Thursday, 31 October 2013

12 tags of 2013 - October

This was really a fun challenge! First, we don't celebrate Halloween in Sweden (unless you have kids. The American tradition has been embraced by retailers who want to increase their income and the new generation is the target). We celebrate All Saints Eve and light candles in the cemetery and think of our friends and family that has passed away. It's a quiet and quite sad celebration so it was actually kind of fun to make something halloweenie!
Second, I had to improvise since I don't have any Distress Glitter. I don't even think it has become popular here yet. I tried the different glitters that I had and found that Sepia Accents with sprinkled glitter on top and then to seal the glitter another layer of Sepia Accents worked best. In this way I was able to ink the edges. I still think that I have to try a jar of Distress Glitter when I come across one! ; )

I knew that I wanted pumpkins and leaves on my tag and I wanted to have an autumnal feel to it. And then to give it a more halloweenie feel I added the spooky trees. I wanted to use two stencils that I haven't tried yet and it got really messy. I wasted almost half the bottle of the black soot Distress Paint. All came at once when I squeezed the bottle and I accidentally unscrew the dabber and it fell on the table. The background on the tags with trees are made with Distress Stains and then Distress Paint over the stencil. The colorful tags are made with Tim's Distress Paint marbling technique, the same he used on his tag. This technique wasn't easy and I have to try this a bit more.

Here's what I tried and the solution to the right worked the best.

The tags before they were assembled. I didn't have any of Tim's mirrored
 stars, but I found some others in my stash! Really happy about them!

The tags after they were assembled. The leftovers are going to be
Halloween cards to some friends with kids that celebrate Halloween

...and 'the chosen one'! The leaves are sprayed with various
glimmer mists and then I inked the edges.
Distress Stain: gathered twigs, frayed burlap, ripe persimon, dried marigold
Distress Paint: black soot, antique linen, peeled paint, spiced marmelade, seedless preserve
Distress Ink Pad: black soot, rusty hinge, ripe persimon
Sepia Accents
Distress Crackle Paint: rock candy
Various glimmer mists
Sizzix die (leaf)
Pumpkin cut by hand
Glitter from Panduro
TCW252s Aspen Trees
TCW208s Mini Branches

A black Sharpei (a cheep Sharpie!!)
Mirrored stars from Tiimari
Ribbon from flea market

Sunday, 13 October 2013

'Take the challenge' October 2013

This month the challenge over at Faber Castell's blog was to create something that represents your cherished secret dream. Of course I have some dreams. Some of them I want to keep to myself but I have one dream that I can share. I really like to sing and would I like to sing more! I want to sing not only for my pets! I want to start in a choir. I'd like to take singing lessions and I'd really like to sing the opera! I want to be admired. But I'm to shy. I always sing in the shower and in the car listening to the radio. I have no idea if I can sing or not but once when I sang my cat bit me in the thigh! Oh, well! ; )

When I started thinking about the challenge and what I wanted to do I saw 'The Scream', the painting of Edvard Munch in front of me. I exchanged his anguished figure with my singing diva but tried to keep the background somewhat true to the original, but with brighter colors. I wanted to make it a bit happier but still that one can see the resemblance. Did you know that Munch made four different versions of this painting? I think this only one will do for me! ; )

The eyelashes are painted with Stickles
and the mouth with glitter glue

The earring in shrink plastic with a secret message!

The first layer of the painting with gelatos.

Basic Grey: wild flowers/division b2 sta-1341
ARTEMIO: rèf 10001188
heidi grace: Day Dream Believer
Watercolor paper
Stamper's Big Brush
Gesso (transparent)
Black pen
StazOn: Jet Black
Shrink plastic
Quickutz pendant die
Glitter glue, pink
Glitter flakes from Panduro
Stickles: Black Diamond