Saturday 14 August 2021

2021 Topic 9: Baubles & Bling with NEW ZA {by Tracey Springer}

 2021 Topic 9: Baubles & Bling

With vivacious colours and humorous sentiments, Tracey has embraced the whole bling theme and run wild with it. The sausage dogs are busy partying hard and with the addition of pom-poms this is a fabulously vibrant Christmas collection.
~ Keren.

Hi everyone, it's Tracey Springer with you today. I have been having so much fun playing with Elena Zinski’s new stamps (ZA 65, 66, 67). Sausage dogs! They are so incredibly cute! Who doesn’t love a sausage dog? I let my crazy style out for a run! Christmas in July … why not? 

I started by thinking about what colours I wanted to use, and pinks and greens really stood out to me. (Pink is not your traditional Xmas colour but I love it!). I then brayered some backgrounds with my gel press (I usually do 15-20 at a time) and I also did some solid 12x12 pages using Fresco Finish ‘Cerise', ‘Eggshell’ and my favourite ‘Sargasso’. I loved the distressed look that brayering straight onto the paper achieves. 

I then stamped out a lot of the images and started colouring (I love my Copic Sketch pens for blending). I formulate my ideas as I’m colouring; scenes start coming together in my head and cheeky sayings seemed to fix themselves to certain dogs.

I cut some card size backgrounds and stamped the little song (I can still hear Elena singing it LOL!) then decided I needed some more solid colour panels to mix and match, so I brayered ‘Sargasso’ and ‘Coral’ onto the edges of some white strips.

Then I play around for days sometimes, trying various coloured images on different backgrounds until I’m happy and it matches the picture in my mind.

I love layering and 3D foam taping for various heights and depths (it’s very hard to photograph but just play around with layering). I always seem to finish my pieces with black inked pen lines and a heavy layer of Gesso to frame. 

I also added a lot of ‘bling’ in the form of glittery sparkles, diamantes and silver metallic twine but that really didn’t want to show up in the pics!

I then decided to finish my project off with a cute little gift bag/box to hold the cards – using up a sheet of 12x12 which I had earlier brayered in ‘Cerise’ paint. No measurements or instructions, I just folded and glued until it looked right! Glittery handles, funky pink pom-pom trim and a cute little tag finished it off. 

I really hope you enjoy playing with these delightful sausages as much as I have, and Yay for a head start on Xmas cards!

Take care,

Instagram: @tracey_springer


Sarah barnacle said...

Fantastic as always Tracey. 💛

Etsuko said...

What a fun project Tracey! Stunning cards and tag and very pretty, I love the bag too!! xx

SewPaperPaint said...

Oh Tracey! You are such an amazing designer and I'm just so happy to see your creativity here on the PA blog. These are the coolest samples and really bring these fun stamps to life. I love how you used these colors in perfect harmony. xx, Autumn

Miriam said...

These are greT Tracey...amazing use of colour