Studio 490 Tags

I’ve been playing with Wendy Vecchi’s Studio 490 stamps again.

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I was tempted to take part in a swap, but I know from past experience that I  have to make the swap items before I sign up as if I sign up first, the looming deadline just kills the creativity stone dead.  So I thought I would have a go at making some tags and if they turned out ok, then maybe I would enter them in the swap that I read about on the EverythingWendyVecchi group.

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However, I didn’t read the guidelines thoroughly – the swap is for her new stamps and I was busy making tags with the older ones.  The new ones have actually arrived in the shop, though I don’t think they’re up on the website yet.

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The backgrounds on all these tags are done in the same way, by rubbing Ranger’s Adirondack pigment inks into the card.  They blend so beautifully, all I have done is pat the inkpad onto the card, then polish them with a bit of kitchen roll to blend the colours.  I’ve gone around the edges with a darker colour.  The overstamping has been done with a mixture of inks, then there’s different stuff on each one.

The butterfly is stamped onto grungepaper which was painted white then inked up with dye inks.  The sentiment is stamped onto a scrap of glimmer misted card which is why the flash has bounced off it and you can’t really read it.  The black and white rub-ons are some we had in the shop a while ago, can’t remember who they’re by, but I love the black and white mix.

The tree has been accented with Ranger’s white inkssential pen and again, the black and white rub-ons went with it so well.

The flower on the bottom card is stamped onto Hambly vellum and one petal glued to another to pull the design into a circle.  That was glued to a button using glossy accents, then a small paper rose was glued into the hole in the middle.  The sentiment is stamped onto a page from an old dictionary which has been given a coat of gesso.  A 7 Gypsies rub on has been applied in one corner, then it was framed with a little chipboard scalloped frame from Maya Road.  The frame has been triple embossed with a glitter embossing powder at the base.

So, I’m not sure I’ll get round to doing six more tags with the new stamps, but you never know, they’re so gorgeous I’ve already started on them.  Actually I used a couple of them to make a pocket in my special journal today.  Lynn gave me the special journal as a birthday present.  It is a beautifully made, hand stitched, leather bound book with creamy watercolour paper pages, but what really makes it special are all the journal prompts that Lynn hand wrote for me on huge playing cards.

It was in danger of falling into that terrible zone – too precious to use!  So I got it out today and looked at the first journal prompt that I came to – “I love the sound of …”  It was early this morning, I was the only one up and it was so peaceful that I wrote about the quiet.  I would love to say I drew that freehand, but I traced around some Maya Road chipboard letters, then coloured them in with very pale green and grey watercolour using the watercolour pencils from the Derwent watercolour collection tin.

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Well thanks to the bank holiday, I have one more day of quiet before the madness that ensues just before an demo day event – don’t forget it’s next Friday and Saturday – 4th and 5th September and it’s going to be a good one!  Not to mention the chaos that’s about to erupt at home – it’s wall knocking down time next week, ready for the new boiler in two weeks.  Oh joy.  Hope the Dyson can cope with all the dust  coming its way…

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