I wanted to have lots of fun with texture on this one and try to create something sumptuous, so here are some steps along the way.
I painted my jumbo tag with Honeydew, a Fresco Opaque.
After spreading a thin layer of Grunge Paste over my tag, I pressed down some gauze from my stash into it.
When this was nice and dry, I went over it with some Brown Shed Fresco, which is a translucent.
Here you can see the stenciling and a rose created from two different PaperArtsy flower dies. I stamped the Lynne Perrella lady on to card painted first with Stone Fresco, heat set her, and painted the detail with washes of Fresco. There is a bit of a shine on the photo, as I applied a couple of coats of clear UTEE to the image. The little resin bird has been painted and then Treasure Gold in Rose Quartz was applied. I also used Rose Quartz on the under-side of the rose petals.
For my letter, I used the 'triple embossing' technique. I applied Versamark to the tag and then layers of UTEE and Copper Frantage. I heated from under the tag with my heat tool, after each layer was applied until there was a moulten puddle! Then I covered my 'Q' with Archival Ink and pressed it into the melted UTEE. On the top left are some bronzed fragments, which I pressed into Claudine Helmuth's Multi-Medium. My tag reminds me of the Wedding Chests given to newly weds as gifts in Renaissance Italy as they began their new life together. Some of the beautiful paintings in the National Gallery are actually panels from these richly decorated chests, which often showed mythological or allegorical scenes featuring Venus and Cupid - of course! Perhaps my lady, seated at her arched window has sent out this little golden bird with a message of love and loyalty to her fiance? Have a lovely, creative Wednesday and don't forget to try and join in with the Dragons Dream TIO this fortnight.