Monday, 15 February 2016

Be Your Beautiful Self


Hello to Everyone! Today I am sharing my second project of the month for our fabulous challenge at Country View Challenges this month which is:

Make Your Own Background

For this layered tag I have gone back to my usual texture paste, distress inks and favourite stamps to create the background of the tag.


I always cover my tag with gesso before adding the texture paste - this gives it a bit of bite for the texture paste to adhere to, but I love the way the inks react with the gesso and helps with getting a lighter colour. I have used Ground Espresso and Hickory Smoke Distress Sprays, both very dark colours, but by adding a lot of water and mopping up it is easy to achieve the lighter colours. Without the gesso, the water would seep through the tag and end up in a soggy mess!


I ended up covering up quite a lot of the tag with my layers! I used Ground Espresso quite heavily for the stamped labels and also for spritzing the little rose and colouring the photo strip. You really wouldn't think they were from the same ink pad!


A lighter label sets off the darker colours of the other embellishments, along with the gessoed key.


Thank you  for joining me today and I hope you find time to join us in our challenge.

Have a great creative week.

Jennie x

12 comments:

Maggie said...

Gorgeous tag!

MaggieH

Astrid Maclean said...

Stunning background Jennie and love how you have layered all the other elements! You are always so clever with the way you use the film strip! Fabulous tag!

Doreen said...

Love all the layers on your gorgeous tag Jennie.xxx

Almo said...

Fabulous tag Jennie, love how you have given these dark colours a subtle lighter shade with the gesso on the background. The combination of the darker layered elements, the gesso on the key and the little touch of lace all look so nice together. Mo x

Redanne said...

Beautiful Jennie, I love how light the background is (even with the dark colours), it really makes the layering you did on top 'pop' and your composition is always spot on! Hugs, Anne xx

A Pink said...

Stunning ! Jennie as is most of your work . Love the delicate tones you always achieve and they work so well with the darker tones of your layers on this tag . Perfect in design and composition .
hugs xx

Marci said...

Lovely tag and gorgeous background! Now I know how you get that soft shade of vintage photo, too. Usually it is too dark and orangeish for me, but I have seen you make it look beautiful. Maybe someday you could do a video?


Team Clark said...

I always love your use of muted color. This is a fabulous tag, lovely layers!

Ruth said...

Such a beautiful, dreamy tag, in gorgeous muted colours. Ruth x

Pamellia Johnson said...

Beautiful Jennie! Love the subtle stencil pattern in the background, and your elements are all so vintage. Love it! hugs :)

Artyjen said...

Stunner of a tag Jennie! Love it :)
xoxo Sioux

Lena_J said...

I am a CAS maker, but this, I really need to try, so thanks for the little tut ;-)