Friday 29 December 2017

Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey- December 2017

Hello Everyone and Welcome 

Hope you have all enjoyed the fun and festivities of the Holiday Season and are looking forward to ringing in 2018 in just a few days time! 
Today over at A Vintage Journey we see the year out with our final post for 2017- Tag Friday! I'm sure many of you are already familiar with this tradition but for those of you who aren't, I will explain. When there are 5 Fridays in a month, the 5th Friday sees some of the Creative Guides share a tag they have created in whatever style they wish - no rules, no themes, anything goes! 

So here's the tag I have created. 
The background of the tag is a spare 'tie dye' background I had made for a previous project . It looked something like this but with a few colour differences. You can see how I created it here. 
My original idea was to stencil a focal image onto the tie dyed background using a StencilGirl stencil (Talaya Goddess of Rain) with Black Acrylic paint but I didn't achieve the clarity of image I wanted as some of the black paint bled under the stencil so it was then destined for only one place - the bin! That is until the white acrylic paint and brayer that were sat on my desk caught my eye .......! With nothing to lose I brayered the white acrylic paint over the background. The paint 'picked up' the pattern of the creases I had made when prepping the paper to tie dye, whilst retaining some of the bright colours and bleeding into others thus creating lighter shades of the original brights.
The 'bin worthy' background was transformed and a new design then evolved . 
As I was caught up in the creativity I failed to take any 'step' shots but I have 'close up' shots of the assembled tag that I will narrate . 

I added some stamping both for extra detail and for the words 'star'
and 'light' (Seth Apters Impression Obsession stamps 'Word Chain', Journal Jargon one and two) and of course there had to be some splatters! 
The focal image is one of Seth's fantastic Spellbinder dies - 'Outlaw'. 
With the imminent release of Seth exciting new Baked texture Embossing Powders (details can be found here , here and here) I had embossing on the mind so I triple embossed the die, stamping into it with a word block stamp. I then rubbed silver gilding wax over the words to highlight. You can pick out 'Relax', Inspire, 'Art', 'Imagine' in the photo below.
The stacked die cut is topped with one of Seth's 'Woodchips'- the Star which I crackled with Deco Art texture paste.
and embellished with a metal 'washer'
and the brass stud I'd saved from my jeans that I recycled earlier this year to make a journal (you can see that project here
To finish off, the tag hole was covered with a silver eyelet, a piece of ribbed jute threaded through and brought together at the top of the tag with a couple of Tim Holtz ideology 'clip bails'. 
Now for a few arty( coughs) shots 
that give you an idea of the dimension of the focal image from the sides 
and from the bottom to the top . 
Hard to believe that 'Talaya the Goddess of Rain' lies beneath!
I guess its worth 'messing up' sometimes ! 

If you haven't already be sure to stop by A Vintage Journey to see the fabulous gallery of tags created by some of my fellow teamies.

I would like to enter this tag into the following challenge
That's Crafty -'Anything Goes' Challenge
Thanks for stopping by today. I always appreciate you taking the time to visit, follow and comment . 
Thank you too for all your support throughout this year. It really means alot that you have stayed with me throughout the last '365' sharing in my creative journey. 
I am hoping 2018 will see me here more frequently and I hope you will be able to join me . 
Wishing each and everyone of you a very happy, healthy and peaceful New Year.
See you in 2018! 
Take Care


  1. What a magnificent burst of colour peeping through, fabulous idea to use your left over tie dye.. Those baked textures look amazing on top, a celebratory Firework display bring in the New Year. Wishing you a very happy and creative one..
    Warm wishes Tracey x

    1. Thank you Tracey for your lovely comment. The embossing powders I used weren't Seth's new baked textures as they are only available for preorder at present. Be sure to visit Seths website to get all the details. Hope you have a wonderful New Year

  2. Your tag is fabulous Amanda with amazing layers and details. Sending best wishes to you for a wonderful creative New Year in 2018

    Annie xx

  3. Definitely a wonderful success Amanda, quite the transformation - your crackle is always so impressive and for me, those wonderful colourful splatters are just the icing on the cake! A gorgeous tag! Wishing you all the very best for the New Year! Hugs, Anne x

    1. Thank you so much Anne. Hope 2018 is real kind to you . Hugs x

  4. What a stunning work of ART, Amanda! What a great save from a near miss! Delightful texture and colors to delight my eyes! I love the triple embossing with the text stamped into it. I have so got to try that! The real icing on the cake for me is the crackled star; you get amazing results with your crackle paste! and the clever award goes to how you topped your tag! Well done from all angles and I really think this needs to go into a fine art gallery! Thank you for all your inspiration and support in 2017 and many wishes for a fabulous New Year! Hugs!

  5. Gorgeous Amanda, wonderful way to incorporate the tie dye piece. The colours just peeking through with the brayered layer are so eye catching. Love this one. Tracy x

  6. Love this, what a fabulous ‘Happy accident’ piece to end the year on.
    Happy new year to you
    Amanda x

  7. Oh my goodness, - what an amazing piece of art with incredible techniques! The subtle colour peeping through the background is so effective, and that cracked star is the most wonderful eyecatching focal point! An absolute triumf for sure!!

    All the best for a healthy, happy and creative 2018!!

  8. Fantastic recycling of the tie dye background. Adding all the crackle and splatters make this tag a standout.

  9. Oh my goodness Amanda, this is so incredibly cool and I've been itching to get over and check out how you did this! Total coolness and amazing composition. Thanks so much for this final dose of inspiration. Happy New Year and hugs, Autumn

  10. Wow this looks amazing, gorgeous textures and details. Thanks for joining us at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog :)

  11. A fantastic mixed media card Amanda and what a beautiful design. Love it.
    Happy New Year. xxx

  12. Wow, Amanda - what an explosion of colour and texture - full of drama too - it's just amazing!
    Alison x

  13. A great save of something you weren't happy with Amanda! that background is so colorful through the cracks in the black! love that center design with the layered circle and wonderful crackled star - a lovely design! Wishing you a happy healthy New Year! Julia xx

  14. I just love this...a fabulous tag and wonderful paint effects. I would never have guessed how it started! Brilliant Amanda... Tag Friday perfection xxx

  15. Wow Amanda! what an amazingly stunning mix of colours and textures! It really is quite amazing and so wonderfully created. Just fabulous! Wishing you a very happy, healthy and continuingly creative 2018 xxx

  16. Wow Amanda....I love the 'Journey' of this Tag! The outcome is just perfect...I love the grungy look of it!!! Happy New Year! Hugs xxx

  17. What a fabulous tag Amanda. Just popping in to say Happy New Year!! I hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday! May 2018 be a year of crafting, friendship and good health!! sending hugs :)

  18. Saw this as an entry over at That's Crafty. Had to have a proper look. Oh my, that tie dye looks incredible, the layers are amazing & the crackled star is a brilliant focal point. I actually like every part of your tag (so glad I'm not alone keeping bits of clothing, lol). Off to see how you tie dyed. Tfs!

  19. This is an amazing piece. I saw it at a challenge blog and HAD to come over for a closer look!

  20. Ok, Amanda, you are on a roll! I'm here to say congratulations on WINNING at Creative Artiste! Well done, and WELL DESERVED! Yippeee! Hugs!

  21. I much appreciate your kind words of late, on my blog and during Tim's FB videos. I hope 2018 brings you plenty of creative energy and look forward to seeing your work!

  22. Could this be any cooler? You have created such a "wow" effect with this one. Loving it!


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