Tuesday, 12 April 2011

There's More Than Fish in the Sea

Grungy Mondays are coming round really fast, but what a great challenge the lovely Linda at Studio L3 has lined up for us again this week, Exploring Tim Holtz Adirondack Color Wash.
Now I have to admit that I have a very limited collection of these, ie. TWO!!, but I think I must get a few more because the colour is just so intense, it was actually a bit scary at first. My tag has been sploshed in a puddle of Sailboat Blue Color Wash and then sprayed with water and allowed to drip. I have cheated a bit as there is also some Antique Linen Distress Stain in there too. The tag is edged with a Gold Acrylic Paint Dabber.

The stamp I've used is the Tim Holtz Haberdashery one, using the pattern stamp for the background with Broken China DI, plus my favorite flourishes in Vintage Photo.
The dress form is stamped with Coffee Archival Ink, and the trims are coloured with Broken China DI's.I will be honest and own up to the tissue tape covering a wonky bit of stamping, but I quite like it anyway.The tag is finished off with some Ideology.

Here's a tag I made yesterday also using the color washes (both of them this time)and a different approach in that it is much more vibrant, as well as using a ridiculous amount of German Scrap, which seems to be something I can't resist buying and then rarely use. I know I posted a tag featuring flying kitties a few months ago, so going off on another little fantasy trip I thought why not Mercats. (No not meercats like Alexander, but ones that swim in the sea).
I made her fishy tail by sticking overlapping layers of scrap to double sided tape and then cutting out. The kitty is an Artchix image, and as you can see I have tried to preserve her modesty.
There's a lot of blue going on this week so as well as Grungy Monday, I'm also entering these tags in the Sunday Stamper Challenge for this week which happily is Blue.

20 comments:

Helen said...

I wanted to do a nautical theme for my tag but it all went horribly wrong! Love these, though.

Jennie Atkinson said...

Great tags! I love your cat - he is gorgeous and what a great idea for his tail.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Two beautiful tags.

Dawn said...

How cute is that cat ;0) lovely tags

Love Dawn xx

Maggie said...

Fab tags love the murcat she is gorgeous!

donna said...

Both of your tags are wonderful. Mercat made me smile. Too cool!...Donna

Netty said...

Loving both your tags, but that wonderful cat just stole my heart. Annette x

Anesha said...

Wonderful tag!!!

Gillian said...

Love the haberdashery set, love how you have used it on your tag.

fairy thoughts said...

great tags, those colours are sooo intense. your cat has a great sense of humour. thanks for sharing
janet

Plume said...

I love both of your tags. I especially like the couture theme , the tag is so classy.

minnie_mac said...

Absolutely love both of your tags. That little puss really is the cat's whiskers.

Marilyn

Candy C said...

Your tags are lovely! The Haberdashery tag is lovely and the kitty tag is very whimsical and fun! <3 Candy

Shelann said...

These are great, I love the colors and details.

Hels Sheridan said...

Hey hun... not sure why but my original comment must have got eaten by Blogger! Anyways... LOVE them both... and .. THANK YOU for joining in with the SS this week... AND

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YOU HAVE WON THE CANDY!!! Please can you drop me an email and i will let you know how to claim your prize! Hugs xx

Jane said...

I love your tags. They are beautiful. It just goes to show you, one or two of these gems is all you need.

Sam said...

These are gorgeous! I like the first as these stamps are my current favs but your mercat is sooooo cute!! Congrats on winning the SS with Hels.

Brenda Brown said...

Hi Sue, love your tags , they are gorgeous. I am just catching up as I hsve been away.
Hope you are having a great weekend.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Linda Ledbetter said...

You made those most of those two gorgeous shades of Color Wash, Susie! These tags are both wonderful! I love how you've shown the different effect that can be achieved by adding water, and I'm IN LOVE with the mercat! Her little bikini top is just way too adorable!

Bravo, my dear!

Artyjen said...

Aah! I want a mercat! So cute ;)
xoxo Sioux