I completed this tag earlier in the week for the Fashionable Stamping Challenges 'Cities of the World' challenge 16. The background stamp of Venice is from an Elusive Images set I discovered in my stash when I was mounting some new stamps the other week. I've had it for ages and it was looking rather unloved still in it's package uncut, unmounted and unused! The Travellers are from my newly acquired stamps they are by B Line Designs. I began by using Tim Holtz's masked layered technique on a manila tag. I then stamped a map of Europe over this with black Archival ink. I stamped the Venice scene also in black Archival on a separate piece of white card. I then used distress inks and a water brush to colour the picture. I stamped the picture again on another piece of card in yellow Archival ink and cut out the roses. I added a little glossy accents to these and stuck them over the original ones. The Lady and gentleman have been stamped and coloured with DI. I then cut them out and mounted them on a piece of yellow card to give their profile a little glow. I attached them to the scene with raised foam tape. The final embellishments are some die cut lace strips, I used the Tim Holtz Vintage Lace Die with metal tape and 'copperised' it with alcohol inks. There is also a small stamped Italia tag pinned to the dyed ribbon. As usual I've gone a bit mad with the 'vintaging' but I just can't seem to stop myself. I must have a go at some 'clean' cards one day but it will be a challenge.
Ever since I can remember, I have enjoyed dabbling with a variety of crafts. My earliest crafting memories are of spending hours doing 'corking' or 'french Knitting' at my grandmother's house, using a wooden cotton reel with four short nails tapped into it and endless tangles of coloured wool. I also have fond memories of those little knitting kits, that came in a container that was made of the same material as an egg box. Happy days!
My interests now, range from textiles to ceramics, with knitting,felting, sewing and card making in between. I've reached a stage where I feel I know a little about a lot of different crafts. I'm still striving to become a master of at least one!
My favourite craft adventures at the moment, include digital collaging using PSP Elements, rubber stamp making with my imagpac kit and getting to know my Craft Robo.
When not crafting or looking after my family, I work part-time as a teacher, supporting visually impaired children.I also teach ceramics in a primary school and do occasional art residencies in mainly primary and special schools. Phew! I didn't realise I was that busy.