Hello all and welcome back to the second post of the day. Yes, it's the first of the month and it's challenge time! If you're looking for my Christmas is Coming offering for Artistic Stamper, just click to visit it.
But now it's over to the new theme over at Country View Challenges. This month we're looking for Bugs, Bees and Butterflies. You can use any or all of them on your project… no prizes for guessing which way I decided to go!
For this tag, I reached for something old, something new and something blue. If there's anything borrowed, then I'm afraid the owner can't have it back!
The blue obviously is there in the colour palette - blues and browns, probably my all time favourite combination, though one can always ring the changes with the precise shades used.
The "something old" is one of the tag backgrounds I made using Tim's June tag technique. At the time I made four or five different colour variations as I was having such fun with the technique. It was finally time for this one to take centre stage.
The "something new" are the French Flight Framelits butterflies… my first time of using the stamp-and-cut die set.
I love the inky stencilled print effect on the watercolour paper, but since you can read all about the background technique in the words of the master himself, I'll just fill you in on a couple of the additional details.
For the butterflies, I inked up a separate piece of card and stamped them in a combination of Cornflower Blue and Aquamarine Archival inks, blended the inks on the stamp.
When you cut them, you lose the labels and the antennae, so before gluing them down, I also stamped them directly onto my lettering background in Cobalt Archival.
So once they were stuck down, they had their bits and pieces back in place!
I edged the wings with Florentine Treasure Gold, as the metallic glow was becoming a bit of a feature elsewhere…
Here, for instance, in the couple of pen nibs attached as embellishments.
And on the altered Muse Token at the top of the tag… just a touch of Treasure Gold can really zhuzh something up!
I used some Chitchat Stickers to create my sentiment, outlining with a fine PITT pen to bed them into the background.
And because I stuck down the watercolour panel a bit too high up the tag, it needed something extra at the bottom.
I used some Idea-ology Long Fasteners to create a row of studs. A burnishing of Treasure Gold to make them tone in, and we're pretty much there.
Oh, not forgetting the Distress Ink-dyed ribbons of the topping, of course!
So there are my first Bugs, Bees and Butterflies. Do hop over to Country View Challenges and see what my fantastic team-mates have been up to, and don't forget there's ongoing inspiration there throughout the month.
I'll be here in a few days with my second Bugs, Bees and Butterflies offering, but I'm off to the theatre again now. As well as new challenge day, the 1st November is also our first Preview, so today we find out how the show goes down with an audience… fingers crossed.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I've just over a week left in New York now, so I should be able to visit Craftyblogland more regularly again soon. Happy crafting all.
The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
If you're after seasonal inspiration do check out the new Artistic Stamper challenge too. Christmas doesn't usually start this early at Words and Pictures!