In another boost to my not-resolution to make sure I use the hoarded stash crowding my craft space, I've finally inked up the gorgeous floral background stamp from the Dots and Floral set.
While I was at it, I tried it two different ways...
First of all, I did some wrinkle-free distress technique using Distress Paints. I think there's Antique Linen, Mowed Lawn and Broken China on the mat here.
And here are the scrumptious results of repeated smooshing, spritzing, drying and dabbing.
Then on one I tried to stamp the florals in white pigment ink, but had my usual fail as far as that goes (just never enough coverage for my liking, but I'm always hopeful)...
.... so I quickly grabbed some Vanilla White embossing powder and slung that over the still wet ink.
There's more texture than there would have been with just ink, so I'm happy with that. The florals stamp is for the "negative space", so my blossoms are revealed with the lovely paints underneath.
Then for the second tag I thought I'd go for a version where the negative space was darker than the blossoms, and preferably sky-coloured.
So I used Archival French Ultramarine, and I think the results are really pretty. And pretty is fine by me in spring... that's what spring should be!
So there were my backgrounds, and I was really happy with them - and slightly reluctant to cover them up very much.
I dug out a couple of wooden hearts, part of a set picked up in the Christmas sale at The Range...
... and grabbed some deliciously delicate pre-cut spring flowers.
Now this is more hoard-clearing, so I can't be certain any longer where I got them from, but they make me happy!
There are also some lace and torn book page fragments from the stash (somehow, it's not getting any emptier in the craft room though).
And lace and twine toppers too...
And what would springtime be without some butterflies?
I used the Tim Holtz punch to make these, and they're ready to flutter away fearlessly, living in the moment...
... as recommended by the Small Talk stickers of course!
I hope you like this pair of tags, and that you'll be inspired to come and play along at Country View Challenges. You've got just a few days left, and we'd love to see your Spring creations. Happy Crafting all!
It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!
From Tom Sawyer, Detective by Mark Twain
I'd like to enter these tags in Anything Spring at the Southern Ridge Trading Company
And the Love To Create Challenge Blog is looking for Anything Creative/Mixed Media as usual