Monday 10 August 2015

Here and Now Summer Tag

Hi there, Brenda here and I am in full summer mode and linking across to our Country View Challenges where the theme is 'summer fun'.

My tag today uses both the Tim Holtz nautical stamps and his mini sand and sea movers and shapers.

I took a tag that had been used to wipe up some gesso from a journal page and you might just see the textured impression it left behind. Over that I dipped the tag in mowed lawn and salty ocean distress sprays that were also left over from the greenery (see below).  I don't like to waste anything you know.

The colours were perfect for what I had in my head except I felt some white would make it more foamy for the sea so I gave the whole tag a covering of the distress micro glaze before dipping it into some watery picket fence distress paint. I got another layer creating more depth and although some of the paint stayed white, some of it mixed with the colour underneath - I guess I hadn't smoothed quite enough on in some areas. But I liked the look it produced.

The tag looked a little too green for my liking so I now dipped it in some mermaid lagoon distress ink which created yet another layer.

Next I gathered the elements together to make up the design. I had sprayed the greenery in the mowed lawn and salty ocean before dipping the tag in it (see above).

The seahorses were inked in different blues and then given a layer of rock candy crackle paint. When dry and the crackles had appeared I inked over them and gave then a splash of picket fence distress paint to make them look foamy too.

Once I had finished I found the greenery far too bright in contrast with the rest of the tag so I dabbed some of the picket fence distress paint on it as well. That helped it to blend in better.

I hope you are having some summer fun, thanks for taking peek at my tag today.

hugs Brenda xxx


  1. Beautiful. I think I might have to have that Tim Holtz die now!!!

  2. Fabulous tag Brenda - the background is absolutely stunning with the wonderful mixture of colours! Fabulous textures on the seahorses too. Gorgeously summer ! Jennie x

  3. Yes - you did FABULOUS creating a "foamy" underwater world with INCREDIBLE colors and textures. Love the way it all blends and moves - so watery looking. What a WONDERFUL inspiration Brenda. Thanks bunches. j.

  4. oh so beautiful Brenda - I adore this xx

  5. As a water sign this one really calls out to me Brenda!


  6. I love the inky layers in the backdrop and those sea horses are gorgeous . Lovely tag Brenda. Tracy x

  7. Wonderful Brenda, your colours are perfect for the sea theme and love the texture on your beautiful seahorses!

  8. Oh stunning! Loving the crackly seahorses and that wonderful inky background.
    Alison xx