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Thursday, 26 October 2017

Falling Leaves

Hello again!  So today we really are at the last of the launch night samples using EAB04 The Autumn Edition.  And along with the Fabulous Fungi I think these are my favourites out of the autumn samples (the Haunted Churchyard and All is safely gathered in make up the rest of the Autumn Edition sample collection), and maybe out of the whole lot.


It's another trio of tags... triptyches and pairs turn up a lot round here.  It's how my creative brain seems to work very often.






The backgrounds here are Distress Oxide and Distress Ink combinations from some of my earliest experiments with the Oxides.













You can see more of how they were made in Drip, Drip, Drop, Little Oxide Showers, posted back in April.

They've been hanging around ever since waiting for their moment in the sun, and now their time had come!













For the leaves, I sprayed a piece of off-white cardstock with Distress Sprays in various autumnal colours.













I'm guessing Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo are involved, and maybe some Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey and/or Gathered Twigs.  It's a while since I made these!













I then stamped the gorgeous Scrapcosy leaf from ESC05 multiple times - some in Sepia, some in Coffee, some in a combination of the two...














... and clear-embossed the image for added definition before cutting them all out.















I played with the leaf positioning - two and one, one and two, two and one again.














And then had a fiddly time coiling and twirling some thread around underneath as I stuck them down.














I also played around quite a bit with the words.  The middle tag has the whole of Cornelia L. Tuthill's lovely quote, sliced up into phrases and positioned between the falling leaves.














The other two tags have John Burroughs' glorious words divided and overlapped between them.  So the first has the first two sections of the three part thought...















... and the final tag has the middle section repeated, and then the final part added on.

As you see, you can use these quotes in their entirety (as I did with this Burroughs quote over at A Vintage Journey recently), or just pick the parts you really want to use.








The wild cotton thread weaves its way in and around the falling leaves.  (Click on the photos for a larger view.)


I hope it adds a sense of whirling movement to the leaves tumbling through the air.









The matted frame is made from kraft card spritzed with some more of the same Distress Sprays (and this is what left the leftovers from which the frame of All is safely gathered in was made). 














The dark frame provides contrast for those shabby edges as well as giving the tags a nice sharp look for the display boards, not to mention the sturdiness you get with another whole layer stuck on behind.

Simple rustic twine finishes things off again, and we're all done with The Autumn Edition samples.








Just one more sample post to go - the last of The Winter Edition makes.  There are a couple of festive tags still to share, but I think they can go together in one post.  And I might leave that one until we're just a little bit closer to Christmas... let's finish with Halloween first, shall we?!

I've been catching sight of the word stamps around Craftyblogland and it's an absolute thrill to me to see how they are inspiring other crafters.  I haven't got time to be quite such a diligent visitor as I used to be, so if I've missed a project where you've used the quotes, do give me a nudge - I love seeing them in action in other people's hands!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I'll see you again soon.

Now Autumn's fire burns slowly along the woods and day by day the dead leaves fall and melt.
William Allingham

32 comments:

Helen said...

what amazing tags! I love the leaves; they are beautiful.

Valerie-Jael said...

These are definitely my faves - nothing nicer than autumn leaves and blue skies. Have a nice day, hugs, Valerie

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Oh Alison, these are super. The movement that the threads give appears to make then blow in the wind and your delicate embossed leaves give the impression that they would crumple if touched. The power of three is wonderful and I often find myself working in 3's or 5's as 1 can sometimes feel so lonely. A beautiful Trio displaying your chosen words.. Hugs & Wishes Tracey xx

craftytrog said...

I love your whirling leaf tags Alison! They're beautiful! Xx

Pamellia Johnson said...

Gorgeous set of tags Alison! You really do some wonderful work with those oxides, your masterboard pieces are just amazing! I love the combination of the cool blues and warm autumn browns and oranges! Such great quotes too! sending hugs :)

Patty O'Malley said...

Wonderful set of tags, Alison!

Mrs.B said...

A wonderful trio of tags.
Avril xx

Fliss said...

