HAPPY APRIL!! I’m back with my 2nd posting for the day-Thanks for joining me again, as I put on my Our Creative Corner Design Team hat and present our April challenge theme Color Your World as hosted by my OCC Teammie, Laurie. Let’s hear about this month’s challenge theme from Laurie-
“Here in the U.S., we are coming into Spring-The season when nature comes forth with new life. Soft green grasses grow in the fields and the trees bloom in glorious colors with the promise of fruit. Tulips and daffodils emerge from the soil after a long Winters nap. The colors of Spring, the sights and sounds of nature at this time of the year renews my soul.
In the Spring time, the colors of nature are different around the world. For my challenge this month, I want you to Color Your World-Create a project with the colors of Springtime where you live. Show us what colors renew your soul!”
Color Your World is being sponsored by Creative Embellishments with a $25 gift certificate to their online store!! Very Cool, indeed! 🙂
Thanks Laurie, for a much needed burst of color-full inspiration! Well, in my part of the world, there is no color-not yet anyway. Nothing is in bloom, my fresh sprouts of Bleeding Hearts, Peonies, Bee Balm and the like have just broken surface and the grass is just starting to turn green with new growth for the mowing season! I created my own Spring color with this mixed-media jumbo tag–
This tag surprises me every time I look at it–It’s so bright and happy! I loved using the new Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamp set to create this tag! Let me show you some of the things I did to bring this all together.
I started with 2 #10 jumbo manila tags. I smooshed and rubbed DPs in Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon & Mowed Lawn onto one tag, then I laid another jumbo tag over the paint, pressed down then gently peeled apart.
I spritzed the tags with water and heat dried. I’ll be using the tag on the left for today’s project. I’ll save the tag on the right for another time 🙂
I also did solid paint marbling of several pieces of manila stock with DPs in Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Abandoned Coral. And for the stems I paint marbled a piece of manila stock with Mowed Lawn & Crushed Olive.
I stamped my flowers and stems onto these painted pieces of stock with Jet Black Archival and heat embossed several of the flower centers with Frosted Crystals EP. OH-the flower centers where stamped onto pieces of manila stocked that was inked with Tea Dye & Walnut Stain DIs.
I fussy cut all of the blooms, flower centers and stems–I’m saving the coneflowers for later use 🙂
These white splotches are the result of a rather unsuccessful stencil monoprint–But I like the effect anyway!! It’s random and splotchy–It can’t get any better than that if I had actually tried! 🙂
This is the stencil design of the unsuccessful monoprint! It’s the Alphabet Border Dylusions stencil. I used coordinating colors of DI to stencil over the painted surface.
I brought out my Gothic LS and applied a layer of White Embossing Paste—
—Then, as lightly as I could, I spritzed coordinating Distress Spray Stains over the wet embossing paste, spritzed with water, and heat set. I wanted the embossing paste to have some of the tag colors, and since I used Distress Paints to color my tag, it’s permanent and wouldn’t seep into the wet paste.
I added some pieces of tissue tape here and there and ran through my sewing machine for some random stitching. It’s almost time to start layering my blooms on, but before I did that-and something I didn’t take a picture of-was paint splatters! I added a final flick of Scattered Straw Distress Paint splatters over the surface and heat set.
OH-you can see the paint splatters here!! I positioned my blooms and adhered into place on the tag with matte multi-medium. I used my Tapered Fringe die with Kraft Core’dinations to create the grass and adhered to the tag with thin strips of tacky tape.
I used one of the quotes from my Small Talk stickers, cut into pieces, inked with Tea Dye DI and mounted onto black stock. I adhered to the tag with matte multi-medium and let air dry. When dry, I outlined the word bands and flowers with a combination of Walnut Stain & Picket Fence DMs.
I just love all of elements the layers of the different mediums create.
To camouflage the edge of the grass, I stapled a piece of jute twine in place.
Such a fun, cheery bouquet of colorful flowers!
This tag definitely Colors My World! Thanks again for the fantastic challenge theme, Laurie! Now it’s your turn to show us what Color’s Your World! The April Color Your World challenge is open until April 28th, and don’t forget, there’s a generous $25 Creative Embellishments gift certificate to one of our randomly drawn participants. The top winner will receive a Guest Designer spot at Our Creative Corner!
Thanks again for joining me for post #2 today! It’s fun like that!! Happy April and hope to see your entries at Our Creative Corner!!
Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!
SUPPLIES I USED:
- #10 Jumbo Manila Tag (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Manila Stock; Kraft Core’dinations (Tim Holtz/Core’dinations); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
- Distress Paints, Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Frosted Crystal EP (Ranger)
- Tissue Tape & Small Chat Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Seam Binding
- Finger Knife (Fiskars); Cutting Mat; Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Splatter Brush (Liquitex); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Tacky Tape