Rise Above by Donna Gray


Hi everyone,

Donna here today with a tag featuring a really lovely stamp by Carmen’s Veranda.

What to do:

To achieve the crackle effect you’ll need to cover a sheet of Strathmore Mixed Media Paper with a layer of DecoArt Crackle paint, set this aside to crack naturally.

When it’s dry, sprinkle a little bit of an Infusions powder on it and spritz with water, keep spritzing and blotting until you are happy with the effect.

Stamp the image using black Archival ink, if you have a stamping platform use that just in case you need to re stamp it if you don’t achieve a first
clear impression. 

Fussy cut the image out and place to one side. Don’t waste the rest of the paper you have left as the circles and the little ‘mosaic’ pieces were also used from it to add to the tag as finishing touches.

The tag was actually dyed with tea (after a mammoth calico tea dying session I had some tea left) but a brown Distress Oxide/Ink will work just as well, you want to create an ‘aged’ look to the background.

I took 2 different Dinky stencils to add some details to the background, pouncing Distress Inks through them to give a muted effect.

Add some stamping with the leaf from one of my Quirky Girls’ sets and colour in with a green pencil; once again you want to keep it subtle.

Adhere everything to the tag and then for a finishing touch add a Tim Holtz flower and sentiment.

I think the inspiration for my tag was my recent holiday to France where they have the most fantastic museum of Roman finds so as soon as I saw this stamp I knew I needed it J

Supplies Used:

Tim Holtz Flowers

Hope you like it

Donna x

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  1. Wow - I wasn't expecting that from the sneak peek! What a dramatic crackled angel taking centre stage over that fab honeycomb background.
    Alison x

  2. Donna, it is stunning , oh you are such a fantastic artist , -I love your angel and the so lovely background you made her using your own leaf stamp, creating a beautiful peaceful and holy surrounding for the arch ,and the gorgeous angel !!The subtle green is genius for the background, and I love you used the paper rests for the circles and mosaic pieces. AMAZING !! Hugs, Dorthe, xxx

  3. Loving all that crackle you really have captured the look of Roman and ancient finds, fabulous inspiration. Hugs Tracey xx

  4. An amazingly creative tag Donna and the crackled elements are just fabulous. Such a striking background for the angel too.
    Fliss xx

  5. Great design... love the crackled angel but also the mosaic and circles just make it wonderful!

  6. Very different again, love the crackle paste stamping and cutting. Great tag.
    Amanda x

  7. On first view, I thought the angel had been burned into wood, there is such a gorgeous natural effect to what you achieved, stunning and a beautiful gentleness exudes from this - love it!

  8. Sorry I'm late Donna. Beautiful make as always. Loving all the crackle. Gorgeous background too.
    Bev. xxx


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