Monday, 8 February 2016


Hi Everyone!

 Here is my my first post about my designs over at Paperartsy

As you know I got an email from Darcy Williamson asking me to if I could produce some samples for her new stamp sets that are being released by Paperartsy. I adore these stamps - they were so much fun to use and amazingly versatile!

Here is the Stamp Set I used for this creation...

....and these are the Fresco Paint colours I worked with...

This stamp set actually became my favourite one. You can see that the stamp set (and tag) isn't my usual style - but I think that is why I ended up loving it so much! This stamp set showed me that I should never jump to conclusions about a style or image in my work and I should never think I am tied or set to one style or way of creating. This stamp set is now firmly one of my favourites - believe me it is so much more than just one set of images...You can do so much with it!!!

 I covered the tag with watered down Smurf Fresco Paint using a sponge. I then used the quote stamp dabbing it into Smurf Fresco paint that had been rolled out on a craft mat with a brayer. I stamped the quote multiple times across the tag in different directions. I love that this adds such a subtle texture interest to the background - such a simple but effective way to add something to a blank space.

 I then focused on the decorating of the tag. This was all done on separate card, cut out and then stuck onto the tag.

I made the sun out of the large flower with the leaves cut off. This was stamped with Jet Black archival ink onto card that had been sponged with watered down Tango Fresco Paint. I then used the largest of the circles and stamped with black ink onto card that had a less diluted coating of Tango Fresco paint. The rays of the sun were the segments of the angel wings, stamped onto card sponged with a light coating of Tango Fresco paint and then cut out. To match the dots on the darker center circle I got a marker pen and dabbed dots around the edge of the sun.

 The flowers were stamped onto card that had been sponged with Cherry Red Fresco paint. I cut out the flower heads and set them aside. I then stamped a second set of the flowers and using the large flower stamp, I inked just one of the petals and stamped around the edges of the flowers, leaving the lower two as flower buds. The flowers were then cut out ready to be stuck onto the tag, but first the flower 'centers' that had been set aside were stuck on to add dimension (and also hide any stamping messiness made by stamping the leaves into place!).

 I stamped the flower set onto the main tag using Baltic blue Fresco paint and then I glued the red flowers in place.

I added some leaves taken from the large main flower. These had been stamped onto card that had been painted with Baltic blue Fresco paint and then cut out.

I stamped the quote onto the tag with Jet Black archival ink and covered with clear embossing powder and heated.

 To complement the dots that are featured on the flower centers I added dotted swirls coming from the quote.

I dabbed some diluted Tango Fresco paint over some card and stamped some circles in jet black Archival ink, cut them all out and arranged them as the ground on the tag..

 And that is my finished tag....

I do hope you like it! Why not take a closer look at these gorgeous stamp sets that Darcy has designed. All these new stamps are available to buy now from a PaperArtsy retailer listed here.

 You won't regret adding any of them to your stamp collection!

I'll be back very soon with the next of my Paperartsy Creations....stay tuned!

Happy Crafting



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  1. totally love it!!! Just discovered those stamps and I just adore them

  2. I love the direction you went with this tag, Laws! I love the change from your 'usual' muted, antiquey tones, to this bright, sunshiny and happy tag! It's soooo lively--it gives me a burst of energy just looking at it!! XOXO-Shari


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