Monday, June 6, 2011

Distressing Over Tags

No, that's not a description of my current mental state, just a shortcut title combining the Grungy Monday and Simon Says challenges this week.  For GM, Linda L. says go at it with your distress inks, and at SS, Linda E. says stamp and show a tag.  Actually, this is going to be a threefer, because I need some tags for a swap that showcases masking.  So I threw some of that in too.  LOTS of distress inks found their way onto my tags, my fingers, my clothes, and probably some other places I haven't looked at yet.


I started with one of Tim's most basic distress ink techniques.....wrinkle free distressing, and used dusty concord, milled lavender, worn lipstick and tattered rose.  I then stamped the dress (I won that Impression Obsession stamp in a raffle on the Ink Pad bus trip to the W. Springfield stamp expo last Saturday.  Yea!), covered it with a mask I made of it, and restamped it so it looks like one is behind the other.  I used black archival ink for that.

Next, I covered both dresses with masks and stamped over the whole tag with a Wendy Vecchi background stamp, using one of the newest archival ink colors.....sepia.  Which is one of the (many) things I purchased at that stamp show.   To continue with the masking theme, I put two Heidi Swapp mini butterfly masks on the piece (with the dress masks still in place), and using the blending tool, covered everything with some dusty concord.  After removing the masks I decided there was too much contrast and went over the lighter areas with a little broken china.

A little rose just under the waistline was part of the stamp, and I covered it with a tiny Prima flower to add a bit of dimension.  The sentiment is another Wendy stamp and it was cut with a Stampin' Up punch.  The final touch was the beaded trim, a ton of which I scored at a very good price at the stamp show.  Thanks to my friend Heidi for pointing me in the right direction or I would have missed it.

You know, if I had one ounce of patience I would have waited until Wednesday to see what Lori's Making Art challenge theme is going to be at Everything Wendy Vecchi this week.  Maybe I could have had a fourfer.  Or should we call that a quadfer?  No matter.  I lack patience.  I couldn't wait.  So I guess I'll be making something else on Wednesday.  Hey, another excuse to ignore the growing mountain that is my laundry basket.  A good thing.


22 comments:

Angie said...

Stunning! Thanks for the tips on masking!

I just got that Dusty Concord pad....and now I'm feeling inspired to take the wrapper off...

Vic said...

Great tag! I love that dress stamp! I need to dig it out and use it again soon

Nancy Lynn said...

Your fourfer tag is wonderful. Loved how you masked the gown. Very nice job, as always.

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Great idea masking the dress to have one behind the other. And the flower embellishment just makes it pop.

Thanks for entering the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!!!--Renee

Helen said...

Great work - I managed a threefer with mine too!

Tammy D said...

Love the colors!

Penny Duncan Creations said...

Oh how cute...Love the fringe!!!!

Shelly Hickox said...

Oooh, you've used my all-time favorite technique - really fantastic tag!

Kaz said...

fabulous xx

kazxx

Lisa said...

Great tag with the dual stamping via mask. Turned out fab with the colors you used.

Candy C said...

Very cool stamp, Eileen. Love the masked technique you used on this. The sentiment is very appropriate, too! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. <3 Candy

Bearcrazyman said...

Super cool tag. Loving that stamp.

Lori said...

Love the tag! And nice job winning that raffle! Love all the techniques you incorporated here, but...I should know to expect that from you by now. lol.

Linda Ledbetter said...

I'm loving how you went at it with those Distress Inks, Eileen! You can't go wrong with Wrinkle-Free Distress, especially when you make such brilliant color choices and use such awesome stamps. This tag is fun and beautiful and so beautifully designed. You've most definitely ROCKED Grungy Monday 10!

Evelyn S. said...

What a great contrast...the slinky dresses and the 'grunge'! Your creations are wonderful, as always.

kath said...

gorgeous inky tag eileen...hugs kath xxx

Patzee said...

My, how quickly you turned that bus raffle prize into a stunning tag. Great memento of the lastest crafty bus trip!

Daniele said...

gorgeous tag, congrats on winning

fairy thoughts said...

great tag, lovely cololurs

Debbie said...

Love the beaded tassels! Great colours and design! Awesome!

Plume said...

Lovely tag. I really like the superposition of the dresses and the background stamp too.

sasa said...

just love how these pinks are looking so grungy and still a bit girly - great tag!
Sarah at 46