Thursday 26 June 2014

Music Is My First Love For Stampendous And DecoArt

 Hi everyone. Day 4 at the blog hop which has been going on since Monday. Not visited yet? Check out these links for the full story: MONDAY - TUESDAY - WEDNESDAY

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Here's what Stampendous have to say today:
The excitement continues as we lead you on a world tour of amazing artists playing with Stampendous, DecoArt, and Princeton Artist Brushes via inspired by Willow Wolfe products together! You'll be amazed at what they've created!

To take part all you have to do is:

What's in it for you: 
  • Stampendous will choose three blog posts from all the designer posts this week and then choose a winner from each to receive a prize package - Princeton Artist Brushes, through Willow Wolfe, is sending a Select 3750 Brush Set and a Catalyst Wedge, and we'll be adding a Stampendous Creative Palette so you can use all the new techniques you'll learn here this week.  (America and Canada only)
  • Bonus goodies are on offer for some lucky people who SHARE our Facebook posts and Pinterest Pins.
  • For International commenters: DecoArt has agreed to mail out three fab Media Paint sample packages to international bloggers as well. YAY! 

The Official Rules -  Please read!

Here's what I've made for today's hop - hope you like it!

Partly in shadow I'm afraid as I took the photos on a very sunny day.

I used all the DecoArt products here and something from each of the Stampendous stamp packs and the Creative Palette of course - couldn't get a clearer photo to show the paint shades, sorry.

Paint was applied to the Creative Palette with a brayer and the stamp shown was applied all over the palette. Paper was placed over the palette and carefully smoothed. When removed, the paper had the imprint of the stamp in the colour. The dry paper was glued to card then die cut into a tag shape.
Lightly coat the tag surface with a transparent shade of DecoArt Media acrylic. Don't worry about the little bubbles. I just dry these with a heat gun and they stay flat/attached.

Use the free stencil from the Stampendous stamp pack and apply DecoArt Translucent white acrylic (I LOVE this stuff because it's hugely versatile). I use the lightweight masking tape to hold my stencil down because otherwise, I make a mess!
Apply in a few areas on your tag. Note that you can still see the background through the paint.
Brush a very thin layer of your chosen colour of DecoArt Media acrylic onto a craftsheet. Gently tap chosen Stampendous stamp into the paint and apply to the tag as required. Wash the stamp straight away! Paint can be scraped off stencils but stamps are not so forgiving!
Use another of the free Stampendous stencils to apply a large treble clef using the DecoArt Media paints shown. Dry with a heat gun. I then use a black watercolour pencil to add shadow - I don't add water to it! Note how you can still see images through the paint because I sponged them on gently and not too thick.
Using Stazon ink, stamp some script onto a piece of acetate. Allow to dry naturally. Cut acetate so the script is at an angle. Apply to tag with double sided tape but just use tiny pieces.
Antique some mini clips with sandpaper, DecoArt carbon black acrylic and crackle glaze. Place on the tag to cover the small pieces of double sided tape.

Make some plastic labels (or any other type!) and apply to tag. (I've used the lyrics from a John Miles track but I've changed the original from 'was' to 'is' because I always sing it incorrectly anyway!)
Use a pencil to add shadow as before.
Finish the tag with some hand coloured ribbon twisted with some rusty wire. Want to know how I used DecoArt Media acrylics to colour the ribbon? Keep reading!

Put a small amount of your chosen paint/s onto a craft mat and dilute with water.

Drag some ribbon through the colours until you are happy with the result. Scrunch up the ribbon into a ball and dry carefully with a heat gun. Soooo simple isn't it?

 This project was great fun to make and although I've done it tag size, you could adapt the method to make larger backgrounds which could be cut into ATC's, matting layers, letters, shapes - the list is endless!
Just have fun with these wonderful products!

 Would you like the chance to win an original piece of work from the one and only Andy Skinner? Yes please I hear you say! Here's what's on offer:


All you need to do is comment on every post and the winner will be randomly drawn and announced on Friday.

