Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Stencils, Distress Ink and Sewing

These are the three challenges i am entering today.

Paper ArtsyClare Lloyd

Artistic Stamper – Use Distress

Pan Pastel UK – Stencilling

I am loving the Guest Designers over on the Paper Artsy Blog, this week it is again the turn of Clare Lloyd. Her first challenge is to make a funky art journal style tag.  I followed Clare’s instructions and this is what i came up with.


Forgot to take pictures of how i added the base colours to the tag. Used Pan Pastel red shades but didn’t like the colour so added a layer of Nougat Fresco Paint, added a thick layer on one of the tags and pressed the other into it and then pulled it off to get a lighter coating.

Stamped the images on the Tag using Darcy Wilkinson’s cog border, JOFY stamps. The Rhonda Palazzari stencil is a favourite of mine, used Pea coat Fresco Paint to go through the stencil. On a separate piece of card painted Bora Bora Fresco Paint then stamped the wonderful smiling happy faces from the JOFY plate 09. Cut them out with a border and coloured in with Sakura Glaze Pens and a white fine tip Posca Pen

Used Distress inks Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans and Seedless Preserves and  Black Archival for all the stamping and edging of the Tag. Coloured the happy face stamps using Fresco Paints Autumn fire and Claret.



Added a layer of Fresco Metallic Glaze over the Tag as i like a little sparkle.




One of the things i am not good at is sewing, 2014 is the year i am going to remedy that.  I was very pleased when i saw that Clare had added stitching to her funky journal Tag.

Used navy and green rayon thread to sew around the flowers and on the stems of the JOFY flowers.

Added two different sentiments to the Tag both from JOFY plates using Seedless Preserves DI and Archival Black inks.

Hope you like my funky journal tag, looking forward to your comments.



  1. Love your tag, the main stamped images stand out beautifully against that gorgeous mottled background, you did a great job. xx

    I have looked at my comments on PC, IPad and phone and mine are clearly readable. On the first two they are black text on white background and on the phone they are grey so that has to be with the way the phone software shows it, not the blog set-up. Hope that helps and thanks for letting me know so I could check it out. B xx

    1. I am using Android 4.3 Jellybean which is the newest version at the moment. It might be something to do with Android. you are right it is the way your mobile is set up. If you go into your Blogger settings i think you can change the colours/templates for mobile users.

      Thank you for your lovely comment and thanks for replying :-) xxx

  2. I love these tags the choice of colours, stamps and stencil so compliment each other. They play well together! Great work lovely xxx

  3. your tag is ace! thanks for joining our challenge this week. Clare @ PaperArtsy. x

  4. Really beautiful tags! Love the shimmer the metallic glaze has added to them and those JOFY stamps are fab :)

  5. such a happy tag!

    here from PaperArtsy link up page

  6. wow-that's fab-love the stitching!

  7. I love these especially the stitching and the metallic glaze looks fabulous.I want to get some use out of my daughter's sewing machine, which is languishing under her bed,You have inspired me! Really beautiful tag! Julie Ann xx

  8. Gorgeous tags, I love the layers & the stitching looks great.

  9. loving this, gorgeous shimmer to it, fab stitching really finishes it off well.

  10. I love that metallic sheen! Gorgeous tag! xxx

  11. So brave of you to do the stitching! Love the shimmer on your tag, never seen the metallic glaze in action before.

  12. A fabulous tag! Thank you for joining in The Artistic Stamper Challenge this month :)

  13. Wow - love those backgrounds - fantastic stuff! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Artistic Stamper.
    Alison x