These have been sad days, with my son’s family having just moved far away and my mother’s recent death still evoking emotional moments. Still, underlying the sadness, inexplicably, is an ecstatic joy. My son’s family is where they are because of their willingness to follow God wherever He leads. My mother’s absence from this earth means she is present with God in heaven.
Attempting to focus on the joy, rather than dwelling on the sadness, I am trying to get back to my “happy place” for daily routine, and that is crafting, playing with mixed media art, scrapbooking--wherever the mood leads me on any given day.
It was “good” for me to make this tag, with a happy reference to flowers, a reminder of the freshness of springtime in Missouri. It was good to create something once again, and the theme of the tag was good for my spirits!
I spent quite a bit of time on the background of the tag, and that is actually funny, given the fact that the background isn’t really visible! I started with chip board to which I adhered some woodgrain-textured scrapbooking paper (it was so pretty—wish you could see it—looked sort of like an old wooden fence). Then I used Tim Holtz’s Tag Die to cut a tag from the covered chip board.
I painted some blobs of Lumiere Halo Blue Gold around the edges and then spritzed with water and let the paint run, which made the “blue” part spread around but left the “gold” part of the Lumiere. I used stencils and gesso to add texture. I added some aqua chevrons (cut from card stock—there are three strips of them on the tag, but you so cannot see them!), with more paint (Golden fluid acrylic Bronze) on top of that. I cut some greenery from Tim Holtz’s Regal Crest die. Then I created a flower arrangement, making a lace bow for the base, and added some butterflies. To embellish the flower that was totally white, I painted all the edges with Inka-Gold Old Silver. The crinkle ribbon was saturated with the Halo Blue Gold paint and the Golden fluid acrylic bronze paint.
Thanks to Lynne Forsythe for some of the technique inspiration for this tag.
Simon Says Stamp and Show Inspired by Challenge (technique inspired by Lynne and using quote from a favorite author).