Friday, 10 April 2015

Stamping for Texture

Hello all, Alison (butterfly) here with some textured tags for you today.

It won't have escaped your notice that I'm pretty obsessed with the new Flourish Background stamp.  I've used it on journalling pages and jars already, and now I've been experimenting with using it to create texture in different ways, and here are two of the tags which arrived as a result.

There's so much gilding and shimmer going on that it was hard to get a photo of them together that does them both justice at the same time - either one was in shadow, or the other was catching too much light - hopefully you'll get the idea from the close-ups as we go!

The texture on the blue/gold tag was created with gesso.  I applied a generous coating of heavy gesso to the stamp using Cut'n'Dry foam and pressed it down firmly onto the tag.  As well as the relief stamping of the flourish itself, you get lots of additional textural interest as you peel the rubber away (like when you press two gesso'd or painted tags together and peel them apart) - lots of lovely organic ripple patterns.

Then I spritzed away with a combination of Distress Sprays and Perfect Pearl Mists and a few other sparkly sprays.

The colours settled nicely around the flourish textures, but I wanted to highlight them further so I used gilding waxes to zhuzh them up a little.

I love the golden gleam in the sunlight.

The texture on the coppery green tag has a slightly chunkier look.  I put a layer of texture paste onto the tag and pressed the Flourish Background onto it, just as I did with the gesso - though I don't seem to have a picture of this one "naked".  The texture paste obviously gets you a lot more dimensional bang for your buck!

I started with Dabbers and Distress Paints, including metallics, to get a good covering over the paste, and then added some spritzes of shimmer sprays.

Since I was leaning more to the greens than the blues on this tag, I then found myself reaching for coppery gilding waxes to highlight the textures.

Having created these two backgrounds, I really didn't want to cover them up very much!  I don't often reach for flowers - though for some reason I do have a whole box of paper flowers in my stash! - but that seemed to be the way to go with these tags.

They started out fairly innocuously in various colours... so I got busy with the Distress Sprays again.  I wanted them to look as if they were emerging out of the tags, so I spritzed them to co-ordinate with the respective colour palettes.

The blue-green ones got a spritz of Tarnished Brass to give a hint of a metallic look to fit with the gilded texture.

The flowers for the coppery green tag went through the same process with slightly different colours, and their metallic spray was the Antique Bronze - a warmer shade.

I liked the gilded look, so I emphasised the metallic shimmer even more by adding some gold embossing powder to the edges of the rose flower petals, large and small.  And I used copper embossing powder to add the extra gilding to the tips of the green petals.

It may have been slightly crazy to reach for the kraft card to create my word panels... kraft with all that gilding?!  But I really like the contrast.

The "with thanks" wording comes from Katy Leitch's Leaves set, and it's embossed in gold for one tag and in copper for the other.

It needed a bit more of the rustic earthiness to balance the shimmer, so I mounted the tags onto kraft card with padded tape, edging everything with Archival ink to give little more definition.

And some simple twine at the top completes the look - continuing the contrast between baroque gilded texture and rustic earthiness.

So, I hope you like them - a more gilded look than normal for me.  I think I've been influenced by Dee's fabulous work here!  And with all those flowers these would fit right in to the Flora and Fauna challenge theme here this month.  I hope you'll come and join in.  Remember, we do have to see some stamping, but it doesn't have to be with Artistic Stamper stamps (though if you do use them you get a double entry into the prize draw!!).  Hope to see you there.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I'll see you soon.

Ingredients used:
Artistic Stamper stamps: Flourish Background, Leaves
Distress Spray Stains - Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint, Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers, Tarnished Brass, Antique Bronze
Distress Paints - Antique Bronze, Peeled Paint, Tarnished Brass, Evergreen Bough
Ranger Paint Dabbers - Copper, Bottle
Perfect Pearls Mists - Blue Smoke, Patina Green, Sour Apple, Heirloom Gold, Perfect Copper, Mint, Patina Blue
Gilding Wax - could use Crafty Notions Gleam or Cosmic Shimmer in various colours
Embossing Powders - Rich Gold, Copper
Texture Paste - PaperArtsy Grunge Paste or Cosmic Shimmer paste should both work
Manila Tags
Kraft Card
Inkssentials Cut'n'Dry Foam
From my stash - paper flowers, twine, gesso


Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

Gorgeous tags, Alison. Brilliant Gesso technique, loved the way tag is colored with distress stain sprays. I especially loved the flowers, wow, they turned out real good with misting and gold embossing. You inspired me to try out all these techniques. TFS

Annie said...

