6 July 2012

Puff a bit harder?!

For those of you who don't have any pressurised air to hand you may have a bit of a clue what I'm going on about here... nope, not been running up and down to the fourth floor at work again!! I've been having a play with Tim Holtz's technique for dispersing alcohol inks (with varying success - it took three goes until I was happy with what materialised!) So here is my entry to his July tag challenge;

The 'how to' is explained by the Duke of Distress far better than I could achieve - a video and everything!
My ingredients differed slightly as I was inspired by the amazing Anita Houston to have a play with silver mirror card rather than white gloss card. This allowed me to use White Mixative with Shell Pink and Stonewashed alcohol ink to blow like fury in an attempt to make some decent splatters.

To add to the feel of fireworks I added some swirls (Stampendous) and St Stephen's Tower (which houses the bell, Big Ben) as it seemed like an appropriate choice too. A few people have taken this approach as I guess we've all got the Olympics on our minds here in the UK.

The tag was created from antique gold card, embossed with an Alterations folder which had red/navy ink sprayed with water applied. It then got sanded to add to the distress/texture. The London, 2012, Olympic Rings and St Stephens Tower stamps are all Kanban and create really sharp images. The SB charm (aluminium tin and gold/glossy accents centre) was aged with black Promarker and steel wool.

Finally a mention for the lovely and talented Barbara (please go see her wonderful work) who showed me that you can add all sorts of images and elements to tickets, even glossy flags! Now conveniently the Simon Says Stamp challenge is currently 'Tags or ATC's' so this will be entered there too to save a little time.

I'm going to finish by welcoming my new followers, whose work I also greatly admire, and thank everyone new and old for the fab comments you leave me. I will always try to return the compliment because I know how much it means. So, from a very soggy Staffordshire, hugs and squelches to all, Buttons x


  1. Well I am a real coward, I thought I would wait and see how others got on with huffing and puffing before I decided whether or not to do an Olympic theme. Up to now all of you have done an amazing job, so I guess I need to get cracking too! Great job, as ever, Buttons, love this tag. Anne x

  2. Great tag, love the distressed edges and your huffing and puffing really paid off, love the background and the fab stamps.

    Sam xxx

  3. ...ahh great touch on Tim's July Tag Buttons, loVe your theme of London & the Olympic's, yep not sure if i'll have enough puff to pull this tag off but you've done marvelous!, like your addition of the 5 gold rings! hope we'll get that yeild on day one!!...superb make...Mel :)

  4. This turned out quite nicely!

  5. I was a bit daunted when I read Tim's blog for the most recent tag - I don't have a ready supply of compressed air!! I'd thought of huffing through a straw but not actually tried it yet - might have a go later 'cos it's far too wet and windy to be going out. Great results by the way.

  6. Beautifully done! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at the Simon Says Challenge Blog!!

  7. Just have to look at all the British entries, super tag, especially with all the huffing and puffing. BJ

  8. too funny - it took me three tries before I was moderately satisfied with mine as well! yours turned out great!

    xo, Kristina
    Sharing bloggy love from SSS challenge
    Come by and see me sometime!

  9. Great tag this month - love the date tag and the union jack. Your background definitely looks like fireworks. Well done on the blowing - it's just a case of remembering to breathe occasionally! Elaine x

  10. Your flair with words is a hoot! Never thought of using silver metallic paper as a background (thanks for the idea) and your card turned out fabulous. I'm looking forward to the summer Olympics--what an exciting time for one who lives where it will all take place. P.S. I'd take soggy over 110 degrees and no rain since last October anyday!

  11. This is so fabulous!!! Love the design! You should enter this at Inspiration Journal as well.


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