Saturday, 12 March 2016

Life Is Good with PaperArtsy

Hello all, Alison here.  I've a new tag for you today amidst all the Encores which have been happening over at Words and Pictures while I'm away.  Sometimes, all I need is some ink and a really great stamp to make me happy, and that's what you get here.

It's one of the PaperArtsy Hot Picks collage stamps, so the flower and the text come all in one.  (Some of the Hot Picks are reduced at Country View Crafts at the moment, so grab'em while they're hot!)

I started by blending Distress Inks onto a tag, and then did some spritzing with the Tim Holtz water spray bottle.  It does give great droplets!

Then it was simply a case of stamping the flower, which I did in a combination of Archival inks - dabbing mainly Olive around the leaves, mainly Cornflower around the flower heads and adding Potting Soil over most of the text.

I used a little bit of Fresco paint in Chalk on the flower petals, building up layers in thin washes until I liked the effect.

I stamped the sentiment from Tim Holtz's Simple Sayings and embossed it in Weathered White.

It was stealing the flower's thunder though, so I used an embossing ink pen to add a bit of Weathered White to the petals too, to balance the look.

Some simple crinkle ribbon tied with fine twine makes the topping.  I layered it up on to some white card, distressing the edges with ink and the Paper Distresser and my fingernails.

And I finished the whole thing off by splattering some of the leftover Chalk paint on by tapping a paintbrush.

And that's your lot.  A simple springtime tag, but it makes me happy...

... as does the fact that in a couple of days I get a few days at home with my craft supplies again (all being well)!  Hope you get to do something that makes you happy soon.

Alison x

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  1. Your spring tag made me happy too! As always, beautiful colors and that stamp set is such a pretty one.Hugs.

  2. Gorgeous and very Spring like, we dud get some beautiful sunshine yesterday, long may it last xxx

  3. Gorgeous tag, Alison !! and enjoy your few days at home.

  4. Oh I love this. Gorgeous blues and greens and those pretty white flowers peeping out to let us know spring is on the way. Lx

  5. Beautiful tag. The Colors are so fresch.
    Spring is in the air!

  6. This is gorgeous, Alison, I love that stamp and the white on the petals,
    Lucy x

  7. My favourite colours...absolutely stunning!!! xx

  8. Absolutely gorgeous,I love the way you use that colour combo
    Donna xxx

  9. absolutely stunning - love this to pieces! Hugs rachel x

  10. Beautiful, and adding that white back onto the flowers just is what makes your art so special! Hugs!

  11. It`s beautiful, the stamp is wonderful, and your background and the colors used on the stamp, makes this tag, so lovely spring-happy. Love your distressed edges, and the splattering ,Alison.
    xx, Dorthe

  12. I should have know this is you Alison - just opened up the post and started looking at the tag - so when I go to your name I wan not one bit surprised!!
    Beautifully created!
    Sandy xx

  13. Your Springtime tag is an absolute delight Alison! xx

  14. Really fabulous!! Love what you did with that wonderful stamp, the white flowers totally make it pop, stunning!!

  15. Really just so beautiful, Alison! Painting the flowers white was such a great touch! Adore this tag!

  16. Perfectly done, Alison! Love all the white elements against the background colors. Applause! Applause!

  17. I adore this tag Alison, love your colours and the perfect shades used for the stamping here. And what a great idea to use the embossing pen and a bit of weathered wood EB to highlight the delicates petals!... Fabulous! xx