Saturday, 14 February 2015

Curiously Cutting...

Gooooodly Morning to all you lovely Compendium-ers!  Today sees the start of another brand new Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge.  To see all the details on how to join in with the challenge, CLICK HERE.  Also, if you pop across to Linda's blog, you will see all gorgeous creations that my talented teamies on the Curiosity Crew have made... they never cease to amaze me with their inspirational ideas and art!   The challenge is sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique this time... so you will have a chance of winning a very generous Gift Certificate to spend there.  Tim & Mario have, as ever, very kindly donated goodies for an extra prize... which will be awarded to the "Curiosity Crew's Choice"... so you have two chances of winning fabby prizes!  If you haven't got your Compendium book just yet, you can order a signed copy directly from the man himself... HERE.  And... Linda has also done a FAQ page for you.. HERE it is... all the info you will need is listed there.   This week we are turning to Page 62 of the book and using the Dimensional Cutting Plate.  As ever with the Compendium Challenge, neither I, nor the Curiosity Crew, will be posting the technique instructions and participants must not do so either. We all want to encourage people to buy Tim's awesome book; giving away the instructions wouldn’t be fair to him. Linda will have no choice but to un-link any entries that don’t follow this rule.  



Another tag appearing for my entry to the challenge... this one has a bit of a textured background... I had this idea that I would create some extra dimension to the dimension I would be cutting using the Plate.   And as ever, my little harlequin stamp makes another appearance.  I had a bit of a result last weekend too.. I finally found the Tim stamp set (clear stamps) with the diddy little harlequin on it... yay!  I now have three different sizes in this same design... I shall be harlequinning all over the place!



My tag base had some Texture Paste added through a Layering Stencil and then I added Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass and Dusty Concord Distress Paints... and then tried out this new idea I had a few months ago that has been buzzing around my bonce and I hadn't really had a chance to try it out.  So.  Once the background of DP's is set, it looks really pretty but... it is a bit too clean looking for me.  I likes a nice antiquey shabby look.  Inking over the top with Vintage Photo DI looks cool but it just wasn't rich enough... so I decided to slap a layer of Glue & Seal over the top... this activates the DI and once dried it is completely waterproof.... hello Faux Sepia, a new technique!!!   I will do a proper tut later next week :O)



Now once I had my butterflies dimensionally cut I decided to make sure that they weren't just left a bit boring ... no butterfly likes a bare behind after all.  I inked the wings with Broken China DI and then overstamped with a script using Jet Black Archival.... and then made a little plaque of card and Tissue Tape coloured with the same DP's to sit directly on the tag behind so it shows when the wings are raised... cool huh?


Decorations are layers of Prima Flowers... a gorgeous Studio 490 butterfly stamped onto card and inked with DI's and a few bits and bobs of Idea-ology.


Anyways... that's it from me for today... don't forget, you have two whole weeks to enter the challenge... and a bat at the chance of grabbing the Crew's Choice prize which is a mahooosive haul of stash donated personally by Tim & Mario... so if you are joining in, remember to comment on all the Crew's blogs and you will be in with a chance of winning that too *believe me, this is one gigantic pile of goodies* Thanks for looking, have an inky and inspirational day!  TTFN

Hels x

36 comments:

Helen said...

great tag, love all the butterflies,

Leats said...

Hels, why didn't you make your own rubber stamps? Then you can have them in any size you want.

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Hels this is a gorgeous tag you are such an inspiration. Hugs Jackie

Redanne said...

That is a great 'faux sepia' tip Hels, look forward to the tutorial. I always look to see if I can spot your Harlequin stamp first - I see it as your trademark... Love your tag, the dimensional butterflies are a delight and your embellishing, as ever, is beautiful. Hugs, Anne xx

Susan Battensby said...

Hi Hels
Love the colours on this tag, so pretty.
Looking forward to the tutorial, just love your work, so inspirational.

Cheryl Grigsby said...

Love this collage from you, Hels! And I can't wait for your Faux Sepia tutorial. All those yummy layers and embellishments, I can see you had fun with this one. Beautiful result!

Candy C said...

