Sunday, September 4, 2016

Tags & Techniques

Howdy!  A blessed Sunday to you.  I have to say the beginning of the month when Tim posts his new tag for the month is always something I look forward to.  His techniques always inspire me to create.  Tim's September tag used the alcohol inks and yupo paper for one of the techniques. 

I am happiest when I am stamping.  I love mixing the stamped images together and creating a blend of stamps together into a cohesive design.
This month's tag and technique used a resist technique which game me lots of fun ways to play with my stamps and stencils.

I started with a patina background on the tag.

 I admit I ended up not using this tag in my finished project as I wanted to get close to the colors on my stamped background.  I will save this one for another project. I love how the patina looks and could have created many of these backgrounds in different colors.

Next I tried about 3 failed attempts with the alcohol ink backgrounds. I was trying to mix colors and they were beautiful but not cohesive to give a strong imprint and I also tried a few stamps that weren't solid enough in the image to translate well on the resist.

I finally settled on an alcohol ink background with a mix of slate, eggplant, and mushroom.

 Next I used an ultra-violet archival ink to stamp the butterfly and script onto the background. I stamped the butterfly first and cleaned it off following Tim's instructions and then I did the script.

I then tried on several scraps to use the blending ink with the stencil to get the numbers/words. The blending alcohol will bleed and I didn't like how I was applying it so I decided to sponge on the same archival ink through the stencil and was very happy with the crispness of the letters.

Another tip:  The Yupo paper is so wonderful that I was able to flip over one of my failures and use the reverse side for my card.  I also had another failure with the resist which I was able to just ink over again with alcohol inks and start again.  Like a magic eraser!  

I was having so much fun stamping with the resist that I decided to create another stamped collage.

 On the bottom  you can see some smearing this was because I didn't carefully remove the excess ink.  Tim talks about it in  his tutorial.  Just thought I would mention it because I did try very carefully but I am a very messy stamper and missed some ink. :)

Have a lovely Sunday!


Products:  Memory Box - Dreams (Text), Stampers Anonymous - Butterfly, Stampers Anonymous - Branch, Inkadinkadoo - Birds, Wendy Vecchi - Stencil,  Tim Holtz Layering Stencil, Hero Arts - French Script, Ranger Archival Inks - Ultra-Violet, Alcohol Inks - Eggplant, Slate, Mushroom, Blending Solution, Ranger - Paints - Wilted Violet, Lavender, Gold, Picked Raspberries, Silver


  1. Your collage designs are terrific and you've really mastered this technique. Thanks for the tips, I'm struggling a bit with this one. But you are so right about the paper--I'll begin again on the backside. It's challenging but SO fun.

  2. These are wonderful Suzz! I love the patina one and can't wait to see where you take it. I bought some Yupo paper about 6 months ago but have yet to take it out of the packet. Must give it a try after seeing your gorgeous creations.

    Lesley Xx

  3. Suzz, love the finished product, so elegant! Thanks for sharing your artistic struggle as you worked toward your design. I often have something in mind, but getting it "on paper" in the way I planned is sometimes a challenge!

  4. Well all your efforts were certainly totally worth it, the end effects looks amazing and on the second one I would never have noticed the smudging lol if you had not mentioned it.

    Love the patina background and can't wait to see whre you will take that one...

    I also wanted to say sorry for the lack of visits lately, but as you may know I have been away from home for two month. But now I am back I look forward to more regular visits again. xxx

  5. Oh so beautiful Suzz, these are just gorgeous with your mix of stamps and techniques xxx

  6. All of these are gorgeous but I do like the darker ones better. Welcome to the dark side. Hehe! Fantabulous use of the AI and the yupo paper. I was curious about the paper and you answered a few questions for me. Awesome sauce stamping! Everything looks so cohesive and fantabulous! Wowzers! ~Niki

  7. LOVE both! Your images are so crisp too...well done!


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