Friday, 7 April 2017

The Magic of Three

Like everyone else I have been experimenting with the new Distress Oxides and although I only have three colours (so far ...!) I have finally started getting some lovely colourful backgrounds. 

As we have a new challenge starting today at A Vintage Journey I thought I would use them to create a masculine tag which is probably destined for a birthday card at some point in the year!


The lovely Annie is hosting our challenge this month which is all about .....

THE MAGIC OF THREE

It is said that using three of something adds more interest and power whether it is a conversation, art or numbers.  So our challenge is to use three of something (numbers, techniques, stamps, colours, words, products - the list is endless!).  All you need to do is let us know your three magic components and ensure that your project is in our vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journalling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk styles that A Vintage Journey favours.


Emerald Creek are our sponsors this month with a lovely prize for one lucky winner and of course there is the opportunity for three Pinworthies to be a Guest Designer at some point in the future.


Probably as a throwback to my Planning Design background I am a great fan of using things in threes! Having had the Rule of Thirds drilled into me (in order to combine brevity, rhythm and the smallest amount of pattern - if I remember correctly) I suppose it is no surprise really.

My intention had been to use three tags for this little project, but I ended up using three of a lot more besides!


I have only three colours of Distress Oxides: 

Broken China
Fossilised Amber 
Vintage Photo 

but I have enjoyed experimenting with them. This was my favourite look where the Broken China and Fossilised Amber had been the main colour ways with the Vintage Photo added and spritzed after I was happy with the overall coverage. Quite bright for me! but I do love the chalky finish and the gorgeous blend of colours which tend not to merge into each other.

I chose three tags which were the closest in terms of colour density.


I then added some texture paste through a stencil although it doesn't pick up the colour underneath in the same way as the ordinary Distress Inks. The text stamping was with ordinary Vintage Photo but I think would have looked as good with the Oxide. I added some tissue tape for a bit of interest too.


And then the layering of the three tags .......


...... adding three labels .......


.... and three cogs .....

all quite unintentional as I only noticed when the tag was finished!


A side view showing how the foam pads have really given a nice depth to the tag.


As always thank you for joining me and I do hope you find time to play along with our challenge.

Have a great weekend.

Jennie x





20 comments:

Julia Aston said...

Wonderful inkings on your layered tags Jennie - great masculine images and embellishments for your study in 3's tag! Julia xx

Jenny Marples said...

A brilliant idea to layer up those gorgeous oxide tags Jennie. And of course embellished perfectly - love it! xx

Artyjen said...

Simply fabulous Jennie....don't have any oxides yet...still debating if they are worth it!? 😂 Perhaps I'll take your lead and just get three...🤔😉🤔 xoxo Sioux

Jan Hill said...

Beautiful backgrounds, I have only 3 colours too! Great minds .... I have cracked pistachio instead of broken china. Love your power of three x

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Adorable layered -- I love this wonderful vintage tag!

Brenda Brown said...

I just love the effects you have achieved with the oxides and the collage of beautiful elements. This will make a fantastic birthday card for someone. xxx

S@ndy Diller said...

Just love what you've done here Jennie. The background colors are so perfect for this. So, so creative as usual. Hugs,Sandy

butterfly said...

Absolutely love what you've achieved with your three Oxides and your three layered tags - this may be a new favourite for me here. Fantastic ephemera and lovely use of the cogs too.
Alison x

A Pink said...

Gorgeous layered tags, Jennie, that create wonderful dimension embellished with a perfect choice of elements. A Fabulous 'Magic of 3' Project.
x

Sara Barker said...

Jennie, Your trio of tags is gorgeous! You 'do' masculine every bit as well as you do your soft feminine works of art. The three colors of Oxides you've collected look so beautiful at your fingertips--love the addition of the delicate stamping and stenciling for even more texture. Your collage is enviable! You did a wonderful job, as always! Hugs!

Craftyfield said...

Gorgeous Jennie, I just love the colours in your tags' background and the Vintage elements you pulled together.

Redanne said...

Those three colours of Oxides work so beautifully together Jennie, I love your three layered tags and the collage looks wonderful - the three cogs are just the perfect accent! Anne xx

Chris Cresswell said...

Oh Jennie. This is gorgeous. I hope you don't mind if I make something similar? Not for this challenge obviously.

Jackie P Neal said...

Love your layers and delish color palette!
Jackie ")

Astrid Maclean said...

Fabulous Jennie, love the softness of the colours you have achieved with the Oxides and the layering of the tags looks superb! Super embellishing too, a real beauty and great use of threes! The depth created with the foam tape looks fatastic!

Nikki Acton said...

Stunning tag Jennie - well three tags! Your oxide work is gorgeous and the layout perfect as always. I love the side view photo to show all the layering and depth xxx

Deb Riddell ~ Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Jennie, I adore your gorgeous tag! Fabulous Distress Oxide backgrounds (can't wait to get mine to play with them!) and the ephemera and embellishments you have chosen compliment each other perfectly. Really love this, someone will be very lucky to receive this as their birthday card in the future! Deb xo

hula-la said...

Wow...this is fantastic! Thanks for sharing. I, too love the 3's. Guess that's why I have 3 daughters...and 3 sisters... Anyway, I love this! Nicely done! Aloha!

Team Clark said...

Oh Jennie! This is one of those slap your forehead and say, "now why didn't I think of that?" moments for me! The three tags layered this way are so impactful! I adore your gorgeously inked backgrounds and collage elements. Such an inspiration this is! Hugs, Autumn

Annie said...

This is such a stunning tag Jennie x love the layers and your incorporation of the theme of three xx Love those layered details

Apologies for being a bit later in visiting but I just got back last night

Huge hugs
Annie xx