Tuesday, 5 January 2016

What if your Fears ..... by Amanda Southern


Hi Everyone

I hope that you have all had a lovely New Year and are looking forward to a crafty 2016. I am not one for making resolutions but I have set myself a bit of a challenge for this year and that challenge is to use more of the crafty stash that I seem to have acquired in a bid to convince myself that I don’t really need much more new stuff. I envisage that challenging myself will end the same way that making resolutions does….. Failure!!
 
 
 




I’m starting my personal challenge today as everything I have used in the project, other than the tag, I have had in my stash for a while.

 
 

Here’s What I Did:-


I know I did a tag last week but these MDF tags produced by That’s Crafty! themselves are a fabulous surface to work on. This is the largest of the MDF tags available at 10.5 cm x 21cm.

I first brayered on a light covering of gesso onto the tag and left that to dry. I then went to my collection of Distress paints and chose the colours that I wanted to work with. I chose Distress paints as I love the special way they react with water. I unscrewed the tops and dribbled the paints down the surface of the tag moving the paint around by rolling the tag around. I then dribbled water through the paint and just kept moving the liquid paint around until I was happy with the effect. Doing this gives a fabulous marbled effect to the paint.
 
 
 

You can see the marbled effect the paint creates on this close up.
  
 
When the paint has totally dried, I left it overnight, it leaves a beautiful smooth matt surface to stamp on. I chose my stamps and stamped them on with black Archival ink. I then coloured the images using Distress markers as they are also from the Distress range they colour beautifully over the paints. Highlights were added with a white gel pen. The sentiment I added is one complete stamp so to stamp it in 2 parts I just placed some masking tape over the words I didn’t want, inked up the stamp with black Archival, removed the tape and stamped. This I then repeated to get the other part of the sentiment on the other side of the tag. I then reproduced some of the words by printing them out on my old Dymo tape gun.
 

 

What I Used:-

 

Distress Paints - Tumbled Glass, Bundled Sage, Tattered Rose, Wild Honey
Water
Distress Markers – Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Ripe Persimmon
Carabelle Studio Stamps :- Jardin des Delices (main image)
                                         Zinouk du Sous Bois
                                         Ville d’ailleurs: Lutinia
Dymo Tape Gun
 
I hope you like it and I’ll see you next Tuesday
 
Love
 
Amanda X

6 comments:

  1. Love that gorgeous bacground Amanda. The perfect setting for those lovely stamped images and love those eye catching pops of white.
    Fliss xx

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  2. Great tag Amanda! I love that background with its gorgeous colours!
    Alison xx

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  3. Oooh fantastic and by the way you'll never keep that resolution ha ha
    Hugs
    Donna xxx

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  4. Stunning tag Amanda, love everything about it

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  5. Yeah, I had a similar resolution, and then the CHA sneak peeks started appearing - sigh!

    Love this tag... the painty background is just gorgeous, and I love how you've added the actual Dymo tape - very cool.
    Alison xx

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  6. Just gorgeous - love that background Amanda and the colors are fabulous. What a interesting sentiment... I don't have an answer! Need to think on that one!!! Really really neat creation. Happy New Year. j.

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