Monday 9 October 2023

2023 Topic 10: Tags {by Etsuko Noguchi} with Gwen Lafleur stamps

Hi everyone, It's Etsuko with you today, and I'm here to share with you ' Tag book' using talented designer Gwen Lafleur's lovely and very useful stamps.

When I was child, I loved collecting labels, tags and wrapping papers as you were too. The fun memories of exchanging the items with friends and crafting and playing paper dolls are still the source of my creativity to now.

The large tags are full of possibilities and have been used in various works. Today I use these #10 and #3 tags to make a case with a window and an accordion book with a pockets in it. And please enjoy with me, as I have also included this time themes of 'Tags' and 'Typography' in the project.

First of all, you will see the tools PaperArtsy products used for the case and accordion book, there are still others that are needed but I will be introduced shortly.

I used these tags are ready-made #10 and #3 sizes that I have on hand. 

These tags was coated with white gesso. The #10 tag on the case was painted PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic - Cerulean and Double Denim using PaperArtsy brayer. The colours were a bit vibrant so I toned down the Snow Flake using brayer.

I then made the collage papers for the surface of the tag case, I added PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Heavy Cream using PaperArtsy Stencil by Tracy Scott PS234 and PS386 stencils on the Cerulean and Double Denim painted copy papers.

Collage and paste those papers onto the painted tag.

I die cut it into an oval shape and made the window for the tag case.

Use the tag case by folding it like this. This photo was taken after this time but I will explain the frame and button band in the image later.

Now I made the accordion book background by painting the front and back pages using stencils onto the Smoothy (Heavy) A4 white stamping card. This photo is the front of book. I then using the PaperArtsy Stencil by Tracy Scott (PS365), I first applied the PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic - Aqua Duck Egg (199) and moved stencil slightly to apply - Willow (FF178).

Then on the back page, I used brayer to paint Tangerine Twist and Firebird, and tapped Heavy Cream onto the PS386 stencil with a sponge.

Fold the book paper backwards and cut into a mountain shape to make a pockets.

These are to use the papers for the book collage and I adde leftover too.

The Gwen Lafleur stamp set 22 and 23 ( EGL22 and EGL23 ) images stamped in Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black on Smoothy (heavy) A4 white stamping card and lightly coloured with watercolour.

The second thematic Typography had letters SCENE created on a computer and EGL22 image coloured using Ranger Archival and Distress Oxide some inks.

This the entire front page of the accordion book.

Next my typography, I used Grunge Paste and Infusions - Golden Sands, Rusty Car and The Sage on PaperArtsy Stencil by Sara Naumann ( PS297 ) as a background for the tags to give it grungy look.

I was planning to use tissue paper for the focal point of the tags but the acetate I had ordered had just arrived, so I made a double tag. Some alcohol ink was dripped onto a clear block, a little alcohol was added, acetate tag was pressed onto it, coloured and EGL22 images was stamped on the other side with Ranger Archival ink Jet Black.

They are three pairs tags for the each (circle, acetate and typographic).

I also comes with the round tags and is decorated with sari ribbons and small charms.

These are each tags was placed in the pockets like this.

I wondered what kind of stopper be attached to the cover, I looked at the hole in the tag and decided to make a button out of clay and thread an elastic through it to make a band. To make the button, press EGL22 flower onto Sculpey Clay, cut in cookie mould and bake in the oven for five minutes.

Let button cool, I painted with Aqua Duck Egg and a little bit of diluted Double Denim. Once it dried I rubbed with Treasure Gold.

A die-cut oval frame is attached and the EGL23 image stamped onto the acetate  with Stazon Pigment - Snow flake, which is then affixed to the back of the cover to complete the piece.

I made a small pocket on the last page spread and put in a photo slide folder, paper flower and envelope.

I created this tag book by expanding on an idea from Gwen's Facebook free workshop ' Macthbook Minis', Her ideas amazing and always inspired by me and it spurs creativity. 

I first planned out how to incorporate the theme Tags and Typography using Gwen's stamps and decided to use a large tag as a  book cover, sandwich an accordion book in between, and layout the typography on it. In order to create a pleasant atmosphere, I added texture, acetate, Grunge Paste and clay to create a variety of changes. It may not enough yet but I finished it here to leave a topic for tomorrow.
Thank you so much stopping by.
Etsuko xxx

From here is extra post, I collaged after the tags and decorated it with Alison  Bomber's quotes in order to use enough leftover papers.

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Hazel Agnew said...

Great presentation Etsuko, and I can’t think of anyone better to showcase Gwen’s stamps. Loving your tags and it reminded me of a few techniques that I had forgotten too. Xx

Anonymous said...

Wonderful tag book with so many wonderful details! Thank you for the tutorial!