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Saturday, 18 February 2012

Craft a Scene- A Winters Tag

Well, this is my second post for the DT challenge this month.
 I remembered seeing an interesting piece on Kevins Stampscapes site a while ago, so I went and had another look at it, and I thought it would work well for this challenge.

You can see Kevins original tutorial here, called 'Winter Flurry'.

What Kevin did was to use a piece of pearlescent card as his base card, and streaked on colour using a stylus tool. He used Marvy inks, which I don't have, and I have not really got a good technique yet with the stylus  tool, so I streaked ink direct from my inkpads onto an A5 sheet of pale blue pearlescent card.
    First colour was an Ancient Page inkpad called Flannel- a mid grey colour. I dragged this across the cardstock in a few places, lightly.
 I followed this with Stonewashed & Denim Adirondack ink, and then Weathered Wood Distress ink. You can see that I haven't bothered about completely covering the cardstock, and because its a pale blue, you get a lovely shimmer to the rocks & snow.
Next I watered down a little White Acrylic paint, and used an old toothbrush to flick this across the inked cardstock. 
 I used only one stamp, Pines & Rocks, 195G, which I stamped in Versafine Onyx Black, varying the height of the image, and also using a 'second imprint' sometimes, for depth.
 Once the image was dry, I used a white gel pen to add snow detail to the trees and some of the rocks.
A while ago I made myself a tag template out of acetate, and I used this to select the area of the image I wanted for my tag.
  Once it was cut out, I punched a hole in the top and threaded some fibres through, in colours to blend with the tag. Two silver star brads finished it off. As you can see from the second picture, you could get at least three tags from an A5 sheet- perfect for multiple cards!
 By the way, for my fibres I use fancy knitting wool- you can find balls of this really cheaply, in all sorts of colours and types, and one ball will probably last a lifetime! Great idea is to share with friends- they buy one colour & you buy another, then split them.
  Thanks to everyone who commented on my first piece, I am glad so many of you liked it.
   I hope this one shows that you can get really cool results with the minimum of stamps & ink, and that you can always substitute what you already have for what someone else has used, and still get a good result.
 Quick recap then:
Pale blue pearlescent card (white would work too)
Mid grey dye ink
 3 shades of blue ink.
Black Versafine, Memento or Archival ink.
White acrylic paint.
Cheap toothbrush.
Stamp (195G Rocks & Pines)
Fibres & Brads.


MaggieC said...

Nice one, Shaz, very atmospheric. Can you tell the technical department that Baby is till installing the 60 updates. Hopefully it will never be as bad again. That tag would make a lovely bookmark, especially with those fibres in the top. Thanks to you both for your help today. XX Maggie

Lisa said...

Hi Shaz!! I just love your tag, it turned out wonderful!!

Myrna said...

This is stunning. Love it.

Rosie said...

A really wonderful tag

Colleen said...

This turned out great, I must get some of that paper! Would be a great tag at Christmas time.

fairy thoughts said...

wow gorgeous colouring and very atmospheric looking

Sheree said...

Okay... You are the Stampscapes Master! What a wonderful idea for a tag... may just have to make a few for Christmas this coming year!

BetteK said...

That tag is just beautiful Shaz ... very much to my taste! Debbie xXx

BetteK said...

Phew! Finally got round to accepting my Liebster Award and passing it on and one is heading it's way to you! You were my first "follower" and gave me the encouragement to carry on ... thanks SO much Shaz! Love Debbie xXx

KellyS said...

Hey Shaz!

Left you a present on my blog. I shared it with you because you inspire me. I hope you'll go check it out and pick it up.


sandee said...

Fabulous job and I love all your knitting fiber, it has such a great result! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Sheree said...

I have something on my blog for you Shaz!!