Friday, 14 March 2014

A Vintage Tag

Hi everybody!
Hope the snow in the States  will soon leave you, you really are all having a bad winter. Hope that the spring and summer will make up for it! We had another nice day here, but have been promised cold winds and plenty of rain over the next days.

I have made a tag using lots of Tim Holtz stuff for the challenge over at 'A Vintage Journey', where the ladies of the DT made lots of wonderful examples.
I started by distressing my super-large tag with dried marigold, wild honey and crushed olive, and then swiped it through water to mix the colours before drying with the heat tool. I repeated the procedure three times till the colours were as I wanted them to be, and then did some background stamping with a script stamp from TH stamped randomly in different directions with Adirondack Espresso. I used the diamond stencil with crushed olive to add some patterning. Then I decided to cut out the umbrella man with my die, as I wanted to take up  the theme of the quote, *art is a shadow of what a person is thinking*. (I got this stamp from Terry this week!) I cut a second tag from corrugated cardboard which I peeled, distressed with the same colours as the top tag, and sprinkled with Frantage EP to add more texture to the cardboard. I fixed the top tag to the bottom one with a knob and screw. I added 2 bits of tissue tape to give more interest to the background, and stamped the cut out umbrella man repeatedly with my 'art is a shadow' stamp in Archival black and clear embossed it. I fixed my shadow man to the tag with foam squares. Finally I stamped and distressed a ticket and fussy cut it, and put my message on that too. (Thanks again Terry). I fixed a paper clip to it, and joined it up with a ball chain.






Here the Umbrella man is throwing another shadow!
 

I am also linking to Simon Monday Challenge, d for distress; FSC, water inspired (Umbrella man needs water, and water was used to smooch the colours); and Manon's Paper Saturdays

And here are a few impressions from today:
To watch the sun rising through the mist is always a wonderful experience.


The beautiful colours of lichen on the trees:
 

Somebody playing around with her shadow again:


The gardens at Schloss Kalkum, carpeted with flowers:



Happy Ducks:
 

A place to sit, relax and dream:
 

That's all for today. Take care, have a great day, and thanks a lot for coming by!

43 comments:

  1. Dein Tag ist wieder ein Traum!!!! Eine tolle Idee das positiv und das negativ der Stanze zu verwenden - genial!!!

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  2. This is wonderful Valerie, love the colours, and how you brought it all together, absolutely genius! Have a good weekend, hugs, Sarah
    PS Regards from P!

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  3. i love Umbrella Man … what a great idea !!

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  4. Fantastic tag, just love those gorgeous colours. Great idea with the umbrella man. and the double tag. Have a great weekend.

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  5. Oh wow, wow, wow, this is totally brilliant!!! Fantastic and I absolutely love what you did with the rain man. The corrugated card peeping through where you first cut him out looks so cool. The whole tag just looks fantastic!!! Thanks so much for joining us over at A Vintage Journey!!

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  6. Yummy colors in your tag! The last snow storm missed us, but we still have plenty on the ground. Hope you have a wonderful weekend--thanks for the burst of Spring photos!

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  7. A fabulous tag Valerie, wonderful colours and I just love what you've done with Mr Umbrella Man! Thanks for the lovely walk too! Xx

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  8. Wow Valerie, those colours look amazing, think you know I love the Umbrella man.
    Have a good weekend.
    Yvonne xx

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  9. lovely tag and gorgeous photos, love the flowers!

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  10. Well Valerie you have created a most fabulous tag, I love that gorgeous deep orange colour and the corrugated texture. Rain man is quite at home sitting here. Thanks for sharing some lovely photos xx

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  11. woooow...gorgeous tag and awesome photos!!!! Enjoyed them all! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

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  12. Your Tim inspired Tag look awesome! I love it! Once again your photos have me smiling!! Love the Sunrise Shot!

    Hugs~

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  13. Wow,dein tag sieht großartig aus,tolle idee die stanze zweimal zu nutzen,hast die neuen stempel gut eingesetzt.
    tolle bilder wieder,besonders die süsse Ente hat es mir angetan,und dein Schattenfoto ist auch klasse.
    Wünsch Dir ein schönes WE :-)
    GLG Jeannette

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  14. LOVE your use of corrugated cardboard. Gives a great result! And those pictures look awesome. Looks like Spring really is there now ....

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  15. Fantastisch dieser Tag!! Schöne, warme Farben und diese liebevollen Details! Einfach wunderbar!
    Ein schönes Wochenende und LG, LonettA

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  16. Hi Valerie...this is a fabulous colourful tag and I love the idea of the 'Shadow'....your own shadpw was amazing too !!!

    Thank You for joining in with us over at A Vintage Journey...great to have you on board x THank You too for the kind comment you left on my blog

    HUgs Annie x

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  17. Very nice and original paperwork.

