Monday, 23 April 2012

Distressed Style With Flowers

The theme at The Stampman this time is Shabby Chic or Distress Style. At PanPastel Uk the theme is to add a flower. I certainly love anything which is distressed and if I can add a flower or two then so much the better! I decided to make a tag to play along at these two challenges.

The elements used to make the tag. I've already glued the lace and tag top into position (forgot to take the photo earlier!).

The completed tag. (Again, a little dark so my apologies!).
This image shows a 'before' and 'after' view of the flowers. Each flower was die cut from card covered in aluminium insulating tape. Next they were embossed in a folder, coloured with alcohol inks, layered, teased into shape and finally some seed beads were glued into the centre of each flower using glossy accents. 

This image shows the main flower. Once I had made this flower, I powder embossed the edge of each petal to add an extra dimension. The TH embossing folder can be clearly seen as circles on the petals. The beads in the centre are a pinky purple to tone with the other shades used on the tag.



The tag was inked in weathered wood then clear embossing powder was used to create a resist stamped image down the centre. Further inks were added: dusty concord, victorian velvet and chipped sapphire in an attempt to match the colours of the flowers. Finally, I used a grey versafine ink to stamp down each side to complete the muted background. The die cut lace was inked and embossed to tone in with the flowers - there is more victorian velvet ink though to add contrast to the dark tones in the tag. I roughly powder embossed the edge of the tag to create a 'shabby' look.

The ribbon was coloured using distress inks to match the tag and flowers. I shaped it using a paintbrush handle and finally attached it using double sided tape. Some matching ribbon was used at the top of the tag to complete the piece.

20 comments:

  1. THAT is STUNNING!! I just love everything about that! It screams beauty and nothing "shabby" about it lol...just WOW! ....Really MUST try that trick with insulating tape though...you have had some beautiful results with it.

    Thanks for making me smile today ;)

    Jackie x

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  2. Hi Julia, this is a wonderful tag, your flowers look amazing, such texture with the added embossing and beautiful metallic colours.
    Must give that technique a try.
    Avril xx

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  3. Wow this is really stunning tag thanks for sharing with us at PanPastel UK.

    Kerry DT Leader

    craftyfairie.blogspot.com

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  4. Hi Julia...this tag and it beautiful embellishments are out of this world. Thank you for the close up photos showing the detail! Suzanne xx

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  5. Lovely yet again - such care and attention to detail - amazing - BJ

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  6. you make FAB tags Julia!!! flowers are stunning, love the colours too :) lainey x

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  7. WOW! What a stunning tag, I love the metallic look of the flowers and the embossing is beautiful. Thank you for joining in with the PanPastel challenge blog
    Lindsay xx

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  8. This tag has a real Victorian feel to it. I love the embossing and those flowers are stunning. Stunning. xx

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  9. Wow, that's a wonderful tag, great vintage feeling.

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  10. Antique looking and beautiful!

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  11. Fabulous, and such detail! M x

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  12. Stunning! your flowers have a wonderful finish to them - I must look out for aluminium insulating tape!

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  13. Hi Julia again you have gone in so much detail. I am not a big fan of embossing powders 'cause they get everyware, but they look stunning.

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  14. Wow - these flowers look like artifacts! Love it!

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  15. Blimey!!! These flowers are SOOO beautiful, dimensional, unusual and inventive. Love making embellishments so must have a go with insulating tape.
    Thanks for sharing your amazing project. Hugs, Buttons x

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  16. What a fabulous tag, and thanks for the idea of the insulating tape technigque....must try this. This is really fabulous so impressive!!!
    Carol x

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  17. Incredible, I love it. Those flowers are something else!!
    Thanks for joining us for our Shabby Chic / Distressed challenge over at The Stampman.
    Good Luck
    hugs Kimx

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  18. Such a stunningly beautiful and intriguing tag. Love all the texture in your flowers. Its Fab! Thanks for joining in The Stamp Man Shabby Chic/Distressed Challenge and have a great day. Angela

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  19. I have just left a comment on your latest post but I just had to comment on this beautiful tag. I absolutley love it, The flowers are little works of art.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. Juliax