edited due to some rather faux pas typos (i'd put crap paper instead of scrap paper)!!! LOL
For my Birthday, the lovely Anne (Liverpool Lou) sent me some tags (thanks again Anne) and I hadn't (for various reasons) got round to doing one... thing is, I don't know what one does with them once they have been decorated - you see, I'm very keen to try all these different techniques, I wouldn't say that I have a particular style when making cards - I take inspiration from all my lovely blogging buddies - and will try anything (alright, I have my limits!!!), but 'altering' is also something I want to do - I did do some many years ago when I only worked part time and my youngest was pre-school age. I went to a paint techniques class where I did stencilling, scumble glazing, crackle glazing and made my own stencils with the use of a pane of glass, acetate and a soldering iron - long before purpose manufactured tools came out to do this type of thing. It was in the dizzy heights of Changing Rooms and Linda Barker and LLB with his curtain material suits and floppy sleeve cuffs!!!
Anyway, I digress (as usual)... I thought that, while I couldn't sleep some nights ago, I'd try out a tag and play and here is the result - remember it IS my first attempt!!!
ooopsss... not a great pic is it???
First I distressed/inked the tag with peeled paint and brushed corduroy, then I put this thing on it with holes in (looks like sequins were punched from it - I'm sure it has a name but I don't know what the heck its called)!!!
Anyway, I put this holey (not Holy) thing on and dabbed Tumbled Glass through it to make the dots - then swiped some Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearl over while that was still damp. When that was dry, I used some stamps that I've had for a couple of years and never used - these are Flora Bella by Graphicus, using Black Tuxedo Momento ink. When dry, I put crackle accents on a couple of the blooms and one of the butterflies, which were made using the stamp and punch butterfly from Martha Stewart. These were done from some scrap paper I inked up using what was left from my tag (by wetting the wet.dry foam). I layered the butterflies up only stamping the top layer. These were fixed on the tag using pinflair glue. The metal tag is from a stash I've had for donkey's...
There - my first attempt!!!
I have decided (just) to enter this into the Sunday Stampers Challenge run by the lovely Hels Sheridan (Ink on my Fingers)... I so KNOW it won't be up to the standard that some very talented people out there put together (I don't have a lot of arty farty stamps either)- but is is my very first stamp entry - and Hels 100th challenge - so, a bit of a milestone for both of us.
Her theme is 'free' this week (as in anything goes) - although she did add that you could include birds to go with the 'free as a bird' saying... Well, I think butterflies are equally free (i'm just saying that because I didn't realise before I made this tag that she had said that bit LOL) - so there, I'm going to name my tag 'Free as a... Butterfly'...
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Paula x x x