new Stampers Anonymous Entomology stamp set. 

I edged the tag with blue Distress Ink whilst the edges were wet to get seepage.

My tiny red hearts were coloured using various Stamping Up markers (Blushing Bride, Real Red and Rich Razzleberry to mention a few), edged with a black Faber Castell Big Brush marker and coated with Glossy Accents.  After air drying overnight, I again used the Glossy Accents to adhere them to a twist of silver wire from my stash.

My sentiment was computer generated and backed onto black card, as was my tag after the top layer was set in place using dimensional foam pads. The seam binding was dyed using the same SU markers that I used for colouring the hearts. One final task to complete my project was the tiny date tag attached with a jump ring to my dyed seam binding. Friday 13th might be unlucky for some but not for

Thanks so much for stopping by and please pop in tomorrow as I'll be sharing my project for   this week's Artful Evidence Blog challenge. The theme(s) this week is tea/coffee.  Somehow my project ended up being a twist on that theme for some reason (Hmmm wonder why!) but there is a wee tale behind it.   

Have a lovely day crafting if you can get into your inks and paints today and see you soon.

Carol. xx

Tag - Emerge

Once again I used 300gsm watercolour paper for my base tag and took the large circle and splatters image from the Visible Image Ink Splats stamp set to heat emboss with WOW embossing powder (silver).

With the image masked-off, I coloured the tag using Ranger Distress Ink (Peeled Paint) concentrating on the top LH corner and down the LHS. The crackle over-stamping was in Distress Ink (Hickory Smoke) using France’s Stampotique Crackle stamp (602.862.0237) and shaded using a light charcoal pencil and blender.

Next I coloured the circle, using a paint brush, Ranger Distress Ink (Peeled Paint) and a little water. Gradually building up the colour intensity until I was happy with the effect before stamping the moth image from Tim Holtz’s Entomology stamp set (Stampers Anonymous CMS328) into the middle.  The same image was stamped again but this time onto a spare scrap of watercolour paper, then coloured with a mix of DI Peeled Paint and iridescent H2O, fussy cut and ‘glazed’ with Glossy Accents on the wings. 

Before gluing the moth into place on the tag, I randomly adhered Pebeo gilding leaves (silver mirror finish)  to the background, embossed circle and splats. The body of the moth was gently rounded and the wings lifted to give dimension.  It’s held in place on the tag with a touch of Glossy Accents to a couple of dimensional foam pads.

I chose EMERGE as the description for my tag.  The label was computer generated and backed with a tiny scrap of black card (Oops, sorry no picture of this!)

The final touches were to add co-ordinating ribbon and fibres from my stash, a date tag and  back the tag with black card.

I was really pleased how this tag came out.  Peeled Paint has always been a favourite 'go-to' colour of mine in the DI colour range and the Pebeo silver gilding leaves really lift the 'gritty' silver of the WOW embossing powder, pulling in the background to the embossed circle and drawing the eye to the moth. The iridescence of the pearl H2O gives a subtle lift to the wings of the moth too, and catches the light nicely under the Glossy Accent glaze. 

Thanks so much for taking time out to read my post. Hope you liked it.

Have fun crafting.


Sunday, 18 March 2018

Journal Page - Bug's Life

When I saw Tim Holtz's bug stamp (Stampers Anonymous Entomology CMS328) I went into lust mode and knew I had to have this set for my collection. So too when I saw the Visible Image How Fragile stamp set and you'll see quite a few repeats of these stamps, either combined or individually,  in my next few posts. I've had such fun playing with them.

Here is a 6x4 journal page I made using both stamp sets.

I started off colouring a piece of 300gsm cold press watercolour paper using a combination of PaperArtsy chalk acrylics (Tinned Peas, Bora Bora and Inky Pool) and adding texture using PaperArtsy Crackle Glaze to create the background.

To accentuate the cracks created by the crackle glaze even more I add a thick coat of Ranger Distress Crackle Paint (Clear Rock Candy) over the top, once it had completely dried.

Using a Misty Stamping Tool was a must to stamp the VI How Fragile stamp in Archival Ink (Potting Soil) on the background, because by now it was beautifully textured or should I say cratered!. It took four stamping repeats before there was enough of the image stamped onto the background.

I dyed and texturised a small piece of Mulberry Paper using a combination of Archival Ink (Potting Soil), Ranger Distress Inks (Ground Expresso, Rusty Hinge) and Emerald Creek Baked Texture embossing powders (Patina Oxide, Chunky Rust). 

