I am sorry for my lack of blog posts, haven’t been feeling too well and have been trying to sort out my crafting area at the same time so i don’t fall over anymore! My crafting area hasn’t been sorted for about 10 years. I did a mini sort out last year but have had further purges and now have a much more streamlined stash. The next stage is making it easier to access the most used items, this is a work in progress.
My last make was our Valentines Tags which i finished on 13 Feb, wrote most of the post and then just didn’t get around to finishing it, bad blogger!
So today i am finishing writing and adding the list of stash i used. Please get yourself a cuppa and sit back and i hope you enjoy the read.
List of items used to make the Tags:
Pan Pastels Blue and Turquoise
From my older stash:
DCWV Vellum Quotes Stack
Shiny tape with different designs
Uni Pin Pen and White Signo for the doodles
Card Stock to make my own Tags
Cereal box to make the smaller hearts
Old book pages
The Journey of layering and stencilling begins.
The hearts had already been sprayed with lots of lovely Cosmic Shimmer Sprays, OH chose the colours green, blue and copper for our Tags, so went with the colours already on the hearts. Added some lilac textured ribbon onto the top of the heart and glued down using watered down PVA Glue.
Added the Vellum sentiments over the top, used small staples to keep the stubborn edges down and then adhered them onto another piece of card as they kept curling up too much. When dry applied Ruby Treasure Gold around the edges.
Cut out two hearts from a piece of cereal box using an old sheet of stickers for the template.
Added a very thick layer of the Glitzcraft white glitter frosting and immediately sprayed the red and orange DecoArt Misters over the top. Left them to dry which took about an hour because of the sprays being added.
Didn’t like the colour as i had sprayed too much of the orange, my mistake, so added a layer of Blood Orange, Claret and then London Bus Fresco Paints to make them more red, then a layer of the Quinacridone Gold.
Liking this large Tag which i used as a mop up from the DecoArt Media Mister sprays.
The Tag backgrounds were made using all the different stamps from the Inkylicious Elements set 2 plate and a couple of the new Crafters Companion Texture stamp sets.
For each different stamp i used a different shade of blue ink.
Both Tags have similar backgrounds but i used two different DecoArt 12 x 12 stencils called Tie dye and Timeless Treasures to add some texture, both of these themes have meanings to us and our relationship.
The Glitzcraft Satin Paste is easy to use and dries very quickly. Both the copper and royal blue are beautiful colours.
Forgot to mention i wanted to warm the background of the Tags a little so brayered some Fresco Nougat over some of the areas before adding the glitter paste.
This gave me an idea, i also brayered over the dried glitter paste to take the colours down a little. The paste now looks like a very fine crackle not a glitter. Really like this effect and will definitely employ this technique again.
Macro shots of the hearts which show you the added DecoArt Gold Metallic paint and a hint of Picket Fence Distress Stain. Glad to see some rust tones to the finished hearts which i quite like.
Back of the copper Tag, used Distress Stains and some of the Inkylicious Stamps to create an area to write on.
Back of the royal blue Tag where i used Distress Stains again and also Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue ink pad and a stamp i got from a bundle i purchased from the lovely Astrid last year.
So you’ve seen the creative process and now for the Tags themselves.
This is the one i sent to my wonderful OH, i added the lovely Moth Fab from Stampotique and a couple of other stickers. Also added a few of the Letraset letters and the chevron style accents.
This is the one i received from OH. Added some doodling onto this heart and Checkers from Stampotique who was stamped onto old book paper and coloured with some very old pens.
As a final touch some doodling was added around the edges of both Tags.
Phew, that was a very long post! Apologies if you didn’t make it to the end but i wanted to share how i used all the products.
Thank you so much for your patience and for dropping by and leaving such encouraging comments.
Will be back in a few days once the stash has been tamed and i am ready to create once again.