Sunday 17 March 2013

Spring Colours And Tattered Florals For ABAC And Tim Holtz

Hi everyone. The new challenge at Anything But A Card goes live today and I'd like to show you my DT piece. I'm also going to enter this large tag in Tim's Tattered Floral Challenge (you have to if you love making flowers like I do!). There is also a new challenge blog run by Country View Crafts (You know: the company that do free shipping on most items - not to be missed!) Their theme is 'Pick And Mix' so I hope my Spring offering fits the bill!

Our theme for the next fortnight is Spring / Easter. You can interpret this in many ways including using spring colours as I have; use Spring as a starting point or an Easter theme, traditional or otherwise. You could even bring in Alice In Wonderland and the white rabbit - as long as there's a link somewhere, you'll be fine.

The challenge at ABAC is wonderfully flexible as ever and remember: you can make ANYTHING as long as you DON'T MAKE A CARD. You must go over to the blog and see what today's teamies have come up  and next Sunday the second team go live with their makes so don't forget to see their pieces too.

I've got quite a few pictures to show you so get something nice to drink, a pair of sunglasses and start to scroll down:

I've made a large tag featuring flowers in Spring colours. The detail images which follow give a clearer view than this one - best photo of a bad bunch!

A gusset is inserted at each side on the lower edge of the tag. The pieces were prepared in the same way as the tag.

The die cut letters were coloured with distress (dusty concord); stamped with archival and coated with glossy accents.
The large tag was cut from white card and the background was created with distress inks, distress stain (picket fence), Fresco snowflake paint, stamps and stencils. A scalloped border was stamped onto spare card coloured as per the tag. The border was cut out and embossed with two coats of utee. The tag was folded up at the bottom and the border attached with side gussets made from card. This allows the stems / springs to be inserted.
Card was covered with metal tape for all the flowers. Various tattered florals were cut out and coloured with alcohol inks. The blue colour is much more purple in reality. The yellow flower was stamped with text and embossed with distress EP in black soot. This EP was also added to the end of some petals. The centre of the flowers is made from chunky twine unravelled.

The flower was made as previously written. All flowers had a 'spring'  made from florist wire applied. This flower adds interest to the chunky twine at the top of the tag.
The florist wire spring and some background detail.
The purple flowers have a more elaborate stamp used to decorate them but they have been made in the way as the yellow flowers.
A topper was made for the tag using a Tim On The Edge die. The scalloped border stamp was applied to card coloured with dusty concord distress ink. Two coats of utee followed.

Thanks so much for getting this far with my post - a little longer than usual but I wanted to show as many details as possible. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I hope to catch up with many of you soon.


  1. What a beautiful make Julia

    I love the colours and the florals are fantastic. Really stuning. Hoping to play in Tim's challenge too so off to get messy!!!

    Have a great Sunday

    Annie x

  2. A stunner Julia. The colours are so beautiful and those flowers look amazing. Thanks for showing all the lovely detail too.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  3. stunning and i love the vibrant coluors you chose. x

  4. Fabulous Julia.
    Lovely flowers and great colors.
    Greetings Janny

  5. Such a jolly cheerful scene Julia :) always love the dimention to your work :)
    Von ♥

  6. Hi Julia, the brightness just adds to the charm of the wall hanging, the flowers look gorgeous with their springy stems and wonderful embossing. Love this! Hugs, Anne x

  7. Love this...such a neat combination of colors and elements!

  8. A stunning tag Julia and I love that colour combination. Your flowers are fantastic and I love the springy stems. A great DT piece and thanks for all the lovely photographs, it is always lovely to see how a piece has come together. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. x

    PS I've got my alcohol inks out at the moment too for some flowers - obviously "of" the moment!

  9. Stunning design Julia - this looks wonderful. Nicola x

  10. You have such talent to enable those colours to work together so harmoniously and the quirky element of the springs, I love that and the flowers, they are so amazing.
    A stunning piece of art.

  11. Stunning colours on this tag, love the flowers and all the detail.

    Sylv xx

  12. What a great colour combo Julia. The flowers are fabulous and I love the springy stems. Another stunning make! Xx

  13. Fabulously vibrant colours, and the stamping on the flowers is stunning - such a cool make, Julia - fizzing with Spring energy!
    Alison xx

  14. Gorgeous tag- the colours make me think of daffodils, forsythia and crocuses - and catkins!

  15. WOW!!! Amazing as always Julia! I LOVE that you have gone for really vibrant instead of the pastels which seems to always be thought of as spring colours. Of course you have got it so right - most spring flowers are gorgeously bright. I think I will have to join in this challenge - You know me and flowers! Can't resist...Ideas are buzzing already - Lots of love and hugs Laura xxxxx

  16. What a beautiful tag Julia, stunning and so very cheerful, thank-you for the big grin sweetie.
    Huge hugs x x x x

  17. Love these colours together! Definitely makes me think that spring is on the way at last. Hugs, Keren

  18. Gorgeous, love the colours & flowers. You take beautiful photos as well. Have a great week, Shirleyx

  19. Bright and fun and those springs are perfect! I love these....VIBRANT and totally Spring!

  20. Terrific colours and this tag brightened a very dull, wet day for me

    Love Chrissie xx

  21. Love, love, love this tag and the colors. I have never used Utee. (not even sure I have heard of it before) Must find. Great work!

    Visit my Tattered Floral entries on my blog:
    Rose Box -
    Lunch Bag rose -

    Best of luck in the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals challenge.

  22. Adore the colours, love the embossing and the whole construction is inspired Julia! Here's hoping Mother Nature takes the hint very soon. Hugs, Jenny x

  23. ...amazing work Julia, loving your zesty fresh colours they really pack a punch, delicious flowers & petals, totally eye catching, fabby coiled springs that sum up your tag to perfection...Melxx :)
    Hope your feeling better :)

  24. I love this Julia - the colours are gorgeous.
    xxx Hazel.

  25. I'm back again and now I'm catching up... you've been very creative the last few days, wonderful pieces to see. I especially love this one, fantastic bright colors.

  26. Vavavooom! Talk about bright and vibrant.... love it!

  27. Finally getting around to visiting again! Your tag is fantastic! The flowers are gorgeous and I love how you used the twine on the flowers!

  28. Wow, I just had to come and take a closer look at your project. It is WONDERFUL!!! I love the colors and the design and those flowers rock!!! These are a winner in my book!!

  29. Hi Julia, how did I miss this? What a stunning work of art, beautiful colours, great stamps and a fabulous outcome. Love those little springs by the way. Thanks for choosing to enter this into the first CVC challenge.
    hugs {brenda} x0x


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