Tuesday 9 May 2017

Tag Tuesday: Faces

I absolutely adore the new Hipster stamps by Tim Holtz, so when the fortnightly challenge on Tag Tuesday was 'Faces' there was only one choice!

As usual the base is a #8 Manilla tag, which was completely covered with a piece of the 'Numero' Collage Tissue by 7gypsies and then sealed with Distress collage medium.
Once dry, a thin layer of white gesso was added.

As I wanted a translucent feel to the background, I decided to use Gelatos to add colour.  I chose Boysenberry, Blueberry, Cotton Candy and Butter Cream and scribbled them onto the tag, then blended the colours out with my fingers.
In the meantime, I had stamped the Chimpanzee character from the Hipster stamp set onto cream card three times, using Jet Black Archival ink.  I then used the dies to cut out; the whole character, the head, the glasses and the waistcoat.  I used Ground Espresso distress ink to colour the head and Blueprint Sketch for the waistcoat.  The glasses were pressed into a Versamark ink pad and heat embossed with detail black embossing powder for a shiny finish.  I left the shirt the colour of the card, but went over the whites of the eyes with my white Signo broad Uni-ball pen. The image was layered up using glue rather than foam pads.
I felt the background needed a little more interest, so added first Blueberry, then Boysenberry Gelatos through a Tim Holtz mini layering stencil (THMS023 Woodgrain).  I found that scribbling a little over the stencil and then going over with a make up sponge to push the colour onto the page worked best.  Once I was happy, I followed Kay Halliwell-Sutton's advice and gave the whole tag a coat of Spray and Shine from Crafter's Companion to seal the surface. 
The character was glued on using Cosmic Shimmer acrylic glue and the word 'Yeah' from the Hipster stamp set added with Archival ink at the bottom.  I am so happy with the finished tag and the dies help make the characters come to life; now I'll have to try out all the other sets!

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