Love both of your tags Alison, though I am pulled towards the green one x great textured backgrounds and the gilding wax highlights them beautifully.

Stunning flowers too

TFS Annie x

Kerstin F. said...

Wonderful background effects!!

Helen said...

The tags are wonderful, Alison - love the texture, the shimmer, the flowers; all of it!

Gerrina said...

These look so great! The texture is just enough and with the metalics so beautiful! Have a colourfull and inky week!

Astrid Maclean said...

Wonderful textures and colours and I love the effects on the flowers!

craftytrog said...

Stunning and so inspiring Alison, the textures are wonderful! xxx

ElizabethR said...

They are both yummy Alison, gorgeous tags, Elizabeth xxx

Pamellia said...

Gorgeous tags Alison!! I love the metallic shimmer on the background and the gilded style edges on your flowers! Stunning! hugs :)

froebelsternchen said...

Just fantastic!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Stunning tags Alison! Love the how the texture highlights the shimmer - especially love the blue one!! Hugs, Chrisx

Jackie PN said...

great minds think alike Alison!! The stamping into product gives such rich textural results- I love it! Your tags are exquisite my friend!!xx

rachel said...

two stunning tags alison. lovely texture on both! enjoy ally pally! hugs rachel x

Dorthe said...

Beautiful, and romantic,- such wonderful tags, dear Alison. You might know, that I love shimmer and gold, but also flowers are for me a so lovely add, to many things, --and your flowers inked and gilded are gorgeous, on the textured background !
Dorthe, xo

Scrapthat said...

Oh so pretty!!

Lys said...

What a perfect duet! Wonderful combination of textures and effects... Brilliant!

Redanne said...

I love the technique you used to create the textured background and the colours you used are quite delicious Alison. Two gorgeous tags! Anne xx

Unknown said...

WOW - truly stunning Alison!! That background is -just-to-die-for, those glints of gold on the texture in the sun are beautiful and the way you got the flowers to match was just a super choice!!
In love with these!

Huge hugs
Georgie xx

Paper Profusion said...

The stunning shimmer of these would bring a sense of sunshine regardless of time of day. Beautiful work, that stencil is definitely one of my faves. Hope you have a super time demoing on Sunday - lucky attendees. Nicola x

mamablitger said...

Oh dear.. These are stunning. Gosh a lot of texture you achieved using it this way. I will try adding texture your way... For sure. Love the way you added shimmer to the raised areas. And your flowers... Oh my... They are truly AMAZING. Are they homemade ? But anyway I adore the way you colored the flowers, added embossing powder etc.
Thanks a lot for sharing your awesome art.
Hugs from Monica... Spain

butterfly said...

Hi Monica - thanks for your lovely comment (and to everyone else too of course!).... Just to answer your question - no, not homemade flowers, I'm afraid. I bought them in plain white and then did all the spritzing and embossing to make them tone in.
Alison xx

Sue said...

These are really lovely Alison, the way you colour your flowers is brilliant xx

Unknown said...

Gorgeous tags, Alison! Double the gilded delight :) Thank you for sharing your steps here! XOXO-Shari said...

As you know I just love a bit so texture so these tags are right up my street. You have created a beautiful pair of tags the flowers compliment the back ground brilliantly. X

Deb said...

Beautiful textures Alison, I had not thought to try stamping with gesso or into texture paste so must give it a try as the results are gorgeous. Love the zhuzhing with the gilding! And the addition of the kraft was the perfect touch, I love the combination of the elegant gilded flourishes and gorgeous flowers with the rustic kraft!

massofhair said...

Stunning Tags Alison :-) xxx

sarascloset said...

Lovely textured tags! Great decision not to cover up that beautiful background! the flowers colored to blend are the perfect embellishment, as is the Kraft and twine!

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Karen said...

I am in love! Not only is the texture awesome you have then used so many beautiful rich colours - got to give this technique a try - thank you for sharing it with us Karen x

Cocofolies said...

I adore them, both textures and the shine are fabulous!!!! This is such a brilliant idea to use this wonderful flourish stamp in these different ways... The details and coloured roses are also fantastic! Coco xx

Mary Elizabeth said...

Spectacular use of the flourish stamp to add that background texture. So many ways to use the same stamp. Thanks for the ideas Alison!!