I had a few ideas for this tag and it was hard to choose which one to do. I started off thinking Dumpy’s rusty nuts (it is a band – Honest) then went on to Rust never sleeps (Neil Young), then Live rust (Neil Young) which gave rise to Rust Lives. I thought this was apt as rust does grow and spread a bit like an infection until it has devoured it’s host. I had tried to rust some steel wool which normally rusts in the blink of an eye but when you need it rusty it just doesn’t happen. Harry then tried to help me find some rusty objects and gave me a rusty beer can, but that just disintegrated when I tried to cut it. Then, while out for a run in the car the other day Harry spotted a piece of rusty metal by the side of the road so we brought it home with us but I couldn’t think how I was going to cut it into usable pieces as it was quite large and thick. I finally did use that piece of rusty metal but just as a photo (much easier than cutting it).
Inks: Tim Holtz distress ink black soot, fired brick, dried marigold, and Versamark with Tim Holtz Distress powder vintage photo, Alcohol ink Rust
Card: glossy photo
Stamps: Stampers anonymous Urban tapestry (corner and side splatters down the side) Other: Tim Holtz stencils type, squashed bottle cap, stampin up eyelet, glossy accents
My Mother’s day card for Harry’s mum.
The frame is stamped and embossed then coloured using copic pens. The centre is cut out to reveal the message.
Inks: versamark with pearl violet embossing powder, green and yellow copics
Cards: white card, old olive for base layer
Stamp: Michael Strong’s cloisonné frame
Other: blue ribbon and Scottish thistle, computer generated message
Inks: versafine onyx black, Distress inks; tattered rose, mustard seed, fired brick, peeled paint, Brilliance lightning black, bleach,
Card: white textured, acetate, yellow vellum, luggage tag
Stamps: Stampers anonymous (Tim Holtz) Urban tapestry and Fairytale frenzy, Stampin up canvas background, RS tapestry nature plate 5 (butterfly)
Other: ribbon, washers, brads, large eyelet
The images are stamped first then the colour is added using colour dusters (small bristle brushes). Small areas are then highlighted with bleach. Edges are distressed using sandpaper block. The tag is made using the same technique with the addition of stamped wording on the top and on an acetate tag behind, fastened together using the large eyelet. The greeting is computer generated onto vellum which is then torn and layered with stamped, coloured and distressed card. The washers and brads hold the greeting together and this forms the pocket for the tag. Some tiny areas are highlighted with a bit of sparkle.