Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Carol Quance #2 Oriental Tag ....

I don’t know why I like tags so much, but I keep coming back to them. I used a size 10 manilla tag.  





I started by choosing my colour scheme and began applying colour starting with Nougat as a base coat followed by Mermaid and then randomly applying the other colours. 



  
To apply, I used Cut N Dry Foam.  Sometimes I tap the paint on, sometimes I swipe it. I don’t follow any rule, just what I feel like doing.  I usually dry between each colour but not always, depending on the effect I’m trying to create.  The layers tend to get built up and then I knock them back if I don’t like what I’m ending up with.  In this case I sloshed (technical term) on some very watery Nougat





 It was then dried with the heat gun. This tends to mellow and fade the colour so you can build it up again. 




I put that aside to dry thoroughly and stamped up my main image.  This stamp is quite large and I don’t have big enough acrylic  blocks to hold it all so as you can see, I’ve used two so that I can get a good image.



  Once the image was stamped, it was coloured in with pens.  One useful tip – I always edge any images with black pen.  It helps ground the image to your background and make it look more finished.  See the before and after here. 








I felt the fish needed some highlights so I stamped with Versamark and embossed with some very old glitter embossing powder from my stash.






That’s not a black ink pad in the picture – that’s my disgustingVersamark pad and  it still works perfectly well!



To add some interest to the tag shape, I die cut it with the TH On the Edge Scallop die. I used the edge with holes on the tag and then cut two more from the die without holes.  I have a huge stash of background papers that I make from time to time using a combination of ink and paints and the other two scallop edges came from this.





More highlights were added with gold UTEE round the edge of the whole tag and also via a random oriental script stamp that I bought years ago from Ebay. 



 When I use UTEE I don’t like to melt it fully. It you don’t go the whole way, it stays melted in little ball shapes . It’s a technique I often use.



Finally I started putting the tag together. To create some dimension, I added 3d foam to the top half of the stamped image.  The fishes were glued at the front end and again, I used 3d foam to lift them off the background.



 The left side of tag seemed rather empty so I rummaged around in my stash and found some oriental metal tags.  This one I swiped with Versamark and dropped some more gold UTEE on it to keep the continuity of the tag. 




I like words on my creations so I had a play with Word Art on my PC and came up with this layout for “oriental.” I printed it on one of my background papers and the edges were coloured with Distress Ink to help blend it all together. Finally, I added some ribbon and some seam binding that I died myself with inks.


Well that's it for my 1st week, I do hope you have enjoyed my projects and would love to see you play along in the PaperArtsy challenge. I will be back the 3rd week in June.

Leandra Says: Ohhhhhh, I love this new stamp from Lynne P's sets, when i first saw it I thought this is the one I have to use first! And with blues and greens and a dash of gold! Just perfect, my preferred colour palette! The UTEE texture is superb!

Gillian Says:Love how you have used this LP stamp set, the colours and luxurious gold textures carry the Oriental theme throughout.

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35 comments:

Helen said...

I love tags too, and I absolutely love how you have used this Lynne P stamp! Thanks so much for your first week's projects, I will look forward to the next time!

Paula Whittaker said...

Just gorgeous in every single way!

Julie Ann Lee said...

Those colours are fantastic together and I love the gold and the Oriental feel of the whole tag. Thank you so much for sharing your disgusting Versamark ink pad too. Sometimes I feel so inadequate when I see how clean other people's supplies seem to stay!!! These two projects have been totally inspiring. Thank you for the tips you've shared. Looking forward to seeing more in June. xxx

sam21ski said...

I really love how you've used that gold UTEE, I've always fully melted it so really need to try this out.

Don't have any fishes so shall have to think of something else!!

Roll on June xxxx

Alison said...

Simply stunning Carol! I love the colours & gold UTEE highlights!
Alison xxx

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful colors and love the edges of gold! Wonderful tag!

Minxy said...

Absolutely STUNNING Carol, i likie alot

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous Carol, wonderful use of colour and imagery. Fabulous design. Love the touches of gold. Tracy x

Kay Wallace said...

This is truly an amazing piece of art, Carol. Tags sometimes get a bum rap, but this proves that totally wrong. Art, indeed!! Bravo!

Debi said...

this is a beauty, very inspiring, and that stamps a stunner! Debi x

flutterbycrafter said...

Carol this is gorgeous, love all the different techniques you've used, such a stunning tag xx

JoFY said...

stunning!!!

Carol Q said...

thanks for all your fabulous comments they are much appreciated. note the spelling mistake where I "died" my seam binding lol!

Lin said...

Beautiful Carol..love all of it and the utee is a great idea..my fav colours which go really well with this stamp..can't wait till June!!

isisimaginings.com said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!! Love the colours & the gold looks fab.

Jane Pinder said...

Brilliant tag Carol! Gorgeous colours! X

rachel said...

this is just stunning - love it xx

Evil Edna said...

awesome.EE

Netty said...

Totally gorgeous. Hugs Annette x

Trish said...

Oh it is stunning! I love it!

Karin said...

Fabulous project Carol

Linda Cain said...

I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!!

~Linda

Sue said...

This is fabulous Carol, I love the colours and those fishes xx

Yours Artfully said...

Beautiful tag Carol, the colours are just gorgeous and it's amazing how a subtle touch of gold embossing powder just finishes it off beautifully.
I just love that LP stamp too, she's a stunner!!!
Lin

ionabunny said...

I'm feeling taggy this week so might have to have a go at something. Away from home so limited supplies can only make it more challenging. I love this. The way you use this stamp is fantastic. Thanks for the tip about black edging the cut out image, it did make a difference.

Helen said...

That's lovely - just my colours.
Glad to see your VersaMark looks just like mine!
Helen

butterfly said...

Totally stunning, Carol - that gilded lettering is simply fabulous - what an amazing creation - beautiful!
Alison xx

Julia S-W said...

Simply beautiful Carol. I love the colours, the gold utee and the little tip about using black on cut edges is so good. Wonderful piece.
Juliax

Deli-аrt said...

amazingly wonderful!!!

Michelle Webb said...

Its wonderful Carol, I love the embossing, and the fringe. It's so very oriental. Gorgeous. Michelle x

Miriam said...

Gorgeous!! Love what you have done - and the colours are right up my street!!

Gay Peplow said...

Stunning!!! Just love this, well done!

Kezzy said...

Wow wow wow amazing gorgeous awesome tag. The minute I saw the stamp I had to order it straight away and I can't wait to play. Kezzy :-) xxx

craftimamma said...

Beautiful, Carol! I love oriental style imagery and the dimention on your tag is lovely. Also love that 'blobby' UTEE ..... very effective! Fab projects for your first week.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Your tag looks amazing Carol! The layers of colour built for the background are fab and I'm lovin' your collection of Fresco paints! xx

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