Thursday, 11 May 2017

May Mixed Media Tag #2 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I'm trying to get my May mixed media projects completed, photographed and posts typed before we go to visit my brother and attend his wedding at the end of this month, lol. I won't be able to do anything after, not because of booze, cheeky! My back pain will go through the roof because of the car trip there and back plus the actual event so I know I'll be laid up for at least two weeks, maybe more. It's going to be painful and rough but we wouldn't miss it for the world and I'm very proud of the man, father and husband to be he is and he will become.

Back to my crafting now, lol. I had four alcohol ink colours on my desk from last months techniques with alcohol inks (AIs) and as they were sitting right in front of me I thought it would be rude not to play with them. Luckily I also have had one of my chubby tags cut out and I had applied a layer of gesso to so I wanted to create another tag and here it is …

A second chubby mixed media tag!
Some lovely depth and texture
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges  
Card Mania Challenge CMC#92 Life is Colourful
Creative Artiste Challenge #26 Mixed Media Anything Goes
Creative Embellishments Challenge May photo inspiration
I was inspired by the blue and green and the wonderful pop of the yellow sun
I was inspired by the blue, the flowers & the pop of yellow
Scrapy Land Challenge #65 Anything Goes
I used Memory Box & Crafters Companion dies

Anything Goes 

I used my template to cut a tag and applied a layer of gesso. This was the first time I had used the embossing pastes to create a scene rather than just as an embellishing agent and I made a couple of errors, of course, so I learnt a couple of things about how to do this the next time. Below is how I did it this time, in the hope that it reminds me not to do this next time lol!

I wanted to create a landscape with a light blue sky and a green meadow of wild flowers. I attached the stencil and applied the embossing pastes in two batches. I used the Dreamweaver matt black to add two black flowers, removed the stencil and cleaned it and I left that to dry for three hours before re-attaching the stencil and applying the white pearl paste. I decided to leave it to dry overnight before the next step, I wasn't sure how the wet embossing paste would react to the AIs so better safe than sorry.

I used a blue AI to colour the sky by dripping the AI onto the tag and applying AI blending solution and by tipping the tag I created a lovely pale blue sky. I popped it aside for a while before doing the same with a green AI however I became aware that I was creating dark green AI puddles at the bottom of the tag because the embossing paste was working like a liner and trapped the colour. I deliberately didn't use an ink blending tool because I didn't want the flowers to be blue. As I said before I made a couple of errors but we live and learn lol!

The colour did get onto the white pearl embossing paste flowers and stems but the stems weren't an issue, lol, and I thought I might be able to fix the colour of the flowers with the AI blending solution and an ear bud (a Q tip for my US readers). I dipped the ear bud into the AI solution and removed the blue from the flowers. The white pearl flowers were a little stained so I used pink and yellow AI to colour them and that created pretty little peach flowers.

Of course I needed to stamp and embellish so I used one of my wooden/chipboard embellishments which I coloured with Distress paint and heat set to bubble a little. I stamped the beautiful butterflies using Distress IP onto white snippets and fussy cut them. I had some flower and branch die cuts left over from a previous die cutting spree so I decided to use them to embellish the tag further. As per usual I had to play around a little with the placement and I think I got it right in the end because I'm actually happy with the end result this time.

This was the first time I used AIs to draw a landscape like I would usually draw with a pencil or watercolour pencil. It won't be the last time, lol, I am very happy with the end result and I will be experimenting more with alcohol inks, hopefully, a little experiment each month would work wonderfully and shrink my pile of AIs too! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x

Stamplorations Trendy Butterfly stamp set
Stamplorations Bloom Silhouettes stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Sara Davies Signature Range
Memory Box branch
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; paintbrushes; pot of water; brayer; palette knife; ear buds/Q Tips; palette knife

Card Paper:
300 gsm card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card; patterned paper for die cutting
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Ranger Alcohol inks: Stonewashed; Meadow; Lettuce; Wild Plum; Scattered Straw
Scattered Straw Distress ink pad
Scattered Straw Distress paint
Self adhesive gems and Wooden Butterfly from my stash
Pearl and Black Matt Dreamweaver embossing paste
Alcohol blending solution
White Gesso
Collall all purpose glue


Tracy Freeman said...

Hey lovely, how are things ? I hope you are doing ok ?
This is lovely, I really like the way you have designed it and also the different layout.
Sending lots of hugs xxx

Monika Skinner said...

Beautiful tag, Karen, love the garden feel! Thanks so much for playing along at STAMPlorations CUTplorations and Mixed Media challenges. Good Luck!☺

Cara said...

Lovely summery tag. Cara x

Nanne said...

Great tag with such amazing colors. Thank you for sharing with us ladies over at Creative Embellishments

LisaM said...

Beautiful tag! Thanks for joining us at Creative Embellishments!

Marci Bensing said...

Beautifully done...Thanks for joining us at CREATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS!
Enjoy your brother's wedding!

France Ringuette said...

This is adorable, love the flowers, tahks for playing along with us at Creative Embellishments

Heather Thompson said...

what a great tag, do hope you have fun at the wedding. More good times to capture.Thank you for paying with Creative Embellishments

Lys Scrap said...

A lovely tag with bright colours. Thanks for joining us at Creative Artiste Challenge blog.

MariLynn said...

Your tag looks like a beautiful spring day. I love the colors of the flowers with that blue sky. The little butterflies make it so happy looking. Thanks for sharing it with the STAMPlorations mixed media challenge.

Maggi said...

What a cheerful and colorful tag! It's a breath of spring ! Thanks for joining our Creative Embellishments challenge.

Doris Widder said...

What a lovely spring tag! Beautiful colors and dimensional details! Thanks for playing along with the Creative Embellishments May Challenge!

Nadine Carlier said...

Very pretty! Thank you for playing along with us at Creative Embellishments.
Nadine - My Scrap n' Stuff

shirley-bee said...

Great tag, Karen! hanks for playing along at CUTplorations.

Shona said...

very cool...its like a garden :) Thanks for playing with us at Creative Embellishments :)

Ileana A. said...

Beautiful creation! I love design and colours! very original1
Thanks for playing at Card Mania Challenge.

rachel said...

your chunky tag is so very pretty Karen - I love what you have done!Thanks for joining us at Countryview challenges and good luck! Hugs Rachel x

Sari / Granne said...

Your tag is gorgeous, full of summer colors and warm feeling. Thank you for joining STAMPlorations May Mixed Media challenge. I hope you'll have a beautiful summer time.

Sanna said...

gorgeous tag!!!! Thanks for joining in with us at the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge!!!