Happy Thursday!! So glad that you’re joining me today!!
Sorry I’ve been sporadic with my postings lately. I’m multi-tasking in the background with some home improvements. Specifically, a ‘small’ bathroom remodel with tiling, wainscoting and the install of a brand new 72″, cast-iron, double slipper tub. I won’t talk about how it’s been sitting, waiting for this install (4 years..) but, it’s happening now! That’s all that matters 😉
For today though, I’ve got a special tag to share with you, which I’ve made to submit to 4 different challenges. I usually make one project, per challenge, but with this tag, I was able to accommodate all of the caveats for each challenge pretty well, I think, maybe…
Follow me and I’ll show you where each challenge theme is–
The base inspiration of this tag is Fond Memories, the theme of the challenge at A Vintage Journey. The fondest memories I find myself thinking of these days, are those of my Mom. I have a small collection of some of my family’s old pictures, including those of my Mom in her childhood, and I thought it would be fun to experiment with all of the challenge themes and incorporate a very Fond Memory–A vintage photo of my Mom.
I’ve pulled out one of my jars of embellishments, in support of Tim’s May Tag challenge of using ‘creative composition’ for this month’s installment of the 12 Tags of 2014 and I’ve pulled out just a few of my
hoards of left-overs to play along over at Our Creative Corner, ‘Love Those Leftovers’. I use left-overs ALL the time and sometimes, choosing which left-overs to use is a challenge in itself 🙂
I also want to experiment with using some water coloring on this tag, so, I’m going really artsy with printing that vintage photo of my Mom onto a piece of sticky back canvas that I’ll treat later with some color. (I’m taking the Water Color for Card Makers course and I’m experimenting whenever I can…)
I started with picking the embellishments I wanted to include for this tag. The embellishments I chose dictated the size of my backgrounds and the pieces of Collage Paper Stash that I used. I backed each piece of paper with chipboard and adhered together with my glue stick. I roughed up the edges with my sanding block and inked with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.
Of course I couldn’t resist spritzing and flicking water over each background piece!
Now onto some of the embellishments that are going to need some alone time to dry, like these little brass hearts. I have NO IDEA where I got these from and I’ve had them in my stash, for what seems like–FOREVER!! Time to use them, I’d say!! Each heart represents me and my siblings–more Fond Memories…
I used Adirondack Alcohol Inks in Stream, Butterscotch, Wild Plum and Lettuce. I applied the inks directly onto each heart and used the tip of the bottle to spread around. I set those aside on a piece of wax paper to air dry…
…and once dry, I applied Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter to each heart to add a little sparkle. I left the hearts as is and did not apply any kind of ink or stain on top of the DG. I’m being a little sparse about the DG hearts, as this is in support of Studio L3’s current Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge–Distress Glitter! You have to have Tim’s latest volume to participate in this one.
I adhered the hearts down to my background panel with multi-medium and set that aside to air dry. I’m the only girl, so I’ll claim the pink heart!!
Out of my left-over stash, I found this chipboard die cut frame, which I’m going to glitz up with some Distress Glitter and some kind of base color….
I rubbed Pumice Stone DS over the entire frame and dried with my heat tool. Then I rubbed some Broken China DP onto my craft sheet, spritzed with water, and ran the frame through the paint. I didn’t saturate the entire frame with DP so that Pumice Stone color breaks through here and there. Happy with the coverage, I set with my heat tool.
Here again, I used Clear Rock Candy DG over the entire frame and set aside to dry. I only have two colors of Distress Glitter, but luckily, Clear Rock Candy is one of them and it’s sooooo versatile!! You can still see the colors of Broken China and Pumice Stone through the glitter–Cool!!
I bumped the color up, just a little bit, with the addition of Broken China DI over the surface of the dry glitter and the inking of the outside and inside edges of the frame with Walnut Stain DI.
This is a class picture of my Mom, circa 1954 or so when she was about 12 years old.
Now, back to the printed picture of my Mom. First, I must say, I would have printed this picture using my laser jet printer–laser jet printers have a more permanent ink and won’t react with moisture. Alas, the laser jet is out of ink, so I printed this picture using my ink jet printer. Fingers crossed that I won’t have an inky mess when I get to adding water.
I added color to the canvas using my ink blending tools and a dab/rub type application with DI’s in Broken China, Tea Dye, Victorian Velvet and Aged Mahogany. When I was happy with the depth of color, I used my water brushes to move the ink around.
