Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Tattered and Torn

Maggie and I commented last week on how we would like to be freer, less controlled with composition, and just loosen up in general. I think this week's challenge was a great one to experiment with loosening up!  I also wanted to try a more monochromatic look, as I usually use lots of rich colors and find myself adding more and more and more! :-)  I was thinking about dried autumn leaves, old dried flowers, stained old lace...
Here's what I came up with:

I used torn paper that I had first embossed and sanded and added lots of vintage linen and lace shreds and bits. The leaf is also embossed and sanded - love that core'dinations paper!  The butterfly and girl stamps are Oxford Impressions stamps from The Austen Gallery.  The girl is a "photo realistic" stamp and requires certain types of ink and glossy paper. Hard to believe it's a stamp, huh?

Here's another view, just of the tag:

Overall, I think I achieved my goals--monochromatic and a little freer on the style (if only in my mind)!  Thanks for your encouragement and comments. I am looking forward to seeing what this creative and talented group has come up with this week!

BTW: I have a blog party that runs from Sunday to Saturday midnight. If you would like to link up any creations from your blog, please visit Inspired Sunday!
Laura


21 comments:

  1. Wonderful tag and the girl stamp does look like a photograph

    Chrissie x

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  2. Lovely tag and stamp, enjoy your blog party! Valerie

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  3. Beautifully vintage looking. The girl stamp is amazing & how clever of you toknowhow to make it look like a photograh! Also, I couldn't help but notice that very pretty pot next to your tag. Is it an altered herb pot? How did you do that one? :o)

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  4. Laura, I love vintage so your gorgeous stamp appeals to me! Great monochrome look and just love all the elements you've used.
    Juliax

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  5. A very beautiful tag with stunning elements! Carolyn xx

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  6. Very pretty! Great choice of colors!

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  7. Laura this is wonderful! Photo stamps are a bit tricky but so worth it as your lovely tag demonstrates!

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  8. This is a simply beautiful tag, Laura. Blessings!

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  9. The little bottle beside the tag is a repurposed salt shaker that has mica flake snow and a tiny Christmas tree inside. You can find details on my blog: http://sundayview.blogspot.com/2012/12/salt-shaker-christmas-ornament.html

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  10. Oh! this is just so beautiful, I love the photo-real stamps and have one I picked up at a garage sale, but didn't realise you're supposed to use specific inks and papers - any tips? ! :0)

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  11. Many tips! lol! The most imp. part for me was to make sure the stamp is really clean by taking sticky tape and pressing onto the stamp surface and removing - like using a lint roller. Then stamp on glossy paper that is meant for stamping. I love StazOn Ink, but be sure the pad isn't really wet. I believe there is a tutorial on the Austen Gallery Web site (Oxford Impressions stamps).

    Enjoy!

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  12. So Beautiful...Love it.. Hugs May x x x

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  13. Laura you nailed it with your beautiful tag this week! It just evokes 'faded Autumn' to me. And I LOVE that big grommet at the top!--where can I get some?

    I'm not too sure I branched out a whole bunch this week like I wanted too, aside from using crusty and tattered elements and not fussing over making them perfect. I feel I am still going the symmetrical-stacked safe route somewhat. This weekly challenge is good for me to try and break out of my ruts, though.

    xoxo,
    maggie

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  14. this is stunningly beautiful! xo

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  15. you definitely accomplished your goal--stunning tag

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  16. Thanks for your sweet comments, everyone. I always feel so encouraged by you! The grommet at the top is unfortunately retired from Stampin Up, but "We R Memory Keepers" might have some.

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  17. How beautiful, Laura - all the elements work so well together.Thanks too for sharing your tips, especially for people like me who know nothing about the intricacies of artful stamping.

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  18. This is very pretty, love it! X

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  19. You are right--I can hardly believe it is a stamp...amazing! Beautiful tag. ♥ Sandy Leigh

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