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Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Hedgerow Tag II



Hi all, and welcome, and an especially big welcome to the new followers - thank you so much for joining the gang!


I suddenly realised it's been quite a long time since Hedgerow Tag I (which I'm excited to say is being featured at the moment on The Crafter's Workshop blog - if you've time to pop over and leave a comment I'd be thrilled) so if I didn't get this one posted soon, none of the titles would really make any sense at all.


So here we are with another eclectic Paperie post - as usual, you'll find links to all the products used at the foot of the post - and I'm going to have another go at tempting you into the glorious Unity stamps by Donna Downey.


To be honest, I'm not really about the hard sell; it's just that I find these stamps irresistible, and they've been the inspiration for a number of projects which then land up here!


So today we've moved from the burnished golds of the last tag to much gentler spring greens (no, not the vegetables).







It's really a very simple tag - almost everything is done with paint!

The background was brushed on in layers of colour to build up depth and texture.

The Wayward Flowers and the Delicate Blooms were stamped in paint over the top.








And the sentiment, taken from Donna Downey's Art and Possibility set, was stamped in varying paint colours (including white) around the tag for added texture, with one main focal stamping in dark green.







Then - amazingly - some not-paint!  I used the Inkssentials white gel pen to highlight the tips of the flowers (no surprises there, if you're a regular follower, as you'll remember this little book where I did the same thing - I told you I'd been using these stamps a lot!).

I distressed the edges of the tag with the Tim Holtz Paper Distresser.  But, for once, rather than ink them up for definition I left them au naturel.








I also went for a natural look with my topping... some raffia tied up with some more raffia.  It felt as though such a simple tag needed a simple finish.

Landscapes have a language of their own, expressing the soul of the things, lofty or humble, which constitute them, from the mighty peaks to the smallest of the tiny flowers hidden in the meadow's grass.
Alexandra David-Néel

I'd like to enter this over at Simon Says Stamp where they are looking for A Bit O' Green
And at the Vintage Stamping Challenge, sponsored by Flonzcraft, Spring is in the Air


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47 comments:

Sue C said...

Gorgeous tag Alison, I love the stamps you've used, I think you have one convert ! Sue C x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Those delicate blooms are gorgeous as is the subtle colour palette. Love how,you have layered the paint in the background, I also,love the touch of raffia. Tracy x

Paper Profusion said...

Really sublime Alison. Will get these stamps in time - they are beautiful - especially the way you use them. Nicola x

Helen said...

What a great tag, Alison! You're right, these stamps are fabulous.
Off to have another look at the first one, now.

Jennie Atkinson said...

Such a gorgeous tag - love the colours and THOSE stamps! Just makes me want to have a go - thank you x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A great tag in wonderful soft colors.

House of Bears said...

With your craft there is no such thing as a simple tag, everything is stunning. Love the subtlety of this tag, and the stamps are indeed gorgeous, must not buy, must not buy....

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

A beautiful delicate colour palette and the raffia is the perfect finishing touch.
Wishes
Lynne

Astrid Maclean said...

Gorgeous tag and they are the most lovely stamps I have to say!

Kelly Foster said...

Simply beautiful, I love the stamp you used! Gorgeous green colors!

Bonnie Irvine said...

Beautiful tag, Alison. It whispers of spring and lovely days to come. The background is so subtle yet creates the most welcoming home for these gorgeous stamps. love the raffia tie.

Terry said...

I have some Unity stamps that I just don't use enough! This tag is stunning and I just love all the stamped images! Always such great work! Thank you for always taking the time to not only comment on my blog, but pop over to AO! Much appreciated! Hugs!

Chris said...

Gorgeous tag Alison and I agree about the stamps, they're gorgeous. loe the fresh green colours and all the depth you achieved with the different tones. Chris x

May said...

Gorgeous tag Alison, Love those stamps & the colours are amazing!. Love how you have used the white gel pen it's so effective... Hugs May x x x

Keren Tamir said...

Amazing tag!! I love the stamping and the coloring!!!

maria's knutselplezier said...

What e beautifull tag, I really love it!!!

