Sunday, 6 March 2011


Afternoon lovely Bloggers on this beautiful Sunday. I hope you are all enjoying this wonderful sunshine if you live in the UK. I know in other parts of the world it is either very warm or very cold at the minute depending on which continent you are living. Whatever you have I hope you are having a great weekend.

I'd just like to say a big hello and welcome to my new followers, there have been a few lately and I'm very happy to see you. I hadn't realised that I've been blogging for just over two years now and when I started I never thought anyone would visit at all so I'm always thrilled to see a new face and I appreciate the loyalty and friendship both through cyberspace and now in real life of many of my long term followers. Who'd have thought life could change so much just by trying to prove to my lovely Hubby that I could do something on the computer by myself without his help, which is how this blogging lark started for me!!

Now back to crafty things. Frankie's Tag It On challenge this week is DELICATE inspired by a brilliant tutorial by Shari Carroll. It you love techniques pop over and have a look, she has some wonderful stuff on her blog. Thanks to Frankie for pointing me in her direction, I love finding new inspiration.

Here is my tag, which is the third attempt to get something I was happy with. It's a very easy technique but as there is quite a bit of water involved my poor tag wasn't really thick enough to cope with it.

The script is from Crafty Individuals and is clear embossed and then Milled Lavender Distress Ink was rubbed over the top and sprayed with water. This is not quite how Shari does it but I struggled with her method to get a colour that showed the script through.

I used Peeled Paint, Broken China and Dusty Concord Distress inks on my craft mat, using them as an ink pad for this Elusive Images stamp. Water is then sprayed on the stamp before using it. Again my image was much darker than I wanted so I sprayed it with water and blotted it to make it more delicate.

I then went back over with cut and dry and the Milled Lavender to make the script pop a bit more. With a bit of playing I ended up with something I was reasonably happy with.

I want to try it again with much sturdier paper. I think it'll work much better doing it the way Shari does.

Thanks for stopping by.


Janet said...

You have certainly achieved a very beautiful and muted effect Lisa. I totally forgot the background stamp the first time and used it over the completed tag - didn't look too different to the correct way! Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog - I really appreciate it.

Janet xx

Faye said...

Lisa, this is really gorgeous. I love the paper you've used for the wonderful colors in the stamped image. Like you, I had to really try hard to get the colors to work with the stamped text.

Dragon said...

Well whatever, it worked and your tag is so delicate and beautiful. I stuggled too, as I said, so it's a technique I shall try again. I have been so gratifed that people have enjoyed the challenge... was always the dragon's dream!!

Anne said...

What a lovely, delicate tag. I can see it's a bit wobbly, have you tried ironing it very gently between two bits of paper? Not so hot it melts the embossing...

Beautiful work anyhow:)

Sally H said...

It's beautiful! I bet it would work well on watercolour card. You could always use your tag as a template - I do that regularly!

Lynne K said...

This is SO pretty, Lisa. Really gorgeous. I'm going to have to try that technique, I love the effect it gives. Have a great week. xx

Kay Carley said...

This is lovely Lisa and truly delicate. xx

craftimamma said...

This is beautiful Lisa and certainly fits the delicate bill. I love the colours you have used and although I haven't followed the link yet I love how your method has turned out.

It's now Monday and for the first time in what seems like ages we have a stunningly beautiful day and not even too cold. My perfect weather!

Lesley Xx

brenda said...

Yes we have some sun as well, althouhg still frost every night.

Such a beautiful tag, it has a lovely mystical feel to it.

B x

Lesley said...

What a gorgeous tag. So pretty and delicate looking. Love the colours.
I love visiting your blog. :)
Lesley x

Mrs.B said...

Hi, have just found you blogand had a browse through. You have some gorgeous 'creations'.
I am now a follower.
Avril x

JoZart said...

I love this technique and you've interpreted it beautifully. Thanks for the video link... I'm going to give it a go!
Jo x