Friday, April 5, 2013

Say it with flowers!

Happy weekend to you all!  Hope you enjoyed your Easter break last weekend; I managed to fill my Easter week by meeting up with some wonderful friends and also got some much needed sorting done, so hopefully I'm better prepared for a busy time coming up :)

 I have a tag to share today using a set of Paperartsy background stamps I was lucky to pick up in the sale; I love doing backgrounds and I often have trouble covering them up with a main feature but I went for some embellishment on this tag with some small paper roses (made using die cuts from the Alterations tattered floral die).  The background colours are Distress Ink in shaded lilac, squeezed lemonade and peacock feathers with some ink splats in broken china and scattered straw Distress Stain.  The stamped images are black and coffee Archival and poppy red Impress Ink, with some overstamped script in picket fence Distress Stain.
You can also see a little strip of washi tape with the word 'faith' peeping out from behind the flowers at the bottom :)
You can find tutorials on how to make the paper roses online; I was taught how to make them by Hels Sheridan at a workshop so here's the link to her tutorial.
You can see the pieces I started out with here, stamped with script in coffee Archival Ink...
...and then coloured in Distress Ink (in dusty concord, peacock feathers and squeezed lemonade)...
...this is the rose assembled...
...which I then sprayed with a little black Dylusions Ink to grunge it up a bit.

Along with the flowers I added some brown cord, some Tim Holtz and 7gypsies tickets (torn and inked), some pearl hatpins, an Ideaology fragment with a piece of stamped manila card glued to the back (with my initial!) and some yellow baker's twine tying it onto the pin.


I finished up by inking the edges with dusty concord and frayed burlap Distress Ink and some black Archival, and by tying on some Basic Grey fibres I've had tucked away for ages; the colours seem to match really well!
Thank you for visiting us today, have a great weekend and hopefully we'll have some exciting news to share with you in the very near future so watch this space :)

Happy scrapping!

Gayle xx

7 Scrappy thoughts:

Erica said...

Beautiful! Your inking techniques are so cool.

isisimaginings.com said...

Gorgeous tag, the flowers look fab against the background.

Jean said...

So pretty! Great flower!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Just wonderful, love the background and all the details.

butterfly said...

This is so scrumptious... busy, colourful - with a good dose of grunge - and full of life!
Alison x

Julie Boeck said...

Wonderful!

Micupoftea~ said...

Love the color, layering, dimension and hand made flowers! Great tag :)