Monday, August 8, 2011

Singin' In The Rain

Last night mother nature treated us to some light show in the sky....thunder, lightening, powerful winds.  I was glad to be inside, and the storm probably influenced this morning's piece.

Early today I was happy to see that the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge was to use any Tim technique, because obviously that would work with Grungy Monday.  I had to wait until 8am my time to see just what that one would be, and was well rewarded, because it's one of the coolest to come out of The 12 Tags of Christmas, 2010.  Click here to be taken to Tim's blog to see what I'm talking about.

I've always thought that Tim's "Rays" embossing folder looked like rain fallling, and I used it to that end, embossing on some scrap plastic.  With Umbrella Man underneath, can there be any doubt?



I think it took longer for me to figure out how to minimize the glare and take a decent photo than it took to make the tag.  It really is a fast and easy no-fuss technique.

I misted my tag with:  Adirondack color wash in denim, sailboat blue and purple twilight, then added a spray of Perfect Pearls turquoise mist.  All were blended together by pouncing with a balled up paper towel.  Of course I didn't throw the towel away....it will show up in some future project for sure.  Oh, I almost forgot.....the tag looked a tiny bit too dark, and though I liked it I wanted Umbrella Man to show up, so after drying the tag I dabbed some of the new picket fence distress stain over top and blended it in with a rag.  I lightened the tag up just enough.

Umbrella man was cut from plain black cardstock and glued onto the dried tag.  After embossing the plastic it was cut to the size of the tag.  Before attaching it (with four small black brads) I printed out the sentiment with my label maker.  I found it with a google search of rain quotes, and it is attributed to singer/songwriter Roger Miller.  Kind of a humorous twist on the sadly overused weather the storm vrs. dance in the rain saying.  And I like it.

36 comments:

JulieD said...

Love it - those rays are great as rain and umbrella man is one of my favourites! Great tag!

LaStamper said...

As usual I'm impressed with your creativity and now your speediness! WTG love the tag, the sentiment (I've long been a fan of Roger Miller), and the use of the ray texture fade!

Linda Elbourne said...

Beautiful work ... Love the colour!

Gunn (MsPlum) said...

Looks fantastic! Actually looks pretty much like the weather we have had this weekend :) Great use of the ray embossingfolder!

Kerry said...

absolutely fantastic! I love color and the use of the plastic!

Lori said...

Very cool idea! It truly does look like he's standing in the rain! Love those background colors, too.

Kim said...

What a wonderful effect! Great job!

Jingle said...

Wonderful tag!

Vic said...

Love the saying! The rays do look like rain.

Helen said...

Darn it, that is what I was going to do.... need to think again now! You have executed this beautifully.

Diane Swanson said...

I LOVE THIS TAG! Umbrella man is my fave too but you did outstanding on this! I love it all! You are my hero today!

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Ooh GREAT idea to use the rays as rain! Neat tag : )

Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!!!

-Sarah

Jennie Atkinson said...

Beautiful work!

Marjie Kemper said...

Doing the rays twice like that makes for a very cool look. Like your quote, too!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Fantastic tag, love the umbrella man.

Terry said...

Thank you for joining into the challenge from Simon Says Stamp and Show, I really love your look like it is raining...and your colors dooo look great, thank you for sharing. Hugs Terry xxx

Julie Forest said...

What gorgeous colors! And the ray texture fade goes perfectly with umbrella man! Awesome tag! :)

Kathy Eddy said...

This is just fantastic Eileen! I love the colors you used and that folder is perfect.

Barbara said...

What a great idea, Eileen. I love it! I always enjoy looking at your projects. Don't know how you come up with these things! Great job!
Barbara

Andrea said...

Beautiful tag, it really looks like it is raining.
Thanks for sharing

Dawn said...

Beautiful tag Eileen. I enjoy visiting your blog for alternative ways to use my supplies.

Dorothy said...

Love this Eileen!

2amscrapper said...

clever use of product. The umbrella man is my favorite. Love the saying

Patzee said...

I love your rainy day man. Great quote; outstanding techniques. The shiny overlay is brilliant! Now I'll be looking at that rays embossing folder with new eyes.

Wanda H said...

This is an awesome tag, Eileen!!!!

Nancy Wethington said...

You have truly made rain. Beautifully done! Thanks for joining the challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show.

Marva said...

Oh this is awesome!!! Love the colors you used and the Umbrella Dude is definitely my favorite!!! :D

Shelly Hickox said...

Beautiful and striking color - I really love this!

Diann said...

It's fantastic, Eileen - you did real good! I love the umbrella man and he does appear to be in the rain...just a great creation!
Diann

PsyPenguin said...

Beautiful tag! Love the quote. x

Linda Ledbetter @ Studio L3 said...

Wow, Eileen, this is exceptional! What a beautiful combination of imagery, technique and color-- and the sentiment rocks!!! I love the embossing folder you chose-- it's PERFECT for Mr. Umbrella Man. Brilliant work!!!

Evelyn S. said...

I love your creations, to begin with...and this is absolutely no exception. The rays work wonderfully for your vignette of the Umbrella Man!

Trish said...

Beautiful, and very clever!

Bearcrazyman said...

Great Job as always....
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Maria A said...

wow, this tag is amazing! I love the way the plastic looks like rain. I never would have thought about it that! You are amazing!

Lisa :) said...

This is excuisite!!