What are you waiting for? LET'S GET HOPPING!! 

Louise Crosbie (Scotland, UK)

Debbie Cole (California, USA)

Iliane de Fockert (Elly) (Niedersachsen, Germany)

Julia Stratford-Wright (Suffolk, UK)

Suzanne Czosek (Illinois, USA)

Kathi Rerek (New Jersey, USA)

Wendy Price (New Jersey, USA)

Tobi Crawford (BC, Canada)

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  1. A fabulous tag Julia, I love how you have used the products together and the treble clef is amazing with the shadowing you have added. Great job xx

  2. These colors are absolutely delicious! I love all of the fabulous details and your shading is amazing! TFS!

  3. This is so pretty! I love the shading on the musical note! The background is beautiful!

  4. absolutly stunninG I love the colors this would be amazing to recreate!!

  5. Great color! WOW this piece of art really pops, thanks for the inspiration! -con

  6. Beautiful. Love all of the shades of green. The cleft symbol and the big bow really add a lot of jazz to the tag.

  7. Love the green and yellow...the stamps are amazing!

  8. Great colors on your tag. I particularly like how the treble clef stands out.

  9. Great tag Julia and fabulous use of those products. Wonderful step by step too!

  10. stunning piece Julia - the colouring of the treble cleff looks amazing xx

  11. Musiis my first love to - and my second love is your tag!!!!!

  12. Such a cool layered background, and the shading on the treble clef gives such a fabulous illusion of dimension - very cool.
    Alison xx

  13. A gorgeous result Julia, thanks for the foto tutorial!
    Hugs, Alie

  14. How lovely, beautiful colours and great stamps. Well done lovely.

  15. Beautifully done, amazing colors and techniques!!

  16. Beautiful! Great impact and combination of techniques and media.

  17. Your tag came out fantastic. The colors are so cheerful. I love that background stamp!!

  18. Love your tag! Love those stamps!

  19. Julia, I have really enjoyed this tutorial and the finished piece is stunning, I have learnt such a lot from you, your talent is unique and attracts me greatly, thank you.

    Jan x

  20. WOWZERS!!! Eye catching and super FUN!!! Love the music stenciling and of course that gorgeous green, as well as the background! Too COOL!!!

  21. Thanks for the tutorial. The tag is absolutely beautiful and I love all the different layers you created on this. I like that you can see all the layers!

  22. What a delightful tag. I love how you are able to create so many layers without any getting lost.

  23. Love this project but I especially love your idea for coloring the ribbon. Going to have to try it myself!

  24. Wonderful tag Julia, absolutely awesome!!! Your music key is fantastic, as well as your use of so many stamps - and so beautifully - on just a tag! Thanks also for your great step by step as usual! Hugs, Coco xx

  25. Your colours are stunning...such a beautifully striking tag cxx

  26. WOW, my favorite so far! Just STUNNING!

  27. what beautiful colors you used. love your tag and matching ribbon.

  28. Absolutely gorgeous...thank you for sharing your amazing project...I love all of the stamps and products and techniques you used...thanks so much for the chance to win.

  29. Omg I love these products you have used so well thanks for sharing...

  30. Julia, this is scrumptious! The colors are so vibrant and bold, but the translucence is so terrific. And coloring the ribbon to match was just too wonderful! Thanks for the new techniques and for sharing with us this week!!

  31. Gorgeous tag & amazing eye catching colours. Your background has lovely textures & I really like the music theme. Well done

  32. I'm running out of words for all your wonderful makes this week! the translucent white is new to me but I love how it works - think I might 'need' it!

  33. I like the musical theme and the bright colors.

  34. Bold and Beautiful! I love my Media paints!

  35. Love how you shaded the treble clef! The whole tag is eye-catching because of those gorgeous colors :)

  36. I love this tag and all the bright colors!!! It is stunning!!!! Thanks


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