Monday 24 April 2017

Mini Mission: Aquatic

I haven't completed the main April mission for Mission Inspiration yet, but I decided to join in with the extra mini challenge: Aquatic.  As it is a mini challenge, I decided to work on a tag.

All the images and the background were created/stamped using Distress Oxide inks, with a touch of Archival for detail.  To start, I blended Broken China and Faded Jeans Oxides over the tag, spritzed with water, dragged the tag through the left over ink from my glass mat, dried and repeated.
First Layer
I used my large Misti stamping press for layering the seahorse and goldfish images.  They come from two different stamp sets by Hero Arts; Colour Layering Seahorse and Colour Layering Goldfish.  As the seahorse has three layers of colour and the goldfish only two (plus the face details), I used Fossilized Amber for the base layer of the seahorse and Spiced Marmalade for the fish.  Once dry, there wasn't a great difference in colour over the blue background.
Second Layer
For the next layers I went with Spiced Marmalade for the seahorse and Fired Brick for the fish.
Final Layer
I used Jet Black Archival ink to add the facial details on the fish and Fired Brick for the top layer of the seahorse.  I also added the eye detail onto the seahorse with a black micron pen.

The tag moved!
The next step was to add the green seaweed from the goldfish stamp set and the quote from the same set.  I also decided to add some bubbles above the top fish.  For the Seaweed I used Peeled paint Distress Oxide and stamped the three fronds twice. Unfortunately the tag moved in the Misti, giving a 3D effect to the sentiment.  I tried to remedy this by going over the sentiment in Versamark ink and heat embossing in Cosmic Shimmer Copper embossing powder.  I also added a white shadow using my Signo broad uni-ball pen.  The final touch was to add some Golden Sand embossing powder by Stampendous along the bottom of the tag over dots and scribbles in Versamark pen, as well as Glossy Accents onto the bubbles.

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