Thursday, April 24, 2008

Cherish Spring

Another beautiful sunny day in Ohio - if the weather stays this was we are going to get really spoiled - we have not seen “April showers bring May flowers”.
I’ve created many tags - if you’ve been on my blog for long you know that I started it with 14 Valentine tags. Today is my first tag converted into a card.

Cherish Spring:

First the yellow is muted IRL...Grrrrr photography skills...

Let’s see - gesso, office tag, grungeboard, vellum, sewing, polished stone, Cuttlebug Embossing folder, Brilliance, Stazon, chalk inks, hardware, fibers… Not too much missing from this one!

Do you know what Gesso is? If not, it’s a liquid sealer that is commonly used to prime painter’s canvas. It is readily available in most craft stores either in the painting supply section (large bottle) or with the small acrylic paints (small bottle ) The Gesso on this tag serves two purposes - gives some texture to the tag and it seals the tag. The Gesso was applied with an old room key (the plastic ones that looks like a credit card). Play with the Gesso and get a texture that you like - the sky is the limit. You can use one coat or multiple layers depending on the look you want.
The sealing property of Gesso allows your inks to stay their true color. If you have ever worked with a manila office tags you are familiar with how it darkens the color of your ink. You could also partially cover your tag with Gesso to give it a grungier look.

Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for visiting!

Other info:
Stamps - (all Innovative Stamp Creations) Friendships, Alterable Words, About Me, Flair of Summer
Paper - CS Vellum, Office Tag, Choc Chip, Cool Caribbean
Inks - Chalk, Brilliance, Stazon
Other - Grungeboard, sewing


Anonymous said...

Hi Kathy :o) I am such a fan of your work - it's absolutey mesmerizing and I can't wait to see what's next! I'd like to award you the Arte Y Pico ~

Just show the award emblem on your side bar and then pick five blogs that you believe deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and contribution to the blogging community. List the names of the people you chose to receive the award on your blog and link to their blogs. Then let your award winners know by posting a comment on their blog. Each award winner is to show the award and put the name of the person who gave them the award with a link to her/his blog. You also need to show the link to the Arte Y Pico blog to honor the origin of this award. This information is also on my blog for today's post, April 24.

~ Nancy :o)

Rosella said...

What a great tag! I really like tags, but have not had the courage to make one. Thank you for explaining the gesso part. I was wondering how to use it. I think I might now venture out of my comfort zone and try it. TFS!

Donelda said...

this tag is truely amazing!! I have a jar of gesso, a bunch of projects I have planned to do with it, but I've only used it prime a tin watering can in order to paint it. You have totally inspired me to pull it out and give it a go!! Also that girl stamp image is amazing!! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Love your stuff! Thanks for the extra inspiration in all you do.

Beth Norman said...

Love this tag!

Babs0401 said...

Wow, how beautiful!!! I love these colors.