Monday, 9 July 2012

TEXTURES & CIRCLES

...the funny thing about life, if your refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it...
- W Somerset Maugham -


...hello everyone...today I'm sharing with you a Tag I've made using many layers of Inks, paints & textures...I hope you like it...



...I gave a plain manilla tag a random coating of PaperArtsy Fresco Paint in Mermaid, followed by a heavy dosing of Walnut Distress Ink, followed by random circles in Black Soot, then put it sideways in Tim's Tree Branch embossing folder...


...I cut a piece of roughly torn corrugated card with Tim's movers & shapers Book Plate Die (which could double up as tombstone!) and again randomly gave it a coat of the ParperArtsy Fresco Paint in Honey Dew, followed by Black Soot & Walnut DI I also used a smidge of textured embossing powder, at the head of the Book Plate I used a gorgeous fox head button...


...I used a piece of leather with one of Tim's On The Edge Dies for the top of the Tag, which i hand stitched in fine gauge wire, a thimble would of saved my poor finger tips but we do have to suffer for our art sometimes! I also cut an extra circle to place over the eye-let front and back...I took inspiration for this from the amazing Tammy Tutterow...


...I stamped the steampunk chaps onto a crumpled piece of brown paper, then did the same on a piece of plastic roughly cut to the same shape, then I lined them up & held them in place with a couple of small brads & stuck them with foam pads to the Book Plate...


...I gave the Tree Branch a fine sanding to let the paint show through, hopefully from this shot you can see all the layers of texture...


...I had a lot of fun making this Tag...I'm entering it for the following challenges...

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...thank you for dropping by today...
xxx















42 comments:

  1. This tag is truly a masterpiece! Love the textures, the way you have put it together, the colour choices, well everything really! What an appropriate home for one of those lovely fox buttons. This is one of those things you never let go so it can remind you how talented and clever you are. And you are. Thanks for sharing, and good luck with the challenges. Hugs, Buttons x

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  2. It even looks like you had fun making it Mel. No wonder though. Great layering and lovely grunge textures.

    Brilliant!!!

    Sam xxx

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  3. A stunning textural tag Mel, loving the leather tag topper:)x

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  4. Me this is absolutely cool.
    Perfect play with dig´ffernet media.
    Fantastic work. xoxo

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  5. The effort that you put into making this tag really shows, love the button, it works so well as the tombstone head, the leather is a brilliant choice and great stitching too (your poor fingers - I have a spare thimble if you need one!). Reminds me a bit of 'Twilight', kind of eery but fabulous all at the same time. I love it! Anne x

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  6. Love your tag and all the details you have added.xxx

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  7. Superb Mel! I love all your layers of ink and paint, so much rich texture and interest. Your leather topping, wire stitching (ouch!) and fox head button are such perfect details too. Having a catch up and hope all is good with you. xxx

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  8. This is amazing, Mel! Glorious textures and techniques, and it looks a million dollars. Thanks for your lovely comment over at Words and Pictures (and for the tip-off about SSSaS!).
    Alison x

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  9. wow this is such a fab tag with loads of wonderful textures and the leather at the top is terrific. Annette x

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  10. Very cool....love the colour and texture and the way you assembled the...how do you call them..steampunk chaps...together. (:o)
    xo Elly

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  11. Mel That is fantastic, I love all the different textures, the leather at the top is brilliant. and the acetate over the stamped image always looks good. really like this. Nice use of the new toys ;)
    mark

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  12. Fabulous tag, I love the leather cut with an on the edge die, it adds great texture. This is a lovely layered piece and I love your embellishments. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

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  13. Lovely tag . Love your use of leather here cut with the on the edge die, adding great texture. A lovely layered creation, beautifully embellished. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

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  14. The leather, the fox button, the inking, the texture...this truly is a masterpiece!

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  15. Brilliant tag.So many things on it for inspiration.

