Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Grungy Monday #7

This week's inspiration for Grungy Monday is a Distress Ink color blocking demo by Tim Holtz that can be found on the Ranger Ink site (have you seen all the fantastic videos they have? There are tons!). I just got some new goodies from Inspiration Emporium and couldn't wait to incorporate them into my tag.

I have been obsessed with the Mini Bird and Cage die since I first saw it! I gussied it up with my Faux Tarnished Silver technique and attached it to a die cut panel (I also used the same technique on the reinforcement circle). The bird was given a crackled effect with Picket Fence crackle paint. Finally, I added a sweet little flower to the corner of the panel. BTW,  I will be posting a tutorial VERY soon on how to make this flower - stay tuned for more info!!

This stamp is part of a new set from Tim Holtz called Stuff to Say. I thought it would be the perfect stamp to use on a Faux Enamel tag (click the link for my tutorial). This time I cut the tag from Tim's Tag and Bookplates die - the oval piece is from the center of one of the bookplates - and used thick white mat board. It came out really sturdy and looks exactly like a porcelain tag to me! I attached it with ribbon that I dyed using Bundled Sage Distress ink.

Oh! I totally forgot to mention the background! I wanted to keep it simple and light so, after doing my color blocking, I took a piece of corrugated cardboard, brayered it with gesso, and used it as a stamp. I stamped over the whole tag in a crosshatch pattern. When it was dry, I brayered gesso over the whole tag again, to soften it even further. When that was dry, I stamped the wildflower from the Nature's Moments stamp set repeatedly, using Bundled Sage Distress ink.

Speaking of packaging (which I made into a stamp!), don't forget about this month's challenge over at the Inspiration Emporium blog. You could win a $50 and, so far, only ONE person has entered!!

38 comments:

  1. lovely pretty colours very subtle. the bird cage and bird look great, especially the crackle effect
    janet

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  2. Lovely tag, pretty background, lovely subtle colours. Love the cage and bird and the subtle stamping too. Tracy x

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  3. So pretty and girly! Love your background!
    Pam

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  4. That's oh so pretty! I've got a couple of techniques to learn from you!! Can't wait to find out how you make your flowers!

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  5. This is a beautiful Tag Shelly, enjoyed reading the process on how it was constructed.
    Smiles:)

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  6. Wow this is sooo beautiful. I must follow you now.

    I's heading back to check out your tutorials now.

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  7. Beautiful. I just love the background - and the rest of it too!

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  8. You did gussy it up! It's a beautiful tag with those colors and images, Shelly!

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  9. Love your tag, Shelly! I can't wait to get that new TH bird and cage die. So many things you can do with it and you do the most AMAZING things with his products. Love your color choices too. You are creative, crafty AND ingenious! Thanks for sharing:)

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  10. Beautiful texture and colours. Great layers.

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  11. This is such a pretty piece. I made up a background today now hope I can make something with it pn tomorrow's lunch.

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  12. Beautiful tag with alot of dimension. Lovely colors.

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  13. WOW! Shelly what a pretty tag. I am amazed at the layers and details you put into seemingly simple tag. It's absolutly beautiful! Thanks for the tutorials, I'll be back to study up.

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  14. Another great tag, I love how you muted the colors on the background technique. I just placed my first order with Inspiration Emporium. Thanks for enabling me. Shari (cricutrookie)

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  15. This is the prettiest piece of grunge I have ever seen....and this blue piece below...stunning!
    Your work is gorgeous!

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  16. Gorgeous! I *love* that enamel tag... very cool.

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  17. Shelly, I love your tag!!! I love the soft colors and birdcage matching the hole reinforcer and the white crackled bird!!! Totally gorgeous!!!

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  18. Your tag is so pretty! I love the crackled bird and cage.

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  19. Your tag is so beautiful. I love the silver, it looks like solder! Thank you for the link to your wonderful tutorial (my mind lets me forget even the most wonderful of techniques without reminders!). Now I need to get some silver embossing powder, and gold, and copper, and bronze, lol. Love it, love it! Connie :)

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  20. Technically this is a little master piece! i love the whole thing- the colors the linen effect of the gesso on the color blocking. The faux tarnished metal and the lovely little flower. Now I am going to find out how you did your tarnishing technique. Bravo Shelly!

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  21. Gorgeous Shelly, thanks for sharing such a wonderful piece and your techniques with us!

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  22. Shelly,
    it is a very beautiful tag- I am so in love with the crackled bird-looks wonderful, and the sign with T.H. word stamp, made to look like enamel. is so great,too.
    A wonderful piece.
    xo,Dorthe

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  23. Wonderful tag Shelly so many beautiful techniques to look at and am so impressed with the corrugated stamping, thank you for sharing. Have a very happy week, Annette x

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  24. Thanks for popping by my blog....so glad you did because it meant i found yours....now a follower, love your tag too....ssshhh dont tell anyone one but its my fav!!

    Hugs

    kazxx

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  25. You have made Grungy Monday so pretty! Love what you did with your background and of course, I love the bird and cage! I ran for that one also! Beautiful!

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  26. This is awesome, Shelly, and so you! I just love all the texture on this... and your color blocking is wonderful!

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  27. Very very nice. I love all the techniques you have used...Donna

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  28. Hello Shelly,

    thanks again for sharing your creation !
    My favorites are the silvertarnished birdcage and the French enamel tag is sooo real looking !

    greetings from Belgium
    Inge

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  29. very subtle and refined shabby chic look...
    Thanks for sharing...
    Sarah at 46

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  30. Wow Shelly!!!! Thanks so much. The tutorials are awesome. The tarnished silver and enamel are absolutely perfect.

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  31. Another beautiful tag! Love the gesso, and the Tarnished Silver, and the tag, and the flower... Love your photography too! Wonderful job!

    Deb

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  32. Shelly, this is oh soooo pretty, love the soft feminine/parisian/romantic feel to this tag, love the crackle bird and flower too.

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  33. A wonderful tag, love the crackle effect on the bird.

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  34. Love this; it's beautiful!

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  35. Beautiful tag Shelly. I also couldn't wait to get the mini bird and cage, but haven't used it yet!

    Barb in Victoria

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