Friday 30 June 2017

Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey - June 2017.

Hi Everyone and Welcome

Today over at A Vintage Journey its Tag Friday ! I'm sure many of you are familiar with this tradition but for those of you aren't let me explain . When there are 5 Fridays in a month, the 5th Friday sees some of the Creative Guides create and post a tag .There are no rules or themes just a chance for us to follow our muse, go with the flow and create using a tag.
So I am here today to share with you my 'Tag Friday' tag.
Believe it or not I set out thinking I would make something bright and summery but I guess my subconscious mind thought otherwise and led me to to create a deep and meaningful tag.

I cut a panel from a much larger wrinkle free background that I had created at some point in the past and added a touch more colour using Distress inks with a blending tool.
I then die cut a tag from the panel and added some stamping using Indigo Blu's 'Rain Droplets' stamp with Jet Black archival ink and some stencilling using Tim Holtz 'Rays' layering stencil with DecoArt crackle paste and Black Soot distress paint. The cracks once formed were enhanced with gilding wax and the tag mounted onto cream and black card stock.

The focal image taken from an Invoke stamp set- 'Face blocks' was stamped on cream card stock using Jet black Archival ink and then water coloured with Distress inks.
To frame the face I used the outer part of the circle from Seth Apters Wood Chip set. I altered it using Deco Art texture sand paste and Back Soot distress paint. The framed face is adhered to a thin strip of mount board altered in the same way as the circle Wood Chip. As with the cracks the texture is enhanced with gilding wax.

I love this image - to me it is so emotive, it tells a story

maybe  a story of someones own
personal journey experiencing some bright 'sunny highs' and extreme dark 'rainy lows',
experiences which have helped them start to belief in themselves....

Be sure to stop by A Vintage Journey's blog, if you haven't already that is, to see all the other fabulous tags some of my talented teammates have created .

I would like to enter this tag into the following challenges: 
Stamps and Stencils: 'Words With Meaning'
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: 'Stencil it' 

Thank you so much for stopping by today and for all the lovely kind words you leave for my art. Your visits, comment and follows are greatly appreciated .
Hope you all have a lovely weekend
Take care
keep on the 'happy' side


  1. Wowzer - this is amazing, Amanda! The drama of those dark crackled rays leading the eye in to the delicately tinted face, trapped at the heart of the tag, but holding firm with that determined expression. This really tells a story.
    Alison x

  2. Goodness Amanda! this tag just pops out off the screen at you! those bright orange/yellows - the wonderful crackled black rays and that face! Love this! Julia xx

  3. This is such an amazing design Amanda, I love the bright background contrasted with the black crackle rays and then the beautiful face encapsulated in the circle that looks like a sun goddess peeking through to brighten our day. You've really stirred my imagination with this fabulous tag xxx

  4. Wow, this tag is amazing! I love how you created the black rays around that beautiful face image! Very artistic and really meaningful and I love it!

  5. Another stunning creation from you Amanda that has the real wow factor!! The striking orange and black colour combination really pops and the focal stamp is just the perfect finishing touch! Brilliant! xxx

  6. Oh my gosh, Amanda! That black crackle sunburst stenciling has stolen my heart on this dreary morning! The colors and powerful sentiment really encourage and inspire me. You nailed this design and it is most creative and truly wonderful. Love love your amazing design. Hugs, Autumn

  7. Hi Amanda, I adore the depth of colour you achieved in the backgrhnd and the contrast with the black crackle is absolutely fantastic. So,eye catching. The face is the perfect touch . This really is a wow tag, I adore it . Have a lovely weekend. Tracy x

  8. Great tag, love the colors (orange is my favorite). Wonderful crackle effect as well. Hugs, S@ndy

  9. So fab!!! Pinned to enjoy another day. xx

  10. Vibrant, vibrant, dramatic, stunning - this is so beautiful Amanda and it really does make a statement. I love the face with her lovely eyeshadow - she is a real beauty! Hugs, Anne xx

  11. what a stunning tag that face and your fabulous stencilled background...thank you for sharing at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...hugs kath xxx

  12. Amanda, excuse me as I wipe the drool from my lip! Such a fabulous use of the rays stencil, crackle paste and contrast! Such an amazing eye catching design, and yes, thought provoking! I'm so mesmerized by your background and how colors seems to be burning like molten lava from behind those 'charred' rays. Seriously loving this! Hugs!

  13. You have created such depth here Amanda .... I love the dramatic colours and clever use of the SA die xx perfect quote too x TFS and huge hugs
    Annie xx

  14. A wonderful combination of elements make this is a fabulously bold and stunning tag Amanda! xxx

  15. This is gorgeous Amanda! Love the bold colours with the strong black, fabulous crackling and a striking stamped image. All put together to beautiful effect. Love it! Thankyou for joining us over at stamps and Stencils. Toni x

  16. Fun, different and gorgeously textured! Fabulous Amanda....thanks so much for joining us at Stamps and Stencils. Ruth x

  17. Biggest congrats on being in the SSS spotlight this week! Woo hoo! Hugs, Autumn

  18. wonderful tag x And congrats on being in the SSS spotlight too xx


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