Thursday, 10 April 2014

Inspire Journey

Hello all, Alison (butterfly) here with another tag which might inspire you to play along with this month's Embossing and Texture challenge here at The Artistic Stamper.  There was just no stopping me with this challenge theme!


I started by creating a wrinkle-free distress background with Distress Stains and Paints, and added some Distress Ink blended through the new Crafter's Workshop Specimen stencil.


I used Grunge Paste through different areas of the same stencil to create the texture, inking over it before dry brushing with white paint.


The beautiful butterfly is from the Insects and Butterflies plate.


He's stamped in Cobalt Archival and clear embossed for that sunlit shimmer.


I dry-brushed some more white paint onto an Idea-ology Muse Token to alter it slightly.


I stamped the gorgeous Calligraphy Mats #8 in Picket Fence Distress Paint to add more layers to the background.


And the two large words are from the Journalling Words #2 set...


... stamped in Potting Soil on and clear embossed, with some inking on the edges for definition.


It's all layered up on a piece of pale card and then onto some corrugated cardboard.


And the twine and seam-binding, delicately tinted with Distress Stains, provide the final touch at the top.


So lots more texture and embossing to inspire you... do come and play along this month.  Remember, you don't have to use Artistic Stamper stamps, but if you do you get two entries to the draw.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and I'll see you again soon.

Ingredients used:
Crafter's Workshop Stencil: Specimen
Distress Paints: Stormy Sky, Weathered Wood, Picket Fence
Distress Stains: Stormy Sky, Weathered Wood, Faded Jeans
Distress Inks: Faded Jeans, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain
Fresco Paints: Snowflake
Idea-ology Findings: Muse Tokens

38 comments:

massofhair said...

Like this A LOT Alison! Beautiful layering and texture are showcased by the fabulous blue colours of the butterfly. Stunning creation as always:-) xxx

Rita said...

Fantastic tag Alison. Your use of colour is stunning. Love the butterfly. Hugs Rita xxx

Lisa S. said...

This tag is stunning on so many levels Alison. I love the depth you add to each piece of art you create and the butterfly is so pretty. You have definitely inspired me today, thanks!! Hugs, Lisa

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow your tag is wonderful Alison great colours and structure , and I love the beautifull butterfly!!

Greetings
Maria

Helen said...

I echo all of the above, lol! As always your tried and trusted colour combination is perfect!! the texture is incredible.

Clare Lloyd said...

Fab tag, great colours and textures.

May said...

Gorgeous work Alison, Love the deep texture & fantastic colours to the background ..the butterfly is so Beautiful.... Hugs May x x

Astrid Maclean said...

A truly gorgeous tag Alison in one of my all time favourite colour combinations! Fantastic background layers on this one and the dry brushing and background stamping in picket fence looks wonderful, love it!!

Jennie Atkinson said...

Fantastic tag Alison - all my favourite colours and what a fantastic background. Great ideas for embossing too - lots of inspiration (as always!) x

Lys Scrap said...

A very nice and shiny tag. I especially love the combinations of textures and the blue colour! Lys

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

A real inspiration Alison...you're so good in creating unique art!

rachel said...

a beautiful piece Alsion - you've built up the texture beautifully - I really love your colours too - fabulous xx

nicoleqmullen said...

Stunning work, amazing inspiration for the challenge especially!!

Nan G said...

Wow! A textural beauty, Butterfly! Love your work.

Cathy Parlitsis said...

This is really spectacular! The texture is incredible! I loved your photos and descriptions. Nicely done!

cathylynn said...

This tag is stunning! Once again you've nailed the textures and colors. Oh the embossing is marvelous too! All makings for a real beauty! Love it!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Oh my gosh! This is just BRILLIANT Alison...

You caught my taste exactly here!

GORGEOUS!

just4crafters said...

Beautiful tag!! Gorgeous colors. Love it!! ~Sophia

lafée said...

belle imagination!!!!superbe ..

Shari Trumbull said...

Absolutely Gorgeous, Alison! I pretty much LOVE everything you do that incorporates the corrugated cardboard! I love how something so 'utility' turns into something vintage and artsy fartsy :) Wonderful! Have a Great weekend! XOXO-Shari

Dorthe said...

You alwayes inspire, Alison,
and this tag is gorgeous with the texture and fantastic butterfly.Love the cardboard behind !!
Hugs,Dorthe

Jools Robertson said...

Butterflies create beautiful butterflies
This is gorgeous, just love all those layers and textures and almost etherea colours

Jools xl

Juliz Design Post said...

What stunning work Alison and I love your Butterfly stamp. Julie x

isisimaginings.com said...

That is so gorgeous Alison, the butterfly is beautiful & the colour & texture look wonderful.

sally said...

What stunning art with all those laters! I never think blue for butterflies and yet somehow it seems so right for this:-)

Sally

sara j said...

Another lovely tag...particularly helpful to see in that tonight (i hope) I'm going to complete monocramatic challenge and I've choosen blue which seem like a color i don't work with often...love how the texture came out!

Redanne said...

I love the colours you have used on this beautiful tag - I bought that stamp set after you used it last time and it is fabulous. Love your gorgeous tag! Anne xx

scrappymo! said...

This is gorgeous! love the inky colours. love how you achieved the texture and best of all love that butterfly

craftytrog said...

Fabulous layered background Alison, this tag is stunning! xxx

Chris Warner said...

Fabulous colour work and texture with the stenciling! A beautiful tag Alison! Chris xxx

Sid said...

Fab tag !

Corrie Herriman said...

This is a wonderful tag, love all the texture !
Corrie x

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

That glorious butterfly deserves to take centre stage on your this lovely tag.
Wishes
Lynne

Meihsia Liu said...

Such a gorgeous tag! All the details are so beautiful, Alison. Love your fabulous design. :)

Sue said...

Beautiful Alison, I love the colours, and the corrugated cardboard background is always a favourite xx

Kezzy said...

Wow wow wow absolutely gorgeous stunning tag, I really love the background and the butterfly image is beautiful:-) Kezzy xxx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Gorgeous tag! This challenge suits you well since you love to texture, texture, texture, and if you can't make real bumps you allude to it with your inks and paints. Wonderful job!

Buttons said...

This is just you at your very best Alison. Jenny x