2020 Topic 3: On This Tag
Amanda has jumped headlong into experimenting with Infusions, and just like her, we love the results. These little pots of pigmented magic have resulted in a vibrant journal page that she's really 'stretched' her stamps with too.
Hi everyone, it's Amanda (ink-a-pink) here with you today, and I'd like to share with you the project I have created for the current topic: 'On This Tag'.
I have had some PaperArtsy Infusions in my stash for awhile now, patiently waiting for the day when I chose them over paints to create with. I shamefully have to confess to being an infusions 'newbie' so this topic gave me the opportunity to try them out as I often turn to either a tag or a journal when I'm using a product for the first time. I decided to combine the two and feature 'a tag on a page' that I will add to my journal. Given it was my 'first time' creating with Infusions I thought I'd make 'time' the theme of my project and PaperArtsy have no shortage of time related stamps to choose from.
PaperArtsy Heavy Smoothy card proved to be a good substrate to use as it was durable enough to stand up to the water I used to activate the Infusions. I followed the principles of Tim Holtz 'wrinkle free distress technique' to apply the Infusions to the card.
This allowed me to gradually build up layers and depth of colour and interest by smooshing, dipping and drying in between.
This piece would be the journal page.
Using the same method of application I was also able to create some backgrounds that had fewer layers and depth of colour. I did this by using only Magenta and smooshing the card through the varied dilutions of colour just once.
These pieces I used for the tag (on the left) and the stamped elements.(photo on the right).
For a touch more background detail on both the page and the tag I used some of the stamps from the following stamp sets:
ECF04 is a slightly older release and it's one of my 'go to's as it has a good choice of texture/ detail stamps that lend themselves to almost any kind of project. The dot stamp is a real fave. EAB17 is a brand new release. It's called "The Time Edition' so seemed a good choice for my 'time themed' tag page.
I also added just a touch of stenciling to the tag using PaperArtsy stencil 016 (PS016).
For the focal tag image along with the additional elements I added around the tag I used the following stamp set: PaperArtsy: Hot Picks Collection Set 1502 on EZ mount (HP1502EZ)
The larger single clock (sat within its own detailed backdrop) was the stamp of choice for the focal image. I gave the clock a touch of dimension and additional focus by adhering a matt and layered smaller clock face over it. I used the long stamp of clock faces in the set for this.
To extend the design of the focal image a little I also used the small 'squares' stamp from the set to add some additional detail along the bottom line and up the left hand side. A stamping platform helped with aligning the stamp.
I covered the small dial within the clock face with an infusions off-cut to bring just a touch of the background colour to the fore.
The top of the key on the 'key stamp' provided a couple of 'unique' accents for the tag.
Both the number stamped elements that I cut from the key stamp and the addition of some small 'square' stamped elements complimented the identical features seen in the focal image and with considered positioning they helped unify and finish off the design.
It has to be said I do love a stamp set full of stamp designs that offer so much versatility in how they can be used. If its got the miles it gets my smiles, for sure.
Creating with infusions was fun and a refreshing change from creating with acrylic paint. I loved the effects they created using them the way I did. I was so pleased this tag topic provided the push I obviously needed to finally break the seals of those little pots of water soluble particles.
There's more info about infusions on the blog here and in designer blog posts throughout the PaperArtsy blog so feel free to browse at your leisure.
We've had a fortnight of tag creativity here on the blog so if you like to create with (or on) tags or are keen to start, you may like to check out the individual posts including the introduction to glean some wonderful inspiration.
Thanks for joining me today.
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