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Friday, 9 December 2016

The Silent Night






Hello, I'm here with Tag 3 for the Funkie Junkie's 12 Tags of Christmas inspiration challenge.  So far so good on my tight time schedule! 

For this tag I've actually travelled quite a long way from Linda's lovely inspiration tag 3, though you'll probably be able to see the elements which inspired my journey.

As I looked at Linda's tag, the things which really struck me were the birds, the music and the words of peace and joy.

Those are the things which have travelled onto my version.

This time the layout and design are really quite different, but I have done some heat-embossing as you'll see, as well as including some subtle shimmer to reflect the bold gilding of the original tag.








As I did with my Tag 1, I've used some old music manuscript paper for my background.  I gave it a couple of washes of Fresco Snowflake paint to soften its impact, and blended on Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink and Cobalt Archival from the edges.














I don't have the dove die, but that didn't matter.  The moment I saw the birds I knew I wanted to use this beautiful PaperArtsy Sara Naumann stamp.













He's embossed in black which gives him great definition against the background, as well as a glossy dimensionality.













The addition of the branch stamp up the side does slightly echo the vertical elements in Linda's tag.














Tim Holtz's flock of birds scatter across the sky above, taking their message of peace and joy off around the world - a message so desperately needed, it seems, at the moment.












It's an echo of the journey of Paloma the dove, started by Lys of Impression Scrap almost this time last year.














There's lots of snowy splatter across the tag, and one solitary Idea-ology snowflake hovering in the still air.















And around the edges there's just a shimmer of Pewter Treasure Gold, gleaming in the moonlight.









The silence of the frozen night has the echo of song hovering - all is calm, all is bright, as my Tag 2 said - if you listen carefully, you might just hear it.

As you'll perhaps be starting to see, the simple twine topping is not the only thing linking these tags.









I actually made all of the first four in one day, and I think they're intertwined in colours, simplicity and atmosphere.  I'm hoping that will continue through the rest, so that in the end all twelve will be connected to one another.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I'll be back tomorrow with Tag 4, and somewhere in between I need to make sure I sit down and make some more...  Happy crafting all!

The day has eyes; the night has ears.
David Fergusson

I'm entering this as Tag 3 in the Funkie Junkie's 12 Tags of Christmas, sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique


28 comments:

froebelsternchen Susi said...

A gorgeous tag Alison!

chrissie said...

Another one already Alison and it is a terrific tag

Love Chrissie xx

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

Gorgeous tag Alison, I always love seeing your Christmas creations
Hugs
Donna xx

Fliss said...

A very serene looking and beautiful tag Alison.
Thanks for your kind words about my eye troubles and hope you have a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

Nikki Acton said...

Stunning - even when relatively simple you manage to achieve a sense of drama / feeling / emotion in your projects xxx

Helen said...

oh, this is gorgeous! love this stamp set! you're doing really well catching up!

Meggymay said...

Another special tag Alison, you can can imagine a winter starlit sky looking at this one.
Yvonne xx

Marci said...

This is my fav so far. I always love your blues, and I agree about this stamp set.

rachel said...

stunningly beautiful tag Alison - it conjures such peace to me - fabulous x

sam21ski said...

Fabulous tag Alison xx

Redanne said...

Your tag is so atmospheric Alison, I love the dramatic black bird, he stands out so beautifully against the pale and softly splattered background.... Anne xx

Sara Barker said...

Drama Queen! And that is meant in a complimentary way, Alison! I adore the silhouette of the birds in the snowy, darkening sky. Beautiful balance and design to lead your eye around this marvelous tag! Well done and so inspiring! Hugs!

Brenda Brown said...

I love how you used the beautiful stamps and created a wonderful cold, wintry scene, it's delightful xxx

Shirley Chillman said...

Missed that the Funkie Junkie started these Alison must try and join in with a few.

Beautiful tag with such a serene look I can feel the frosty cold from here.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
ShirlsCards.

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is so harmonious and serene, alison, and I echo your sentiments about peace,

Lucy x

craftytrog said...

A beautiful tag Alison! I adore Sara's bird, and have used it a lot again this year.
Alison xx

Lauren Hatwell said...

What a beautiful tag! Once again I am asking myself why I have not yet acquired Sara's gorgeous bird stamp.... Lx

Jackie P Neal said...

Lovely tag and gorgeous embossing!! I wait for Paloma's visit to my home as well, such a beautiful share! xx

Pamellia Johnson said...

Beautiful tag Alison! I love the silhouette stamping, very effective. The metallic snowflake charm is the perfect addition! happy weekend :)

Team Clark said...

I really love your nontraditional icons for these tags, how wonderful! I always delight in seeing you use these silhouettes and yet again you have me in awe! Love this! Hugs, Autumn

Sandy said...

Birds in flight - snow gently falling and all is quiet. Not only can I see the scene in my mind's eye - I can feel it in my heart!
Sandy xx

Hazel Agnew said...

I adore the simplicity of this tag Alison. All the elements blend so well together. Reminded me of the Sara stamp too! Xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Fabulous use of that beautiful stamp! It's a wonderful tag!

Dorthe said...

Beautiful evening feeling, love it and the amazing stamp, Alison. Xxxo

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

I absolutely adore your take on Tag #3. The black embossed bird is wonderful against the lovely pale blue background, especially coupled with the flock of birds overhead. A powerful message conveyed with great simplicity.

Hugs,
Linda

Anita Houston said...

Rarely do we ever get a silent outdoors scene during Christmas on a tag... Always the traditional... And I love this. All I hear are the soft flutters of wings and crackling branches under the snow... Oh the card too... Marvelous imagery.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Your tag is gorgeous and very serene. I love the frozen snowflakes with the glossy birds.

Julie Ann Lee said...

Such a beautiful tag. The spatter background on music manuscript is beautiful and the images so effective. xx