Monday, 27 January 2014

WILD WEST

"this is where the cowboy rides away" - May cannot get this phrase out of her head and when that happens she knew she had to make it into a challenge! The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge would love to see how you intepret this weeks theme; will you use Tim Holtz western stamps? Do something cowboy inspired? Maybe do something with a setting sun, or about saying goodbye? Maybe you will be inspired by old western movies, the desert, cactus, or just the colours that remind you of the wild west. Feel free to run wild with this weeks theme.
When I think of the WILD WEST I am drawn towards Tim Holtz Wild West stamp set with the cowboy taking centre stage. WILD WEST conjures up stars, denims, leathery browns and rope for me, all represented in my tag.
I began by applying Faded Jeans Distress Stain to a Non-Stick Craft Sheet and spritzing with water and then mopping up the ink with a large tag.
Once I had mopped up the ink with my tag I heat set with a heat tool and then dabbed the tag in to the remaining ink and dried once again.
The edges of the tag have been distressed and torn and Walnut Stain Distress Ink applied to the edges for definition. At this stage I also applied Translucent Embossing Paste through Tim Holtz Stars Layering Stencil to give added dimension and interest.
I cut a star from white card and coloured with Faded Jeans Distress Ink, flicked with water and distressed the edges and then stamped the cowboy image onto the star.
Three mirrored stars have been coloured with Denim Alcohol Ink to tone with my tag.
Each stamped star was backed onto a piece of Kraft Glassine to give that leathery look I was also looking for agains the denim tones. I love the embossed stars in the background to which I added Treasure Gold Olive Bronze Wax to highlight the dimension. I also added touches of red to my tag including a wooden star coloured with Vermillion Archival Ink.
I also stamped WILD WEST onto a piece of shrink plastic, adding touches of Olive Bronze wax around the edges and adding clear embossing powder over the top for that glass tile like finish. I have also added natural twine behind the large star for that added rustic feel.
This picture showcases the detail the embossed stars give to my background, I love the Translucent Paste!
I also stamped WILD WEST onto Kraft Glassine using Vermillion Archival Ink, scrunched the Glassine to add to the worn feel and then added to my tag along with the mirrored stars.
For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog and take a look at my fellow team members artwork, they have created some inspirational projects. Remember there is also the chance to win a $50 prize from Simon Says Stamp.  I always look forward to seeing your creations each week.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, much appreciated. Tracy x x


Products Used:

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Wild West Stamp Set
Tim Holtz Stars Layering Stencil
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Mirrored Stars
Distress Stain - Faded Jeans
Distress Ink - Walnut Stain, Faded Jeans
Archival Ink - Vermillion
Kraft Glassine Paper
Alcohol Ink - Denim
Wendy Vecchi Translucent Embossing Paste
PaperArtsy Treasure Gold Olive Bronze Wax
Clear Embossing Powder
Shrink Plastic
Non-Stick Craft Sheet
Heat Tool
Paper Distresser
Ink Blending Tool

27 comments:

Inkypinkycraft said...

a great tag for this theme! Lovevthe background youbhave created hugs trace x

Brenda Brown said...

I love the denim and leathery feel you have achieved Tracy. The cowboy theme is wonderful and the stars and twine add fabulous dimension xx

hazel said...

Your tag is brilliant Tracy - a great background and I love all the stars.
xxx Hazel.

Dianne said...

Hello Miss Tracy, this is freaking fantastic, loooooove that blue background, I too love that clear paste, and those bows they are FANTASTIC, loooove your bows, and the all the stars, this is a winner, I just love it thanks for sharing have a wonderful da, ((( BIG HUGS)))...

rachel said...

amazing tag Tracy - love all the layers and the details are fab xx

Suzanne C said...

Tracy, I love this! The stars with the blue and then the details you incorporated are all fab! The twine in the background adds so much texture to the piece too!

Anna-Karin said...

Very cool Western tag Tracy! SO many fabulous details on a tag. Love all the different stars, shrink plastic, glassine paper and the great colours.

Meihsia Liu said...

What a fantastic tag! Tracy. I love that you combined various beautiful materials of embellishments. So many gorgeous details to see. Great design! :)

Emma Williams said...

Fantastic tag Tracy!! I love every single element on this and the colours are gorgeous...just fab and so much to look at and admire! :)
So happy to be on the team with you... Have a great week! xxx

Carol Q said...

great theme and love your bright cheerful tag Tracy.

Sandra said...

Ohh wow, Tracy! This is such a really fun americana cowboy tag! So much fun stuff going on. Amazing and pretty! Hugs, Sandra

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Super fun project, Tracy! I love the variety of textures you created :)

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Lori said...

Fun and awesome way to use that stamp set Tracy! Love it!

MichelleZ said...

I love this tag! The blue is wonderful with all of the textures and detail. So rich!

Mona Pendleton said...

Oh my Tracy! What a fantastic project full of so much goodness! Love the beautiful color palette and all the stars! The loopy twine adds such a nice touch! Thanks for sharing your creative process!

Barb Cady said...

What a brilliant tag, you have chosen perfect colours and I love the dimension those embossed stars give. Fabulous! X

Redanne said...

Wow Tracy, so much detail, such beautiful colouring - the blues remind me of denim and the stars conjure up thoughts of the Sheriff... love everything about the tag. Anne x

JansArtyJunk said...

Amazing tag Tracy...love the colours and all the lovely details x

butterfly said...

Such a cool tag - from the translucent textured stars to the stunning twirled twine (lassoos aplenty!!)... it's brilliant, Tracy!
Alison x

Paper Profusion said...

Totally stunning Tracy - those lassoos are brilliant and add even greater sense of movement. Fabulous! Nicola x

soapHOUSEmama said...

LOVE everything about this!!!

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

This tag is stunning! I loved it from the get-go with that ink-mopping technique...which never turns out quite that cool when I try it. Oh well! I also thought your edges were brilliant and I love, love, LOVE those loops of twine! You truly have such an eye for the detail and I was blown away with all the materials you used on this (shrink plastic, too)!!

barbarayaya62 said...

Wonderful tag! Your bright colors palette is on of my favourites! Love the wood star! BArbarayaya

Kim Dellow said...

Totally Gorgeous Tracy. Hope all is good with you :) Kimx

ValByDesign, Valerie said...

That is just brilliant! I had to Pin in 3 times, to 3 different boards!!! Tags, July 4th, and New Techniques. Thanks!!

Candy C said...

Hi Tracy! I love your Wild West Tag. Usually you would think of everything being sepia tones for a Wild West piece...but I love your basic blue and touches of red. Such a pretty and dimensional tag! I really like the pops of kraft paper to give definition to the edges of your stars. Very neat! And the kraft "wild west" mixed in with the red and natural twine really finishes off your tag so nicely. I hope all is well with you, my friend. <3 Candy

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I just love the festiveness of your country western tag. Blessings!