Friday, September 28, 2012

My Favorite Season

Fall Tag w border

Even though each season change is exhilarating for me, there’s no doubt that I’ve settled in on AUTUMN as my very favorite season. I’ve been looking forward to putting together this little project, because it fits my mood right now.

Photographing anything that has a sparkle or a shine to it is just extremely frustrating for me. Almost everything on this tag has a sheen to it, and I took MANY photos but never did come up with a picture that is a true representation, but eventually I had to move on.

Side View w border

The background on the tag was made following the Stamptember video tutorial from Tim Holtz. I blended Fired Brick, Vintage Photo and the new Tarnished Brass Metallic Distress Stains onto the tag. It’s always interesting to me that I spend so much time on a stunning background and then cover it all! I inked and distressed the edges of the tag.

I used Tim’s Falling Leaves stamps to randomly ink the background (using his technique of swiping for a faded look on some of them and then using a full-pressure stamping for a focal leaf). I also stamped one of the leaves with Fired Brick Distress Ink, on a separate card, and then embossed it with Ancient Gold Embossing Powder, cut it out and used dimensional tape to attach it. I stamped one leaf on the background with Fired Brick Distress Ink.

The Tattered Leaves were cut from Kraft Glassine, after it was inked with Red Pepper, Butterscotch, and Sunset Orange Alcohol Inks (with Gold Mixative). I crumpled the leaves after cutting them on the Vagabond.

closeup w border

I used some tissue tape across the bottom and then added dimension with Festive Greenery Decorative Strip. I added a bit of gold glitter. I inked the ribbon with all the same Distress Stains I used for the background.

For the final step of the project, I used the tag as the main element on my October page for my minibook of Monthly Scripture Verses, a challenge that I participate in, at Split Coast Stampers.

There is a Season w border

Did you notice something ironic? I decided to use some paper from Tim’s seasonal stash for the 6x6 background. After I had cut out the 6x6 piece, I noticed the relevance of the number 31. Of course, on the paper, it is intended to signify the October 31 “holiday.” But it just so happens that my verse for October, to go with the theme of the fall season, is the verse that says, “For everything there is a season.” The verse is found in Ecclesiastes. The reference? 3:1.

“For everything there is a season,
And a time for every purpose under heaven.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1

I linked up this project at Paper Issues and am also participating in these challenges:

Split Coast Stampers Verse of the Month
Simon Says Stamp and Show Leaf-spiration Challenge
Anything But a Card Texture Challenge
Frilly and Funkie Fall Into Fall Challenge


Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

It's absolutely stunning, and I totally love it on your monthly page, and of course, the perfect scripture! Gorgeous background! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Frilly & Funkie this fortnight!

Diana Fernandez said...

I love your tag and mini journal cover! I just inked up some kraft glassine today myself! Isn't it a fun product?? thanks so much for joining us at Anything but a Card!

Beverly Sager said...

Barb, love your tag and the completed page. Luscious colors. And the incidental scripture reference is awesome!

Julia S-W said...

What a gorgeous tag combined with your monthly page! Full of beautiful colours and texture which fits our theme perfectly. I love your comment about making a wonderful background then covering it up - something I often think myself too!
Thanks so much for sharing your stunning page/tag with us at ABAC and I do hope you'll join us again soon.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful tag and it's the perfect addition to your monthly page. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

Words and Pictures said...

Simply fantastic autumn leaves - such dimension, texture and colour... outstandingly lovely tag! And a great setting for it...
Alison x

Jenny Marples said...

I understand your frustration with trying to capture sparkle/shine on projects, but don't worry, it is evident:) Loving the leaves and you have combined it with the background in such a clever way - working as if fated to do so! Good luck with all of your challenges. Hugs, Buttons x

Monique said...

Thanks for sharing this! Enjoying the verse reference and beautiful artwork. It was a treat to come and enjoy this, which seems to be a rare treat during this season in artwork.

Christy said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the tag. The leaves are a great touch! Thanks for joining us at ABAC :) :) :)

Scrappin' Stacy said...

Very pretty! The leaves are so fall like and the tag goes so nicely on your page as well.

Lisa H said...

that's beautiful and I love the verse you have to go with it.

Dan said...

I love your tag Barbara, so autumnal! Your journal cover looks fantastic too. Thanks for joining us for this week's Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!

Terry said...

I was taken in with the tag and then it became a journal page! Love the texture from the leaves which are so realistic! Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie!