Wednesday, 5 June 2013

The Flower Painter by Alan Scott

I found an old tag that I had made before but just placed it into the 'later' box.Over the past few weeks, I have been so impressed with the latest stamp sets from Lynne Perrella by PaperArtsy.
This time I went back to stamp set LPC021. These stamp sets are so fresh and interesting and can be used for almost any occasion that you would like to use them for. Along with Bitty Grunge CMS089, which is a set of stamps that can add interesting background layers from Tim Holtz by Stampers Anonymous.
I also get to play with my Melting Pot for this project too!


Large Tag cut from a Manila Folder (my fav tag base!)
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Collection of ProMarkers and FlexMarkers
A5 White Stamping Card
Selection of Gel Glitter Pens
Pan Pastels Fixative
Collection of Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads
Hand Made Beads
Spellbinders Die
eBosser Cutting Machine



This is the first time that I have used this form of embellishment. I know it's not new but it's something that I felt would give me an Oriental feel. By sticking the flakes onto one side of the double sided sheet and then removing the excess, you're left with a metal sheet, which can then be cut into any shape you want with the aid of a metal die/punch or just a pair of scissors.

The picture on the left shows the finished sheet, ready to be used in any project you want to use it in. The picture on the right show the 'metal' sheet after it had been put through a die cutting machine with a metal die. Both the inside, as well as the offcut can be used, so by careful placement and cutting you're able to get a mat and a frame from a single sheet. 


Using the Memento black ink, the stamp was stamped onto the white card stock. As I was using Alcohol ink pens, then this ink is perfect to use as the stamping medium. 

The colouring mediums were a mix of ProMarkers as well as FlexMarkers. As they are different colours, they can be combined to create the image you're looking for.
The picture on the right shows a side bar of the colours that I used to colour in this image. It's something I like to do so that if I ever need to re-make this project, I will have a record. Also if a fellow crafter wants to make a copy of this image.

Then for one of my favourite colouring mediums when it comes to small projects - Glitter Gel Pens. They are perfect for adding just that hint of sparkle to a project.

As I was going to colour the tag, you have to provide your mediums a key so that it helps with the blending and movement of what you're going to use.

Using a selection of Pan Pastels, I coloured the tag so that it looked 'rusted' as well as having layers of colours that were not just in blocks.
I have just found this fixative. I have in the past used el-cheapo hairspray, however the true colours did not always come out and it looked dull. This is a wet spray that doesn't have anything harmful in its composition, to you or the project you're working on.


To give more layers on the tag, this set of stamps were used. As the tag is a small space to work with, this set of stamps is a scaled down version from other stamps that have been made by the same company, so you're able to mix and match.

This project also gave me the opportunity to use the Melt Pot. After I had trimmed the coloured image out, I was looking to work towards that deep lacquered finish that is common in a lot of Oriental work - that deep glaze that gives the object a high gloss base. Also like I said, I get to play with my new toy The Melting Pot! It's something that I look forward to exploring over the coming months.
After the embossing powder had melted, I dipped the topper 3 times into the melted powder, allowing the 'melted powder' to set and seal in the colours. I did notice that the glitter that I had used as an embellishment, really came to the fore and it was brought to life. This was something that I was not expecting but it just made the image 'pop' with colour.
To finish off the project, I found some ribbon that fitted in with the colour scheme, then embellished them with a few home made paper beads that had also been embossed, however this time, I had used ultra fine embossing powder.
There you have it, a tag that's just that little bit different and that can be used as is or mounted onto a blank card base. I'm looking forward to exploring what my Melt Pot can do, as well as just checking if the glitter pen was a one off, or if it's something that can be explored further.
Happy Crafting. Any questions, please send me a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Alan, your tag is wonderful! Without your step by step I would never have know there were so many wonderful elements included. Thank you so much for sharing all your wonderful techniques.


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