Tuesday, 1 April 2014

New Beginnings


Another new month! heavens where did March go to!  As it is a new month we have a new monthly challenge theme at Country View Challenges which I am sure you will love

New Beginnings

I have decided to interpret this fabulous challenge by learning two new techniques for my DT projects.  

And here is the first …………


I have no idea what you might call the technique but ever since I saw Stephenie Leykauf's tutorial on Simon Stays Stamp Blog I just wanted to give it a go.



First of all I ran my tag through the Cuttlebug with the fabulous Sissix Ornate Embossing Folder.  I then painted the whole tag with Gesso - Stephenie uses another medium, but I found this worked just as well.



Then Distress Paints were layered onto the tag with a palette knife.  My first layer was Bundled Sage, then Broken China and finally Chipped Sapphire.  I love how the colours blend on the embossed surface, quite haphazardly due to the palette knife. I did add a little bit of gesso (again with the palette knife) to tone it down a bit at the very end.

As the tag was quite "busy" with colour I kept my embellishments light and used natural tones.



The flowers were made using the Stampin Up Pansy Punch (5 petals) and white card stock. 

I sprayed the flowers with water and scrunched them up in the usual way, but once they were dried I rolled the edges with a knitting needle, some curled over and others curled under. 

I stuck three layers together and then added these fabulous bunched stamens - a recent purchase from an online millinery store HERE.



A small wooden button and some hemp just finishes off the top of the tag.



I shall certainly be having another go at this embossing/paint technique once I get some more Distress Paint colours! 

I do hope you will join us at Country View Challenges for our challenge. We have all  interpreted the theme in quite different ways, so do hop over and have a look at today's reveal pieces from the DT and then of course there will be plenty of other inspirational pieces through the month as well.


Thanks for visiting.


Jennie x

12 comments:

Brenda Brown said...

Beautiful Jennie. That very rich textured and coloured background is perfect for placing your gorgeous flowers on. I just love the neutral colours with the blue. xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh wow Jennie, what an amazing technique, totally brilliant (I had not seen it before) Love the colours you chose and your flowers are amazing again (you could sell your flowers you know, they look so professional). Love those stamen!!

Chris Warner said...

I love your thought process Jennie and your project itself is equally as clever - stunning in fact. Chris xxx

Redanne said...

I do remember seeing Stephanie's tutorial and liked it but you have taken it to a whole new level Jennie, your tag is superb! Your colour choices and embossing are wonderful and are a great setting for your always fabulous flowers! Anne x

Aspiring crafter said...

Jennie-this is brilliant!
I love the colours , the techniques and of course the flowers !! O dear my poor wish list!
Thanks for sharing this fabulous tag
XxRuth

rachel said...

a beautiful result Jennie and a great technique - love it - will have to try that! hugs rachel xx

Inkypinkycraft said...

gorgeous textures and wonderful soft colours..and of course your beautiful flowers x hugs x

Maggie said...

Fabulous tag Jenny and I am going to try this painty technique asap. Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog.

MaggieH

Cardgenie said...

Wow, what a gorgeous tag! I adore the fantastic background and, thanks to your detailed instructions, will be definitely giving that a go. Thanks again. Jean.x

Mary Elizabeth said...

Wow ... amazing background. Love how the colors blend and the texture it has. I like the Gesso addition to your paint:) Learning a new technique is such a great take on the "new beginning" theme! -- Mary Elizabeth

annekescardart said...

Beautiful thanks for your explanation. Anneke.

Marci said...

So beautiful, love the color and the technique.