    Love Chrissie xx

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  16. LIKE IT....????? I LOVE IT!!!!!!
    it's so Funky and this tag realey ROCKS!!!!
    Love your work so much!!!
    Greetz Patricia

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  17. A wonderful piece. Just love the fact that you've used hand stitching on your work! The fox embellishment is fab. I'm now your latest follower as I want to see more of your work.
    Julia

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  18. Fabulous tag Mel, I'm loving all the layers and texture, full of interest. The fox button is perfect.
    I love visiting your blog, your full of inspiration xxx

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  19. Amazing tag Mel! Your work is always full of interesting details!

    Sarah x

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  20. Hi mel, spotted this over at the Artistic stamper and new it was you!! Really beautiful, right up my street. Foxy button has made a début!
    Kxoxo

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  21. You have packed this tag full of texture and it looks fab! Yur fox button is a great addition! Another fab make! Love it!trace x

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  22. Love this, especailly the leather top. Brilliant.

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  23. Oh, this is amazing. You really have a talent! I just found your blog and I'm in love :))

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  24. Love all the amazing texture...tis fabby ;) Thanks for playing at The Artistic Stamper this month,
    xoxo Sioux

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  25. All the texture you've created is gorgeous, Mel. I love the look of that embossed tree. It looks like it's made out of something much thicker than a manilla tag. Your description of your vintage chaps made me laugh.
    Hugs Lisax

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  26. This is just so super Mel and love the techniques you have used. Very creative
    x catherine

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  27. Simply awesome Mel.....your art is always an inspiration!!!

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  28. There is so much to this tag, nice! I'm sure you will get alot out of that tree folder, I can think of so many uses, I know you will come up with some great stuff! Oh, and there is that fox button that you got last week, it's perfect for this!

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  29. Another fabulous creation Mel, love it all.. fantastic design, Textures, colours I could go on..on.. Brillant work.. Thank you for your kind comments. have a fun week, Hugs May x x

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  30. Wow, what a gorgeous tag - I love it! The image of the men is just wonderful, and perfectly matches the background. A great steam punk feel to it - just fab work!

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  31. I love all the texture and detail on this tag...there's so much to look at and it's just gorgeous!
    Good luck and thanks for joining us over at The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Blog!! :)

    ...and thank you for your lovely comment on my post!! :) It's always fab to see you there and as for your question about my pics, to be honest...I just point and shoot, so...it must be down to having a good camera! lol!!

    Hugs Emma xx

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  32. Hi have a bunch of die cuts,all Tim ones , if you would like me to send them , drop me an email!!! Crafty hugs trace x

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  33. Wow, the tag rocks, great images. Love the little charm.

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  34. This tag is beyond beautiful, Mel. I really, really LOVE it. You have given me an idea for using some old leather circles I have. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  35. wow, I am just loving your tags, and the detail is pure awesome! Sewing with fine gauge wire is not something I would have thought of, but I LOVE it! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

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  36. Stitching with wire? Blimey you ARE dedicated to the art Mel!!! Love this, so much going on but not too busy at all...Love it!!!Trish xxxxx

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  37. Oh wow Mel, this is such a STUNNING tag, so many layers, so much to look at, LOVE IT!!!! Thanks for entering it in the Artistic Stamper Creative team challenge for this month!

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  38. Mel, you are a star. Thank you SO much, what a lovely surprise to get home and find this tag waiting along with the other goodies, totally blown away and put a big smile on my face.Thank you. It looks even better in real life, the textures and the sewn leather are awesome. Love it. thanks again,
    mark x

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  39. MASSIVE WOW Mel what a fantastic tag and the little fox button looks great. You are amazing and thank you so much for the beautiful tag you sent to me as a thank you for the buttons. Isn't Blogland wonderful.
    Have a lovely weekend
    Lynn and the Doodly birds x x

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  40. Fantastic tag Mel....lovely layers and textures...stunning job!

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...thankyou so much for taking the time to drop by my blog...I hope you like what you see...warm wishes...Mel :)