Saturday 28 July 2018

Three Way Overlay Stamps on an Oxide Background.

Having experimented with the new set of Distress Oxides to create backgrounds on tags (see HERE), I felt that the four colour combinations that I had come up with represented the four seasons perfectly.  I have also been playing around with the Claritystamp three way Floral Friends overlay stamps, thanks to a wonderful workshop with Maria Moorhouse.  I decided to combine the two.  Unfortunately I have been unable to finish the Autumn and Winter tags, as the season stamps for those are not yet available from Claritystamp.

I played with the Daisy & Friends stamp and stencil set (Claritystamp).  The outline image was stamped in Library Green Archival ink and the background stamp overlaid using several shades of green.  Using a stamp platform allowed me to ink up the edges of the background stamp in Emerald Archival ink to add interest.  The flower fill stamp was inked up first in Buttercup, then green was added at the bottom to the leaves, again using a stamp platform to allow the build up of multiple colours.  Once dry, the image was die cut with one of the Tonic nesting circle dies, leaving a white border.
Having chosen one of the green and yellow tags, I stamped the Spring stamp (Claritystamp NDC back issue 113) in Onyx Black Versafine ink and heat embossed it with detail clear EP.
The floral topper was then added.
To finish, I used a white Amsterdam acrylic marker to fill in the Spring lettering.
For the summer tag, I had a stamped image of the Cornflower & Friends outline stamp.  This time, instead of using the overlay filler stamps, I coloured the image using various Spectrum Noir pencils, using a Derwent blender pen to smooth the colours.  I fussy cut the image, then used the same Tonic nesting circle die as before to cut a mat from a page of the Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Shattered Collection (No. 3-S).
The summer sentiment (Claritystamp NDC back issue 117) was stamped onto the pink/red tag using the same method as before.
Once the floral topper had been added, I coloured the summer lettering using the Barn Door distress marker.
For the autumn tag, I chose the tag in shades of brown.  The fill background from the Daisy & Friends set had been stamped in Jet Black Archival ink over a piece of designer paper from the Shenandoah paper pad (Claritystamp).  The outline stamp had then been used over the top, heat embossed using detail white EP.
Before adding the topper to the tag, I cut a mat from another piece of the same paper.  Unfortunately, I was unable to add the word Autumn, as that stamp has not yet been produced.
For the Winter tag,  I used another image stamped using the Cornflower & Friends set.  The outline was stamped in black archival ink and the background in Midnight Blue Artistry ink.
I used a purple Spectrum Noir pencil to colour in the image, without using the Derwent blending pen this time.
The mat for this image was also cut from the Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Shattered Collection pad (No. 18-S).
Once again, the image had to be added to the final tag without the addition of the word Winter.  I am very much hoping that the last two season stamps are released soon, as I would like to finish off my four season tags.

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