Tuesday 16 April 2019

A is for Acorns and what else?

I made this tag for a friend as a swap.  Each month the JJAMMA group has a swap for a tag, journal page or ATCoins. We are working our way through the alphabet and I decided to use Acorns as the theme for the letter A.  I also managed to fit the letter A onto the tag in other ways, can you spot them all?  Keep reading and I'll let you have all the answers.
The first A is for Abandoned Coral.  It was the colour that I had cleaned off my blending mat using a piece of copy paper.  The mop up sheet was glued to a #8 manilla tag, dried and trimmed.
A is also for the Acorn 3 way overlay tile stamp set and Acorn Archival ink.  I used it to stamp the #1 outline image from the set.
With the #2 infill stamp I used Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Gathered Twigs and a little Ground Espresso Oxides, applied with a foam tool.
By spritzing the stamp with water, I also managed a second and third generation image.
The #3 background stamp was coloured with Abandoned Coral and Fossilized Amber (back with the A theme).
And another second and third generation print!
I trimmed them all down, but as you have already seen, only used one of the images on the tag.

I added some off cuts of the Melange Tissue Wrap by Tim Holtz onto the tag, sealed, dried and trimmed as usual.

I used the stencil which comes with the stamps to mask off the topper, used an embossing pen and highlighted the Acorns with clear embossing powder (2 layers).
To add the key word onto the tag, I used my favourite Alphabet: the Clarity Word Chain Alphabet (another A).  The word Acorns was added in a mixture of upper and lower case letters from the set, stamped individually in Onyx Black Versafine ink and heat embossed with clear EP.
I decided that the top of the tag needed something. I die cut the 'Thanks' die, which was a gift from Claritystamp for paying up front for the New Design Fresh Cut Die club this year.  It is an aperture die and I only wanted the leaves, so cut them out of the aperture.
These were added in the top left corner and trimmed.
I also added the Acorn tile topper in the opposite corner.
To finish,  I cut and embossed the acorn die (another A) from the Spellbinders Fall Foliage set, coloured it in Gathered Twigs and Ground Espresso Oxides and added 2 layers of clear heat embossing.
So what does A stand for?
Acorn Archival ink.
Acorns 3 way overlay tile stamps and stencil.
Abandoned Coral distress oxide.
Fossilized Amber distress oxide. 
Acorn die.
Alphabet stamp set (Word Chain)
I don't think I've missed any unless you know differently.


Lynne Bishop said...

Sounds like you have all the A's. Another busy day ahead of us at the retreat. Brain overload but brilliant. X

Donna Brooks said...

A very clever way to use the 'a' theme. Lovely tag too with lots of interest. Xx

Annette said...

Beautiful work Sarah. Xx