Monday, January 17, 2011

I Tag Thee Challenge

Hello again!

I know... two posts in one day... what can I tell you... weekends are all about ART... and today is a holiday to I get an *extra day*... :D

Yesterday, Hels and I had our second "I Challenge Thee" session via skype, and this time we actually did most of our crafting LIVE.  She had me propped up on her laptop, sitting on "my" desk in the Room of Stash.... was great to feel at least a little bit like we were together again, crafting our little hearts out, singing along with the radio... make sure to pop over to Hels' blog and check out her project, too! 

This week we came up with the following recipe for our project:

Project Type:  Tag (normal size, #8)

Distress Ink Colors:  Broken China & Scattered Straw (ellen); Chipped Sapphire & Old Paper (hels); plus we could each choose a "wild card" color - we both chose Vintage Photo.... (because vintage photo makes *everything* look better!)

Archival / Staz On inks as needed.

Technique:  Embossed Resist

Stamps: Paper Artsy grungeflowers, stamped on metal; and Studio 490 Background stamps

Embellishments:  As rules....

And away we go!  I'm excited as this is my first metal flower!! 

I started by stamping the vine background by Studio 490 onto my tag using distress embossing ink. Heated it up, and then inked over the embossed area with ALL the colors above, starting with the lightest and working darker & darker to build color and contrast.

Then I made a "tape sandwich" out of black cardstock, Ten Seconds Studio (TSS) humungo tape, and gold metal.  This gives the metal some stability and makes it easier to work with.  Thanks to Lin Brown and her awesome tutorial for the idea....  Then stamped the collage flowers from Paper Artsy onto the metal using black Staz-On ink and heated to dry.  Did same technique with Paper Artsy dotty leaf onto green metal (also a tape sandwich).

Cut the metal images out with scissors and texturized them with the various refining tools and wheels from TSS.   Layered the two flowers together with glossy accents, and added a bottle cap in the center, with a Tim Holtz philosophy tag in the middle.  Added layers of clear UTEE and melted with a heat gun (carefully so as not to blow it all over the room! voice of experience there...).

Added an ornate plate with the word "create" handwritten on the green metal.  Covered the inside of the frame with glossy accents and waited about TEN YEARS for it to dry.... this pic was taken after about 6 hours.... still drying....

Since the embossed background didn't cover the whole tag, I stamped the alphabet/numbers background (Studio 490) at the top of the tag, and added some Maya Road crochet trim as a border between the two sections.  

I am LOVING these "I Challenge Thee" sessions - it is so helpful to make the major decisions at the *beginning* of the process, and stick to them!  We art-lovers are so over-loaded with stash that it is sometimes completely overwhelming to just decide what to make!  Let alone how to make it.  And it's so simple... pick a project type (tag, card, altered frame, etc.), pick 3 or 4 (or 5!) distress ink colors, choose several stamps to use, and a technique you want to focus on, and just START! 

Have a great Monday!  I'm going to see "the queen" today.... Queen's Ink that is.... like I need more stash.... LOL....


~ ellen xx


Helen said...

I love this tag, the colours are stunning and you obviously can't go wrong with the stamps you chose!!

Juls said...

just stunning! I love the metal flowers! Hugs Juls

SusanK said...

What you and Hels is doing is so neat! And both your tags come out super lovely!

Dezinaworld said...

what an amazing tag. beautiful work indeed
Also if you pop by my blog today, i have a freebie background, you may want to use sometime. its only there for a day then will be gone so thought i would let you know
have a great week
hugs June xxx

Hels Sheridan said...

Oooh, loverly colours there hun PMSL

Actually, it is a GORGEOUS tag and I LURVE the UTEE in the bottlecap... I thought you had used a Melt Pot... never thought to do it with granules and heatgun... shall try that... less messy LOL

I cannot wait for the next Challenge Thee.. erm.. challenge!!! xx

Lori said...

This is awesome, Ellen! Such a great idea! I just love the metal flower! Paper get some one of these days! Everything is just wonderful about this tag!

Minxy said...

Love your resist and the choice of colours, very lush, and your flower is fab too :D