Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Dragonfly Fly Free

Hello everyone and lovely to have you visiting again!
Today I am sharing the details of a tag which was shown yesterday on the ARTISTIC STAMPERS BLOG, where our challenge this month is Texture and Embossing.
This is the second of a series of three tags that I will be sharing this months. All of them will eventually  be included in one of my journals.
For this one I started by doing some background stamping with the Swirls, Splats and Dots stamp set, to form a kind of resist to the rest of the background. You can't see much of it any more, but here is just a little glimps:


Next I added some texture with the help of one of the new Crafters Workshop stencils. This one has already become a firm favourite. You can see a bit of it here
and here:
The actual background was created mainly with Dylusion Sprays, the colours I used were Vibrant Turquoise, Melted Chocolate, Black Marble, and a colour called Cyan, which dates back to the time before Dyane started to produce her sprays with Ranger. It's probably not that different from London Blue. I also added some Bundled Sage Distress Paint and some Picket Fence here and there and blended it all with a baby wipe.
The dragonfly which can be found on the Insects and Butterflies Plate,was stamped on some smooth card, first of all in Forget me not Archival ink I covered it in Clear embossing powder and embossed it. I then cut it out, inked the stamp in Jet Black and very carefully laid the central part of the cut out dragonfly onto the stamp to colour the body part black but leave the wings more blue. Next I covered it in Glue n Seal and when dry coloured it further with Distress Markers. Finally I spritz it with some home made Gold glimmer spray, for some shimmer.

The final touches were to add some label letters to spell my sentiment.

I also added some shadows still around the dragonfly and the words with a black Distress Marker and a water brush. The final step was to highlight some of the raised bits with my beloved Treasure Gold in White Fire.

Well, hope you like my tag and of course it would be wonderful if you decided to play along with our challenge. You could win a great price of an Artistic Stamper stamp set of your choice!
Hope you'll have an inky day!!


40 comments:

  1. Beautiful texture,and love the colors in background ,Astrid!

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  2. This is a wonderful mixed media tag! Fantastic work as always! Barbarayaya

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  3. gorgeous tag, love the colours as always and fab texture x hugs x

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  4. WOW...The texture is amazing...Gorgeous design & the colours are so beautiful... Love it...Hugs May x x

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  5. Gorgeous card Astrid, the work gone into your dragonfly is amazing, I actually thought it was a resin one at first glance because of the dimension you have managed to get. Lovely colours. Mo x

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  6. Did I say card there? I meant tag:)Mo x

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  7. I love the colours in your background they are gorgeous!! that stencil is one of my new favs too..your tag is with all that texture and depth is beautiful!!

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  8. And it´s just as beautiful as the one yesterday. I just love the wonderful blue color, you´ve used on both, it looks fantastic Astrid.

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  9. This is very kewl Astrid, very dramatic. Chris xxx

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  10. Love all the fabulous textures Astrid. I love the dragonflies too. Hugs Rita xxx

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  11. I would love to take a class with you Astrid to see how you create the gorgeous backgrounds that you do so beautifully.... I adore that dragonfly, it is stunning. Hugs, Anne x

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  12. This is a beautiful tag! I love the background and the colors are so lovely with the dragonfly. I also love the sentiment! Beautiful, Astrid, as always!

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  13. Fabulous tag, just love the colours and textures.

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  14. Oh wow- such a great texture and the colours so fantastic with the dragonfly!!!! A great work! Hugs Dagmar.

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  15. Did you made this one especially for me??
    It seems so!

    I love it !!!

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  16. Gorgeous jewel like hues Astrid. Love that splat too! Nicola x

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  17. So wonderful again, dear Astrid!
    The background color looks really mystic and the texture of the stencils is great!
    xx Evelyn

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  18. Always enjoy seeing your ArT Astrid, so beautiful it speaks to my heart... :-) xxx

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  19. This is beautiful! Great artwork, as always Astrid.

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  20. So lovely!! I love the touch of gold

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  21. Fantastic tag! It oozes richness, grunge and mixed media! Love it!

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  22. Absolutely love the colours and texture on this tag, perfect.

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  23. I love everything about this tag!! The way you blend colors is amazing! Hugs!

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  24. Beautiful textured tag, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  25. Wow, a fantastic tag in great colors. Love all the texture on it.

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  26. Fantastic textures and colours, its a great tag.
    Yvonne

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  27. stunning texture and colour - I adore this - beautiful Astrid xx

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  28. Oh I love that stencil. I am a wee bit annoyed as I cannot for the life of me find my most recent stencil from that collection ..... did you sneak into my home late at night, I will find out, you do know that LOL.
    Gorgeous, inky colour, it is as though I could dive into that background.
    So much more than a tag.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  29. Beautiful background treatment!

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  30. A beautifully subtle background and that dragonfly is a masterpiece. You've got the double stamping perfect (not offset like mine seems to be!) Jenny x

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  31. This tag looks so simple Astrid but there is nothing simple about all the work that has gone into making it. Elegant.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x

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  32. This is so glorious - the swirling colours of the sky, and that wonderful gilded texture... the dragonfly seems to be hovering over a vortex - amazing effect!
    Alison xx

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  33. Completely gorgeous. Fab colours & textures & the dragonfly is beautiful.

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  34. Awesome! You do such beautiful work!

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  35. Wow!! Another awesome tag!! Love those colours ... just stunning!! ox

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  36. What a totally stunning tag, Astrid. Love the way you did the silver embossing. Off to pin.

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  37. Such a Dramatic dragonfly, love the perfect colours and irridesant feel
    The moulding detail like ripples of water is such a stunning feature

    Truly beautiful

    Jools x

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