Thursday, 5 September 2013

Septembers inky mess!

NQuite a lot of photos with this one some grab a glass of something nice or even a cuppa depending on the time of day....would not want to be encouraging you to drink alcohol at 7am or worse :-)

The latest Tim Holtz tag hit our screens 5 days ago and I've been mulling this one over in my head, (some people have already posted theirs) and today was a play day due to DH being on the golf course!

I have followed Tim's instructions as closely as possible (see his blog for details)

I ventured forth with no distress paints or stains but who cares... I had the right colour inks so all could be attempted :-) Did I also mention that I had no embossing paste?  Never worry when Google and YouTube are out there to help, I found myself a recipe for embossing paste and made some up also improvised the white paint by using a tiny pot of pearlescent white (UFO) and added some "brass" children's paints that I was given last year to the inks that I did the "wrinkle free" technique with.

My stencils are  from The Crafters Workshop, I've used mini hexagons for the embossing paste and mini ledger for the white paint. I've used mini distressed harlequin & hexagons for the walnut ink layers - the pink dots have been done using sequin waste for the large dots and a separator that came out of a Marks & Spencer microwave meal! The numbers & alphabet are from Newey & I've had them years.

This is the "understanding journal dreams" tag

The dragonfly stamp is Paper Artsy (tops & tails 2) and as I did not have any of the TH masks but liked the idea of the ruler....I used a free rubber stamp that I had handy :-)

I made 2 other tags at the same time, same stencils and inks + some more chit chat stickers

"cherish art adventure"

"enjoy different travel" I made this one using a stamp I successfully bid for on eBay last week :-)

The ribbons are all made using paper ribbon that has been smoothed out, inked & stencilled.

With the various ink spritz-ings  that I did I eventually managed to achieve a sludgy mess shot with brass, it looked really nice and autumnal so I decided to use another stencil that I had so far not used that is mini branches

Again I have used the free "ruler" stamp and also added "birds on a wire" from Paper Artsy and a "flight of birds" fom Inkadinkadoo. The PA birds have been water-coloured with felt pens and, try as I might, I've been unable to put my hands on my white gelly roll pen so I had to use a white Sharpie (I don't like it!)

I've had a lot of fun & made a lot of mess :-D

Hope you've not drunk all the wine whilst reading this long screed......

I'll be back again soon.


  1. You crack me up! No, I did not get drunk while reading your post, but I did OOOOH and AAHHHH a lot!! If you hadn't said your tags were full of improvisings, I would have never guessed it! They are all really, really lovely--they look like Tim's!!! The colors are just gorgeous!!

  2. Hi Sally, Your tags are beautiful, thank you for the step by step photos too, a lovely long and informative post! Too early for the wine here I'm afraid but I certainly enjoyed my coffee and your post :D Hugs Gay x

  3. Fantastic tags and backgrounds. amazing what we can make with what we have to hand.
    Yvonne x

  4. Lots of prettiness here! Love the tags. great job!

  5. Wow! These are excellent. Apologies for my tardiness in commenting, my days have disappeared again! I love the birds on the ATC and I always love to read about the creative way you find things to improvise. Great stuff.

  6. NICE job! I love the way you showed the progression of your tag!

  7. Hi Sally - love all your improvisations but the last one is my favourite.

  8. Great job on making do with the supplies you had. I absolutely love the last 2.

  9. Hi Sally.
    Just blog hopping and saw your great tag and the fabphotos to go with it!!! Great techniques here. Well done
    carol xx