So here's my relaxing garden tag - a fairly simple affair, but it gives me lots of pleasure.
I started by putting Distress Ink onto a large acetate gridblock, spritzing it with water and stamping onto a watercolour paper tag. I did some spritzing and flicking of water to create even more of a textured look.
The fork and spade from Garden #1 are stamped in a combination of Coffee and Potting Soil Archival inks and clear embossed.
I stamped the very useful "extra bit of earth" from Garden #2 next to the main image, so as to 'fade out' the earth rather than have it stop abruptly.
I added another layer by stamping the tiny bubbles from the Borders 2 plate in colours to coordinate with the background. And there's plenty of white splatter to create more life and movement.
The sentiment is from a PaperArtsy set, and is stamped in graduated Archival inks - Cobalt, Leaf Green and Olive, I think, and then clear-embossed as usual.
I tried out a number of different embellishments, but each time I preferred the simpleness of the tag without any extras until I suddenly remembered these tiny wooden confetti circles, hiding in my stash.
I glued them in place and gave them a tiny swipe of Chalk Fresco paint from one angle.
I hope you'll come and play along in our Love challenge here at The Artistic Stamper this February. You don't have to use Artistic Stamper stamps, but if you do you'll qualify for a double entry in the prize draw. What have you got to lose?! Happy crafting!
Artistic Stamper stamps - Garden #1, Garden #2, Borders #2 A6
Distress Inks - Broken China, Stormy Sky, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles
Archival Inks - Coffee, Potting Soil, Cobalt, Leaf Green, Olive
Fresco Paints - Chalk
From my stash - watercolour paper, paper string, corrugated cardboard, wooden confetti, sentiment stamp
Beautiful tag, Alison. Distress ink background is lovely!! wonderful use of new Artistic stamper garden stamps!!
Fabulous bright, fresh tag, looks just like a garden after a brief shower of rain. Love the little embellies you found!
Fab tag !
Gorgeous tagAlison ! Love the background, how did you get such lovely water droplets ? Those stamps look great too will be checking them out toni x
Great looking tag with some fabulous background techniques!
This is a gorgeous tag Alison, far too beautiful to cover up - that bubble stamp has now shot right up to (nearly) the top of my wish list!! Anne xx
Lovely gentle looking tag, great background. I feel relaxed now!
Love this garden tag! The background is fantabulous and now must add that bubbles stamp to my list. Love the way you graduated the inks for the sentiment! Gorgeous artwork!
Simplicity at it's finest Alison!
I do love the stamps you used thanks so much for sharing xo
Just gorgeous Alison! Here I thought it was two different tags, but it's actually one amazing tag with some beautifully blended colours! Such a great spring time palette, love it! hugs :)
How adorable! Love the tag! It reminds me I need to get my garden cut back :/ xx
What a lovely tag, Alison! I am in such a great need of Spring colors and thoughts of gardening amid the piles of snow in New England that are taller than I. Sweet set of stamps here, and the quote is oh-so-true!
Oooh ! Now you made this beautiful tag, how can we wait for Spring ? I always loved your bubbles, Alison, but here this is oxygen and it's purely perfect!
Gorgeous tag. The background is fab & I love the little circles.
Your tag is lovely and I think I have spring fever now. Yep I'm ready to trade my snow blower for a shovel and rake. Love all of the movement your tag radiates! Great job!
Lovely tag, I really like that Distressed background. Makes we want Spring to come !
Beautiful, amazing colours and effects
So spring like, looking forward to seeing these brighter colours
A beautiful tag.
Beautiful fresh lovely spring, comes to my mind seing your tag, dear Alison,- So wonderful and sweeet, and I love the qoute you used.
So lovely, makes me want to get out into the garden and get planting (if there wasn't two feet of snow on top of it!). Beautiful fresh spring colours and the stamps are wonderful, love the bubbles!
Ah, now I see how you got that beautiful droplet effect. You are always so inspirational, Alison and you have such great ideas that aren't impossible to achieve - I always feel as if I'm peeping over your shoulder watching - sorry, hope that doesn't sound creepy and off-putting. Whatever you create, I always feel like going off and creating too! And maybe I should also help the family with some tidying in the garden soon too! xx
Lovely tag makes me feel like spring is actually coming! you have got to love distress inks. Dee x
What a lovely tag by Alison!! It well showcases these cute new stamps and tools of gardening! :) Coco xx
Gorgeous Tag, Alison! Love the background, it's just perfect for these lone garden tools, quietly waiting to be put to work! Lovely!! XOXO-Shari
How beautiful and very spring like, lovely new stamps on a fabulous background. Ruth x
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