13 August 2012

Mona Lot!?

Hello and welcome to followers new and old, and those visiting. A quick post tonight as I'm running out of time to enter the Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge - Paint it up! It has also been designed to meet the requirements for the current Artful Times challenge - Mona Lisa. You'll have to forgive the ropey photography - artificial light isn't the best, but needs must...


The background is the paint element - I had another go at the Faux Verdigris technique discovered on Splitcoaststampers some long time ago. This involved painting embossed card with layers of copper paint, green and blue acrylic paint mixed with white gesso, more white gesso, some sanding back to the original layer and a final light brush with some copper and walnut ink. The rubbing back created some real patches that made the copper stand out. The pen nibs were stamped onto acetate and cut out before adding to the bottom of the tag. I also added one to the centre of the butterfly, created using the Flitter Glu/Morris Dance metal flakes technique on bronze pearlescent card.


I don't have a Mona Lisa stamp so opted to follow the master that is Tim Holtz by using Reflective Imagery technique (Compendium 2 page 55). Again, not sure the patches of metal background show up really well, but I was quite pleased that it worked first time. The 'frame' is grungepaper painted with dark bronze mica paint and the image was covered with a mix of Crackle Accents/Glossy Accents (ageing without losing the image) which have taken forever to dry - hence the reason for the late post. Oh, and my heatgun packed up unexpectedly too! (hence the title of this post!) The trials and tribulations of a crafter eh?

Thinking out loud here - I will take another photo in daylight tomorrow and if it comes out better, will add it to my next post (August TH tag also completed and ready to go!! Woohoo!) Until tomorrow then...
hugs, Buttons x

23 comments:

  1. Great tag, I love that verdigris effect! Good idea stamping the nibs on acetate too :) Thanks so much for joining us for this week's Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!

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  2. Buttons...very pretty tag. I really like the background ... the muted greenish and brown colors are very striking. Love the frame around your Mona Lisa. I think the print of the actual portrait works beautifully on this tag...even better than a stamp, considering the heavy embossing on your tag. Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

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  3. Love all the texture and colour in the background Buttons! Great take on the theme - it's always tricky when you don't have the right things isn't it but at least it means we've used our grey matter to improvise and this tag is just lovely.
    Juliaxx

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  4. What a super tag. Love the image you chose to use and she sits so well inside that frame.
    Great Faux Verdigris technique - must investigate it.
    Thanks for joining us at Artful Times - Hugs, Neet xx

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  5. This is so gorgeous! Love the faux verigris effect, and such beautiful details.
    Avril xx

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  6. Wow! Love this tag! Especially the frame with the crackled edges. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog! Hope you'll have fun with the technique! And thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Will love it when you'll join us this week too! Hugs, Sandra

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  7. Hi Buttons, Loving the faux verdigris technique and the Mona Lisa looks superb, not looked at that technique yet......really must read CC2 from cover to cover I think! Crafty hugs, Anne x

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  8. Fabulous tag as always... love the texture.. Brillant design & detail... a fabulous take on the theme.. Hugs May x x x

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  9. This is one very striking tag methinks x Love the frame and butterfly xx

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  10. WOW Buttons, loving how many different techniques and elements you've built into this tag.

    It's fabulous, thanks for Mona-ing along with us this week.

    Sam - Artful Times xxxx

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  11. Absolutely gorgeous Buttons, I love your grungepaper frame, and your verdigris looks fab. I need to get to grips with my COC2, so far I've just looked at the pictures lol x

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  12. Fabulous tag with wonderful techniques.

    Love Chrissie xxxx

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  13. Hi
    I returned so that I could become a Follower of your Blog.
    Mona looks fantastic on your tag, lots of great details for the eye to take in.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  14. Congrats on top 3 well deserved. A beautiful tag x

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  15. Congrats with the top 3...great!!!

    greetings, Alie :-)

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  16. Congratulations on your beautiful tag at SSS!

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  17. She's fabulous, Buttons! Missed this the first time around and found it today via SSS&S.... congratulations!

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  18. Oh Buttons what a fantastic tag :) love all the techniques you have used :)
    Von ♥

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  19. Congratulations Buttons on your win and thanks for letting me know about mine too!! Loved this when I saw it last and it deserves recognition.
    Juliaxx

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  20. Congratulations on the win at Simon Says! That's awesome and so is your Mona Lisa Frame! :)

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  21. Very interesting work. Great Finishings.

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  22. Lve the background effect and the way all the elements sing together! Another fab tag ! Trace. X

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