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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Encore - Doodly Twosome

Encore Posts
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 while I'm away.
As always, the Encore Posts are formatted differently from the regular ones, so that you can easily spot them.  Please don't feel that you have to comment all over again!

Hello all from a lovely sunny Czech Republic.  I'm busy with all sorts of stuff here (not dollshouses, though... don't get your expectations up), so I'm just popping in with a quick Encore Post to keep things ticking over.  But watch out for a very exciting post this weekend!

This tag duo was created for The Artistic Stamper Creative Team back in July 2014, using some of the fabulous stamps from The Artistic Stamper (some of which were new at the time).  Here's what I wrote back then...

Hello all!  Alison (butterfly) here again, this time with a pair of tags which are not quite in my usual vein - though they are in some of my favourite colours!

I used the new Alphabet Soup by Neil Walker as my starting point.  I clear embossed the background onto a tag.

Then I sprayed lots of lovely Dylusions colour onto it, and dried it with a heat tool.  I love the squiggly doodly lettering.

The next step was to cut Umbrella Man with the Sizzix die. (Did I dream it, or did I read that he's been discontinued?)

I hadn't really planned on making two tags, but as soon as I'd cut him, I realised I had the makings of a 'positive' and a 'negative' version.

For the backgrounds, I just blended on various Distress Ink colours from grass to sky and gave both tags a good old spritz and flick with some water.

The words are all from the fabulous Journalling Words #5 set.  I stamped them onto another inky tag I had lying around on the desk, in a combination of Mowed Lawn and Peacock Feathers, and clear embossed the result.

I cut them and inked the edges and mounted them on padded tape for a little pop of dimension.

I altered a couple of Muse Tokens with Distress Paint, then sanded back to the metal underneath.

As soon as I saw the silvery detailing, I wanted to echo it on the rest of the tags.

So I used some silver gilding wax to edge the words and the tags themselves.

I ended up adding quite a lot of silvery sheen to the embossed Alphabet Soup too because I really liked the look of it.

A couple of twirls of metal wire finish off the tags at the top.  It's just some more of the rescued wires from some spiral bound notebooks that were being thrown away... 'waste not, want not', as they say!

And that's pretty much that... I hope you like my doodly tags.

Thanks so much for stopping by - I always love to hear what you think.


So, that's your Doodly Twosome for today.  I hope they brought back happy memories for you.  I find these trips back in time to my earlier crafting days remind me of all sorts of techniques I haven't used for ages, not to mention products which I have hiding in the stash, yearning to be brought out to play again.  More time, more time... that's what we all really need!

Thanks for dropping in today and, as I say, keep your eyes peeled for lots of excitement here at Words and Pictures on Saturday.  I hope to see you then.

The mind is like an umbrella. Its most useful when open.
Walter Gropius


Helen said...

always love seeing your tags again. hope you're enjoying your trip - are you sure no dollshouses will creep in to things, lol!

Meggymay said...

Two fantastic tags Alison, I hope you are having a good trip.
I will be sure to call in on Saturday.
Yvonne xx

Sue said...

Fabulous tags Alison, and great to see them again xx

Cocofolies said...

How useful this Encore post, Alison!
Thank you so much for taking the time to draw our attention on some great and fab creations from the past. Two gorgeous tags here today that I really adore.
And thank you even more since if I well remember, I've bought this great die just after, I think, THIS particular post from you (as you were saying that this die would be discontinued!! :)
Hugs, and enjoy your days in family xxx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

I do love these encore posts Alison as it gives me chance to revisit or catch up on those sadly missed. What a clever way to use that cut. Fab tags full of hidden treasured texture.
Creative Hugs Tracey x

My name is Erika. said...

I love how they are opposites. That was really a clever technique Alison. Hugs-Erika

pearshapedcrafting said...

I love this doodly duo! I am retired as you know but time is still short...just saying' - certainly not complaining!! Hugs, Chrisx

Marci said...

I do love when you use these colors and the tags are wonderful!

Diana Taylor said...

Wow, two gorgeous tags, and I love how you got two for the price of one! The colours are very beautiful and I love the shading from lime up to turquoise - just heavenly.
Diana x

Roosterhead Designs said...

Wow Alison this is so creative and imaginative! (how often we 'forget' about the neg on the die cut)
Very beautiful inking & love the texture you created too.
Your thought process is so spot on : )!! Thanks for sharing~ karen o

Dorthe said...

Alison, I love your doodling on the gorgeous tags, and a wonderful idea to use the cut , also the colors belong to some of my favorite , thank you for reshowing .
Hugs, Dorthe

Neet said...

As always I love what you do and these two tags certainly do not disappoint. What a great way to use a background - two tags for the price of one so to speak.
I think the reason that this guy has been discontinued is that everyone has him! He has been so popular in both rubber and steel.
Fabulous colours - my favourites.
Hugs, Neet xx

mariabellekens said...

What a great tag, beautiful colours and great image!! Really gorgeous!!
Have fun!!

Corrie Herriman said...

SO creative ! Love them !
Corrie x

Julia said...

I love these positive and negative tags, lovely to see them again. X

Craftyfield said...

Oohh can't wait for the reveal... bet some new stamps are involved! Love the 2 for 1 tag idea and, as usual, beautifully made, Alison! xx

hazel said...

Beautiful tags, the colours are lovely.
xxx Hazel.

Kate Yetter said...

That alphabet stamp is so cool! I love the variations of the tags that you made.

Jackie PN said...

Super tags Alison! (even if they are seconds-heehee)
Hope you are well!
Jackie xx