Right, it's been 'lets play with tag backgrounds' time and I was determind to join in the fun at Linda Ledbetter's challenge - Enamelled Metals this week, as it is one of the balls I have had to drop recently due to other commitments. By coincidence (OK, semi-planned) this one also fits the bill for the first challenge at the Crafty-Emblies blog - Flora and Fauna, and the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge - What Do You Say? This one was so much fun and took inspiration from the Arts and Crafts movement era (my fav).
Now if you've got T!m Holtz' CC2 book you'll know how to do this (I mixed the acrylic paint colour myself) and if not why not!!! Seriously, it is an investment, as it is hard to keep lots of techniques in your head and T!m makes it so easy to learn some of his genius ways).
The flower extravagantly used every layer of the Rose Creations dies (which I believe Christine Emberson will be demo'ing on the TV soon) cut from strong brown parcel paper and stamped with DI Fired Brick. The leaves were stamped in DI Pine Needles and came from a Creative Expressions set. Don't you just love that button centre? Believe it or not it is a glass one!
I also added wooden buttons from Crafty-emblies and decided they looked beautiful without being coloured this time (that's right missus, you're learning that sometimes less is more!!!) The string is just cheap stuff from Tesco died with DI Fired Brick and water - isn't it amazing how these inks make everything look good.
Finally the sentiment element - a Sam Poole Art Phrase on a little tag covered in metal tape and Copper Mixative alcohol ink (thanks Anne, it got a coat of Glue n Seal to protect it - see I do listen sometimes!!) Don't forget those of you in the UK can buy chain by the metre from DIY stores and it doesn't take much to cut off small chunks to attach to a paperclip, or whatever else you fancy really! Now it's away to work for me before I rush to get home to execute an idea I had at 5 o'clock this morning. Take care of yourselves and wherever you are, keep crafting! Hugs, Buttons x