Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Get Your Grunge On

Once again it is time to celebrate the techniques of Tim Holtz over at Studio L3. This one is a faux watercolor stamping technique and it is super easy to create a painterly watercolor effect even if you have never lifted a brush in your entire life. To see the technique just click here and you will be taken to Tim's blog. You can also read up on all the previous stuff going on at Linda's Studio by clicking here.

Below are all the details of what I did and even a few extra samples.

Click on the picture to see a larger view. 

OK... so this is the tag I did for this weeks challenge. I admit after finishing it that I had a little bit of a
deja-vu moment. I knew that I had done something similar for a birthday tag that was given to Lillian while I was at the Florida retreat. (I didn't post that tag because I didn't want Lillian to see it before the unveiling.) Then I realized that I had done one similar for another Grungy Monday challenge. (What a slap your forehead ... DUH.... I'm an idiot moment.) At least they are all different from each other even though they have a lot of the same elements. I promise not to repeat this design again but I was looking to finish a tag for the sake of showing/doing the technique and not just completing a "new" design.

ANYWAYS..... here's what I did.

Since I don't have many "solid" types of stamps I actually did the background for the entire tag with this technique. I don't have very many Adirondack pads either so I opted to use my Distress Inks instead. I used the colors of Scattered Straw, Wild Honey and Tumbled Glass. (I made some other color combos which are shown below.) I then stamped over the tiled background with a "writing" stamp. The black border is a punch from EK Success that I punched from black paper that was embossed with black glitter embossing powder. That was glued under a piece of metallic ribbon which in turn covers the trim that the beaded fringe is attached to. The wings are white pearl german scrap that I rubber a little Tumbled Glass Distress Ink over to bring out the details. The finishing details are a black eyelet in the tag hole, A piece of gold wire wrapped around the ribbon and curled, and I heat embossed the face image in the heart with black and then colored it with colored pencils. 

Previous Grungy Monday challenge

Lillian's Birthday tag

On the right is the stamped image without the watercolor technique applied to it. I chose not to use this tag because I felt it didn't show the technique very well. 

On the right is the color combo of Victorian Velvet,  Spun Sugar and Milled Lavender. On the left is the color combo of Scattered Straw, Spun Sugar and Milled Lavender. I didn't use either one of these tags because the combos just didn't speak to me.


Anonymous said...

Great tag. I love all the bead dangles you added.

Jane said...

Oh so fun! I love your tag (s)

Susan said...

I love those Bkgds.!! do tell how you did it. and if those tags do not speak to you, I would gladly put them to good use, LOL!

Sue West said...

Love your tags, the backgrounds look great. In fact everything about them looks great.

The Craft Cupboard Under the Stairs said...

Very creative! Beautiful details!

Linda Ledbetter said...

Valerie, there's nothing wrong with exploring different expressions of a design you like, and you did a spectacular job with this tag!!! With all three of them, in fact, and I love seeing the contrasting techniques. It really helps illustrate just how versatile a single design can be.

Your watercolor stamping looks awesome!