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  18. Your tag is gorgeous, love it very much and the textures are wonderful. Yes winter keeps going here and my husband was in a car accident in white-out conditions. He is OK but his car is not. We've had about enough of it and it's becoming difficult to keep positive. Have a wonderful weekend, I could feel Spring from your photos, thanks for sharing, Shirleyx

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  19. So sorry to hear about your husband's accident, but glad he was not hurt. still, it must have been a nasty shock!

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  20. Hi Valerie, your tag is stunning as always. Your creative juices are flowing constantly aren't they?? You come up with gorgeous in everything you create.
    Love the walking pics and always enjoy your shadow!! The duck is gorgeous and what a great shot you too. Spring has sprung for you and it looks so pretty. We are heading into some storms today so that means our storm season and spring are close by!!
    Thank you for the kind comments and encouragement on the changes.
    Have a great weekend sweet friend.
    Hugs

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  21. Lovely tag, and of course I heart the quote! Beautiful pictures, too. It looks like spring is on its way...

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  22. Valarie, Wow, Wow, Wow! Now you know I am a taggy kind of gal and I am so loving your tag! What you have done with the Umbrella Guy is so clever! I love the vibrant colors and texture and you certainly have put that stamp set to great use! Love this and thank you for sharing this vintage beauty with us at A Vintage Journey! Hugs and have yourself a lovely weekend! Oh and you know I enjoyed our morning walk together!

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  23. Valerie, the Queen of Tags, has done it again. I love the way you cut out the umbrella man to show the back of the tag putting another image beside it. Beautiful combination and colors.

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  24. Fantastic Tag Valerie. So lovely and colourful. That duck is gorgeous too, but not as nice as your tag x. I have done a tag ,but its not turned out as I would have liked it too. So we shall see if I join in or not. Hugs Rita xxxx

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  25. What a fantastic tag - is there no style you cannot do!? I see the water on his umbrella. Love the way you worked the chain at the top and the sentiment is perfect for your design. Or should I say, your design is perfect for the sentiment.
    I don't think I have seen that bridge before and what a great picture of the duck.

    sandy xx

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    1. It's the bridge over the moat at the old castle where the ducks live. Glad you liked the tag - do you know who sent me those big tags?

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  26. I really didn't but now I do!!!!! I will be more careful what I send you from now on since I know you will be entering some of the same challenges I do! BW-ha-HA!!!

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    1. I should have kept my mouth shut! But I do love those big tags!

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  27. Came over to visit from Sandy's blog because she said your tag was beautiful - she was not wrong, your tag is stunning! I love it. Thanks so much too, for joining in our Anything Tim challenge over at A Vintage Journey. Anne xx

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  28. Yes, your tag is beautiful and I enjoyed reading the very detailed description of how you made it and the mouth-watering colours you used.

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  29. Hi Valerie, I've just popped back to say thanks for travelling on A Vintage Journey with your fabulous tag.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  30. WOW! WOW! and WOW! I absolutely love it all. Where did you find that adorable doorknob? The shadow technique is perfect. And that aqua sky's not too bad either. :)
    Was fun visiting today.
    xoxo's

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  31. Your tag is a beautiful work of art! I love love how you used the negative space of your Umbrella Man cutout! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  32. Happy Paper Saturdays! I love the idea of the shadow man he reminds me of Charlie Chaplin. Manonxx

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  33. Amazing pictures Valerie the last one took my breath away. You do seem to be getting taller lol.

    The tag is awesome with a wonderful sheen to it.

    Hope your day is going well-I bet you are out somewhere enjoying the weather.

    Love Chrissie x

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  34. This tag is stunning Valerie! Such rich details and so cleverly constructed! Beautiful walk, wish I was there sitting with you. Big hugs, ~Diane

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  35. fabulous tag Valerie such a rich warm colour and you know I love Umbrella Man!

    MaggieH

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  36. This was a really stunning card and I simply adore the way you used the Umbrella Man twice! How clever to use both the die cut shape and the negative space it left behind on the same project! Genius, genius! I also thought that your color palette was particularly inspired. Usually I associate rain and umbrellas with blues and greys, so I loved how you threw in the happy warm tones. Beautiful piece of work displaying so many clever techniques. I always enjoy perusing your blog and seeing what ideas you've come up with. Thank you for your inspiration and for joining us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog!

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  37. WOW Valerie - this is a Fabulous tag, love how you have used Umbrella man - and such a wonderful colour combination.
    Wonderful photos of your walk - didn't realise you were so tall (ha ha)
    Avril xx

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  38. WOW your Umbrella Man is gorgeous - I love your Frantage, and your photographs are a real ray of sunshine xx

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    1. Yes, thanks for the Frantage, I love it too - and you sent it to me!!

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  39. Love this tag, Valerie! Your Umbrella Man is fabulous both as a cut AND a negative. Hope all is well and yes, please let's let Spring come... asap!!

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  40. Sorry for being so late in popping over to see your tag Valerie. Absolutely stunning and a very clever creation for our water inspired challenge. Love it.

    Thank you for sharing with s at FSC.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x

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