Thursday, 3 October 2013

Beads, Butttons And Bows At Tag Tuesday. . . . .

This week the challenge at Tag Tuesday is to use Beads, Buttons And Bows. The thought of the buttons and bows filled me with horror at first! However, I put the thinking cap on and a little plan began to form.

In my 'bits' box I had an arch shaped tag which I'd made ages ago using a rust technique by Andy Skinner, a stamped lady who just happens to be one of my favourite stamps - from Soul Of The Rose plate by Oxford Impressions, a piece of crackled card and a scrap of a peeled paint technique also learnt from Mr Skinner.

I had some beads from a charity shop buy which I keep taking off a bracelet and using, some cream seam binding and of course, some rusty wire. Here's what I did with these pieces for Tag Tuesday:



Most of the mediums used to make the tag but sorry, no step by step as the tag was made from scraps!
The image was stamped onto card which had been painted with DecoArt Traditions - this makes a lovely surface for stamping on. Some DecoArt Quin Gold was stamped onto the image to give it some age.
An ATC which had been rusted and stencilled with DecoArt Texture Sand (I added a few micro beads to give extra texture before use) was used as the base for the image.

Underneath the rusted ATC is a layer of water colour paper which was coloured with water soluble wax crayons (brushed with a water brush to blend)  and then crackled with DecoArt Two Step Crackle medium. All the little flowers were cut from this crackled water colour paper too. They were punched out, shaped and layered. A little gem was used for the centres.
The words were stamped onto a scrap of card with a peeled paint finish using Versamark. Walnut stain embossing powder was then used. The edges were shaped using an on the edge TH die.


The main tag was cut from corrugated card packaging using a Tando piece as a template. A Skinner rust finish was applied. The beads were attached to rusty wire and used through the tags punched hole.

I found this little pearlised button and aged it with some DecoArt Quin Gold Traditions paint. It was tied to the bow using some natural twine.

The ribbon was coloured using the same water soluble wax crayons as mentioned previously - I wasn't sure it would work but was very pleased with the colour match I achieved. Some 'rust' spots were stamped on the ribbon using the same method as mentioned previously. In the bottom left corner you can see some texture which achieved by tearing off most of the top layer of the corrugated card but then leaving a torn edge here and there. All for free too!

Close up to show the layers - bit blurred I'm afraid!

Thanks for looking at this piece - I really do appreciate the comments you leave. Why not pop over and see what the other talented people at Tag Tuesday have come up with? You'll also find the details for joining in yourself if you want to.


30 comments:

  1. I love the color combination!!
    Great work (as usual) :)

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  2. So beautiful, Julia!

    Love all the delicate crackle, the rust together with the pale green-blue.... and all the bits and pieces that go together so well!

    Hugs,
    Claudia x

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  3. Oh, and thank you for the awesome close-ups! I always enjoy looking at them and can't put my eyes off them!

    Claudia xx

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  4. She is a popular lady as she popped up in my post just the other day :)
    I love the colour choice and really must try and search out those paints.
    Scrumptuous!
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  5. Hi Julia, Fabulous!, so many details and techniques.
    Avril xx

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  6. You pulled this together perfectly Julia, such wonderful techniques and colours. Love it.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  7. fabulous, love the crackle and the button. x

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  8. What a beautiful tag sweetie, The lady stamp is stunning and fits perfectly with your fab techniques and colour choices.
    Hope you are ok my lovely, when is the big move??
    Huge huggles x x x x

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  9. OMG...even your scraps are stunning. Love the stamped image on the rusty background. What a fantastic vintage creation (:o)

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  10. Wow Julia, from horror in your head to fantastic in reality! This is stunning, the crackle is amazing and I just love the rust and blue together - and that lady is stunning. Hugs, Anne x

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  11. stunning work Julia - the colours are just wonderful - and that crackle is fabulous xx

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  12. Omg, this is totally fabulous, the paint (and for that matter crayon) effects look fantastic! Love the idea of using the crackle on crayon, would never have guessed that would work.... Love that OI stamp too, it's just so beautiful!! One gorgeous vintage make, love it! That verdigris blue/turquoise is stunning!!

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  13. This is gorgeous , the colours,the rust , the crackle all amazing! Hugs trace x

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  14. It's absolutely and utterly adorable! I so love it. Big hugs, Suzanne xxx

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  15. Just stunning! The colours are perfect. I love everything about it! xxx Keren

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  16. Live the rich that colour and texture with the turquoise crackle xx

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  17. A wonderful creation, love the crackles.

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  18. Beautiful, love the colours and crackle

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  19. This is at least the fourth time I open your post, without enough time quiet to see all the details and read you, so I didn't put a comment yet... And now I can say: WOW... This is a wonderful piece of art work. Wishes, Coco x

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  20. Wowsers Julia the inspiration certainly kicked in - this is gorgeous!

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  21. Oh, this is amazing! Not at all prissy or girly-just gorgeous!

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  22. Stunning, Julia... one of my all-time favourite makes of yours. Perfect colours (my favourites, anyway!), glorious crackle and weathering, and obviously I love the rusty corrugated background - absolutely wonderful!
    Alison xx

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  23. What an amazing combination of colours Julia....the tag is fab in total...great background, love the crackles ...lollll...love the whole tag! Great job :-)

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  24. Absolutely stunning!!! Love the texture and colors too!

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  25. He he I can just imagine your face my lovely!!!!! But you have done your own fabulous style and it has all turned out magnificently, beautiful work xxx

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  26. Unbelievably gorgeous Julia!!! And huge congratulations on your Andy Skinner DT position. So deserved. Hope you have a fantastic time. Jenny x

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  27. Gorgeousness everywhere the eye can see! Love your colors and that crackled frame/flower are amazing.

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  28. SCRAPS om my its GORGEOUSSSS, I looooove the corragte and the colors, beautiful image, I love it, thanks for sharing..

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  29. Beautiful,thanks for sharing!

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