I have really been in need of a craft fix - work has been mad and I'm desperately trying to get an assignment finished for my course too once I eventually get home, but I allowed myself some relaxation today and played about on my desk making this tag.
The colours were inspired by The Play Date Cafe's Colour splash challenge, isn't this a beautiful image? I stayed away from Christmas though - well sort of. I actually used a Christmas Stamp by Penny Black called Christmas Colours, which is designed to be a poinsetta, but Winter Wonderland have challenged us this week to 'Be Different' and use a Christmas Stamp for a non Christmas card - so I did a Happy Birthday Tag.
Other stamps used were - Tim Holtz - Harlequin, Hero Arts - cling Dots and Stamp Addicts 'Happy Birthday Circle' .
After Stamping the 'flowers' I painted them with artists masking fluid (so much easier for detailed images than cutting out fiddly paper masks) then created the background with Black Soot Distress ink and a couple of background stamps. After removing the masking fluid I added touches of Teal ink and a strip of lace. The chipboard Butterfly has been stamped in Black Soot with Penny Black Slapstick Paisley Swirls which I've also stamped bits of on the tag edges.
Other Challenges that inspired this Tag and where I'll be sharing -
Hope you're all a bit more prepared for Christmas than I am - better get wrapping !! Esther xx