Happy to be back in blog land! I've taken the last few weeks off as I've been recovering from surgery. Since most of you reading this are of the female persuasion, I'm sure you'll understand.... I was having some fairly intense female issues and needed to have a hysterectomy. I, for one, am *thrilled* to be finished with that particular part of womanhood! I'm feeling back to normal now, going back to work today, and wanted to share a Dylusions project.
During my recovery I was sooo fortunate to receive all the new Dylusions stamps and stencils! Perfect timing! Here's a tag I made using the new stars stencil...
I started by creating a background using Dylusions ink sprays on a Ranger #12 manila tag. These tags are GI-NORMOUS! After the ink sprays, I added some additional interest using the circle and alphabet stencils, spraying through them with additional ink spray.
Then I got the new Stars stencil out and traced through it with a black sharpie pen, and painted in each star with a few coats of white gesso. Then I traced around each star again with a black Stabilo-All pencil (a.k.a. the "magic pencil" according to Dina Wakley). When you paint over the pencil with a water brush, it blends and bleeds slightly creating instant shadow and depth. Love them! (A charcoal pencil or black watercolor pencil would have a similar effect.)
Added the flying birds stamp from the "Bits and Bats" stamp set, and the "eyeball" border from the "Inbetweenies" stamp set, highlighting around each bird and inside each eye with a white gelly roll pen.
The final touch was added the sentiment, which I stamped using two different alpha stamp sets, cutting out each word and outlining with black sharpie for definition.
Hope you enjoyed this Dylusions project - I'm loving the new stamps and stencils and have LOTS more to share over the coming weeks. Lots of holiday options!
All of the items used on this tag are available locally in the Baltimore-Washington area at The Queens Ink (where this tag will happily reside in the Queen-dom), in the U.K. at Art From the Heart, and on-line in the U.S. from Simon Says Stamp!
Thanks for stopping by - it feels great to be back among the bloggers of the world! Now I better go and get myself ready to head back to work.... I'll be back regularly with some more projects from my time off.