Absolutely gorgeous tags Alison. The backgrounds are so lovely and the Autumn leaves just stunning. Everything works so well with your beautiful inspirational quotes.
Thanks for sharing, Fliss xx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Your tags are simply AMAZING - I love the threads you have used---
you always amaze me with your art Alison!
oxo Susi

Annie said...

wonderful autumnal tags Alison x Love the drip backgrounds and those rusty leaves are amazing x perfectly finished with your perfect quote stamps

Huge hugs
Annie x

Kate said...

Lovely trio of tags. I really love the string and those gorgeous leaves!
Kate

Dortesjs said...

my brain works like yours with trip. and pairs in series and more.
These tags are great..gorgeous with the leaves and the colours behind

maj. said...

These are amazing!!!

Redanne said...

The backgrounds are gorgeous, they have a lovely cool feel and then they warm up with the beautiful leaves. The quotes are beautifully placed too. A wonderful trio of tags! Anne xx

Meggymay said...

This are three beautiful tags, I do love the colour combination you use in your work. The quotes are lovely.
Yvonne xx

Amanda said...

your leaves are stunning upon your fabulous oxide tags and love the addition of the string.
Love
Amanda X

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

I absolutely adore these tags Alison, you create the most beautiful art. Well you know I have one of your sets and I’m just going to have to get another one as I love them so much!
Hugs
Donna xx

Jackie P Neal said...

Absolutely phenomenal Alison!!
I just love the way your quotes are so perfect with your stamping and design- I could look at your artwork all day! LOVE!!
Jackie xo

Chrissy said...

Beautiful tags Alison..I love the richness in these leaves and the textures and colours in the background along with the lovely sentiments..

Luv CHRISSYxx

Jennie Atkinson said...

A fabulous set of tags Alison - such gorgeous colours and I love the Distress Oxide backgrounds. I am so enjoying using your wonderful text stamps - they are so inspiring! Have a great weekend. Jennie x

Astrid Maclean said...

Another wonderful set of tags Alison, the cool blue backgrounds with thse rusty leaves make for a great contrast!

Hazel Agnew said...

Such poetry Alison. You make this creating malarkey look so easy. Love the combo of realistic leaves with the smooshy background colours. Fiddly thread creates a great contrast too! Xx

Team Clark said...

What contrast! Beautiful leaves and I adore the gorgeous inky backgrounds. Big hugs, Autumn

Mac Mable said...

Fabulous inspiration and great techniques on your fabulous tags. Love the quotes and those gorgeous leaves x

My name is Erika. said...

I thought those were real leaves. What a cool technique.

Craftyfield said...

Pure Butterfly... Love the colours, the distressed look, the words, just gorgeous Alison!

Dorthe said...

They are so gorgeous, your leaves,- oh fantastic looking Alison. The clear embossing give such a lovely shine, and the color tones, create the most wonderful autumn leaves . The droplets create the feeling of a wet and grey autumn day, and I love the threads giving texture and interests to the background. Also lovely use of the quotes, -I love to cut quotes apart, too, to have new meanings .
Hugs, Dorthe

Barbara Schiassi said...

How long.... I'm so sorry but I have a period a little bit difficult so I had to make choices! The time for my crafty works and Internet is reduced! Your works are stunning, I saw all I had lost and as always you amaze me ! You're a great artist! BArbara

pearshapedcrafting said...

These are so beautiful - a perfect way to use those tags - the golden leaves look as though they are falling for sure! Hugs, Chrisx

rachel said...

truely awesome tags - I adore them! and all of those lovely quotes - brilliant! Hugs rachel x

Kirsten said...

Beautiful tags.

Mary Elizabeth said...

Oh my ... I can definitely see why this might be your favorite. The falling leaves (seriously inspired idea with the thread ... it absolutely accomplishes the intended movement!) are stunning. I am looking out my window right now as I write this and I see these images being played out around my house. The hues are perfect for an autumn sky that is anticipating winter. I adore the Distress Oxide backgrounds. Such a beautiful way to pay homage to your stamps. The repeated phrase ... brilliant. I hope these tags find a prominent place in your artwork display.

By the way, I will be ordering my first Alison Bomber stamps this week. Hurrah! You will have to wait to see which ones I choose. The choice was a difficult one. -- ME