Tuesday, 19 March 2013

And you thought I'd fallen off the wagon...

I bet after a whole month with no post you thought I'd fallen off the wagon with regard to my new year good intentions to keep up to date and be on time with swaps.

I'm pleased to say that is not the case. I am still ahead, although just a week early for the March tag swap deadline, and I have already made a start on some April things in my efforts to keep up the good work.

You might not think it but I don't like being late with things (that film with John Cleese called Clockwise could so easily have been about me) so building in a bit of just in case time when I can is a good thing.

So here are my amethyst tags. We were allowed to use a little bit of silver, gold or white but as you might just be able to tell a smidge of turquoise sneaked into some of my backgrounds because I am a messy worker and don't clean my gelli plate.

The fronts are gelli print backgrounds with a layer of Rock Candy over the top to get a nice crystalline effect in keeping with the amethyst theme. For contrast I have added matt leaves cut from book pages and sprayed with Dylusions ink, and some velvety flowers with a bit of glitz.

The reverse sides are covered with layers of patterned paper, overstamped with Dusty Concord Distress ink and Picket Fence Distress Stains. On the left hand side I have added a die cut embellishment cut from glossy card coloured with alcohol ink.
I have to say working in just one colour is very challenging. The temptation to add a bit of contrast is hard to resit and I find I keep adding more and more in the hope of somehow achieving that missing something without success. And if you think these are a bit messy and frantic wait until you see the travesty I made with orange as the colour theme for April. Not my finest hour but I'm sure I must at least have learned something from the experience.
Thanks for taking time to look.