Sunday, 8 July 2012

Sunday Stamper - Week 213 - Dreamer

Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy Sunday to you all! Many thanks for the FAB entries to last weeks challenge, as ever, seeing all your different interpretations of the theme makes me smile big :O)) This weeks theme is the word DREAM. Now, you can use the word alone, included in a sentiment, a literal "dream" of yours... there are endless possibilities. To join in is simples: make a little something, it can be anything you fancy... add in the theme and some stamping and then pop back here with a link to the place you are showing your entry. If you haven't got a blog or web-hosting photo site, you can use Facebook or email me a piccie of your entry. The challenge will remain open until 21:00 Saturday 14th July 2012.




My entry this week is the fruit of another Skype sesh with Ellen. We decided to make a recipe that included a large tag (the mahoosive one), inspiration from Finnabair (see her amazing art HERE), paint, gesso, paper flowers, strips of canvas, punched/diecut shapes, ink sprays and lots of embellies. The word to use was Dream and we were to chop the tag into two at 2 1/4" from the bottom so it could be dangled... scary but... I love the effect. Anyways, I started by layering paper die cut shapes along with punched pieces, masking tape and strips of canvas onto the tag. I then used a spatula to slap some Gesso over the whole lot... I use Claudine Hellmuth Studio Gesso - to me, this is the best one, it is thick, creamy and is fab at covering everything.



I used Cool Peri and Pool Dabbers, applying them in layers, using Cut & Dry at first... once the layers were dried, I added some "dabs" of the colours to add intensity in patches. Next I scraped a smidge of Gesso over the top of the whole tag, this just highlighted the raised bits... I didn't want too much white but needed to add some depth to the piece and the Gesso did the trick. Next, I blobbed a dollop (love that word) of Gesso onto my craft sheet and spritzed it with Stream Colourwash so I had a custom colour paint... and it was quite runny which is what I needed because I was just scraping this very lightly over the tag, this brings all the colours together and adds more depth.




The next bit is one of the bestest bits for me... using a Stabilo All pencil (black) and a waterbrush to refine all around the diecut/punched pieces... this makes them really pop from the background, adding yet more depth. Then... once I was happy with it all, I set about layering on paper flowers, leaves and lots of embellies (as per our recipe, who am I to argue? lol) Now, I do have a comprehensive collection (ok, a hoard) of flowers, but guess what? Not a single one went with the colours I used... so, I knocked them all back with Gesso, applied with Cut & Dry foam.




Then the realllllly scary bit... spritzing the spray inks from the recipe. Ellen has it on good authority (ok, she watched Anna's video) that the very last thing you need to do is spritz. I am such a baby... I liked the look of the tag, I know how cack-handed I can be... and I was so cringy, aware that one spritz in the wrong direction would wreck the lot. So, I figured out that if I covered most of the tag with kitchen roll and just spritzed the bits that I wanted, I would be safe. And it worked! So, the sprays used were Purple Twilight CW spray that I had decanted into a Mini Mister and added some water (that colour scares me... wow) and some Cosmic Shimmer in Turquoise (I didnt' shake the bottle before spritzing so there's less sparkle)




And there you have it. And... I LOVE IT! It isn't very often that I look at something I have made and go "ooh, I love that" But... this one I do... I am so chuffed that this recipe made me step outside the inkpad and think about using paints and layers and stuff that I wouldn't normally do. If you fancy using our recipe, please do feel free and then come and show us what you did... Pop over to Ellen's place to see her tag... wowzers, she has pulled out all the stops with this one... tis a gorgeous creation indeedily.



So... enough of the waffling for me for one day.... I hope you are having a good weekend and keeping dry... I reckon that Summer is on it's way....it will be here in about 12 months rofl Thanks for looking.... TTFN

Hels x

42 comments:

Julie Short said...

Love your shot of gorgeous colour Hels. The effects with the gesso are fun. Hope to be back.. so I had better get on with it!

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

...what a gorgeous burst of colour upon opening your page...that blue is lush and really makes you smile, loVe that harliquin die, it looks so versatile and adds super dimention, gorgeous flowers too you've given us Summer on a Tag!...have a fabby day Hels...Mel :)

Helen said...

Love the colours on this tag, I must watch this video of Anna's, so many people are raving about her work.... hope to find time to dream with your challenge this week, have an idea starting... laters!

Carole Z said...

Wow what a wonderful burst of colour to cheer up a dull Sunday morn...fab and I have some ideas in my little head already...off to look at the vid now though! Enjoy your day everyone! Carole Z X

Minxy said...

Just gorgeous chickie, i might try and play along this week x

Aquarius said...

Everything about this tag is amazing - the colours, texture and all the lovely elements and thanks for the explanation too. Slicing off the bottom section to suspend is a brilliant idea for something different.

Buttons said...

Gosh :¬O this is just stunning!!! Loving the way you are really getting into Ania's techniques and it so works with all the little details. The gesso tricks are really inspiring too. Hugs, Buttons x

Caz said...

Gorgeous tag Hels, and Ellen's one too.
I was watching the Prima show that this was based on last night - really spooky that it's the same one the recipe was based on.
So scary to spray at the end like that - don't know I'd have the courage to do it!! It turned out beautiful on your tag though!
Hugs
xx

Michelle Webb said...

Don't you just love layering paints, gesso and paper, it's addictive this mixed-media layering malarkey! You'll be doing it everywhere. The colours on your tag are sooo beautiful, that shade of bluey-purple is very yummy. What I think I like so much about your tag Hel's is that it still captures your wonderful grungy shabby signature style. A marvelous work of art. Michelle x

Redanne said...

