Thursday, 4 October 2018

Autumnal tag for Stamps and Stencils

Today we're starting the new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils. Rachel is our hostess for the month and has chosen a Spooky theme with an Autumnal twist ! Here's what Rachel has to say:

Time for a new challenge at Stamps and stencils this month ...I would love to see your mixed media makes with a Spooky theme, but if Spooky is not your thing then Autumnal colours also fit the bill ! - you can make anything you like as long as it is in a mixed media style and involves stamps or stencils!!! Enjoy!

Now I have to be honest, I really don't go in for all the spooky stuff, so I have opted to take the Autumnal route with this project.

I really love this time of year when the leaves start to turn, the colours always amaze me, year after year. 

I've seen alot of painting on book pages on Pinterest recently and I love the style so thought I would give it a go ! I covered 2 MDF tags with book paper, giving it a coat of Matt Medium to protect the paper. 

 Sometimes it's good to take a look through what stamps you have as there are always those that don't get used as often as they should. I've had these Serendipity stamps for years but they still manage to capture my eye and are ideal for this topic. I stamped the leaves with Archival black ink and masked them off to stamp again.

 I bought a selection of Amsterdam Acrylic paints recently, which I am rather addicted to, so grabbed them to start painting the leaves.

Mixing colours to get the right shade is always good to do, this rusty colour blended in perfectly. 

To make the stamped images pop just that little bit more I've added a shadow around them again using the Amsterdam acrylic paints. 

The small tag was then glued on top of the larger one which gives great dimension.

 I've given the sundial a slight touch of blue to give it that faint patina look that you'd find on metal that has been weathered.

 Finding the right words for a project can sometimes be the hardest decision to make ! I found this one in an Oxford Impressions set that I've also had for alot of years. I blocked out the book text slightly by rubbing some paint over the space with my finger.

 I'm really pleased with how this project came together and painting on book paper is something I will definitely be doing again.

I hope you can join us for this challenge and please make sure you hop over to Stamps and Stencils to see the rest of the DT's fabulous projects !


  1. What a beautiful piece of work Sue - a gorgeous tag...and thanks so much for taking care of finishing the post - I completely failed to remember until too late this morning! Hugs Rachel x

  2. Wonderful inspiration and love how you used the two different sizes of tags. The sentiment is so perfect for the project x.

  3. Oh, beautiful! I love the effect of the painting over the book text - it's magical, especially with those vivid autumn colours.
    Alison x