Saturday, 21 March 2015
Harlequin's Other Half!
Hello all! Thank you for all the lovely comments on the Harlequinade tag. I'm back to share the tag which grew up alongside it... Harlequin's other half, as it were - so no, not Columbine!
This one was created with the extras and leftovers from Harlequinade, plus a little touch of something new.
As you can see, we're still very much in a springtime colour mode - despite the still somewhat grey March day outside as I write this - and you'll see all the echoes which make this a very close partner tag to the Harlequinade.
The background was created when I mopped up some of the spare ink from the watercolour page spritzing (the page used to cut the butterflies and the spare diamonds from last time). I just grabbed a manila tag and splodged it around the base of the not-pizza box so that I didn't waste the lovely Distress Spray colours.
Obviously when I cut my coloured Harlequins for the first tag, the outer parts were left sitting waiting for something to do.
It didn't take long for me to try out how they looked sitting over my mop-up background... sold! I'm having so much fun playing with these Mixed Media Thinlits.
Plus that spare butterfly was hovering...
First I added some extra layers to the background.
There's some stamping using the same tiny text from Stuff to Say as on the first tag. The first layer was stamped in Antique Linen Distress Paint...
... and I added another layer of text stamped in Broken China Distress Ink.
There are also lots of splattered layers of both Antique Linen and Picket Fence building up a soft textured look.
I stuck down the two bits of spare Harlequin outers, and also echoed the idea from the Harlequinade of adding Glossy Accents to some random diamonds to give a touch of glossy dimension to catch the light.
The top half of the butterfly is cut from the same piece of spritzed watercolour paper (I cut four altogether so, yes, there's still one flitting around the craft table!), and has had a dusting of Ivory Frantage on the raised parts of the emboss. It has a lovely delicate sparkle in the sunlight.
The lower layer is the butterfly which fluttered over from Harlequinade, Rock Candy crackle paint and all, having been surplus to requirements over there.
Double-layered butterflies have been around since very early in my crafting history - this new Butterfly Duo makes it such fun to create elaborate versions without much effort!
For the words, I cracked open my Handwritten Thoughts stamp set. It's stamped in Cornflower Blue, believe it or not...
Something seems to happen when you clear-emboss the blue - probably to do with refraction of light - and you get this lovely ocean green effect.
I have had it happen to me before with the Cornflower Blue, but had forgotten until I was heating it, so it's a happy coincidence that the end result tones so well with the rest of the tag!
More splatter adds a little more textural detail. Where it's splattered over the Glossy Accents it looks as though it's floating slightly above the rest of the paint - an unexpected bonus!
And of course we're all topped off with some dyed crinkle ribbon, fastened with Idea-ology Paper String which I curled around a slender paintbrush end.
And that's that for this one. It's another tag which puts a smile on my face, especially since it came together without any effort from me at all - just mop-ups, extras and leftovers from the Harlequinade which all fell into place very happily. As you can see, they are definitely related!
Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I hope you're all having a lovely weekend. See you soon.
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.
Nothing is more precious than being in the present moment. Fully alive, fully aware.
Thích Nhất Hạnh
I'd like to enter this in the following:
Wings'n'Things at the That's Crafty Challenge Blog - making up my hatrick there!
And as another offering in the Anything Goes theme at A Sprinkle of Imagination