Thursday, 25 August 2011

The Birds & The Bees-wax...

...oh ho, I made myself laugh at that title, never a goodly sign really. Anyways... todays entry of my waffling ramblings is focussing on a tag I have made for my DT over at The Stamp Attic. Now, not a lot of you may know this but... I do love a nice play with a tag... and if it features Aged Mahogany, all the better! And... a little used Distress Ink in my collection is Tea Dye. I am not sure why because it is a splendid colour... however, I do admit to being rather ignorant with colours that aren't "my faves" which is out of order, they should all be treated the same...


So... to put this right, I decided to stop with the Vintage Photo lark and start with other browns... and Tea Dye was the first one I picked up. I used a Wrinkle Free Distress technique to get the colour onto the tag... so, it was Tea Dye and Aged Mahogany smooshed directly onto my craft sheet and then spritzed with water... and then the tag was dipped through it, drying as I went to get the lovely splotchy background. I did the same to some flowers I had cut using the Paper Artsy large Grunge Flower die... and then I got handy with the scissors and snipped some of the edges of the petals away so they were all wavy and grungy looking.


The flower was then assembled to make a rose... but before I stuck the layers together, I dunked each one into a molten vat of Beeswax (ok, I exaggerate... I used the Melt Pot lol) I assembled as I would using the Faux Porcelain technique (available to see HERE) and then just lightly heated the flower, so the wax melted a bit and glued all the layers together. I then went over the edges of the petals with Jet Black Archival... and Plum Archival, just to set the edges off. The flower trim is a Maya Road one.. ohlala I love this, coloured with Aged Mahog and Tea Dye Stains... and I added a frame, cut from mountboard using the Tag Alterations die... covered in UTEE and stamped into and then filled with Rock Candy Crackle once the sentiment had dried in there.


Cor blimey and thrice indeedily, that is a whole lot of waffling there! Anyways... I am reliably informed that The Stamp Attic has the new Studio 490 stamps in stock... oh and the new Tim Holtz ones too... you see, I am enabling... I am good like that lol Right, time for me to get moving again, the old sciatica is bugging me again today and I am not particularly impressed because I have Mojo coming out of my ears and need to harness it before it naffs orf again... Thanks for looking... TTFN!

Hels x

15 comments:

Helen said...

That flower is one of your best yet. Love this tag. Really must use some of that beeswax I bought last time I saw you.... lol..

Kirsten Alicia said...

I say! What a totally spiffing tag & the rose is splendifereous.

Lesley said...

Luffley colours Hels and the rose is superb. I finally dusted of my meltpot....and you've got me hooked! I am now the proud owner of 7 utee roses, about 18 leaves and 5 beeswax ones!!!! What have you done to me?? If the children stand still for long enough....i may utee tem as well!! :o))

Barb Cady said...

Beautiful Hels, I am now in a flower making frenzy thanks to your guidance on Saturday! Have managed some melt pot ones too, not as good as your tho. Hope the sciatica goes away soon, hugs, Barb xx

Sandy said...

So so beautiful hun.
The rose rock. Extraordinary.

KatzElbows said...

I'm in total disbelief that you don't use Tea Dye more. It's funny the way we all have our favourites! Anyway, i'm glad you gave it a go because your tag is really beautiful.

Lori said...

Gorgeous Hels! Love the beeswax idea for the flower!

ElizabethR said...

Gorgeous (as always) love the colour! xxx

Gillian .... said...

Oooo yes, liking the tea dye tones with aged mahogany, gorgeous grungy flower too, must revisit my melt pot. Hope the back eases soon, not sure I'm liking you as an enabler though lmao .... off for a look anyway, would be rude not to right??? xxx

Ellie said...

The tag is gorgeous,the colors are gorgeous, the flowers are gorgeous... your fault that I turn a bit like you...woweling about things. LOL

Alison Horne said...

That rose is amazing, I thought it was real!x

Linda said...

I always enjoy peeking in on your tags and distressed style of crafting. This rose is amazing.

Julie said...

Very lovely Hels!

Tinderno said...

Dang. Must have you make stuff for my wedding (if we can ever comit to a date...) love so much about your work. Not to change the subject but, ever make a foray into the world of shrunken apple heads?

Mary said...

Gorgeous tag! TFS!
P.S.- You totally NEED a bubbling cauldron of beeswax in your Room of Stash. =P

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