Friday, 30 June 2017

Tag Friday with exciting new stamps

Tag featuring PaperArtsy stamps by Alison Bomber plus Tim Holtz Stone Layering stencil and Mini Detailed Butteflies
Welcome to the first of two posts here at Addicted to Art today - both featuring the brand NEW stamps by Alison Bomber. These fabulous quote stamps were launched 2 days ago by PaperArtsy. Pop back at 7pm UK time today for my PaperArtsy post.

My tag today is for Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey - we do love our tag Fridays - so hop over for a no theme tag fest of creativity!

I have used one of Alison's quotes from her Darkness and Light set (EAB02) so I decided to introduce a little dark and light into my tag. In art tonal value is very important to composition and design. When using a lot of colour I find it difficult to see the tone very well so sometimes convert a photo digitally to black and white to help see it. Although when using just white / yellow and black it isn't too difficult!
Tag featuring PaperArtsy stamps by Alison Bomber plus Tim Holtz Stone Layering stencil and Mini Detailed Butteflies
I started with a layer of  PaperArtsy Fresco paint in Little Black Dress and then sponged PA Chalk and finally Mustard Seed Distress paint to the central portion.
I sponged Tim Holtz Layering Stencil (Stone) with the same black paint and stamped it onto the tag. I then used the stencil more traditionally and added a few white highlights through it.

I also re-added a little of the black around the edges before trimming all sides and distressing with scissors. Mustard Seed was added to highlight the very edges of my top tag.
This was adhered to another tag that had also been sponged in black around the edges.

I sponged some additional card stock with black (and then white) and stamped and embossed the quote before cutting out the words.
The Mini Detailed Butterflies were die cut in black card - versamark added and clear embossed for a little shine and texture.

I hope you love Alison's stamps as much as I do and will pop back later to see a couple more designs.



  1. That's a great tip about converting to b&w to see the values - and you've balanced them perfectly with this fabulous tag. I love the dark glossy finish on the butterflies, the gleam of sunlight on the stone wall background, and the shadowy sponging of the words. Brilliant!
    Alison x

  2. What a beautiful tag with the black and yellow Nikki - a great lesson in tonality - love that background and your use of Alison's wonderful new stamps! Julia xx

  3. You have mixed colour and tone perfectly to create this beautiful tag. The light and dark, the magic of three, and your all seeing eye in terms of placement has resulted in a fabulous design which showcases Alison's words beautifully. Love it xxx

  4. Such a striking tag Nikki with wonderful composition. The finish with Alison's wonderful quote stamp is just perfect!

  5. Gorgeous tag Nikki, love that stone background
    Donna xx

  6. Nikki, every single time I see this I love it more. You really created a powerful play on both the sentiment and light/dark contrast/value. I adore this beautiful make and wish I could up my stencil game to this level - geeze! Amazingness and so so inspiring. Big hugs, Autumn

  7. Great tag Nikki - love the contrast. Hugs, S@ndy

  8. You have given real meaning to the words with your tonal values which are spot on, as is your creativity and composition. Absolutely fabulous tag! Nikki. x

  9. I love how you used the light and dark shades to create such striking contrast on your gorgeous tag Nikki! The quote is just perfect! too! Anne xx

  10. Nikki, wow! You have combined Alison's words and your amazing tonal play to create a super stunning work of art on this little tag! Great composition, tonal values and that stone stencil stamping is a fabulous idea--perfect with the splashes of 'sunlight'hitting the rocks! This is brilliant every step of the way! Hugs!

  11. Love how you combined Alison's words into your tag and the colourway is so so striking. Gorgeous tag Nikki and the butterflies add wonderful movement. Tracy x



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