Wednesday 30 January 2013

Wood and a button

    Hello everyone!

        Sorry for doing another post so quickly - I have finally got everything done and it was all photographed, so I decided to go ahead and write it while the kids are still at school and there is peace and quiet!

    Today is Wood with a button....from the Our Creative Corner challenge. I ran through so many ideas for this one and really struggled before deciding I wasting too much time thinking - why not just make some wood effect card and go from there?

    So I got some DI's (Gathered Twigs and Pumice Stone) dabbed them on the craft mat, spritzed with water and then ran a brayer through the ink puddle. Then I rolled it over the cream coloured card. It gave a lovely streaked appearance. I let it dry and then stamped over the top with a wood grain stamp using Walnut Stain DI. I began to colour over the wood patterned card with the blending tools and more ink. This time adding Stormy Sky into the mix as I love browns and blues together.

    By the time the wood effect was done I had decided to do a tag (what a shock!) and so I hunted through my pictures. I found a Victorian image of a young girl and I loved the sepia effect but it also had a hint of blue to it....perfect for the blue tinged wood. So now I definitely had the colour scheme...I would go for brown with hints of blue.... Now to make the tag.

     This is the photo I chose. It is a shame that the colours don't reproduce as well on computer monitors. It really is a lovely photo with very slight hints of blue and beige.....

The photo was stuck onto cream card and I cut the card very close to the edge of the photo. This was then stuck onto some cream card that had been stamped with a lace pattern in Antique Linen DI.

The lace stamped card was then torn around the edge of the photo and stained with more Antique Linen and Walnut Stain DI.

    The flowers were die-cuts that were inked with Antique Linen and Stormy Sky DI and edged with Walnut Stain DI. I decided to ink the leaves blue as well with edges of brown. I didn't want any other colours in this tag other than brown and blue. Some paper covered wire was stained with Walnut Stain DI and curled before being stuck in place with the flowers and leaves.

More flowers were at the top of the card attached around a curled vine effect wire. The paper covered wire was stained with Walnut Stain DI that had been dabbed onto the craft mat and had a very small amount of water added. The wire was then rolled into the ink and dried.

 The blue strip of cardboard at the back of the tag was a lucky find. I planned to cover a strip of cardboard with some glimmer sprays. When I opened my 'Spray box' that I use to protect surroundings from the sprays, I found the lid was a lovely bluish colour from all the excess spray. I tore it into the size strip I needed. The photo doesn't really do it is such a lovely mix of blue, silver, gold and copper......

   And of course the button...the challenge requested at least one button. I only had one that suited this tag...a lovely muted brown with a gorgeous iridescent sheen....

I originally wanted to have lace at the base of this tag but it didn't look right. Then I got the idea to hang a panel from the tag - something I had seen other crafters do before and had really liked the effect. So I cut another section, this time turning the wood grain around so it went in the other  direction.
   I coloured a frame with Burnt Sienna acrylic paint and then covered it with copper metallic rub-on. The same lace stamped card used to frame the portrait was the backing for this frame and the words 'LOVE' was added with copper metal letters. This panel was added to the main tag with paper covered wire, stained with Walnut stain DI and curled into rings. More flowers were added to match the main tag.

        So there is my finished tag.....Hope you like it!

                                                  Take care!

      I am entering this in the following challenge -

Our Creative Corner  - Woody with a button
Fashionable stamping challenges  - Show some love


  1. Wonderful tag Laura - beautiful vintage look. The woodgrain background is stunning. I've seen that appended tag technique alright - it really adds brilliantly to the whole creation. Nicola x

  2. Absolutely beautiful... Love the subtle colours in the flowers (well, it's blue and brown, so no surprise there!) and the gorgeous curly wires you've added are wonderful. Lovely torn edges to your layers, and some really cracking photographs in this post too...
    Alison xx

  3. Hi Laura! I love your tag! Love the color scheme, the focal image, your stamped backgrounds, and the tag extension. Beautiful attention to detail. Thank you for joining us at FSC!

  4. This is gorgeous Laura. Love the image of the girl, so soft and gentle. The colours are gorgeous. Well done.

  5. Hello Laura
    This is a gorgeous wall hanging, the Palette is rustic and unsophisticated which sits surprisingly well with your image and the torn cream lace frame. The latter being the bit of magic that is so pleasing to the eye.
    Thanks so much for joining us this week at Our Creative Corner, we are thrilled to see your work.

  6. This is a very gorgeous tag Laura, the wood effect is so real. I love the colour combo and the flowers & vintage photo are beautiful.

  7. Love the vintage effect and all over how you place love word,,,,,OMG it is supberb

  8. This is such a beautiful tag the colour choices and the careful way you have put it all together. The wood grain is very special.
    Dot x

  9. What a wonderful combined tag. The colors, design and the cute vintage phote alle elements fits harmonious together, love it very much.
    I'll be your follower now:-)
    Hugs Anja

  10. Beautiful tag Laura, very pretty image and excellent wood effect, love the colours also x

  11. This is so beautiful...Thanks so much for sharing with us at FSC..Esther xx

  12. Gorgeous tag Laura! Sepia with blue looks terrific, love how you put all the elements together. Great take on the challenge. Thanks for playing along with us at Our Creative Corner!

  13. Absolutely gorgeous, Laura! Love the wood grain effect and the little girl image is perfect. Would love to own that photo...Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Hi Debbie - Thank you for your lovely comment. If you email me I will happily send you the photo for you to use. Love Laura xxxx

  14. HI Laura, This is a beautiful tag. Great job with the woodgrain background - a perfect contrast for this beautiful image.
    Thanks for sharing with us at FSC
    Avril x


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