Sunday, 6 May 2012

joy and koi alphatags

 These are the latest for the alphatag swap over at Chocolate Baroque - it is getting harder to think of something for some letters now, something that I have a matching stamp for at least.
I couldn't find any stamps to match my first ideas for J - I even put some 'orphans' away whilst searching! - and then I had  a brainwave. This stamp was part of a set bought last year, and fitted beautifully - just hadn't thought of using a Christmas stamp. The white tag was stamped with black versafine and clear embossed, then sponged with distress inks, mostly tumbled glass, broken china and chipped
sapphire. I used white gel pen to outline the words and add detail to the holly border.
The K tag was easy, using one of my favourite stamps from years ago, the chinese-style koi carp. I used the faux pearl background, starting with tsukineko frost white shimmer ink and then mostly the same DIs used for the J tag, but more of the lighter colours. The image was  stamped in black versafine, grasses sponged over with shabby shutters DI before colouring the fish with watercolour pencils.The fish then got a coat of rock candy stickles, then one of clear crackle
accents, some stickles were smudged along the water as well, and a few highlights in white gel pen.
The final tags are the ones I received last month, the lovely golden H for happy hearts from Kathryn and the beautifully coloured  I for Ipomoea from Sarah - thanks ladies, two lovely additions to my growing collection


  1. J was a really hard one - I thought that. I have an idea for K but I must admit your Koi is rather splendid - that shine is so realistic.
    Paula (PEP)
    PS - I keep thinking of you & your orphans whenever I need to put my stamps away.

  2. Two more lovely tags Vronnie. I like the white outline on the writing. It really makes it stand out.
    It is indeed years since I saw that koi stamp. I remember seeing it on a create and craft demonstration before I knew anything about Elusive images. It is a lovely stamp and certainly deserves another airing. Kate x

  3. You are right some of the letters do tax the brain somewhat particularly in regard to stamps I have but so far have managed to get there. These two tags are great and I don't even remember the koi stamp but it is a good one for K.

  4. Your tags are fab vronnie and yes J was a hard one for me too
    Jackie x

  5. Love the tags, especially the christmas one. I think the tags are nicer than ATC's...bit more room to work on.

  6. Your tags are gorgeous Veronica. I've found both these letters difficult this month because I can't find any stamps to represent them ........and me with a huge EI and CB collection, lol! I'm sure I must have something but am just not seeing it. That koi stamp was the first one I ever saw Glenda demo on C&C too and have always intended getting it and never got round to it.
    I used Joy for my J tag too but just the word and not Christmassy. K is still in the making :o(.
    Our collection of swaps is building up beautifully now isn't it. I shall have to do a post with all mine on soon.

    Lesley Xx

  7. Your tags are lovely, the koi carp is a great stamp and I love the swirly background. I like the white outlining on the lettering on the joy tag it really makes it stand out.It has taken me a while to get here because I try not to look at anyone elses tags until my own are finished. Jean x


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