Monday, 8 October 2012

Snowflakes... promised on yesterdays Sunday Stamper post, here's the tag that I made at the same time as the other one.  This one has a slightly different background... another "I wonder if..." moments when I created this one:

So.  The new Metallic Distress Stains have been sitting patiently waiting for me to play with them and I was having a little faff on Saturday night and happened to have my Picket Fence Stain out at the same time (see yesterdays post about how I used it :O))   I decided to see if mixing Picket Fence with a Metallic Stain would work... oh boy... does it ever!   I smooshed some PF Stain on to my craft sheet and then did the same amount of Antiqued Pewter - a tip, when you press the valve down onto the craft sheet, gently squeeze the sides of the bottle, whilst it is pretty tough plastic it does give a little, meaning  you can get a nice dollop of Stain on your craft sheet.  A very light mist of water and then a swoosh of the tag through the inky mix.  Flip over, dry, repeat the dipping and then dry again.  I love the milkyness of the effect!

Tag before embellishing

The snowflakes were stamped first with Picket Fence Stain and dried, then overstamped with Chipped Sapphire Stain to achieve a nice smudgey look.  I used the tip of a paintbrush to pick up some of the Antiqued Pewter Stain and then flicked it over the tag, repeating this process with the Chipped Sapphire... yum!  The embellies are the Mini Snowflakes Alterations, cut using the new Holiday papers from Tim... and a little canvas sprig behind them... with a snowflake brad that has been lurking in my stash for 382 years.  Finishing touches are some Lavish Trimmings, left uncoloured but smudged with Rock Candy Stickles to make them sparkle.  The pics don't really show that but it is there :O))

I have a mahooooosive to-do list again today!  I am feeling positively virtuous this morning though... I have just cleared the ironing mounting - and yep, I ironed it all, even my freshly laundered inky-binky's!   Today  I am sample making for my shows on Wednesday - 11am and 7pm  on Create & Craft and am absolutely covered in ink... tis the best way to be right?  I shall away, cards to ink, stamps to...erm... stamp!  Thanks for looking... have a grand day... TTFN!

Hels x


Rita said...

What a fabulous tag Hels. I don't have the metallic stains, but I think I need them after seeing your tag. Off to try this week's SS challenge to-day. Hugs Rita xx

Elizabeth said...

Fabulous tags - both of them. Don't have the stains but they are now on my mahoosive wishlist :) Elizabeth xx

rachel said...

so beautiful Hels - mine is ready to go - almost! Hugs Rachel xx

EmmaT said...

Morning Hels, beautiful tag again, im also loving the metallic stains - would love them in an ink pad too!! Look forward to seeing you on C&C as you soooo inspire me.

Helen said...

ooh yes metallic stains in ink pad form... nice idea, Emma!

Love the tag, Hels - I haven't used my metallic stains yet, so must put this idea in practice.

Ink Art Designs said...

Oh my gosh...I so need to get some of the metallic stains! this looks amazing with the splots added too!
Dot x

Hettie said...

This is gorgeous Hels and thanks for the heads up on metallic distress stains with picket fence distress stain. I have some bronze crying to be released from the bottle!!
Hope you got my latest e-mail!!

Joanne said...

C&C times already logged. These 2 tags are fab especially this one with both picket fence and metallic stains. Not given Xmas a thought as yet but will remember these techniques.
Hugs Joanne xx

Planetsusie said...

I love these tags Hels - wish I had some of the metallic stains but I have other things I could try. The blues are beautifully frosty and I love the snowflakes. Looking forward to your next shows.

Hugs Sue Pxxx

Gabbi said...

Beautiful tag. Will have to try these stains. Thanks for the inspiration.

Redanne said...

Oh wow Hels, this is another beauty! I think they are both stunning and love the idea of using the metallic stains with the Picket Fence - just off to try out that technique now. Thanks for your comment on mine! Crafty hugs, Anne x

Marleine said...

Hi Hels,
Another brilliant tag. X

Anonymous said...

Hi Hels, you clever thing, experimenting and coming up with such a wonderful background. Don't know which tag I like the best 'cos they're both fantastic. Looking forward to Wednesday.

Carole Z said...

Brilliant tag Hels...and reading some of the other posts, I agree, metallic stain in ink pad form would be sooooo good! Carole Z X

shirley said...

Fabulous tag Hels!. Love my new stains :)

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Hels, Stunning tag, I absolutely love both tags equally, you have excelled yourself. I was so in love with the snowflakes, that I ordered both sets yesterday. I love how you have used the metallic dabbers, they are next on my list together with Tim's new holiday papers, I tried searching for the holiday papers yesterday but couldn't seem to find any, I will keep searching ha ha !!.
Looking forward to your shows tomorrow, I will be watching.
I'm looking forward to seeing you at Kettering on Saturday, 4 hour train journey there, but only 3 trains this time ha ha.
Have a good day.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

EmmiLu said...

Hels, excuse my ignorance.... what on earth is an inky binky???

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