19 September 2012

Diffusing The Situation

This was planned as a quick post to share some technqiues and join a couple of challenges, but a trip round blogland has changed that slightly:) Firstly those eagle-eyed followers amongst you will have spotted that I am proudly displaying a Top Award from Our Creative Corner! It is a massive honour and I am truly grateful to the team for picking my 'kissing card'.

Now, a certain creative talent called Neil Walker got me thinking this morning. He did this fab tutorial on embossed acetate and acrylics (please see HERE). I already had my Indentz tree folder out with the intention of using it and colouring it with paint seemed a great idea. Thing is the tree looks a little plain on its own, but wait! I have some newly delivered diffusers from the Funkie Junkie Boutique! So first to emboss a tree in the oval, then emboss the outside with some swirls. Ta dah! It worked (well I think so anyway:)


These diffusers are like magic, only embossing the areas to which they are applied which means you can combine folders. Now I have a Grand Calibur (they are Sizzix, so intended for the Big Shot etc.) so I'm still experimenting with which plates are needed - the Indentz folders are slightly thinner than Sizzix ones and I suspect Creative Expressions ones will also differ, so just start with the thinnest plate (e.g. the raspberry one) and carefully work up as required. So you can see it easier, these are the ones I used;


The paint element? Well I used gold acrylic on the reverse, rubbing off the excess. Two things here; in this instance I didn't want too much colour over the top of the base, so the removal of most of it was great. However, I suspect more paint would be captured if a smaller embossed pattern were used and the paint were left to dry a little longer (I'm not the most patient crafter!!)


The background - woohoo! Guess who went ink misting mad again?! Punched falling leaves added more of an autumnal feel. Then oh, how to attach the two layers? So first a quick layer of Glue n Seal (which helped to brighten the ink even further) then some TH mini fastener 'berries', including some which have fallen on the floor. It always pleases me to die the seam binding to match each project, but it needed more. In each of the parcels I have received from Linda Coughlin's Funkie Junkie Boutique she has included extra goodies, including this card disk with a heart cut out. Several layers of embossing powder later, ta dah!


Linda's twine and lace (dyed to match) and a Sam Poole sentiment (again stamped in a colour so as to be deliberately unobtrusive to the main 'image') finished the tag off.
To finish I am entering this into the following challenges;

OK, time to disappear again. If you have any questions or need more deets please let me know. Thanks again to Neil and so many others who continue to inspire me on a daily basis. Hugs, Buttons x

35 comments:

  1. Another fabulous tag Buttons. I'm not familiar with the diffusers so thanks for sharing that info.

    Thanks for playing along with us over at Artful Times this week.

    Sam xxx

    ReplyDelete
  2. I'm back to the Caps Lock key for a big fat WOW!! Fiddled around with acetate for a while a few weeks ago, before failing to come up with anything that pleased me... this is absolutely fabulous! Love the inky background, for starters, and the punched leaves look glorious behind that swirly golden tree... amazing work - and congrats on the OCC award... right back at you with the great work, deservedly prize-winning!
    Alison xx

    ReplyDelete
  3. This is a really big WOW Buttons! It looks totally amazing as usual and the embossing you've done looks very intriguing. The dyed embellishments look fabulous too.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

    ReplyDelete
  4. I am loving this technique, you have made a beautiful Tag and it is a Winner for me Big Time!. Your colour Palette is warm and inviting...... Ta dah! to me means Perfect!
    Smiles:)
    Sue

    ReplyDelete
  5. Congratulations on your win, brill. Loving your fabulous tag with all its terrific techniques. wow. x

    ReplyDelete
  6. I don't understand everything you did or used Buttons, but I do understand that this is a gorgeous tag again :-)
    My eyes explain the words I don't understand perhaps? :-)

    Greetings, Alie

    ReplyDelete
  7. ohhh this is amazing! Love that you've used acetate! When I used it, it doesn't at all look like this! I'm going to study the pictures and your explanation some more and visit Neil's blog too! Thanks! Hugs, Sandra

    ReplyDelete
  8. This certainly is a fun technique Buttons.I like the shiny and the smooth combination.

    ReplyDelete
  9. What a beautiful tag, I lve the embossed tree and again the colours are gorgeous!!!! The tag is yummy!! Those diffusers look fun?
    Well done on the top spot richly deserved!!!
    Hugs trace. X

    ReplyDelete
  10. Really beautiful tag and an interesting technique.

