Tuesday, 28 August 2012

alphatags Q and R

 The alphatag challenge on Chocolate Baroque is definitely getting harder now - not so much having the idea to go with the letters, but having stamps that fit the ideas!
I did have several options for R  and eventually decided to use this image of a roman from a very old discontinued plate - don't know which one, as I got it as part of a grab bag of stamps about 2 years ago. The small floorplan stamp in the background also came from the same grab bag. The tag was inked with distress inks after stamping the small stamp to form a background using versamark and clear EP as a resist. After the first couple of layers of ink I ironed the EP off and added more DI, but quite a bit of the resist effect still remained, rather more than I had hoped for to be truthful. The Roman was stamped and embossed in black onto white card and coloured with DI again before cutting out and adding to the tag - tag edges were distressed and inked with vintage photo and black soot.
The Q tag was far harder - I had thought of using a stamp from the peacock lady series as a queen, but ran out of time. In desperation I used the proverb stamp from one of the bird plates, embossed it in black EP, tore it out, added some quick sponging of distress inks, mounted it on a piece of paper from the echoes of italy paper pack (real desperation there, as that pad usually just gets stroked!).
Hopefully I will be more aware of the time next month - amazingly I wasn't the last to post my tags- all I need to do is find the stamps, which will involve a major clear-up operation. Not all my fault, I hasten to add - after several on-going computer problems, ending up with bits of 3 computers spread around the room, my son snapped and bought me a new computer - quite a culture shock from the rebuilt collection of hand-me-downs I am used to! - said he needed to do it to save his sanity! I do have the room to tidy up though...........which will not do wonders for my sanity..................
The last pic is of the two tags I received last month - the colour combination certainly woke me up when I opened the envelope! OMG! orange overload came from Joan Carnell and the peacock from Lavinia Tuck - 2 more gorgeous tags formy collection, thanks ladies.


  1. I expect it was rather a culture shock to have a brand new computer so hope you're getting on OK with it.
    I did think about Roman too but ditched it as I couldn't think how to do it - yours has worked out very well & I love that head image. The soft colours of your Q tag look terrific with that splash of sun.
    Paula (PEP)

  2. You've chosen well with the subjects for your tags - Roman occurred to me but sadly I don't have those stamps so had to rethink. Hope you get on OK with the new computer - how lucky!!

  3. Great themes you picked Vronnie, the Roman looks like a fine fellow. Lovely Quote on the Q tag. ( I know what you mean about the Echoes of Italy paper, I look at it more often than I use it and when I do use it is very sparingly.)Jean x

  4. I was lucky enough to receive the Q tag, and it is seriously yummy - I love it thanks Vronnie (and I NEED that paper you used for the background ...). Sarah x

  5. These are lovely themes to fit the letters Veronica. I can't remember which set the Roman is from off hand either but the floor plan one is from one of my favourite old sets 'Antiquities'. I love it for men's cards but sadly I think it's discontinued now (glad I have mine, lol). Isn't it strange how different letters fox us? I did the Q tag quite easily but never did get round to doing R. You ended up with a lovely tag though and I'm sure the Sarah was chuffed to bits. I would have been.

    Lesley Xx


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