Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Artful

Today I wanted to share a tag I have made. I knew that I could use black gesso in a better way compare to my last take, and I am more than thrilled with the results! This is also my first CAS (kinda because the background wasn't "simple" but it is clean)
I embossed my Manila tag and then painted it with black gesso. I added an on the edge die cut at the bottom. 
I then grabbed various LSG sprays, LuminArt sprays and some other from my stash. Easy right? Maybe, but I wanted to make sure that these colors didn't get muddy and that takes times and layers. 
I was so involved in my process I forgot to take more pictures. Oops. 

After the sprays and mists dried and I achieved the look I wanted, I added some Inka gold and primary elements. I then used some UTEE over the entire tag. First time I have ever used UTEE and it makes me happy, happy! Need more! Lol. I seriously used after 1/4 of the container just trying things out but that is a different topic altogether. 

Alrighty, I punched out some butterflies and dry embossed those with a Tim Holtz EF, then added some more sprays and mists and colorbox. I used clear embossing powder over these because I wanted a different texture than the tag. 
The pen nibs were glued on with glossy accents. 
It is amazing how different this tag looks in sunlight compared to indoor light. 

Indoor light: 



Outdoors, no sun
Still raining a bit:
The SUN!
And my cat head butting the tag. Lol

My new and improved use of black gesso. And thank you for your sweet comments. It brightens my day. Carpe Diem! 

I would like to share this tag with these amazing challenges: 

Artful Times-Au Revoir Party Party-this is their last challenge and I am happy to say that I joined in the fun and will miss this challenge blog.

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #13-A Year of Choices-I chose #1-Spray Inks and Mists

Through The Craft Room Door June 2nd-8th Anything Goes

Our Creative Corner-What Makes You Smile-Improving my mixed media art makes me smile and this tag is proof of that. :)





39 comments:

  1. Gorgeous tag!!! Love what you did with butterflies and also added diecut on the bottom of the tag gives it super funky look! Love it! Pinned it!

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    1. Oh how awesome Samra! My first pin, I believe. Hugz!

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  2. That's card stock??? Niki...Seriously, it looks like metal after all that treatment and how nice to have captured it's beauty on different days...so beautiful! Hugs.

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    1. Well, it's a Manila tag. I did add a thick piece of cardboard to the back to give it some support because it wanted to bow a bit. Thanks Rupa! Hugz!

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  3. Awesome tag, Niki! I adore that grunge look and how you treated your butterflies! What a clever idea to add an Iron gate diecut on the bottom! Also, love your patina effect! Actually, I love everything about this fabulous tag, my friend! It's pinned!
    Big hugs :)
    Branka xxx

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    1. Oh thank you kindly Branka-kins! I need to figure out this pinning thing. It was a fun tag to make with so many possibilities! Hugz to you muffin!

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  4. Absolutely fantastic, love how you made this! Hugs, Valerie

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  5. Yum! Yum!! and YUM!!! I just adore this Niki, the metallic effect is just so beautiful with the way it catches and plays with the light, and how perfect are those metal butterflies to match!! xx

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    1. Thank you Gee! This was an absolute fun tag to make and I am now a huge fan of UTEE! Hugz to you muffin!

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  6. i love your textured tag. and i love the way it changes colour depending on the lighting So hard to get photos of how lovely things like that look. I know from experience that in reality it is always 100 times more vibrant and reflective. so I am glad you managed to take a selection to show the different angles and light.
    very "mixed media". really lovely

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    1. You are so correct Zuzu! I wish we had a looking glass to see each other's projects. I did try to capture the essence of this piece but it really is better IRL. Haha!

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  7. Hi, yes you made me smile! I love the textures and sheen on your tag. Thank you for joining my challenge this month at Our Creative Corner. Jan x

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    1. So glad to hear that I made you smile. Your challenge is awesome sauce! Hugz!

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  8. Wow - this is fab, Niki!

    LOVE the aged metal look you have achieved. A brilliant tag!

    Claudia xxx

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    1. You so sweet Claudia! I was going for a ravaged metal look to prepare for you know what. Hugz!

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  9. gorgeous! what a fantastic way to gussy up an embossed background. it looks awesome! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge and celebrating our first birthday!!
    -Rachel
    rwkrafts.com

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    1. Haha! Thank you Rachel! Embosser is the new black. Well, maybe with UTEE on it!

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  10. Niki, I love the tag. Fabulous. I can't believe the tag is paper and not metal. WOW

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    1. Yeppers, an old Manila file folder to be exact. Love to Upcycle old junk. :)

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  11. OK, Niki-kins! To say that this is drop dead fan-TAG-u-lous is an understatement! Oh, I loooove that grungy metallic background! and your butterflies are Rockin' all over the place! That's a good thing! Pinning this for future drooling, and maybe I'll get my UTEE out and give this a try sometime--so inspiring! F A B U L O U S !!!!! BIG HUGS!

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    1. Awwww! You make my heart sing Sara doll! I would second the idea to get your UTEE out because it is fun stuff. I think I wemy a bit crazy with it but it was fun crazy. Hugz to you muffin!

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  12. Holy freaking incredible Doc!! PINNED IT, not once, not twice but three times!! LOVE your metallic butterflies and that background is something else, I'm hypnotized by this bad boy of a tag! HELLLOOOO!! Can you tell that I love it!! hugs :)

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    1. You make me laugh out loud for reals Bubbles! Glad you likey and I feel like I finally have all my mojo back. Awesome sauce! Hugz to you muffin!

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  13. Fabulous, love the texture and the depth of colour. Thank you for sharing with us on Artful Times.

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    1. How I love your challenges and will grestly miss the challenge blog. You and Neet are fantabulous!

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  14. Wow! WOW WOW,!! Very cool textures you've achieved!

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    1. Thanks Nan! I hope you are feeling better dearie.

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  15. Thank you for sharing this awesome tag with us for our last ever challenge. And for the step by step process you went through to achieve this - love the new technique and it is one I will be trying for myself now I have more time on my hands.
    Love the pen nib bodies on your butterflies which are an absolutely fab colour.
    Hugs, Neet (Artful Times)

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    1. You are so very welcome Neet. And thank you for having Artful Times. It will be greatly missed. Have fun with more crafting time though!

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  16. Beautiful tag Niki, the embossing, sprays and UTEE combine to make a gorgeous textured background!

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    1. Why thank you Deb! Texture is oodles of fun!

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  17. This is gorgeous. All of the time and layers really worked to create a stunning tag. Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. We are looking forward to seeing you again in the next challenge.
    Sara
    TTCRD DT
    FP3 {My Blog}

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    1. Why thank you very much Sara! This is the tag that let me know I was back in it again for my mixed media. :)

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  18. Great tag! I love the colors and how it looks metallic. Thanks so much for playing at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

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    1. It is a heavy tag as well, with all the UTEE on it. Thanks Donna!

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  19. I never would have guessed that you started with a basic Manila tag. This tag is absolutely gorgeous and wld be a keepsake for anyone who receives it. Definitely a showpiece!

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    1. Yeppers, Manila can take so much! Amazing stuff it is. I plan on keeping this tag and letting it remind me of the end to my art block. Yippee! Thank you Libby!

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  20. Beautiful tag! Love the black gesso - I need to try that! I love the metallic look you achieved! Thanks for celebrating with us in this month's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!
    www.lynnkopas.blogspot.com

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