Saturday, 5 May 2012

Juxtaposition...

...bet you never thought that you would see a word like that on this normally waffle filled blog! Oh ho, don't panic, I haven't swallowed a dictionary or 'owt like that. What has actually happened is that I got this word into my brain yesterday and it just would not go away. I have not the faintest idea what made it lodge in my noddle... but it did... so I thought I had best do something about it... and, as if by magic, a tag appeared!



Now, I had been a-faffing with metal tape for a class idea when I decided to have a little go at that overlapping technique that is in the Compendium II. I haven't tried that before... and I have to say, it is rather satisfying. At first, all those wonky shaped pieces of metal looked like nowt on this earth... it was one of those "oh dear, where's the bin?" moments. But, I persevered. And I love the effect once it is finished. I used my Ten Second Studio tools to make the lines, dots, rivets and scooching on the tape, sanded over the top with a sanding block and then bunged some Pitch Black Dabber over the top so it collects in the indents.



I am a numpty and forgot to take a piccie of the tag before it was decorated... but you can get the idea of what it was like. And it was lovely but... a bit... erm... industrial. So, with "juxtaposition" bouncing about with my brain cell, I decided to add something a bit feminine and soft to the tag. And yep, it had to be a flower! I used Crowded Attic papers, die cut in the Tattered Florals die and then coloured with Seedless Preserves DI... then crumpled, sanded and assembled with a Faucet (tap!!!) Knob for the middle (given a smidge of white paint to match the sanded bits) and a couple of Tattered Leaves, coloured with Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint DI and crumpled and sanded. There's some flowery trim across the tag and some tulle at the top to make it a bit softer too. Oh and a Gem Clip. I have to say; whilst I love the Gem Clips, I have had a few where the gem bit has cracked into two or has fallen off... this one was stuck back on but if it cracks, it is d e a d :O( Wondering if maybe the packet I got had been dropped or bashed in transit.....


Anyways... time for me to go... this was supposed to be a short post (ha! when are they ever short?) I am away to (hopefully) sunny Essex this weekend for my classes at Birds in the Barn... I can't wait... lots of inkyness to be had. Thanks for looking... Have a grand weekend! TTFN

Hels x

20 comments:

craftimamma said...

This is great Hels. Love the contrast going on here and must look up that metal tape technique if I can turn the pages of my book without slicing my fingers again, lol! I love the embellies you've chosen.

Have a brilliant time with your class.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Julie Short said...

Juxtaposition is a super word and a pretty cool idea, Hels. Love what you have done. I too have been playing with the metal tape - serious fun! And as you show not only for rooves and blokes!

inkypinkycraft said...

A great word! And a great tag!! Love the background, super cool and the feminine touches are great! Hugs trace x

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...loVe the shabby flower & leaves, the tattered look is so appealing and your Grey background is the perfect backdrop to allow that stunning flower to pop out...a word not often used has a canny way of sticking around...have a fabby weekend...Mel :)

rachel said...

certianly is a juxtaposition Hels - brilliant one!!! xx

Evil Edna said...

femine industrial.like it.EE

Aquarius said...

Another fab creation - I'm itching to get my hands on the TH 'bible II' but it was out of stock hopefully it won't bee too long arriving!! Have a good weekend and we won't mention the weather.

Pat said...

Love this tag. It must have taken forever to make. I love the amazing detail you put in to all your pieces but this is extra special. have a good weekend.
Pat xx

Pat said...

Love this tag. It must have taken forever to make. I love the amazing detail you put in to all your pieces but this is extra special. have a good weekend.
Pat xx

Buttons said...

An excellent demonstration in the juxtaposition of crafting techniques, materials and design!!!! LOL :)
Seriously , love it. Have rescued some empty quiche containers so playing with metal is on the list here too.
Enjoy Essex. Hugs, Buttons x

Rita said...

What a fabby name. Your tag is Fantabulous Hels LOL. You enjoy your day in Essex and I hope the sun shines for you. Hugs Rita xx

Helen said...

Not sure if you'll get sun, but I'm sure the class will be great. Your tag looks wonderful - I was looking at this technique yesterday. Love the contrast with your pink flower.

Sue said...

Industrial chic - love it. Wonderful colour scheme. Must try that technique. Sorry, Essex is not sunny!! Enjoy! SX

Jennie Atkinson said...

I love this mix of colours and your flower is gorgeous. Am off to find the technique in Volume II as I have a couple of blokes cards to make.

Shazza said...

you are mad as a hatter!!! but i luvs ya :-)
hope the class goes well, tag is fab x

Redanne said...

Like Jennie above says, it would be a great technique for a male card. I love how the metal looks dull rather than shiny and you did a great job with those tools. Beautiful flower and beautiful tag. Have fun at your class. Anne x

Annie said...

Hi Hels I was reading CoC book 2last night and saw this technique. I must say it look fabulous so I shall give it a go. As always thanks fir sharing and I hope you get some sunshine soon x Annie x

Gillian .... said...

Oh wow, love love love how this turned out, waaaa ...must be getting me this book, have an enjoyable weekend at your workshops. xxx

Sara Jansen said...

FAB-UUUUU-LOS

Anita Houston said...

What a contrast...rocker metal meets feminine floral!!! This could be on an album cover for Heart!!! I love this...you have totally inspired me!!!

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