6 July 2011

Be still my (tattooed) heart!

I am so pleased by my entry to this week's challenges. Not because it is the best entry nor because it is necessarily the best tag I have ever made. No - I am chuffed because I have had many aborted attempts at using this stamp and I am finally happy with the result! Cue singing choirs of angels! I used Tim's technique as suggested 
by Linda at Studio L3 for this week's Grungy Monday challenge. I have tried this a few times before and as I knew I wanted to use the heart stamp I did use clear embossing powder instead of paint as I wanted the image a little stronger... hope that doesn't mean I cheated! I cut out a tag with my trusty Vagabond and then mixed Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls powder with Vintage Photo reinker and Forever Red Perfect Pearls with Barn 
Door reinker. I sprayed the red in the middle and the Vintage Photo at the edges so that the image looked stronger. When it was dry (isn't waiting for things to dry boring? I went to my daughter's final primary school play while I was waiting so that took a lot of the boredom out of it!) I added Coffee Archival Ink flourishes (as per the Simon Says Stamp and Show 
challenge this week) and a sentiment (that's my Sunday Stamper challenge done too!) I added an Adage Ticket (inked like the tag) and a Trinket Pin. I distressed the edges of the tag, inked them with Coffee Archival Ink and added a chocolate ribbon. Then I admired my lovely handiwork and knew it needed a little something so added some lush Rock Candy Stickles to 
the heart and a little on the edges. I haven't used Stickles for ages and forgot how much I love them so be warned - they'll be on everything now! Thank you for reading this, and for your comments on this blog, Twitter and Facebook - they really are appreciated! Gabrielle x


Hels Sheridan said...

GORGEOUS!!! Thanks for joining in with teh Sunday STamper x

Candy C said...

Hello Gabrielle! Your flourish tag is beautiful! Love it! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. <3 Candy

BrianK said...

The tattooed heart looks awesome on your tag. I would say you improvised the technique and it rocked. Using stickles was inspired.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

How fantastic, such a great tag.

Jane said...

Beautiful tag. The stickles add great sparkle!

craftytrog said...

Gorgeous inky tag Gabrielle! I have used that heart stamp with paint before, & it works beautifully! You used my fave flourish too!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Alison xx

sasa said...

It looks just fab - congrats on cracking it with the stamp. Don't you love it when a plan comes together...? I end up doing stupid dances or a Rocky move.
Love your rich colours, dramatic black and shabby embellishing.

Linda Ledbetter @ Studio L3 said...

This is SO beautiful, Gabrielle! I don't think I've ever seen the tattooed heart look quite so artful-- I'd never have thought to use that image for this technique, and now I wish I had. What a gorgeous result!!! Lovely colors and great overstepping, too. I just love this!

kim-paperbabe said...

Gorgeous Tag Gabrielle, loving those colours!
Thanks so much, the Team and I are delighted you joined us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!
HuGs Kim :)