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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Rainbow Serenity

Hello all!  I'm so happy that you are as excited as I am by my new word stamps.  (Check out the full launch post at PaperArtsy if you missed it.)  As promised, I'm here to share some more details of the pieces I made for the launch, and I thought I might as well go sample by sample, alternating stamp sets... otherwise we'll end up with even longer posts than usual!

So here's the first of the sample makes for EAB03 Music and Silence, a pair of rainbow tags with full on colour behind the gentle images and words.


These were created with some backgrounds which had been sitting around on the craft table for some time, awaiting their moment in the sun.  They are both Distress Ink/Oxide combinations.







For the bird tag I started with a side by side of the same colours in Distress Ink and in Distress Oxide - DOx on the left, DI on the right - and then created two tags simultaneously.

(I've shared some of this months ago in an Oxide post so, no, you're not suffering from déjà vu - you have actually seen this photo before!)












Of these two, one tag was dipped first in DOx, and the other first in DI.  After that first layer I dipped and dabbed my layers from both kinds of ink to build up different effects.












The tag used in this post is the one which started as DI, so it has a stronger colour intensity, less chalky DOx, more translucent DI.
















I don't seem to have a "before" of the tree tag, but it was also from some Oxide playtime, experimenting with colours.














The main images on both tags are stamped in Archival (doesn't matter what colour) and embossed with Wow Bark powder.












I love the definition you get with the dark Bark.  You need something strong when you have backgrounds this busy.
















The tree needed some ground to stand on, so I added just a little extra extension and some grasses with a pen.












Stamping the main sentiments caused slightly heart-in-mouth moments, since these powders are really in-your-face and in strong contrast to the background colours.

They're from a Stampendous set of five powders of various colours, entitled "Coastal Express".










Again, I stamped in Archival underneath.  I experimented with Versamark, but found the softer ink pad created a slightly less sharp impression - and the letters got a bit bulbous.

I'm so happy that even the tiny author's names come up so clearly - you can trust a PaperArtsy stamp to give you great stamping!









With those bold statements in place in the centre of the tags, I felt I needed a bit of an echo to frame them.

So this time I did use Versamark, swiping embossing ink onto the edges of the tags and then adding the relevant powder and heating it.











I also stamped partials of the quotes in Potting Soil or Coffee Archival in the backgrounds.

I think it adds a lovely extra touch of detail and I really like how you get what I call the hovering echoes of the main thought.









Simple twine finishes off the tags, and that's us done with the first of the EAB03 Music and Silence sample posts.







I'll be back very soon with the first EAB04 The Autumn Edition post, so I hope you have a lovely weekend and happy crafting all!

Our mind stops racing when we take a nature walk or just look at the clouds that disintegrate at the horizon.
Balroop Singh

EAB03 Music and Silence available at Country View Crafts, That's Crafty, The Artistic Stamper and many more...

35 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Fantastic tags! Both so beautiful and serene. Have a nice weekend, hugs, Valerie

Nikki Acton said...

Great to see the details... Wonderful inky backdrops, love the 'whispering echoes' in the background and of course your fabulous quotes taking centre stage. Have a great weekend xx

Dortesjs said...

totally awsome and great details ;O)

brenda said...

Lovely inky oxide backgrounds Alison and the embossed tree really pops from the pretty tag.

B x

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Absolutely wonderful tags ! AMAZING!!!

Amanda said...

Loved them, so bought them! Great tags with distress inks to showcase them.
Love
Amanda

Meggymay said...

Gorgeous tags , love the backgrounds and your word stamps are awesome.
Yvonne xx

Sara Barker said...

Love those inky backgrounds to show off the stamped/embossed images and quotes. Great idea to add the echoed text in the background--reminds me of the thoughts that go through your head when you really get a chance to listen to them (only in silence). Love those sentiments, as I am a silence kind of person. Sending hugs!

Brenda Brown said...

Your samples are utterly gorgeous Alison as are the new sets of stamps. Looking forward to getting some and working with them soon. Xxx

Patty O'Malley said...

Love these tags and the sentiments, Alison. I enjoyed the details of how they came together.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

These tags are beautiful.

toni said...

Fantastic Alison!!!!! Love your tags and love that you have your very own stamps! well done to you! I shall certainly be adding some of these to my collection xx

Helen said...

It was great to see you today (and yes I did include the photos in the post...) these samples are fantastic!

Evil Edna said...

just bought the snow set, adore your stamps!

Clare Lloyd said...

Love the tags...fab backgrounds.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Beautiful tags! Good to see you on H's blog! Chrisx

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

Your samples are amazing Alison and I really don't think I can resist for much longer having a set in my life!
Hugs
Donna xx

Anneke said...

Both tags are beautiful! Thanks for your explanation how you made them!
Very inspiring!

Julia said...

Perfectly beautiful tags to showcase your lovely word stamps. The detail in words looks sharp on the beautiful distress backgrounds. I love these, they are gorgeous. x

Dorthe said...

They are so amazing,- in these strong colors, Alison, the white text drags my eyes in, and takes me to the beautiful backgrounds, you created , with movement and life, like a breeze is passing by . The tree just gorgeous, with that special embossing powder !!
Hugs, Dorthe

Craftyfield said...

Just gorgeous Alison! The backgrounds needed those words for a perfect finish!

Chrissy said...

Oooo....love these tags Alison especially the bird one..GORgeous backgrounds on both.

Luv CHRISSYxx

Mrs.B said...

Fabulous tags Alison, wonderful backgrounds, the images and words are perfect for each other.
Off for a catch up.
Avril xx

Juliz Design Post said...

Lovely tags with delicious inky backgrounds and another set of beautiful sentiments.
Julie x

maj. said...

Gorgeous!! The background is just stunning!

Kate said...

I love your embossed border and your background. You can always turn one stamp on a background into a work of art. I wish I had that talent. Lovely tags!
Kate

Jackie P Neal said...

Absolutely gorgeous Alison! I love the way you play with inks,powders and stamps and make each piece you create simply magical!!
Jackie xo

Team Clark said...

Oh it is quite impressive to see the details isn't lost through embossing! What exquisite stamps. The rainbow inks are so beautiful. Hugs, Autumn

Coco said...

All fantastic tags, in these bright colours and great designs!!!!
Your new quote stamps are very inspiring, Alison. I almost regret to not have them (well, not yet) :)
xxx

craftytrog said...

Beautiful, colourful tags Alison! Xx

Julia Aston said...

Such beautiful backgrounds for your tags Alison! your stampings perfectly illustrate your wonderful quote stamps! Congrats on all your new sets!! Julia xx

Julie Ann Lee said...

Sorry to be so late! Once again I'm playing 'catch up'! These tags are so exquisite with your wonderful, new words. I'm off to take a peek at PaperArtsy. xx

Paper Profusion said...

Bravo and lots of applause from me!! Stunning backgrounds, terrific sentiments and beautifully strong focal image (that bark is super - thank-you for sharing). Nx

Kirsten said...

Gorgeous tags!

A Pink said...

Fabulous samples showcasing your Music and Silence stamps . Alison . Huge Congratulations . I'm sure your NR stamps will be falling into my basket sometime soon x