Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Blog Hop for Oyster Paper Crafts

Hello Peeps

Firstly thank you for stopping by.

And haven't the ladies done well some lovely work done.

Today I have three tags which are part of the Oyster Papercrafts blog hop which all the design team are taking part in.

The brief that we got was "tags" so basically we could do what we want but with products sold by oyster paper crafts naturally. The blog hop started last Friday and in case you have missed any of them I would recommend you go and visit the blogs.

There is also two goody bags up for grabs if you leave a comment on each blog.

Also all the products are Available from Oyster Stamps link here:


Neet          10th October                      http://www.hickydorums.blogspot.co.uk/
Pam          11th October                      http://pam-simcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/
Martine     12th October                      http://abfabdesigns.blogspot.co.uk/
Hellen       13th October                      http://www.elliescupboard.blogspot.co.uk/
Margot    14th October                        http://margot-craftcorner.blogspot.co.uk/
Andy      15th October                          http://www.andrewbennett17.blogspot.co.uk/
Eileen     16th October                           http://eileenscraftyzone.blogspot.co.uk/
Kerry     17th October                           http://kerryscraft.com/
As you can see I have furnished you with the blog addresses for you to visit.
My Tags
I ended up doing three basically I could not make up my mind.
First of I made my own tags the reason being (as will come apparent later) is you can make the tag any size you want.
I cut the card 6"x 3",  place the short edge up into the gift box punch board.
Make sure you put all the way to the top as far as it will go. Punch
Remove and first side is done.
Flip it over and do the other side
One tag
With your screw punch add hole. Your tag is now complete. Simples
As I say the reason I went down this route was because I can make the tag any size I want.
Tag 1

Ok I decided on this because of the Ryn Tanaka Stamps being stocked at Oyster.
I took three Distress inks pads ( Mowed Lawn Salty Ocean, and Peacock Feathers) and took then directly to a acrylic block, sprayed with water then on to card stock. Removed block and added salt crystals, so yes I did rock salt technique for the background.
Stamped fish twice once on the tag,  and second on to card , coloured it in using alcohol pens, then gave it three coats of glaze with clear embossing powder.
Stamped the seaweed in Versafine majestic blue on the tag and the bubbles in momento tuxedo black.
I highlighted the top and bottom of the bubbles with white gel pen.
Cut out glazed fish and mounted in on to tag using 3D foam pads.
Cut length of ribbon  folded it half and threaded it through the hole from the front then tied a bow with the "tails"
Stamps used Water effects 1
Sea creatures 1
Tag 2
 Ok I just had to do a Christmas themed tag.
Tag made as before.
I roughly divided this in thirds. Top two thirds of the tag I covered with a generous layer of distress crackle paint the clear rock crystal. The bottom third I applied a generous layer of gesso and used a artists trowel to apply the gesso to create "snow drifts". I left it to dry overnight.
I went over the entire piece with Tumbled Glass distress ink pad and Broken china around the edge.
Now we have a rough surface we cant stamp on it. So I stamped on tissue paper the two tress, with Versafine onyx black, ripped them out with hands gently and used 3d crystal glaze to attach trees to tag above the snow drifts. I covered the whole of the top including trees with a coat of the 3d glaze to make sure it was really sealed and stuck. again left it to dry.
Once dry I went over the bottoms of the trees and snow drifts with a glue pen and fine glitter.
The Deer was die cut from the Spellbinders " Frost Forms" then ran through again to emboss. Went over the antlers and rump with Metallic Lustre "Gold Rush" I used 3d foam pads and attached to tag
The poinsettia was Stamped, with Versamark ink pad, wow super fine silver embossing powder and heat set,  using Heartfelt Creations Christmas Poinsettia then used the heartfelt creation Sun kissed fleur to cut out poinsettia. Layered the poinsettia and attached to tag
Ribbon as before and you can just about see the loop at the back of the tag.
Tag 3
Ok my favourite.
The tag is a bit of a whopper. Measuring 10.5cm x 21cm
that's 4 1/8" x 8 3/8".
For this tag I wanted certain elements to go on hence the size.
To do the tag cut the card with the measurements given above and again punch with gift bag punch board.
I then embossed with the Anna Griffin "foundery" embossing folder
While you have your machine out, die cut two of the Heart shape dies (from the Raindrops on roses die set) with the scrolls, and the Chateau Gate both by Heartfelt Creations.
Die cut some flowers as well, I used the Classic Sunflower Stamp with matching die, both by Heartfelt Creations.
Om a separate piece of card in Momento Tuxedo Black stamp the Mallards from the Heartfelt Creations Waters Edge Stamp set. 
Here you can see a close up of the finished picture. Basically I masked of the mallards and water and reeds. In case you wondering I used Art mask fluid as you can paint it on hence why I was able to mask the fiddly bits. Put a small round post it to act as the sun and put on the horizon. I then brayered the sky using Adirondack Stonewashed. Remove sun mask and colour sun using Sunshine Yellow again by Adirondack.
I removed the rest of the mask and coloured everything using Alcohol Pens.
I then carefully trimmed to fit the Window without any thing peeking from the sides and top.

I then gathered all my die cut bits(apart from the flowers) and in this order, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, over all the bits including the main background of the tag that has been embossed.
Again using the photo as a guide and using 3d foam pads stick the elements to the tag.
Colour the flowers I used yellow and orange and browns for the centre. Using a mouse mat embossing tool and a water

mister shape your flowers. Attach to the tag as shown using some glue.
I would like to thank Martine for showing me how to do flowers ... Thank you.

Well folks that's my tags I hope you like them and have given you some inspiration.

Again thanks peeps for dropping by and that's my blog hop done and I hope you have enjoyed it.


Andy xx