Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Remember: Memorial Day

TWO POSTS IN ONE DAY! To see the Artistic Outpost May Release Set, Kudzu Kafe, please view it here

 It's time for the 'funkie' side to be shown at Frilly & Funkie's fortnightly challenge of "stencils & masks", hosted by the uber talented Marjie Kemper of  She Who Stamps And Scraps. In case you have missed it, Marjie challenges you to use stencils or masks in your artwork.  Use a purchased item or create your own stencil or mask using positive/negative space from die-cuts, stamps, or punches. You still have a week  (May 29th) left to participate and upload your project. We can't wait to see your creations! And, if you need a little inspiration please visit the other members of the Design Team and ogle over their fantastic creations.
Linda Coughlin - The Funkie Junkie
Marjie Kemper - She Who Stamps and Scraps 
Teresa Kline - Paperie Blooms
Terry Horrall -  Terry's Work In Progress 
Sue Carrington - Stamping Sue Style 
Tammy Roberts - Paperie Sweetness
Since Memorial Day is just around the corner, I decided to make a tag to mark this extremely important occasion in the United States. My step father serve in WWII, Korea (where he was a prisoner of war), and Viet Nam. He is one of few still alive who have done so, so this tag is in honor of him and those who have served our country.
I decided to create my own mask of sorts by taping off an area that I didn't want my stencil misting to mar.
I misted Dylusions Ink Spray onto a sewing stitches stencil to create some funky stripes.
I removed the tape, and then blocked off the stripes so I could mist the blank space with Dylusions to create a blue field.
I did not want this is be a clean stenciled image, because I wanted this to be symbolic and war is not clean, so I misted this with water to create a water color effect.
I used a stencil with circles of dots to mimic stars, and I painted over it with Snow Cap Dabber.
I used Tim's Americana Silhouettes Stamp Set and the dabber to create a larger star and more definitive stripes
I stamped all the words from this except the July 4, using Pumice Stone, so the images didn't overpower the flag.
I support the DAV and they send me cards and stickers. One of the cards had this image that I loved, so I distressed and inked it, to be used as my focal image on the tag. I wrote 'remember' on it with a Glaze Pen, and covered the sentiment with Crackle Accents.
I am also submitting this tag to the Sunday Stamper for "circles", Simon Says Stamp & Show's Challenge of "summer holidays", and  Artistic Stamper Creative Team Blog challenge of "spots & stripes".


I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. Stunning tag Anita. Perfect for each challenge submission. So well done. Bet, Yvonne

  2. What a wonderful tag and tutorial. I love using stencils.

  3. Fabulous tag, Anita! Really creative way to get the stripes... love your spin on this! Please thank you stepfather for his service. What a sacrifice, and to also be a POW... amazing. Happy Memorial Day to you and your family.

  4. love your tag Anita and how your demo is to show us how. xo

  5. Sooo glad you posted this tutorial! I really want to partake in the challenge, but I'm banging my head on the table trying to figure out how. Well, not literally banging my head, but internally, my brain seems to be just a monkey banging cymbals at the moment.
    Your fabulous project has helped spur my motivation!

  6. Hi Anita. This is a beautiful tag and so emotional for you all in USA on this day. I love the way you have put your own creativity on the tag by using various techniques. Absolutely fabulous as always. Crafty hugs Annie x

  7. Gorgeous tag Anita ! I love how you've made the background, it's great to see the step by step and how you've transformed your work in stages. Sue C x

  8. Love that flag you created with stencils! Such a lovely and patriotic tag! Happy Memorial Day!

  9. Very beautiful tag with so much meaning behind it! Love the background you've created and the picture says it all.

  10. Anita, your tag is gorgeous and lovely to see how you made it step by step too. Amazing.

  11. Absolutely stunning Anita and so poignant, it is beautiful. thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  12. Beautiful tag, Anita! Love your patriotic theme and the techniques you used to achieve such a wonderful "flag" background. Love the vintage picture, too! Thanks so much for sharing this little beauty with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  13. This is so beautiful. You did a fantastic job on this tag. Thank you for the tutorial also-I will relook at my stencils! :) Have a great weekend!

  14. This is such a beautiful tag and the poignancy of its message resonates from the page. It bought a tear to my eyes xx

  15. Great tag, Anita. So respectful of Memorial Day.

  16. Wonderful! I love your thought process re the blurring the stenciled stripes.

  17. Beautiful tag!!! The Pumice Stone ink looks more like a watermark than ink - really cool!!! :)

  18. I love that B&W image against that fabulous colourful background! Thanks so much for sharing with the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge. Sarah.

  19. Well, it's taken me almost a week to get over here, but I had to come by and tell you how much I LOVE what you did on this tag. Your masking and spraying and blending are just sensational and the design is just amazing. I am totally in love with this piece, Anita. Kudos on really rocking the masking challenge!



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