Thursday, November 8, 2012

Joyeux Anniversaire!

First, thank you to the new followers and new commentors! It truly means so much!

It was strange to deviate from an Autumn or Christmas theme, and I have leaves and snowflakes all over my floor, but to fulfill a few challenges, along with making a birthday tag for a friend, I dug deep into the stash and pulled out all the Parisian goods I think I have. Simon Says Stamp & Show's challenge this week is "Inspiration Francaise", the Sunday Stamper wants to see "Blue", the Compendium of Curiosities II Challenge is "Alcohol Ink Palette", based on page 52 of  Tim's book by the same name, and Unruly Paper Arts Reader Art Quest 1 is "Gift Tags".
 
I traced the oval from Tim's Embossing Diffusers onto a scrap of paper, and then stamped this beautiful Face from Stamper's Anonymous into it and onto the metal tag underneath using Jet Black Archival.
Using the same Diffusers Set, I embossed the Harlequin image onto the surrounding portions around the Face. I colored her and the tag in using Tim's technique of an Alcohol Ink Palette.
I also used the technique on the Idea-ology Key Hole and brads. Gorgeous lace  and seam binding from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and Idea-ology Tinsel was added.
Using two pieces of Ranger's Inkssentials Glossy Cardstock, I applied more Alcohol Ink, and then stamped several of Tim's Parisian images in Jet Black.
I embossed both of the Glossy Cardstock pieces.
To reenforce the paper, slightly broken from the embossing, I applied a nice layer of Glue N Seal to the backs of each and dried them. They were nice and sturdy after.
I lightly ran the Snow Cap Ink pad directly over the raised embossed portions. I gave that a dry and then highlighted them with a little Brushed Pewter Metallic Distress Stain. I adhered these back to back on the sides and bottom with Tissue Tape and Glue N Seal, leaving the top open to insert the tag inside. More lace and tinsel were added, as well as some metal pieces and Baubles. Voila!
 
Supplies:
From My Stash: Cuttlebug Script Embossing Folder, Happy Birthday Metal Tab


I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!



35 comments:

  1. Thank you for the step by step Anita - it really helps to highlight all the delicious elements of this project. So many clever ideas beautifully executed as ever. Hugs, Buttons x

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  2. How fabulous Anita. I love the stamps, colours and embellies......just ,ove it all really. Crafty hugs Annie x

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  3. Gorgeous, I love it all & thanks from me too for the step by step.

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  4. The colour and the embossing is very striking Anita, it is feast for the eyes in more ways than one!
    Smiles:)
    Sue

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  5. It is so beautiful. I love Eiffla Tower, and all gorgerous elements. Fantastic colours, blue is my favorites colour. Fantastic idea:)
    Greetings
    Asia:)

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  6. Fabulous work as always Anita... I love the use of the blue it's so striking! fantastic embossing.. Brilliant.. thank you for the tutorial I love reading how this beauty was created.. Hugs May x x x

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  7. Beautiful blue art - love the face in it's oval frame!!

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  8. C'est Chic, Tres Chic! Love how you have done this Anita. That blue is so deep. I just bought that face stamp last weekend! Nicola x

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  9. Oh..my!!! this is gorgeous!
    Love it ♥
    Love the blue color!!
    Hugs, Anne

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  10. Really an awesome unique art work, love the brilliant blue color, the background textures and all elements, also the beautiful harlekin face tag.
    Thanks for sharing the progress photos:-)
    xox Anja

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  11. This is so beautiful, Anita! Love that blue! Thanks for showing all your steps, really gets my gears a'goin' ;)

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  12. Wow! A treasure within a treasure. Both the pocket and the tag are stunning and rich in both colour and texture. I have to research the embossing diffusers...never heard of them. Note to self: come out of cave more often :) Gorgeous, Anita.

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  13. This is a stunning set, Anita! I can't get over that awesome technique with the diffuser on the metal. So cool! I was curious as to how those worked. I understand now. And your embossing on the pouch is gorgeous! So beautiful!!!
    Kate

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  14. Oh la la! So French!! Love that blue with the Pewter.

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  15. Anita...your piece is tres chic! Love the rich blue colors! You did a great job of combining several challenges into one fabulous piece! Love Tim's classic woman stamp! You've really done her proud on your beautiful tag! Your other gift tag is equally as cool...all the texture and pattern! Love them both! Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

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  16. Fabulous project! As always, love all your magnificent details! Thanks for questing with us at UPA!

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  17. this is so stunning and such a wonderful vibrant blue!

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  18. If I didn't think I'd lose, I'd have a stare-off contest with her ALL day! She's fantabu-gorgeous!! You know, I have a birthday too...Bwahahahaha
    hugs,
    Lisa xx

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  19. Now I wish I had the faces stamp! These are stunning projects, Anita! Your friend will be thrilled!

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  20. What a wonderful gift for your friend, such rich color and textures.

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  21. What a lucky friend you have! I'm sure she'll be thrilled to receive this. I love the blue harlequin! I'm going to have to try that as I adore anything with the harlequin pattern.

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  22. Such a wonderful idea, that's a great piece of art. Your friend will love it.

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  23. Wowieee great and creative results Anita!

    greetings, Alie :-0

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  24. Hi, it looks like you are having the best time creating and sharing. Loving looking at it all and look forward to your blog posts. Have a great day. xo

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  25. Wow! Way to combine the challenges, Anita!! Love your startlingly vivid blue, and scrumptious embossing - a fabulous creation!
    Alison x

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  26. Wow! So many lovely layers! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week! - Ashli :)

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  27. Anita your projects are always jaw dropping gorgeous for me!! Once again you have rocked this challenge!! Thanks so much for the inspiration, and for joining us again at Simon Says Stamp and Show :)

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  28. Wow! this is so fascinating to look at, I love the layers and the depth that you have created. This is going to be loved by the recipient! x

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  29. Gorgeousness indeedily! Thanks for joining in with the Sunday STamper x

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  30. Hi, just saw the post on my blog it is Jim Caviezel of the TV show Person of Iterest hugs and have a great weekend xoxo

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  31. Gorgeous pieces! Love the richness of the blue color! So intense and pretty! It's so full with texture! Stunning work! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show! Hugs, Sandra

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  32. Wow.. I love your detailed description.. and the piece, of course, it's fabulous!

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  33. What a striking combination! Love the silver and rich blue and all that amazing texture! Really fabulous. Love the dangling goodies, too!

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  34. Really beautiful, Anita--so many gorgeous elements!

    :)

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  35. Have no idea how I missed these fabulous tags, gorgeous craftings, Annette x

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