Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Little Pre-weekend Inking

Greetings!
As the title says - just flying by before the weekend kicks in because we all know how fast they like to zoom by. Here's my take on the new episode over at Studio L3 hosted by Linda. I like to think of it as mix between a laboratory and playground where you can delve into the techniques, inkiness and history of  Mr. T. Holtz. Take a look the demo and grungy gossip here to see how you can conjure up a little faux batik. It's a really great technique and my iron saw more action in one night than it has all month...

I stamped the doily in Wild Honey and after the embossing bit I went on to use Rusty Hinge, Scattered Straw and Brushed Corduroy. I love the lacy detailing of this stamp (Hero Arts) and how it's come out with these tones. I got a great lace effect on my brown "soak-up" paper too. So two for the price of one! I added a bit more colour as the heat does reduce the colour slightly and then stamped a little mesh in the back ground. The Paper Artsy girl in an old but well-loved image stamped in Plum Archival, followed by some buttons embossed with Distress Powder.

 I added an old fabric scrap and a whiff of metal with a butterfly. She has received a liberal dose of alcohol ink and burnt Distress powder. It was a charm but I managed to cut the loop off which looks so much better. I felt I wanted to stay within the same tones and so I've also joined in at The Artistic Stamper where it's Monochrome, plus one colour.

 Seeing as there were a few wings around I  stamped Fly Away onto a Mica snippet and placed it with some ribbon trimmings underneath my flower. I cut lots of individual petals and gave them a swirl, scrunch and swish in distress ink and Glimmer mist. I then built them up into a flower and added a press-stud centre. As always, spent more time bashing it around than making it! I added some copper thread, ribbons to the top and then finished off with a serious session of edge distressing and Black Soot ink. I'm always amazed how a touch of black ink can just tweak the mood of piece, and allow the G in Grungy to be a little stronger than the G in Girly with this tag.

So... that was the creative newsflash for Thursday. Do hop over to Studio L3 and visit a few of the arty folk out there. It's really good to see so many inspiring and individual creations!
See you and the weekend very soon...
Sarah.

26 comments:

Plume said...

Oh my! This is so beautiful. I love all the details and esoecially the doily stamps in the background.

Juls said...

fabby tag! Love the colours and the textures! I especially love that fabulous flower!! Hugs Juls

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Lovely tag, the doily stamp is very effective in the background. Love the rich colours too. Tracy x

Kaz said...

*sigh* we are not worthy!! colours are just divine!!
hugs

kazxx

Lesley said...

You always put so much into your projects and this is no exception. I just LOVE! that background.
x

PsyPenguin said...

Gorgeous! love the colours and the flower is fab. xx

Meggymay said...

Gorgeous tag, the colours are so vibrant. Yvonne

Gio said...

it's so beautiful! i love every detail!

MarleneMAZ said...

Great tag! love the flower and all of the details on it.

Jane said...

Lovely. Your colors and details are wonderful.

Karen said...

Beautiful tag: Love the colours and textures

Paula said...

wonderful creation!

hazel said...

A wonderful tag - fabulous colours and I love the flower.
xxx Hazel.

Marjie Kemper said...

So many stunning details on this one. Love the color combo, the stamping, the flower.... okay, I love it all!

Ohhh Snap said...

ooooooooooooooooo. It's soooo pretty! I have to clear off my desk before I can do anything. I've been chipping away at it. Distress Inks are I think the proper carrot for this. TFS! #84

craftytrog said...

This is a real beauty Sarah! Such a lovely stamp to use for your batik, & I love the PA lady!

Brenda Brown said...

This is stunning Sasa, just love the colours and layers of stamping all finished with great embellishments. A real work of art.
Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

The Craft Cupboard Under the Stairs said...

I really look forward to seeing your entry! This is absolutely beautiful. I always enjoy reading your posts too!

BrianK said...

Really beautiful, your work is truely inspiring.

craftattack said...

Great tag and wonderful colours! Valerie

Debs said...

Love the colours and style xx

minnie_mac said...

Gorgeous tag. Love the colours and the stamping.

Marilyn

Dolly Daydreams said...

What an amazing tag and sch fabulous colours too.

Mari

Artyjen said...

Gorgeous tag the stamps you chose work particularly well with the batik look....Thanks for playing at the colour challenge with The Artistic Stamper.
xoxo Sioux

jodpea said...

Really love the colours and the doily pattern. I used to love doin batik at school n i'm not too hot at emboss resist so I'll give this a go!

Minxy said...

Just stunning, beautiful and perfectly grungy, love it,Sorry it's taken me a while to stop by, thanks for playing along with the artistic stamper team this month x