    Congrats on your top spot.

    Love Chrissie xxx

    ReplyDelete
  11. Gorgeous tag buttons thanks for sharing with us at Dragons Dream TIO. Elizabeth x

    ReplyDelete
  12. Yay on your win at OCC!!!! I love that! And this tag is eye candy for the Autumn lover's soul! The multi colored lace is genius, but the acetate tree is a crazy wow! I totally love this technique! Gorgeous work! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Frilly and Funkie this fortnight...you are fast!!!

    ReplyDelete
  13. How fantastic, so many wonderful details and elements. Thanks for dreaming with us at TIO this fortnight.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Your tag is gorgeous, love every detail

    ReplyDelete
  15. Fabulous tag Buttons... love that tree Brilliant idea those diffusers look great must investigate further.. Thank you so much for joining us Dragons Dream.. Tio... May x x x

    ReplyDelete
  16. What a gorgeous tag! Love how you've embedded everything and the way you dyed the trim... gorgeous colors. Congrats on your OCC win, and thanks for sharing this with us at Frilly & Funkie!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Beautiful tag, i love the colours you have selected.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Your tag is fab and the diffusers struck a memory of when I was in the spellbinders Wizard group and there was a tutorial using cut card to emboss selected areas, love the wayyou have attched the acetate layer too :)
    Thank you for sharing with us at Artful Times
    Von ♥

    ReplyDelete
  19. Smashing work Buttons thinks you did grand job after checking out Neil's method can see how you did it! Shaz in Oz.x

    ReplyDelete
  20. Gorgeous Buttons, love the effects you have achieved.
    Hope you are having a great week.
    Hugs Brenda xox

    ReplyDelete
  21. Beautiful tag Buttons and I'm loving all the techniques used here. I love using acetate and haven't done so for a while - you may have inspired me to dig it out again! I really like the look of the diffusers but I haven't been able to find them on a UK site.
    Many congrats for your success too - rightly deserved.
    Juliaxx

    ReplyDelete
  22. Looks like I need to pick up some diffusers - genius! And speaking of genius...your muse must be working overtime. Beautiful tag!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Wow, wow, wow! I'm drooling all over my new iPad. I adore fall art and is this ever a yummy example of it. I totally LOVE what you did with the acrylic and the embossing folder. And right off I loved that metallic disk with the heart cut out. I was sitting here wondering where did she get that from and then burst out laughing when I read that i sent it to you LOL. You totally transformed that little paper tag! Awesome piece of art. Thanks for always being a player At F&F. We love having you!

    Hugs,
    Linda

    ReplyDelete
  24. WOW this is totally gorgeous Buttons. I love your embossing, and the colours are perfect, they seem to glow from the tag. Thank you so much for joining us again at TIO x

    ReplyDelete
  25. Gorgeous tag , it turned out so beautiful thanks you for sharing at TIO

    ReplyDelete
  26. Stunning! Love the colors and the fact that you embossed acetate. Thanks for joining us for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Think I need to investigate the products you used and carefully read again what you have done to create this fab tag. I thought the tree was cut out of acetate type stuff (die cut as it is so intricate) and it had been applied afterwards.
    What a superb tag - Love it! The colours are so rich and autumnal. My favourite season.
    Thanks for sharing this with us and so much detail - Hugs, Neet (Artful Times) xx

    ReplyDelete
  28. This is fab - not come across these Sizzix 'folders' yet so must investigate.

    ReplyDelete
  29. This is so cool - love how your tree and leaves and berries are embedded and blended.

    ReplyDelete
  30. A beautiful tag and great technique, thank you for sharing this. Love the colours and all of the detail.Looking forward to your next blog.

    ReplyDelete
  31. Love your tag, and what a great technique. Fab colours and layout.

    ReplyDelete
  32. Hi Buttons, not quite sure how I missed seeing this beautiful tag, I only spotted it over at F&F today. It is gorgeous, love the beautiful colours and those little berries are wonderful. Didn't think those plates would work so well, thanks for showing that they do! Crafty hugs, Anne x

    ReplyDelete
  33. A gorgeous tag, I love the rich autumnal colours, thank you for sharing at TIO.

    ReplyDelete
  34. I LOVE acetate this is gorgeous x these autumnal colours are my most favorite to work with.

    ReplyDelete

Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...