Thursday, March 26, 2020

Travel the universe

Hello everyone, 

Do you sometimes have difficulties to make a decisions? I do, and that's why I want to show you two quite similar tags today. Also, these are great examples of getting more out of your stamps - I'll get back to that later.

I started by stamping the moon on my tags with a light grey Archival Ink. To intensify the color, I did this several times with the help of a stamping tool. I also stamped the moon on some masking paper, cut that out and out it onto the tag.

The rest of the background was quite simple. I added some Oxide Inks with a blending tool. To make the moon shine, I used lighter colors around it and went darker the further I moved away from it. But what would the moon be without some stars? I added them by sprinkling some drops of water and watered white acrylic paint.

Whild everything was drying, I prepared my focal images. I stamped the mermaid as well as the dancer and used watercolor to bring them to life. They needed quite a lot of fussy-cutting, but it was totally worth the effort.

They just needed something to stand on and while browsing through my stamps, I found one that was halfway matching. You can see what I mean in the following picture. On the left there is the "original" stamp with the woman on the docks and on the right what I made out of it. I just cut off the parts of the image that I didn't need to have just the pier.

After the coloring and fussy-cutting I placed all the elements on my tag and heat embossed my "travel the universe" quote in silver. Just make sure that your tag is entirely dry before  heat embossing over the Oxide Inks.

As my last finishing touches I backed my tag with some navy blue cardstock and added a piece of ribbon - luckily I had one in my stash that was perfectly matching.

Stamps I used:
Plate 1494 >> the dancer stamp is missing as a single item in the shop. The VLVS team is working on the issue, but you can find the stamp along with two others from this project on this plate in the meantime.

Other materials:
- Canson watercolor paper
- Cardboard navy blue
- Masking paper
- Oxide Inks (Iced Spruce, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, Black Soot)
- Archival Ink (Shadow Grey)
- Watercolor 
- Versafine Watermark Ink 
- Embossing powder (silver)
- Ribbon

Hope you feel inspired and found some helpful tips. See you soon!


Julie S said...

Love these!!

crazy4atc said...

These are fabulous!