Greetings
Maria

Krisha said...

The siplicity of your tag made it a wonderful work of art

Chrissy said...

Yes..it is beautiful Alison..and done in paint!!..Love the softness of the flowers and the touches of white on the tips..gorgeous colours too..

Luv CHRISSYxx

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...super tag Alison, visual gorgeousness...Melxx :)

Katherine (sutty) said...

Absolutely beautiful I love the stamping and the relaxing greens :)

chrissies said...

So beautiful with such a gentle feel to it. Love the white gel highlights it they bring the whole tag alive.

The quote just reminded me that Vic has some photos on his phone from a woody walk walk we did a couple of days ago-must see if they are worth sharing

Have a lovely day

Best wishes Chrissie xx

Redanne said...

Hi Alison, many congratulations on being featured on Crafter's Workshop blog! I love this tag with it's gorgeous soft colour tones and wonderful texture. The white pen work really pops. A stunning piece of work. Hugs, Anne x

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Gorgeous tag Alison! Love the fresh greens and I can almost feel Spring is on its way! Hugs xxx

Laurart said...

Gorgeous - I love how delicate it is. I was thinking about doing a green tag and this is certainly inspiring me to do so Lots of love from Laura xxxxxx

Evil Edna said...

wow that is just stunning, reminds me of water meadows in the mist.EE

inkypinkycraft said...

gorgeous tag, just done one in similar colours..love thos e stamps...have just got some similar...hugs trace x

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Gorgeous tag Alison with all the green shades...lovely!!!!

kind regards, Alie :-)

craftytrog said...

Simply beautiful! xx

craftimamma said...

This is sheer beauty to my eyes Alison! The colours and imagery are at the top of my list of favourites culminating in a tag which has a calming effect as soon you see it. You don't need to convert me to Unity Stamps, lol! I only have a couple but do love them and I would so like to collect more.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Ellie Knol said...

I really adore this tag! The colors are so soft, it's just perfect. I do like green, and this tag makes me happy.

Kate said...

I love the soft, subtle green! Your central image works beautifully with the background! Lovely, Alison.

Brenda Brown said...

The design of this tag and the stamps speak for themselves. Beautiful Alison.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Bärbel said...

Ein Tag mit wunderbaren Stempeln und Farben gestaltet, sehr schön!
Liebe Grüße.

Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

Absolutely gorgeous tag!! Love it!

Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!

Hugs...
Melissa

Annie said...

Beautiful colours and stunning stamps Alison. I really love the muted tones.

Thank you for sharing and I hope you are getting some sleep x

Dianne said...

You blow me away girly,I love the book now this in my favorite color your the BOMB always inspiring me thanks bunches for that and have a great day..

Anita Houston said...

Gorgeous! Love these flowers stamped over and over again.

Buttons said...

Love the softness of this one Alison. So beautiful and inspiring as ever. Hugs, Jenny x

brenda said...

I'm so late getting here Alison, had family staying and afraid blogging fell by the wayside.

The bend of colours and depth of you tag are great and the raffia a perfect combination with the style of fauna.

Thanks so much for sharing with us at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping Challenges.

B x

Neet said...

Simply beautiful Alison. Love the freshness of the colour and the white touches are perfect.
Hugs Neet xx

Samantha said...

I love this one too hunny its stunning! hugs me x

Yvonne said...

Gorgeous tag! Love the green shades, the layers, and the flowers are so fragile and delicate, beautiful!
Greetings, Yvon

Sandy said...

So pretty and delicate - those greens are wonderful together!
sandy

Sue said...

Beautiful tag Alison, I love the natural feel to it all x

Dots Dabbles said...

So very beautiful Alison! I love the fresh colours and the pop of white looks fantastic! Definitely a Spring tag!
Thanks for joining in the fun at Vintage Stamping Challenges
Dot x

Mrs.B said...

Gorgeous tag Alison, and such beautiful stamps.
Avril xx

Kjersti said...

A wonderful tag Alison, love the colourscheme and the beautiful flower stamp!
Hugs Kjersti:)