When I adhered the sticky back canvas to its background panel, I needed to add more color. This time, I used my water brushes and DM’s in Tea Dye, Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose and Vintage Photo to bring out my Mom’s eyes, hair, lips and skin. I scribbled each color of marker onto my craft sheet and picked up with the water brushes.
Now, you’ll see how some of the ink jet print has smeared a bit around the hairline and brows when I started water coloring, but, I’m totally OK with that–It looks like a real, hand painted water color portrait! OK–maybe not a ‘real’ water color painting…but close!
I’m going to speed this up a bit and get to the layout of my mounted embellishments and canvas portrait onto this left-over #10 manila tag. The background on this tag was achieved using left-over Distress Paints, even!! I can’t let anything go to waste and when I’m using distress paints for projects, I use every last drop that I can! And the stenciled polka-dots….left-over Black Soot DP on the stencil itself that I rubbed onto the tag using a paper towel.
I adhered all of the embellishments to their respective panels with multi-medium, except for the portrait…that’s sticky back canvas and didn’t need anything extra–and the word panel… I glued each letter down with a glue stick–then each embellished panel was secured with multi-medium. I did end up pressing the almost finished tag between heavy magazines and my Big Shot machine, to really get those panels to stay put…
I picked the Courageous muse token to describe my Mom–not only Courageous about how she handled her illness, but how she handled all of us kids growing up!! Well, maybe not me…but definitely my Brothers!! 😉
And I chose to use this key hole, from the Locket Keys set with this piece of collage paper. I wanted that printed text of Memory to be seen right through the keyhole….The right key, will open the door to memories.
I pretty much copied Tim’s arrow panel from his May tag! My arrow represents those fond shots of memory, right to my heart–BINGO!!
I used cotton twill that I frayed for the ‘leaves’.
ML are my Mom’s initials–Mary Lou.
A couple of extra embellishments are these paper flowers that I dipped in Vintage Photo & Clear Rock Candy DG’s. I made myself a little mix of the two and dipped and twirled my blossoms into the concoction and let air dry. Then I made these little initial pieces with black card stock and heat embossed with detail white powder. I did a bit of messy stitching to each initial strip with my sewing machine, then adhered to the canvas panel with double-back tape.
I stamped the word FOND with mini alphabet letters and Staz-On ink in Jet Black directly onto the tag. I used color treated seam binding and frilly yarn to tie the key to the tag with. The seam binding I used is treated with Seedless Preserves DP and Broken China & Walnut Stain DI’s.
I don’t have Tim’s new Shadow Presses, so I compromised and I made my own shadowed word panel with die cut letters, using my Cricut Machine and the Opposites Attract cartridge. I ran my craft & black card stocks through the Cricut machine and adhered each letter together with a glue stick, then I glued each letter to the panel with a light coating of multi-medium. I don’t want any memories falling off this tag!!
And let me bring up the back of this tag! The weight of the embellishments on their chipboard panels made this tag warp a bit. For some added strength, I used another left-over #10 tag (which has 2 different experiments going on with it) and glued to the back of my tag. And you may notice, I covered the backside of each panel that sticks out, with collage paper. It’s all in the details, Baby 🙂
And that’s how I came about being able to make this tag for 4 different challenges. I took the concept of each challenge theme and composed the ingredients into this final creation.
Several of the challenges that this tag is being submitted to run all month long, so, join along and maybe you’ll find your own essence of the challenges–You never know where your own creativity will lead you!
Thanks for stopping by today! Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy XOXO-Shari
CHALLENGES W/SPONSORS (if applicable)
- Studio L3 Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge-Current Theme Distress Glitter/Sponsors: Inspiration Emporium and The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Linda Coughlin, the owner of The Funkie Junkie Boutique, is moving her store to a commercial location and the online store is closed for a couple more days. Congrats to Linda and wish I lived in Florida to be her first employee! Challenge Ends May 23.
- Our Creative Corner-May Theme: Love Those Leftovers/Sponsor: Crafty Individuals Challenge Ends May 31.
- A Vintage Journey-May Theme: Fond Memories/Sponsor: Country View Crafts Challenge Ends May 15.
SUPPLIES I USED:
*Claudine’s line of multi-mediums are being retired and I’m finding it hard to find shopping links that are still stocking her mediums. You can use any type of multi-medium you prefer…they all pretty much act the same and give the same results.