I'm travelling into a new way of working, a new country, a new language, and a new hobby which I'm passionate about. Come with me for some of the journey...

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Encore - Inspire Journey

Encore Posts
While I'm away, there are some scheduled posts with new creations coming your way, but I'm also taking the chance to do some catching up here at Words and Pictures.   Projects which made their first appearances elsewhere for Design Team duties or Guest Designer opportunities, but which only had a sneak peek here, are being gathered together in the pages of my virtual scrapbook.  I'm calling them "Encore" posts and they're formatted differently (all the way down the centre), so you can spot them easily.
Please don't feel that you have to comment all over again!

Here's a tag which was created for an Embossing and Texture theme when I was on the team with The Artistic Stamper.  Here's what I said back in April 2014...
____________________________

Well, you all know I love texture - so there was just no stopping me with this challenge theme!


I started by creating a wrinkle-free distress background with Distress Stains and Paints, and added some Distress Ink blended through the new Crafter's Workshop Specimen stencil.


I used Grunge Paste through different areas of the same stencil to create the texture, inking over it before dry brushing with white paint.


The beautiful butterfly is from the Insects and Butterflies plate.


He's stamped in Cobalt Archival and clear embossed for that sunlit shimmer.


I dry-brushed some more white paint onto an Idea-ology Muse Token to alter it slightly.


I stamped the gorgeous Calligraphy Mats #8 in Picket Fence Distress Paint to add more layers to the background.


And the two large words are from the Journalling Words #2 set...


... stamped in Potting Soil on and clear embossed, with some inking on the edges for definition.


It's all layered up on a piece of pale card and then onto some corrugated cardboard.


And the twine and seam-binding, delicately tinted with Distress Stains, provide the final touch at the top.


_________________________________

Thanks so much for stopping by for the first of these Encore posts.  I should be in Shanghai by the time you're reading this, so I'm still not sure about getting on some websites (including Google-based ones, so Blogger, basically!), but fingers crossed I'll see you again soon.

The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same.  Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.
Don Williams

30 comments:

Helen said...

always love to see your encore posts! hope the trip goes well

chrissie said...

Definitely worth a second look Alison and still inspiring.

Enjoy your 'journeys'

Love Chrissie xx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

So beautiful - worth to see twice!
Enjoy Shanghai!

Pamellia Johnson said...

Great encore post, I loved this tag! So beautiful. hugs :)

Kelly said...

I love your textures, colors and images, your work is always beautiful and I enjoy looking at it often, Enjoy your trip! Hugs Kelly

Rita said...

Fabulous textures Alison and the colours are wonderful. Hope you are well. Hugs Rita xxx

Lauren Hatwell said...

So very glad this beautiful tag got an encore Alison. I absolutely LOVE that beautiful moth image you've used. He looks so beautiful there nestled on his bed of beautiful blue and white textures. How lovely! Lx

Dorthe said...

I love your Encore post, Alison, with the gorgeous butterfly shining on top of the tag, and all the texture.
So The corrugated cardboard makes a great base for the tag !!
Hope your tour is wonderful, take care out there :-)
Dorthe xx

Team Clark said...

Gorgeous tag and how could I not let you know! ;0 So great to see these "missing" art files. Be safe!!! <3

Kay Wallace said...

Alison, this is brilliant! I love the grunge factor (the corrugated cardboard and the twine elements, particularly) in this tag. Beautifully choreographed, my friend!

Redanne said...

I have loved seeing this piece again Alison, it was this post that encouraged/enabled me to buy this wonderful stamp set! Anne xx

Chrissy said...

Gorgeous Alison..it is amazing when you see something again you see it in a different light..a few more detail you never saw the first time..hope all is going well..

Luv CHRISSYxx

Anita Houston said...

Gorgeous piece! LOVE the layering and the texture with that gorgeous mothy butterfly!

Julia Aston said...

So pretty Alison- love the thickness of the exposed corrugated cardboard tag!

rachel said...

beautiful piece Alison - I adore that butterfly - fantastic! Hugs rachel x

Annie said...

Stunning grungy tag Alison x wonderful elements and layers, but the butterfly is amazing

Best wishes
Annie x

Etsuko Noguchi said...

Stunning encore, great background textures and beautiful your colours. Enjoy Shanghai!! xxx

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

As gorgeous now as it was then Alison, thank you for the encore! Hope you are having a wonderful time and thank you so much for your kind words on my blog, they touched my heart. Deb xo

Deborah Wainwright said...

What a great idea Alison, especially if missed first time round. Love this tag, full of scrumminess. Hugs Debs xx

Lynn Price said...

I am late to this party, but WOW! Love this! Thanks for reposting as I apparently missed it the first time! Hope your travels are going swimmingly... xxx Lynn

Anke said...

Wonderful tag, Alison. So lovely ...

Mrs.B said...

Fabulous tag, think I might have missed this first time round.
Avril xx

Brenda Brown said...

Beautiful tag. Xxx

Diana Taylor said...

How beautiful - and what a stunning butterfly - I just love what you've done here.

craftytrog said...

Yummy textures and design Alison! xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

I love seeing your encore posts - even if I have seen them before I can enjoy them all over again! Hugs, Chrisx

Barbara Schiassi said...

Wonderful butterfly and wonderful tag! I adore this soft color and corrugate cardboard as a base! BArbara

Princess Judy Palmer said...

So nifty to see this. I must have missed it the first time around. Happy travels.

Anneke said...

Looks gorgeous Alison!

A Pink said...

Another gorgeous tag! Alison that again I missed first time around . Thank you for sharing again - a great idea
hugs x