Wednesday 27 February 2013

Tattered floral's and some colour (no distress) ;)

 Welcome back and thank you for your time, Sorry for the amount of post this week it has been a productive few days and there is still one more to come on Friday, but that's a little hush hush for now ;)
 This tag was made in between drying times for my Friday project, and I new what I wanted to try just was not sure what to do. I have seen Tim Holtz is having a Tattered Floral challenge and Simon Says Stamp And Show's challenge is 'the stamp you love but don't use.I have also been wanting to try out Acrylic inks since I saw my blog friend, Paul/The artsider using them last December, the link takes you to a great tutorial he has made on how to use them.
 After seeing his journal pages I new I had to get me some and I have been sitting on them since Xmas just waiting for the right time to play.The inks I have used are from Daler Rowney, I love the intensity and smoothness of colour they give you.
 I wanted to keep my tag fairly simple so I limited myself to just 4 colours, red, yellow, orange and purple for some contrast. I started by swiping the colours over the tag in streaks just letting them blend slightly, they dry really quickly so instead of soft blending you get these nice streaky lines. I used one of my Distress ink blending foams to apply the ink.
The stamped image is from The Artistic Stamper and has been in my waiting to use pile for a little while, I fell in love with her as soon as I saw her, She has been stamped in black archival and the flower and top of her dress have been coloured in with the red acrylic ink.
 For the flowers I took an A4 sheet of craft card and like the tag just swiped colour overin blocks, over lapping the same 4 colours so there was no white card left showing, I then used Tim Holtz's paisley print and the text print from the Papillon set and stamped over the whole card. It was then ran through the Tattered Floral die.The flowers have been curled and layered up and attached to the tag with a couple of brads.

 I quite like that you can see the white edges of the card on each of the flowers it sort of helps break up the intensity of the colours.
The tag was finished with the little wooden stars, Thank you Trace, that have also been painted with the inks and a little disc with the words 'live your dream' the pic is a bit poo.
the ribbon is that scrunchy stuff and again has been coloured with the acrylic inks so it all matches.

As always a great big thank you for spending your time stopping by my little blog I rally can not say it enough but it means the world to me.
Hopefully I will see you on Friday especially if you like the darker side ;)

I would like to enter this into a couple of challenges.

As I mentioned Tim Holtz is having a Tattered Floral challenge, ok I know there is no distressing, I can asure you I am more surprised than anyone ;)

And also as mentioned Simon Says Stamp And Show are having a 'the stamp you love but don't use' type challenge.

Shopping Our Stash are having a Tag it challenge.

Over at The Corrosive Challenge Blog their theme is Rainbow Bright, a colour challenge (not the horrible little cartoon from when I was a kid) I think this is bright enough ;)

I would also like to enter this into the Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog, they are having an anything goes theme.


  1. I just love your Tag - I would say this is absolutely marvelous! Such a wonderful background - and I do think the flowers are just amazing!

  2. Great work and with flowers too! :P

  3. Wow. Need sunglasses for this fab tag Mark. It's all looking great.

  4. Hi Mark, this is really vibrant - and really stunning. It made me smile! Anne x

  5. Hey Mark. I thank you for your kind words you left on my blog. You certainly know how to make a girl feel good. :) I had to stop by your blog! I always enjoy seeing what you've come up with. I was not disappointed! Your bright tag with the gorgeous tattered flowers is really fun! LOVE LOVE the bright colors of the tattered flowers. Along with the random stamping, they look fantastic! I also wanted to comment on your very masculine and wonderful vintage ATC on your post before this one. You do such quality work! Thanks for stopping by my blog and thank you for joining the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. <3 Candy

  6. This is stunning in color and I just love it!!!!

  7. Bright and superbly done! Loving your flowers and the new stamp image is superb. Hugs, Jenny x

  8. A brilliant tag Mark, I love the bright colours.
    xxx Hazel.

  9. Brilliant, just love how vibrant and punchy this colour is. Glad you like the inks. I agree with you, i just love how smooth they go down on paper and how easy it is to add inks and pens over the top of them. This is a superb entry for the Tattered Floral challenge. The flowers are funky as heck. :) Px

  10. Bursting with colour, those flowers are a real triumph!!!! Glad you are making good use ofthe stars ! A really striking and stunning make trace x

  11. Very beauitful tag with bright colors. Just nicely done.

  12. *Squeels* that's my stamp design, mwah mwah kissy kissy - EXACTLY used the way I envisioned her to be, and she is surrounded by awesome blooms, thanks Mark, for sharing, I am going to repin you to my board on Pinterest and direct traffic here,



    1. sorry this is Donna not Luke I didn't realised his google account was logged in!

  13. arggh my son used my Mac, that comment belongs to me not luke!

  14. Woomph - astounding colours and those flowers look completely fab! (I've been playing with India inks... but usually with some Distress involved too... can't imagine giving them up completely!!)
    Alison x

  15. GORGEOSU! The color scheme just leaps off the page. LOVE it! xxD

  16. Um let me get my shades.....oh wow that's better....what a fab tag! Your the first person I've seen use these acrylic inks, they look fun! Your tag and flowers 'are' really cool.

  17. Fun flowers! Love the bright colors and they are lovely with the tag. Glad you joined us at Simon Says Stamp and Show.

  18. What beautiful vibrant flowers, Mark! So glad you shared them with us at the Simon Says Stamp challenge this week!