Sunday, 8 September 2013

Good enough to eat


      Grab your sunglasses - this is a bright one!

    For those of you who know my style, you will probably be shocked at this tag...I usually go for quite subtle vintage tones - My Antique Linen DS is something I cannot live without! A while ago I decided I needed to embrace a brighter selection of colours, so I bought some new Distress stains.

      I chose Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry and Dusty Concord...and along with the Salted Ocean stain, that up until then was my only bright colour in the stain collection, I was raring to go.....

    .....but I couldn't do it....I don't do bright colours and it looked like they would be left to sit alone and never be used.

     This all changed now that Fashionable Stamping Challenges are doing the challenge -

 'Can you resist?'

     I don't do much resist work....I do like the effect but I just don't find myself opting to use it. Suddenly those dazzling colours looked more appealing and I decided that they would be perfect for resist as a dazzling contrast...

    I got a tag...stamped some text using Picket Fence DP and the flourish (which can barely be seen) was stamped using plain white acrylic paint - I think we can see which works best! I had heard people say Distress Paints are great to stamp with, but to be honest I had struggled with them up until now. I never seemed to get the right amount of paint on the stamp. This time, I could see what people meant...the resist was perfect and I loved how they stamped....

     I swirled some Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade (how yummy are those names?) onto the craft mat and swirled the tag in them. Dried it with the heat gun and then patted a few times. After it was dry I wiped the tag with a babywipe and sure enough the Distress Paints resisted the stain beautifully.

    One of my favourite quote stamps was used in Black Archival ink and was heat embossed.

         I blended some Walnut Stain DI around the edges of the tag just to add a shabby look

    I used some die cut flowers, some I dabbed with a mix of the stains and the others I stamped first with the same text stamp I used before and then swirled in the stains.


I joined them with copper brads and added them to the tag along with some curled rusty wire.

      Some shocking pink ribbon left over from an old gift bag was the perfect match to the Picked Raspberry colour so I added this to the top of the tag..........

              ..............and hooked some rusty curled wire around it.


            Hope you like this very bright tag! Please hop on over to Fashionable Stamping Challenges and see the wonderful inspiration from the other members of the design team! Come and join the challenge  and you could be one of our spotlights on the catwalk. You could also be the lucky winner of $20 to spend at Flonzcraft!

         Thanks so much for being here! See you soon...


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  1. Love your new colours Laura, so beautifully blended and great flowers to embellish.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  2. Sunglasses on Laura, no not really. This is one delicious tag. Bold and definitely beautiful (did you ever see the soap on tele called The Bold & Beaujtiful)? lol.

    My type of colours, love the resist and the sentiments are amazing.

    Crafty hugs from Shirl x x

  3. Embracing the brights is fun, no?! Fab tag.
    Alison x

  4. You made such a beautiful mixed media tag!!!
    I like all details :-)) Good job!
    Hugs, Andreja

  5. Love the vibrant colours Laura, great contrast with the b/w embossing.
    Avril x

  6. Gorgeous,bright' Happy' colours, love the resists and the quote.
    Yvonne x

  7. Do you know what this reminded me of - blackberry crumble and walking through piles of golden leaves! A brilliant autumn feel to it and those colours work so well together. Love it. Margie xx

  8. Your tag is beautiful Laura - every jot and tittle looks gorgeous. I have looked at your paintings so I know you like color! Bravo!!

  9. Love your choice of colours Laura, bold and beautiful against the white resist. Gorgeous flowers and love the twiddly bits. Hugs, Anne x

  10. This is gorgeous Laura. The change of colours suits you :-)
    Thanks for the heads up on DP being good for resist :-)

  11. Not shocked at all I knew when you delved into color you would do it fabulously. the blending of those beautiful colors, is awesome, gorgeous tag you have made Miss Laura, thanks for sharing it and have a wonderful day..

  12. This is so beautiful - I love that you used some bright colors - the tag is yummy! :)
    Have a colorful day, Laura...

  13. Ooooh Laura! Bright suits you! Such a fabulous mix of colours with bright white resist making a brilliant combination! Chrisx

  14. The colors work very well and make the resist stand out beautifuly. Love the tag!
    xx Monique

  15. Absolutely stunning Laura. The bold colours are fabulous and love the quote you chose too.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  16. Hi Laura. Wow...I looove the bright colours!!! The white resist really stands out. And the saying is one of my favourites.
    Dot x

  17. Hi Laura. Wow...I looove the bright colours!!! The white resist really stands out. And the saying is one of my favourites.
    Dot x

  18. Oh my crafty goodness, what am amazing tag Laura! Such a beautiful riot of colours, so much juiciness, yumminess and awesomness. Stunning hon! xxx

  19. Gorgeous and stunning colours
    Rosie x

  20. I have been MIA from FSC and blogging a bit, but wanted to welcome you! It will be a pleasure to work with you! Love this white resist against the vibrant background! Beautiful!

  21. HI Laura - fab Tag - I too can shy away from bright colours, think they scare me a bit, but your tag is so gorgeous, might have to get braver !! ..Esther xx


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