Monday, 10 March 2014

"A Stitch in Time " Entry for The Sunday Stampers Challenge

Hi Everyone, hope you are all well and that you have been able to enjoy this lovely Spring sunshine that we have had the last couple of days. Todays tag is my entry for Hels Sheridan's Sunday Stampers Challenge titled " A Stitch in Time".

To view the other entries and to read her great blog click on the link


1 Large Manilla Tag
Stamps from Inkydoodles Cross Stitch Heart background and Primative Angel, Studio 490 Flower Art, Daisy and Dandelion Christmas Wishes.
Small Heart from the bag of Inkydoodles MDF Shapes
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Measured
Pan Pastels in Magenta extra dark, Hansa Yellow shade and Permanent Green shade.
Versa-mark ink pad
White embossing powder and Wow Metallic Pewter embossing powder
Distress Ink in Vintage Photo
Brilliance ink pad in Graphite Black
Memento ink pad in Sweet Plum
Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die
Memory Box Trailing Ivy Die
Small amounts of cream card, patterned papers and material
PaperArtsy Fresco Acrylic in Nougat and Satin Glaze
Distress Stains in Seedless Preserves and Milled Lavender
Decoart Metallic Lustre in Black Shimmer
Cotton Tape
3 Pearls and 1 brad

To begin with I coloured the tag with the Pan Pastels using the soft tool applicator starting with the yellow at the top, then the green and lastly the magenta. I  didn't layer the Pan Pastels too thickly as I wanted a slightly mottled effect.

Next I randomly stamped the cross stitched hearts in versa-mark ink and then using the soft sponge went over them with the green shade Pan Pastels.

Then using the vintage photo ink, make-up sponge and the stencil I made 2 areas of tape measure across the tag. As the Pan Pastels will rub off onto your hands its best to set them in some way and for this I brushed on a layer of Satin Glaze before the next stage. This glaze takes only about 5mins to dry.

The large flower from the Studio 490 set was stamped onto the tag using the sweet plum ink. This was stamped just off the tag at the bottom as I wanted the flower going off the edge.

Next I coloured a piece of cream card with the Pan Pastels to match the tag but using a little more of the magenta. This was also given a coat of the satin glaze. Once dry I stamped the tag using the graphite black ink from the Christmas stamp set but didn't ink the christmas greeting in the centre as I wanted the stitched edge. Then the message You're Sew Special was stamped in versa-mark and embossed using the white embossing powder. The tag was then cut out with a craft knife and a hole was punched ready for the tape to go through. 

The heart was given a coat of nougat acrylic paint, then once dry was stamped with versa-mark using the trellis heart from the Primative Angel stamp set, sprinkled with the Wow embossing powder and then heat embossed. A pearl was threaded onto some silk thread and tied onto the heart.

Now onto the flower, firstly I stamped the large flower with versa-mark onto a chosen piece of patterned paper and then embossed with the white embossing powder. This was cut out with a pair of scissors. The other layers where cut from card and material scraps using the tattered florals die. I cut 4 different coloured ivy trails using the Memory Box die. 

Once I had decided on the sequence for the layers of the large flower and the small one for the top of the tag they were then glued together. When the glue had set I then applied some of the metallic lustre to the edges of the petals on the large flower. This was then carefully buffed up with a soft cloth when dry. 

The white tape was then coloured using the distress stains. This was done by dabbing the stains onto a craft mat, spritzing with a little water and then dragging the tape through the wet ink, turning it over as to colour both sides. This can be dried using a heat gun if you are in a hurry ( or just a tad impatient!) The tape was then attached to the top of the tag.

I added some faux stitching to the edges of the tag with a black micron pen before assembling.

The large flower was attached first.

Then the message tag and the small flower were stuck in place and just for fun I stamped the 100% original art in black ink from the primitive angel set!

Hope you have enjoyed todays entry and perhaps can take some element from this to use on one of your creations. Thanks as always for stopping by today and reading this blog, it is appreciated. Please  feel free to leave any comments at the bottom of the page or if you have any questions or queries I will reply as soon as I can. Take care and have a good crafting week and hopefully see you back here soon  Jane x


1 comment:

  1. Gorgeous tag, love that soft background and the stamping on the heart is gorgeous, looks like material.... Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x