Thursday, 1 August 2013

Rules To Live By...

...well, I have always loved this stamp from the hand of Wendy Vecchi... her Studio 490 stamps are my most beloved (oh, you already know that though right?)  This stamp has oft been the starting point of a creation and today this tag is no different.  You know I said I have the brand new Wendy Vecchi Signature Designer Archival Inks?  Well, I have got thoroughly inky and made a few tags and had a play, you know, just cos it would be rude not to!  This is a quicky tag I made, just trying out the inks on different surfaces and for different stuff.




I had seen on Wendy's blog that she had been using her new Archivals with her Stencils... so being as whatever Wendy does, I have to try, I ...erm... had a try!  Using small squares of Cut & Dry foam to apply the inks thru the Stencil is simples... the inks are a beautiful medium to use and because they are Archival, they won't budge when you then ink with a waterbased ink (like Distress) right over the top.  I started out doing the leaves at the top with Fern Green and added a stripy bit at the bottom with Cornflower Blue.  Little Mr Birdy was added with Watering Can (excuse me whilst I have a fit of the vapours, this is my new FAVE colour... I have oft yearned for a grey Archival... and now we have one... and a chuffing brrrilliant one at that!)



I then gave the inks a quick zap with the heat tool just to ensure they were set and then did some Distress Ink blending with Broken China, Bundled Sage and Forest Moss and added a frame with Walnut Stain.  I squidged Broken China onto my craft sheet, spritzed with water and use the large background from Heirloom Art, dipping it into the inky/watery mix, stamped over the tag and then allowed it to react with the Distress for a few moments... once the ink had started the react with the water, I heat dried the tag.  I love the bleached stamped effect of this technique.  Very delicate.  I made a little messagey bit for the Rules to Live By stamp and then made a floral embellishment. Stamping the flower onto Grungepaper three times with the Watering Can and colouring with Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge DI... and the ickle spiky flower from Funky Flower Art was stamped with Cornflower Blue and coloured with Broken China.  I stamped the leaves in Fern Green and overstamped with the same and then coloured with Forest Moss DI.  Check out the ickle rose in the centre... that is an Embellish Your Art piece, lightly coloured with Orange Blossom Archival... so I think the only one I didn't use was Red Geranium... but I made up for that with another tag I made earlier soo..... 



I must away... I keep glancing at the clock... any second now Mr Virgin is going to turn off our internet... yikes, how will I cope without my internet allll day???   Typically, the day that the internet is changing, Grim is on a loooong job... so when the new jobbywotsitthingymibob arrives from BT today, he will be out ... so the setting up of the new internet and email stuff will have to be done tomorrow night when he gets home... or on Friday.  Whatever, I have a swanky smart phone now and it has 3G stuff (you can SO tell how teckernologikly minded I am right?) so I will be able to get online... I just won't be able to blog.  Hopefully, all will be set up and I will be back blogging over the weekend!  Or sooner!  I am off to sit by the backdoor now and wait until the Lord Alfonse of Dirty-Stop-Outsville turns up.  He snuck out about three hours ago and when I tried to get him an hour ago he looked at me, hooked his tail over his back and scarpered off down the path.  He isn't allowed out at night for this very reason... ie, he turns into a loony!  So, I shall be awaiting his return... pointless me going to bed as there is no way I will sleeps til I know he is home safely... could be a long night eh?  Thanks for looking, have a cool day (gonna be a hot one again I hear!)  TTFN

Hels x

22 comments:

Angela Young said...

Hi Hels,
What lovely colours you have used here.... yes the grey is rather nice love the ickle birdy...is it a pigeon or a dove! Ah yes I remember it well.... the late nights waiting for my furry babies to decide to come indoors for the night...I never used to go to sleep until they were indoors for the night.
hugs
Angela xxxxx

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Angela Young said...

Sorry Hels, I posted the same comment twice by mistake :-(....I will watch more carefully in future :-) hugs Angela xx

sue morris said...

I love this! It's beautiful and I love the encouragement.

Helen said...

love the new inks - so they're on the wish list now...
Hope your internet issues are sorted quickly and you get all your services back sooner rather than later!!

Carole Z said...

Ooh more inks on my wish list! Gorgeous creation, love this and the stamp is also on my wish list :) hugs Carole Z xx

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Hels, Hopefully your internet will be resumed very soon, I'm still trying to get to grips with my new laptop, it's a nightmare ha ha.
Your tag is gorgeous, I really love the new Archival colours, and I love 'everything' Wendy Vecchi, I am waiting for quite a few of her stencils to be delivered.
I hope Alphonse arrived home early for you, I am the same with Lizzie, I start panicking if it gets beyond 10pm,, but she is usually in by then, especially if the weather is throwing it down ha ha.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Cornish Emma said...

Gorgeous Hels, love the colours and flowers. Emma

Aquarius said...

Brilliant tag with lovely colours. The words are great too and of course the flower - all of it really. Hope you survive without the internet!!

Marleine said...


Hi Hels,

Love this tag. The colours and the stamp are gorgeous. Thanks for reminding me about Grunge paper. We move onto new things and forget about our old favourites.
Give Alfie hugs when he comes back from his wonderings. X

nannapat said...

What gorgeous colours you've used Hels and that little birdy is so cute. Hope your internet is soon up and running perfectly. Pat x

rachel said...

gorgeous colours and stencils and artparts - fabulous tag Hels - love it xx

nattyboots said...

Hi Hels

i am a lover of tags ,and this is another beauty
Elaine H X

Mary Elizabeth said...

Hi Hels, I'm new on the crafty block. I absolutely love your work and your blog.

Wow!! This is beautiful!! I saw that Wendy V had a signature line of archival inks. I smiled when I saw they were inspired by a garden. The colors are even more lovely than I thought they would be. I seriously love the orange blossom on the tiny rose. Gorgeous! I have got to get the Rules to Live By stamp. Fabulous sentiment. Ok -- time to go. I hope you didn't have to wait up too long. Thanks for the demo of the new inks. Can't wait to get them! -- Mary Elizabeth

annekescardart said...

The colour of the flower is great.
I really like it all together.
Anneke Voskuijl.
www.annekescardart.blogspot.com

Redanne said...

Wow Hels, what a fabulous creation and using my favourite (EVER) Wendy word stamp too! Love it!! Hope Alphonse didn't get up to no good.... Hugs, Anne x

carol edwards said...

Lovely tag Hels and the colours are beautiful. Good luck with the techie bit, and I hope Alfie cat is home safe and wellx

Caroline said...

Gorgeous tag Hels - love all the colours (didn't know about these inks by WV).
I hope Alfonso got home safe & sound & it wasn't too late?
My MELT POT ARRIVED!!!!! Wohooo :))

Miriam said...

Fabulous tag - this was the first studio 490 set that I bought - Love it!!! NEED the inks!

She King said...

Gorgeous Tag Hels...Saw these inks on FB....they are lush...XXX

Tracy Heaton said...

Great new colours - NEED them

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

Hi Hels, happy Saturday. Your tag is gorgeous, I love the little bird. Wendy's new inks look amazing, I'm going to buy them all at the same time - no waiting will be tolerated. :)

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