I made this not long before we moved house, at a wonderful playday with Lesley, Judith and Debbie. We were discussing the challenge blog at the time and finalising the details of how we would set it up, then we came up with the idea of picking some colours there and then to start the ball rolling. From my distress tag swatch, if I remember rightly, we picked out Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers and I think the red is either Festive Berries or Barn Door.
I started by swiping some Squeezed Lemonade Distress paint onto a couple of tags, then stamping the foliage frond with the same paint. When dry, this acts as a resist to the more liquid stains. I put Mowed Lawn and Peacock Feathers distress stain on the bottom of the tag and the red at the top. I sprinkled some water on and dried it quickly with a heat tool to stop the colours blending too much into brown where they meet.
I stamped some Punky Flowers onto the tag, then stamped the bird and coloured the branch. The bird was stamped twice onto the second tag and I cut one whole bird and an extra wing to decoupage on top. I did add a nice green ribbon, but don’t have a photo and it is still packed away “somewhere”.
I do love playing with distress stains, so I dug them out this week and had a little play session. Here are some of the backgrounds and tags I created.
I just love having a stack of tags and backgrounds like this to hand, they’re great for the times when I don’t want to get all messy, but need some coloured backgrounds ready to go.
If you haven’t checked out our Challenge Blog yet, head over there and take a look, there’s some fab inspiration from the Design Team, plus some really super submissions coming along. You still have time to play as it’s a monthly challenge, so you have until August 19th to play along and if your entry qualifies, you could be picked as our prize winner!