Thursday, 24 April 2008

Arty Girlz Challenge - Backgrounds

Hello,

Over on the ArtyGirlz Challenge Blog the theme this week is Backgrounds. Another brilliant excuse to get my fingers all inky and messy!!

I have made two pieces for this challenge because basically, I made a tag and then decided I needed to use Alcohol Inks as well, so I made a Gothic Arch too!

TAG

I used a plain cream tag and using Cut & Dry foam I coloured it with Spiced Marmalade and Dusty Concord Distress Inks. I then sprayed water into my hand and flicked it over the tag. I dabbed up the excess with a paper towel and then dried it off with my heatgun.



Then, using Spiced Marmalade, I stamped the Worn Wallpaper stamp by Tim Holtz. This gave me a faded image that I honestly wasn't that chuffed with. It wasn't as dark as I would have liked, so I then decided to stamp one of the little ATC collage stamps that Tim has just brought out. I made a muck up of this too!! I used Dusty Concord for the majority of the image and Walnut Stain for the skull....only to find, once stamped that it looked totally naff and wasn't very prominent. So, I quickly covered the image with clear embossing powder as this sometimes makes the image stand out more....still no joy with this either :O(( I was all set to stick the whole thing in the bin but then decided to try one last thing....so out came my brand new Ranger White Pen....oh, it is sooo heavenly!! I literally drew around the skull with the pen and then to make the white co-ordinate more, I went over the flourish part of the image.

All in all, I am relatively pleased with the tag, I would have liked it to look a but more defined but I will know for next time to stick to stamping in black LOL



GOTHIC ARCH



For this arch, I used three colours of Ranger Alcohol Ink; Stonewashed, Butterscotch and Wild Plum, my fave colours together. I drew a line of each colour on the applicator tool and then streaked it across the glossy card first one way, then the other, so I was left with a "plaid" look. I then cut out the Gothic Arch shape and got down to stamping. Using Bricks & Mortar by PaperArtsy, I stamped the house straight onto the arch using VersaFine black ink. I then inked the stamp again and stamped onto an off cut of the card. I cut out the roof and layered it onto the arch with 3D foam. I used Sepia VersaFine for the scrolls and then stamped the word using an alphabet pack I have and added this to the roof...along with a heart I had also stamped. I then added a "door" to the house and doodled inside the door using the Ranger White Pen again.



To finish off, I edged the whole arch with Black VersaFine and then added little dots to the scrolls with the white pen.

Can you see a new favourite here? That White Pen.....ooooh, you neeeed to get one, it is FAB!! Oh, I almost forgot to mention!! This week, the ArtyGirlz Challenge is being sponsered by The Artistic Stamper and there is a fabby prize up for grabs. And...if you pop over to the Artistic Stamper online shop you may just find one of those white pens :O))

Anyways, thanks for looking!

Hels x

18 comments:

Annapurna said...

Beautiful. Especially the arch. Love the colors and the plaid you made with them. I love my white gel pen too.

Joy said...

Fantastic Hels love the colours and I need that white pen xx

Andrea, said...

Fab tag, great background and the colours on your arch are wonderful

Stempelchaotin said...

Wow stunning creations. absolutely great work.

Chatdoro said...

extra super jolie, j'adore tes tags. Bises chatdoro.

http://chatdoro.canalblog.com/

Ruby Claire. said...

SO beautiful!
Like always :D
Love everything about both of them!

crissi said...

wow wow wow just love what you have done Hels love the plaid background on the arch i was looking at your tutorial yesterday and the tag is fab i have heard about theses white pens there sposed to be really good off to the Artistic stamper i go .

Thank for joining in with the Arty Girlz challenge.

CraftyC said...

I do love your arch Hels, the background is fab!
Clairexx

Andrea said...

they are both sooooooooo adorable, love what you have created xx

Femmy said...

great tag! love the background!

vintage wil said...

beautiful tag ! love the backgrond !!!

Rachel Webber said...

I love the arch, such beautiful colours, really amazing!

Linda Elbourne said...

Fabulous Hels ... all three are fabulous. I love them more than I love paddling in the sea eating hot sugary dooughnuts on a beautiful summers day X

Andrea said...

I have to quote Linda here, how just how can you love anything more than hot sugery doughnuts!!!!!!! I am in total shock, hot doughnuts have to be the next best thing to you know ( can not mention it here) though Hels artwork is always Stunning but you can not eat it, though it does look edible xxxx

Angie C said...

I think your tag turned out great Hels and your arch is just stunning. I love the plaid effect you have done and the ickle house

Lesley said...

Both are great Helen, lovely colours on the arch xxx

Paula said...

Gorgeous backgrounds. I love the colours & the vintage feel to the tag. I also love your other tags.
Thanks for enjoying my challenge.

Lydia said...

Love your arch!! Beautiful colours!! x

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