I was determined not to be last minute this month with my tag, and so as the sun was shining lovely in the garden today, I took the photos outside. My next door neighbour thinks I have lost the plot a little on my hands and knees photographing a 'little piece of card' as he calls it, totally oblivious of the work gone into it as he tends his garden, oh well we both understand our own little world. I love the way this tag turned out,
This month Tim had us using the distress pens, which I have not had out for a while so it was good to use them again.
The colours I chose were Scattered Straw, Broken China, Weathered Wood & Gathered Twigs. The dragonflies were stamped with archival ink onto the watercolour card, and coloured with the distress markers and waterbrush. Once dry, I lightly distressed over the whole card using the same colours of distress pads and the tool. Tim showed us how to pick up the ink off the craft sheet and flick it onto the tag, this is the technique I have used to get the blue and brown splats of ink.
I tore the bottom edge of the card and went around it with Gathered Twigs. I felt it looked a bit lost, so I repeated the process again, twice over to give a layered look which I am really pleased with.
The background again was using the same 4 colours, but this time using weathered wood distress paint, broken china distress stain, Scattered straw pad all dabbed onto the craft mat and spritzed with water. The tag was dragged through it and it was spritzed again to blend. I dried this off slightly and flicked the ink with the waterbrush as I did earlier to get more splats on the tag. The tag was stamped top and bottom with archival ink using one of my most favourite stamp sets (Stampers Anonymous Classics 3), and the edges were again distressed with Gathered Twigs.
The Vintage ribbon was coloured using the same colours and inks/paints as the background of the tag.
A little addition of idea-ology chit chat words and a couple of beads from my stash finished it off nicely.
Whenever I do dragonflies, I am oh so tempted to give them a tickle of stickles on their wings, but I was very strict with myself this time, and refrained from doing this as I thought it would spoil the overall effect.
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