Tuesday 23 August 2011

Time for a Tag

Eventually I completed a Christmas project today, I have been working on this for a magazine article which has taken so much longer than expected, admittedly all my fault!
My fingers get so inky,  when attempting a snow scene the slightest mark on pure white is most definitely the be all & end all!…(Unless someone out there knows a good way of removing distress ink from white cardstock?…. without leaving a mark??)
I know I should wash my hands, but to be completely honest, I get so involved that sometimes it just slips my mind!
Anyway I am sure we have all been there right? … Why does it always happen right at the end,  after all the hard work is done?!?

Ok rant over for now, here is a  tag that did not make it for the magazine, they wanted Steampunk and this really does not fit the bill, it is using the stamps from my new winters tale set.
To be honest, I have been so busy lately it was really nice to sit down and have a play with these stamps eventually..

2stamp insert andy (Medium)

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Mask of the horizon line and barn.
Blend Mustard Seed half way up the un-masked area of the skyline.
Starting at the horizon line, blend Fired Brick into the Mustard seed.
Finish the top of the sky with a little dusty concord and Faded Jeans.
Remove the horizon mask and stamp the tree with Black Archival ink.
Remove the mask from the barn and stamp the barn with Black archival ink.
Stamp the geese, gate, wooden posts, robin, sentiment and berry bush with black archival ink.
Using a brush, colour the barn and posts with Walnut stain & Aged mahogany distress ink.
Use Faded jeans with a brush to shade the snow.
Add the berry's with Fired Brick.
Finally add highlights using an Inkssentials White opaque pen.

Oh yeah, please make sure you wash your hands to avoid inky fingerprints in the snow! lol



  1. Andy that is really stunning...Christmas in August there! (Mind you the weather today could have been winter)

  2. Beautiful work as always. Will you let us know the magazine Andy so we can look out for your other tag? Lucia

  3. Just fabulous.
    luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

  4. Beautiful, love the dramatic sky colours!

  5. It will be featured in Crafts Beautiful Nov issue Lucia, an altered steampunk box and a tag both with a xmas theme.

  6. Great stamp set! I love the tag. The distress ink sky is beautiful. I also like the combo of colors on the barn. Very nice. Anything I have used to try to remove a mistaken ink line, smudge or finger print has, sad to say, made it worse. :( I now keep my wipes in sight, as well as, a dry towel to dry my wet fingers! I still sometimes lose myself crafting away and not thinking to wipe my fingers, but having the wipes in sight has been a helpful reminder. :)

  7. Beautiful Andy, just beautiful. Nothing more to add really!!! Lindsay x

  8. Hi Andy...loving this stamp set...I must apologise for taking scissors to the fence image but a great way to get a mirror image..check it out HERE and HERE is the card I made inspired by your tag
    Hugs Kath xxx


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