Wow Hels, amazing bursts of colour on this wonderful tag. Loving all the dimension you have created and those flowers are just ooh, aah dreamy... Off to see Ellen's tag now........A x

ellen vargo said...

I'm continually amazed at how we can use practically the same ingredients, our layout was really similar this week too, and yet our tags are totally different! Love these skypey sessions! Your tag is B.E.A.UUUU-tiful!!! Hugs! Els xxx

Rita said...

What a beauty Hels. The colours are amazing. I will give it a try but only after a certain young scot plays at Wimbers, no, I'm not going to tempt fate by giving a score. LOL. It clashes with FI as well ,but I'll tape it. Hugs Rita xx

Joanne said...

Hels Sheridan, please can I have some of what you are on. Your art is always fabulous but this week it has reached cosmic level. Together with the unbelievable piece from the other day, this tag takes the biscuit. Wowzer.
Hugs Joanne xx

Miriam said...

so, so lovely. Look forward to trying this one!

Scrapthat said...

BEAUTIFUL as always Hels!!
But the really scary part of Finn creation to me is adding her signature black spritzing in the end!
Your tag is "tis a gorgeous creation indeedily" also!! Thanks so much for sharing. :D

Helen said...

Took some time during the rain break at Wimbledon, to dream with you...
http://stampingbyh.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/sunday-stampers-dreamer.html

Barb Cady said...

Beautiful tag Hels, I love love the colour! I must try gessoing everything I think!
Here is my entry for this week, banner is still hiding under all my stash, never mind it will come to light one day!

http://barbarascraftroom.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/sunday-stamper213-dreamer.html

love and hugs x

Evil Edna said...

here is my cheese lead entry;
http://evilednasworlddominationplans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/cheese-dreams.html
tootles
EE

gina g said...

I've just found your challenge and thought i'd have a go i love your tag. luv gina xx

My cards here

http://ginaskraftyplace.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/sneaky-peek-for-crafts-and-me.html

Candy C said...

OMG Hels! As always, a beautiful piece! You really did an amazing job with the gesso. The colors...love them! And your flowers....exquisite! Beautiful tag! <3 Candy

TonyR said...

this is breathtakingly gorgeous!!
i love the colours and there is so much to look at!!
a masterpiece of hels proportions!!
xxx

isisimaginings.com said...

Stunning & very beautiful tag.

Artyjen said...

Loving the tag Hels and thanks for the inspiration ;) You rock as always
My journal page is here to play along.
xoxo Sioux

Aquarius said...

Decided to go for wonderland today - hopefully it ties in with the DREAM theme - see it here

Elaine said...

It's a stunning tag - love the colours and all the layers. One day I'll be brave enough to get really messy but in the meantime here's my tag:
http://wavesofcreativity.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/summer-holiday.html

Keren Howell said...

OOH I love the colours, they are - well-just dreamy!

Here's my attempt -
http://ailego.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/starry-night.html

Redanne said...

Hi Hels, I am back with my entry which you can find at:

http://bollyanne.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/sunday-stamper-week-213-dream.html

Anne x

Julia S-W said...

Absolutely loved this challenge and your tag and Finnabairs work are wonderful - you've both made me use things I've never used before and which sat in the drawer: thank you!!
Here's my entry:

http://julialsw.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/dream-in-layers-and-circles.html

anna christensen crafts said...

Wow! I love this tag, beautiful! Here is a link to my entry:)Thanks as ever for being such a fantabulous inspiration

http://annachristensencrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/dream-little-dream-with-me.html

Sue said...

Lovely summer colours even though we haven't got one yet! Not crafted for a week now so hope to get back in the swing again this week. Great tag. Sx

Carole Z said...

Hi Hels, here's my contribution for this week! Carole Z X
http://8thwonderart.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/dream-sunday-stampers-wk-213-weds-11th.html

Julie Short said...

I am still working away at a long held dream. My contribution this week is here.
http://timetocreate-handmadetreasure.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/i-can-see-dream.html

I hope everything goes well with you and yours Hels.

Carol said...

Yet again great inspirational work.. here is my contribution.

http://carolscraftingadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

Anita Houston said...

I'm dreaming of the day I can make a tag as beautiful as this!!! Wow!!! Stunning, and the jointed part is brilliant!!!
Here is my entry...
http://theartfulmaven.blogspot.com/2012/07/nyc-christmas-configurations-tray.html

Mandy Chilvers said...

i'm a tad late but here is my creation for this week
http://mandysmagicalworldofart.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/always-dream-big.html

inkypinkycraft said...

Hi Hels, back again with my entry..
http://inkypinkycraft.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/butterfly-dreams-for-sunday-stamper.html

hope all is well with you. trace x

rachel said...

love the blues on your piece Hels - here's mine
http://fisherscardsandcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/gothic-girl-dream.html
hope you like it! Hugs Rachel xx

Dawn Louise said...

Stunning and inspirational as always. Here's my entry
http://craftingdawntilldusk.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/altered-tag.html?m=0

BarbaraW said...

Beautiful tag Hels. The blending and combination of color is awesome. Here's my card: http://magicdelights.blogspot.com/2012/07/dreams-with-wings.html

Sue said...

It's lovely to be back crafting again. Here is my entry for this week. Sx

Tracey said...

Thank you Hels, as you will see from my post you helped me finish off my card.
Fabulous pieces of art, the "I challenge thee" is just to die for, love it.

xxx

http://icklenorthrner.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/sunday-stamper-dream.html

Buttons said...

One of the first one week and one of the last the next!! It's been a bit like that this week but I've made it! More practising needed with Finnabair's techniques and more stash (surprise, surprise!!)but it's getting there.
http://pushingtherightbuttons.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/frustrated-ramblings-of-mad-woman.html
Hugs, Buttons x

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