Monday, 26 May 2014

BOLD, STRONG, SPIRITED

This week the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge would like you to dig out those artsy stamps and play!
I decided to use Dina Wakley's All The Gals stamp, these images are quirky, sketchy and artsy and I love adding them to inky backgrounds.
I began by folding a piece of white card in half and then placing the card onto the Tag and Bookplate die, placing the score line just below the cutting line on the die and then running through my die cutting machine.
This gives me the perfect tag shaped card as my base. I then die cut a further tag from Ranger Speciality Stamping Paper for decorating.
I then decorated the background using Wendy Vecchi's Archival Reinker technique, I used Cornflower Blue and Tree Branch Reinkers.
Place two small drops of Reinker onto a non-stick craft sheet, I applied more of the Cornflower Blue and less of the Tree Branch.
Rather than sprinkle drops of Rubbing Alcohol I decided to spritz my Reinkers with the solution, applying a good amoung of the Alcohol to dilute the colours further.
I then mopped up the solution with a tag cut from Ranger Speciality Stamping Paper. At this stage I also spritzed the tag further with the Rubbing Alcohol to dilute yet again. There is also plenty left on my non-stick craft sheet for further pieces to be coloured.
Heat set the ink with a heat tool.
At this stage I was happy with the background colour and did not add any further colour.
For a further layer of interest I applied Walnut Stain Distress Ink through the Cargo Layering Stencil.
I love adding layer on top of layer to my designs it gives so much interest to the background.
I then stamped one of The Gals from the Dina Wakley stamp set onto the tag with Black Archival Ink. I then created a mask of the image and then placed onto the first stamped image.
To add a further layer of interest I stamped the background with text using the Dina Wakley's Create With Abandon text stamp using Cornflower Blue Archival Ink.
I then added a bird to the top of my tag using Dina Wakley's Birds Mask and Black Archival Ink.
I added BOLD to the bottom of my tag using Tim Holtz Industrious Stickers and I also distressed the edges of my tag and applied Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
I stamped bold, strong, and spirited with Black Archival Ink; I think these are perfect for The Gals images. I also dipped the top from my Distress Paint into Snowflake Fresco Finish Paint and added random circles to the background and I flicked some white paint against the backdrop to add yet further interest.
I die cut a Pediment from white card and then coloured using the Reinker technique and then added background stamping using Tree Branch Archival Ink and then added to the top of my tag card.
A Heart Charm has been added to the side of my card suspended from a Hinge Clip and I have once again stamped bold to the centre of the heart.
For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog and take a look at my fellow team members artwork, they have created some inspirational projects. Remember there is also the chance to win a $50 prize from Simon Says Stamp.  I always look forward to seeing your creations each week.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, much appreciated. Tracy x x


Products Used:

Archival Reinkers - Cornflower Blue, Tree Branch
Archival Ink - Black, Cornflower Blue
Distress Ink - Walnut Stain

29 comments:

Amanda said...

Great tag card and a fab choice of stamps
Love
Amanda x

Helen said...

Just fabulous, can't go wrong with Dina's stamps!!

Brenda Brown said...

A great way to get artsy and produce fabulous effects. Love this Tracy xx

Paula Whittaker said...

wonderful looking tag and thank you for the little tute.

Cath said...

Another stunning and inspirational piece of artwork. Love it Tracy xxxx

Doudou said...

Beautiful tag

Ivory Moon said...

Beautiful tag honey xxx I did something a little similar yesterday after looking at some of the tags you sent ... I always feel so inspired by your work xxxx
Tina xxx

rachel said...

super stamps and stencils and a great project xx

Meihsia Liu said...

Love your beautiful tag, Tracy. The colors and stamping are gorgeous. :)

Theresa said...

love details and your tag has lots of them. thanks as always for sharing.

Rita said...

Fabulous tag Tracy. Thanks for the tutorial too. Hugs Rita xxx

MichelleZ said...

Wonderful Tag card! The stenciling is fabulous. I adore the little charm. Such a sweet touch.

Gay Peplow said...

Fantastic tag, love your layered stamping and masking, great colours too :D x

Redanne said...

Wendy's technique always looks so impressive and I love what you achieved on the base. That huge script writing looks amazing too and I love that Dina face. Anne xx

JackieP Neal said...

Tracy, Really love your tag- thanks for the full process!!

Sandra said...

So very pretty and artsy, Tracy! The background is stunning! Hugs, Sandra

Barb Cady said...

Awesome project Tracy, with a fabulous tutorial, thank you! X

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Fabulous, Tracy! I love the layering and shading!

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

I've fallen head over heels for this - the various layers, the use of the stickers and that adorable heart charm.
Wishes
Lynne

Mona Pendleton said...

Beautiful and creative Tracy! Love the color palette and stenciled work!

Coco said...

Really gorgeous tag Tracy!! Thanks for sharing this unusual technique with the reinkers and alcohol blending solution, the result looks great. Hugs, Coco xx

barbarayaya62 said...

Tracy wonderful tags! this challenge showed only masterpieces! I love layering and I loved the tutorial with archival re inker! thanks for sharing it with us! BArbarayaya

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

I am drooling over all of these gorgeous layers! You've created such a stunning scene here and it's always a treat to see what you've been up to!

Emma Williams said...

Fabulous artwork Tracy! I love the colour palette and it works perfectly with the image and the theme...wonderful, as always! Emma xx

Anna-Karin said...

This is wonderful Tracy!! I love that inky layered background and how you used all the stamps. Stunning!!

soapHOUSEmama said...

beautiful! love all that subtle layering!!!

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous! Love how you framed the top with the addition of the die cut. The image is ghostly along the bottom right and I love the transperancy. The heart charm dangling another brilliant detail!

butterfly said...

Outstandingly beautiful - that background looks like you could just dive into it, and the stamping is fabulously artsy! Love, love it!
Alison xx

Buttons said...

Your projects just keep getting better and better Tracy. This is outstanding! I love the way you've created a layered background to give such an artsy feel. Thank you so much for honouring me with a spotlight. Jenny x