Thursday, 5 October 2017

Autumn ~ 'The Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness' ~ Stamps and Stencils ~ New Challenge

Hi everybody! It's my turn to host the challenge over on the Stamps and Stencils blog. I've chosen the theme of Autumn as I don't think we can let this beautiful season, pass us by without a celebration. There is a little catch, in that I'm asking you to play along by using a tag or tags as a substrate. If you hop over to the blog you'll find all the details of the challenge and have the opportunity to see the fabulous projects, created by our talented design team. I made my tag from a piece of corrugated cardboard. It measures around 25 x 12 cm which gave me plenty of room to play with. Here's how I started.......
I cut the tag shape with my guillotine, and  punched a hole in the top. I then glued a reinforcing circle, over the punched hole, this turned the humble piece of card into a bonafide tag. I tore off pieces of the top layer to reveal some areas of the corrugations and then, like many of my mixed media projects, I adhered torn pieces of book page, to the surface.
I then gave the tag a light coat of gesso and once dry, stenciled a flourish pattern on the smooth areas using modelling paste to add extra dimension.
Once this was dry, I had some fun applying paints and sprays to the surface. I used Paper Artsy Fresco Finish paints as they have a nice matte finish. After drying the paint with a heat tool, I sprayed on some Distress Spray colours  and then used my splatter brush to apply some gold acrylic paint.
The splatter brush is something of a revelation to me. I've had the brush for sometime and it wasn't till attending Tim Holtz's workshop the other week ( quick name drop there), that I learned how to use it properly. I'd been doing it all wrong! Here's a closeup.......
The next step was to cut out and colour some leaves and flowers. I used Tattered Florals and Tattered Leaves dies and also hand cut the fringed flowers. I coloured the leaves with a mixture of Distress Oxides and Distress Sprays, after they'd been cut. In order to make the fringed flowers, I coloured some strips of lightweight card, with Distress Sprays, dried with a heat tool, then made very close together 'snips' all the way along leaving  a border of about 1cm along the edge. I then used a quilling tool to  rolled the strip up tightly, with a touch of glue on the last couple of centimetres. I also die cut a clock face and gave it a rusty paint finish.
I attached all of the flower and leaf elements with a hot glue gun. This works for me as I find it holds dimensional embellishments in place instantly. I hope you've enjoyed this little walk through the making of my Autumn tag. If you'd like to join in with our challenge and have a little autumnal fun, hop over to the Stamps and Stencils blog with this link, and feast your eyes on the inspiration you'll find there. Happy Crafting ! x    


  1. A stunning tag Toni, I love how you built up the layers and the autumnal colours are so rich and beautiful - a very elegant tag! Hugs, Anne xx

  2. I'm going to have to make a corrugated tag right away now Toni! Woah, how incredible! I love that you have so much earthy brown in your fall color mix and your incredible array of collage elements. An absolute stunner! Hugs, Autumn

  3. Yep, love the corrugated tag idea...I've been using it for something else recently...wait and's a great substrate! The colours are so earthy as Autumn said and you've included some wonderful embellies but the background with flourish I just adore. Gorgeous tag Toni and thanks for a brilliant challenge theme. Hugs ruth xx

  4. Absolutely beautiful - the corrugated tag provides a weathered and worn look which works perfectly for the season, and I love how the earthy colours go all the way from the fading green to rich burnished orange. Your flower is stunning at the heart of it all.
    Alison x

  5. stunningly beautiful tag Toni and thanks so much for this theme - I so rarely do tags these days - its been bliss! Big hugs rachel xx

  6. Beautiful tag Toni, love the corrugated cardboard and of course the gorgeous Autumnal colours ! Sue C x

  7. Oh my Toni, what a gorgeous tag! I love all the texture, layers and your attention to details! Stunning! Thanks for the inspiration!