Thursday, 3 October 2013

Dragons' Dream - Brown, layers, Die-cuts and a Word of your choice

Hello and welcome to Magpieheaven! I'm so pleased today to have a new background. I do hope you like it. My very patient son sat down with his severely, technically challenged mother and taught her how to create a prettier venue for Magpie chat and craft and even pointed out that I could have larger pictures if I wanted to! I was so thrilled that I found the energy and inspiration to create a tag for the Dragons' Dream Tag it on Challenge in between chores. This time it is chosen by Trace Metcalfe and it's Brown, lots of layers, Die-cuts and a word of your choice. Well the word was easy! Magpies love to chatter and words are my business, as I tutor in English. It's something I often wish I had a bit more of! I first stamped my word onto corrugated card, then stamped it again on a thin layer of tissue, using Wendy Vecchi Potting Shed Archival ink.  Here is the word I chose:
Next and more of a challenge was the use of die-cuts. I decided to use the pediment dies by Tim Holtz so as to create the effect of a pillar for my tag - I know there are supposed to be seven, but seven pillars would be a lot to get on one tag! I layered lots of Fresco paints in  warm browns, sanding every now and then to let the different shades come through.

Here is my pediment at the top and a Prima brad to add contrast. I used Fresco paints in Snowflake then Butternut, Chocolate Pudding and Brown Shed and edged with Wendy Vecchi Archival ink in Potting Shed and some Rose Quartz Treasure Gold. The stamp that forms the central image in by 'Lost Coast'.
The bottom pediment is accented in Treasure Gold with a little amber gem. The text is from a Paper Artsy mini stamp and I tried to create the idea of a medieval palimpsest with its layers of text scratched away then written over. I used a layer of corrugated card with layers ripped away, painted with Frescos and highlighted with White Fire and Rose Quartz Treasure Gold.
Here is the tag in its entirety. I added some hand-made beads and brown ribbons which I threaded through the eyelets either side of my word. Thank you so much for stopping by today, visitors to Magpieheaven, whether you be my followers or new friends. Thank you Dragons too for letting me dream with you again!




13 comments:

  1. Loving the new look Magpieheaven.... and the tag is gorgeous!! (Let you into a secret, I found it hard to work die cuts into mine too!) Thanks for dreaming with the dragons again.

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  2. Wow, that is a stunning tag & I love the new look for your blog.

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  3. First ...thanks for joining my blog...I've joined you're s as well. How wonderful to have a son willing to assist technically challenged mums. Nice guy your son. What's important is....doing what you love to do...and doing it well....you've got that covered. Be well Carole

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  4. A great make , love the word youbhave chosen and the background is fab x hugs x trace. X

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  5. Love the new blog look... & your pics look fantastic.. you have a clever son....Fabulous word to choose & your creation is Brilliant...Have a Happy weekend... Thank you for dreaming with us at Dragons Dream... Hugs May x x x

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  6. Tag is gorgeous,I love it! New blog background is fabulous!!

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  7. Such a beautiful tag with great vintage feeling. Thanks for dreaming with us at Dragons Dream Tag It On.

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  8. Gorgeous tag and a great word choice. Thanks for sharing with us at Dragons Dream. Elizabeth x love the new look blog xxx

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  9. Absolutely LOVE this tag - wonderful word choice and great stamping all round. Love the new look to the blog too. (I thought it had changed when I was on the previous post, but didn't want to foolishly comment if I was just imagining things!!)
    Alison xx

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  10. Absolutly awesome. Love the shape of your tag and of course the vinatge look (:o)

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  11. I totally agree with Alison - I love that mini stamp you used at the bottom. Very creative but you are always creative!!
    sandy

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  12. Wow wow wow absolutely beautiful. I like very much love the mixed Brownie colours and the stamping and die cuts are amazing. Loving the look as well, bet your son loved helping you. Hugs Kezzy :-) xxxxxx

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