Next I cut a small slit into the centre of the stamped image and teased through the Mulberry Paper. A couple of pieces of bark were arranged under the Mulberry Paper before everything was glued into place with Golden heavy matt gel.  I spotted the bark whilst on holiday recently and just couldn’t resist picking it up and squirrelling it away.... it has a beautiful deep, rich mahogany colour with wonderful undulating ridges running over it.... gorgeous.

To accentuate the fractures and pick up the colours on the Mulberry Paper I decided to use tiny seed beads from my stash, again using the matt gel to hold them in place.

From the Ranger Entomology stamp set I fixed on the beetle for my chosen bug. After stamping and fussy cutting it, I gave the bug a couple of coats of Ranger Matt Medium to strengthen it before colouring it with Ranger Distress Ink Markers (Squeezed Lemonade, Ripe Persimmon). Finally I added a couple of coats of Glossy Accents to add more strength and a more rounded dimension to the shell. 

As usual I backed my piece with black card to frame it and neaten the back.

I love how my beetle turned out sitting on his lair.... just one more picture, so hope you're not too squeamish.

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share my journal page.

Happy Crafting


Saturday, 17 March 2018

New Tag - Beauty is Subjective

I can't believe it is almost a year since I posted on my blog...shameful. But at least I've not been idle...just idle posting or sharing my creations!

To make amends I'll share some of my most recent makes over the next couple of days.  To start off here is a tag I created, a couple of days ago, as part of Rachel's  weekly blog (Artful Evidence) challenge.... the theme last week was butterflies.

Unfortunately I'm not a great lover of all things butterfly on my artwork but I do love the Stampotique wings stamp (602.862.8237) so decided to use it as the main focus on my tag. The tag is a little out of the box for me so hence the sentiment.......

Here's a quick run through of the make accompanied by a few pictures I took along the way:

I used 300gsm cold press watercolour white card, which I coloured with Milled Lavender Distress Ink and over stamped, in the same colour, with France's Crackle stamp ( Stampotique 602.862.0237). Then I edged with with Dusty Concord and Black Soot Distress Ink.

I added a few random splatters and rings using the Black Soot DI before adding various bits of washi tape from my stash (the butterfly/moth washi you'll probably recognise as Tim Holtz/Ranger washi).

I stamped the wings directly onto the tag using a Misty, and then again onto a scrap of 300gsm cold press water colour white card, before colouring with Stamping Up markers (Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Red Rose and Rich Razzleberry).

To add some dimension I used seed beads (stash), tiny cogs (eBay), a large TH/Ranger Idea-ology spinner and pen nib. Outlining was done with a light grey Faber Castle Big Brush marker.  The sentiment was computer generated onto a spare scrap of the cold press watercolour card, torn and edged in Dusty Concord DI.

Finally I added two small strips of seam binding dyed with Milled Lavender and Dusty Concord DI before backing the tag with black card to neaten the back and act as a frame.

Hope you like it..... but that's subjective too :-)

Thanks for stopping by

Carol. xx

Monday, 10 April 2017

Ink Swatch Book - Update

Hi everyone,

In February I posted about an ink pad swatch book that I made. I was delighted with how it turned out and especially with Inkylicious'  Ink Pad ID Reference Stamp that I used for each colour swatch.

I'm still delighted with it BUT...... in practice the swatch book is large and too cumbersome for me.  

In the back of my mind I was casting around for a better option  and whilst I was mooching around in my craft room the other day I came across this little plastic folder.

I purchased it from Paperchase many moons ago and I think it's designed to hold business cards. Well that's what I've been using it for... business cards from various craft shops etc.  Either way it was  absolutely perfect for the job I had in mind.....

As you can see it has a plastic sleeve and inside.......

There are 20 pages and each is divided into three sections.  That's over 120 colour swatches if you slot them in back-to-back. 
All I needed to do was trim away the hole at the top of each of my colour swatch tags and slip them into the plastic pockets (this little folder was just made for colour swatches. The pocket size is a perfect fit). 

If I want to remove a swatch to match it against a project it just slips out of it's pocket or alternatively,  I can match it up leaving the swatch inside the folder as the pockets are transparent.  If the original swatch gets damaged/marked I can just make another and slid it into it's pocket.... it's as easy as that. And it's the same if I get a new ink pad, I just shuffle the others up in their pockets to make room.

And here is the folder tucked away inside it's wallet.....

Next time I'm in Paperchase I'm going to see if they still make these and pick up a couple more for my Distress Paints & Stains.... they're just too perfect not

Happy crafting,

Carol. xx

Carol, xx