Sunday, 5 June 2011

Grungy Monday 9 - Asian Theme

Good Afternoon Crafters

I don't know what the weather is like with you this afternoon, but here in South Wales it is a grey, wet and miserable Sunday Afternoon!  Just the right sort of weather to sit in your Craft Room and brighten up your day with some crafting!! 

I actually made this tag a couple of days ago, but nearly forgot to blog it until I realised this mornng that I hadn't uploaded the photos from Hubby's camera - Ooops!!

This week our leader Linda told us to go HERE where Tim Holtz showed us how to make a shabby chic tag.  Now Tim used the acrylic paint dabbers but as I only have one (Snow Cap) I had to dig a little to improvise.  When I went on the Paperartsy day in February (was it that long ago?) we were shown a technique whereby we made white paint any colour by using Color Washes.  So this is what I have done!!  I used a dark brown cardstock to make the tag (that die was such a worthwhile buy I have to say!), stamped two Asian themed stamps with clear embossing ink and sprinkled with clear embossing powder.  Then I used white acrylic paint and sprayed it with Bottle Color Wash and swooshed with a piece of cut'n'dry until I got to the shade I was happy with it.  Dabbed this paint over the whole of the tag covering the stamped images.  Once the paint had dried I wiped the top of the stamped images with a damp cloth using mini mister, uncovering the images.  I then stamped the top and bottom of the tag  with Walnut Stain DI before inking the edges with the same.  I then used the Dabber Snow Cap to stamp the smaller images.

I am afraid that I cannot remember the make of these Asian stamps but I purchased them from QVC and they were possibly the first things I ever purchased on QVC which was not long after I had been to Vietman and decided I wanted to make a Scrapbook of the trip!  Hence the start of my Scrapbooking journey.   The stamps came in four packs, each with an acrylic block.  A good buy, though I have not used them very much recently - a fact which I will have to remedy.   I like this technique though I have noticed that  little too much paint came off in one small spot!!!  That's life!!
Right then folks, off to make another scrapbook layout and then I will be visiting some desks tonight of the other Grungy Monday folk. 

Thanks for looking and please leave me a comment so that I know you have been.


P.S.  If you are having trouble making comments on Blogger, I picked up a fab tip the other night whilst wandering on WOYWW - untick the "Leave me signed in" and this should unblock you - a bit odd, but it worked for me!!  Thanks Frankie!!  (You must go and visit Frankie's blog - her work is STUNNING!!!)


Kim said...

Great tag! I love the idea of using the color washes to mix with the white paint-I'll need to give that a try. I'm still on the fence with the Tag die...I have so many, it will be a good year or two before I run out! But it would be nice to easily snap out a few tag of different papers when needed.
-Kim Y

Polly Polkadot said...

I have no idea what you are talking about - I have never attempted any papercraft. But I can assure you that colour, and the chosen stamps,look to me fantastic!

Jane said...

So glad you got this uploaded. I love the colors, and stamping. Fab!