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Thursday, 3 July 2014

Go with your heart - Dt piece for CountryViewCrafts .

Well all this month over at CountryViewCrafts challenge blog the theme is stencil it and here is my second piece for the month using lots of fab Tim Holtz layering stencils and much more to create my piece . Now usually when I think of stencil it is paste and inks and paints...but I wanted to do something a little different. Ever since Creativity Chemistry 102 ( a great online course by the man himself Mr Tim Holtz ) I have been determined to get my dusty alcohol inks of the shelf for more of a play...so here they are using a technique from the course.
So for this I made a layered tag...and used stencils with alcohol ink to create faux bleach effect and also with some paste to create texture on the base layer...here's how :
I started by creating the base on my tag by applying texture paste through Tims layering stencil..latticework ...a real favourite of mine..and left to dry.
Then when dry I applied rusty hinge and broken china Distress Inks using a blending tool, drying and layering colour until happy ....just love these colours together! When dry I edged the whole tag in rusty hinge and set aside. Just around edges to make colours stand out I added some black soot distress ink.
Now for the alcohol inky bit...
So to start I selected some blues and browny colours and applied some to my blending tool with alcohol ink felt applied instead of foam. I took a piece of alcohol ink card but lots of glossy card works well. I then applied the colours to my card twisting and turning the tool. I left to dry for a few seconds and then added some more to blend colours and tone down areas that I felt were too dark.
Now for the really cool bit...I took a clean piece of felt and applied some alcohol ink blending solution to the felt, placed my layering stencil ( I chose rays ) over the background and dabbed the solution through....waited for a few moments for the magic to happen and removed the stencil.
I then trimmed and tore across the bottom ..all ready for the fab man image from Purveyor set. I cleaned my stencil using an alcohol wipe as this removes all residue from blending solution. everytime I play with alcohol inks I wonder why I don't use them more! Do you have things like that?
So here are  some close ups of the details.
I inked the edges of the piece in rusty hinge and black, then stamped the main image using jet black archival and heat set it . I added to the tag and added a rub on and some cogs...well you know me and cogs!
To finish the bottom of the tag , some more rubs ons...a word band threaded on rusty wire and stapled and yes.. more cogs...a girl can never have too many cogs!
The top was finished off with some seam binding dyed with rusty hinge and broken china distress stain and I added a spinner on the left.
So hope you like my stencilled tag and hope you will have time to join in with the stencil it challenge over at Country View Crafts challenge blog here .
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment....so great to be back and inky!

As I am getting back into blogland I have decided to enter this tag for the following :
tags @ TryitonTuesday
keep those fingers inky and those hearts full!
trace x


  1. Hello Trace,
    I love your Tag, the effect of the blending solution through the stencil is stunning.

  2. Oh this is brilliant Trace!! I love layered tags anyway, but this is a real stunner! Love the colour combo of the Rusty Hinge and Broken China, but the effect of the blending solution over the AI background is what really makes this tag!! Had quite forgotten about that, so thanks for that too. This just looks fantastic!!

  3. Amazing tag and so many techniques to inspire us. Must get out my alcohol inks :)

    Love Chrissie x

  4. Hi Trace, Lovely to see you back posting! I've not been getting much time for commenting recently but wanted to say hi and love the pieces you've been sharing. This tag is wonderful and thanks for the step by step.

    Lesley Xx

  5. Love it! & totally agree - you can never have too many cogs!!

  6. A terrific tag Trace, great use of the stencils. The textured area on the background forces the eye around the tag and then there's the sunray adding depth to the focal piece in the centre - gorgeous! Chris xxx

  7. WOW what a fab tag, thanks playing along with TioT this fortnight

  8. Beautiful as allway´s. :-)

  9. I had completely forgotten that technique Trace so thank you so much for the welcome reminder! Your tag is fabulous with the alcohol technique and the gorgeous embellies. Hugs, Anne xx

  10. great tag Trace and a really cool use of the alcohol inks - great idea - must have a play with that one! Hugs rachel x

  11. Gorgeous work Trace, I love how you have used the alcohol inks...Thanks so much for the inspiration...Hugs May x x

  12. The tag is beautiful! The colours of the tag and the piece on it work so beautiful together. Great technique with the stencil; something I haven't tried, but must soon.... Hope you can anjoy a little bit sun overthere... Hugs, Gerrina

  13. this is awesome, love the detail used. thank you for joining us at TIOT.EE

  14. Popped over from CVC Trace for a closer look, I love your tag, the blues and browns are lovely together and the technique with the blending solution looks superb with that stencil. Mo x

  15. Fabulous techniques on this tag! It's really stunning - so much to see and so inspiring! I'm dying to have a go at this one! Julie Ann xxx

  16. I love it! Thanks for sharing.

  17. Trace, what an awesome piece - the colours are fantastic! I love the alcohol and stencil technique - thanks so much for sharing. Jean.x

  18. Gorgeous background, and love the altered image with the colors and stencil.

  19. Hi Trace, Fabulous tag, love the background effect with the AIs.
    Thanks for sharing with us at TioT
    Avril x

  20. And the magical return continues with this superb tag. That alcohol ink technique is one of my favourites and you've shown it off to wonderful advantage on that fantastic altered background. Love the choice of colours and that matching seam binding. Jenny x

  21. A brilliant tag and a super tutorial, thank you for joining us on the TIOT challenge hugs Bee

  22. A fabulous tag, I love the different techniques and how you've put all the different elements together.
    xxx Hazel.

  23. A fabulous tag, great textured background. Love the torn edge.

  24. An amazing technique with AI and BS Trace :-)

    A truly stunning tag.......great to have you back
    Annie x x

  25. Great tutorial of a very unique, interesting, artsy tag. I'm so glad you are back. I've missed your rusty wire, cogs, colors and special touches that are unique. I really like your style of crafting. Your view and eye for color, technique and placement are amazing. Thanks again for a great tutorial.

  26. Just fantastic, Trace... love the translucent alcohol ink panel, especially with the fab bleached stencilling, and the tag background is gorgeous - the lattice is probably my favourite too! Altogether delicious and in perfect colours!
    Alison xx

  27. Hi Trace, Congrats on your Top 5 with us at TioT, it's lovely to see you entering our challenges.
    (I know you are very busy) but I was wondering as an ex TioT DT - would you like to do a GDT spot for one of our challenges. If you could let me know at - avril_branthwaite@otmail.com
    Thanks, Avril xx

  28. Trace -- what a great tag !!! Pinned! You make texturing a tag look effortless as well as beautiful. Love this and you've inspired me to get back to trying my hand at texture. Thanks -- Mary Elizabeth

  29. Stunning... i absolutely love this. Thanks for sharing.


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