Hels...oh my word! This tag is flawless! The blended colors just meld together so perfectly. Gorgeous! And your dimensional butterflies are fabulous! Beautiful application of Tim's cutting pad.

SusanK said...

The soft color palette you chose is gorgeous! Looks like there are some more things I need to try so I can expand my horizons in the art world!

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Hels, A great 'faux sepia' technique, I can't wait for the tutorial on that. A fabulous tag, beautiful colours, the butterflies and everything underneath their wings, fabulous, fabulous.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Carole Z said...

Beautiful tag Hels, love the colours and the butterflies are gorgeous, hugs Carole Z X

Sue Balawajder said...

Butterflies, flowers, bird,ribbon,tag plus Hels adds up to a fabulous project.

Cindy Marlow said...

This tag has all the elements put together in just the right way...beautiful!

Kyla said...

Gorgeous tag and love the colours

Pam said...

What a gorgeous tag! Love your butterflies and can't wit to see the sepia tutorial.

Yvonne said...

Wow...this is drop dead gorgeous! The butterflies...but the colors! Ack...bestill my heart! The layering...fantastic! Love love love...oh girly...this one makes my heart sing! Hugs.

Lisa S. said...

This is gorgeous and I'm in love with the colors and technique you perfected. Can't wait for the tutorial Hels. :) Awesome tag!

Fuchsia said...

So bright and fluttery x

Anita Houston said...

So bright and fresh feeling! LOVE the butterflies and pastels!

Jenn DuBell said...

I love of all of your stuff! This is as beautiful as all the rest too! Truly inspiring!

Annette Green said...

Oh, those soft and beautiful color combinations! Perfect choice with your stamps and die-cuts. Gorgeous tag, once again Hels!

Susan said...

Love this tag, Hels! The colors are so beautiful and the butterflies so amazing! As always, the embellishments you use are so perfect for your composition!

Chary Deiling said...

Your pastel color palette is so beautiful!!! This is a gorgeous tag!!

Marjie Kemper said...

Such wonderful layering and beautiful colors.... another Hels stunner!

Lisa H said...

very cool! I love the butterflies. =)

Ruby Craft said...

Faux Sepia? It looks lovely and I will be checking back for the tutorial. Very pretty how you dressed up the back of your butterflies' wings. Congrats on getting the 3 sizes of Tim's Harlequin stamp. The way you use it adds another wonderful detail to your tag.

Carol said...

Those tabsare a brilluant way to keep the wings up! And I love the little pink roses!

Looking forward to many more harleqins!

Shari Trumbull said...

WOW, Hels!! LOVE your tag! My goodness, I could swear it's Spring with your beautiful butterflies flitting about on your tag! Oh, and look, one has alighted right on your bloom!! Lovely!! I just love all of your details!! XOXO-Shari

Mandy Welch said...

Love the colors in this piece.

Sara Barker said...

My Goodness, Hels! You never cease to amaze me with your creativity...faux sephia!!!! LOVE, and will be waiting patiently for that tutorial--off to join your list of followers, but better yet, will probably just have your posts sent to my e-mail, if that option is available. Thank you for sharing your talents with us!

Kim said...

Your Faux Sepia idea is Brilliant!!! And I love the camo butterflies; didn't see them at first on the straight on shot, the subtlety is perfect with the rest of the tag.

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Hi Hels, I am finally getting around to commenting, hoping to join in this time around. Lovely tag, love your colour palette and the background. The dimensional butterflies sit perfectly and I love the embellishments. Tracy x

Vic's Creations! said...

So beautiful. There is so much to look at and its so interesting. Love the butterflies and the colors and textures are amazing! Your projects are so inspiring!

Vintagehandmade said...

Beautiful tag! Soft colors and so many fabulous details! Faux Sepia - a brilliant idea! Bravo!
Branka x

craftylyn said...

Love all these little details, so much to look at i loves it.

Kay B Mitchell said...

Hi Hels - thanks so much for your inspiration - butterflies are so perfect for this project - beautiful!

Kimberly Cobb said...

Beautiful butterflies...love the colors and how the dimensional technique make them fly.

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