Wednesday, 27 May 2015

DRAGONS DREAM TAG IT ON CHALLENGE #192 - PURPLE AND CIRCLES

I was so pleased to be asked by Catherine if I would be a guest designer for her challenge at Dragons Dream Tag It On, which is Purple and Circles (here). Thanks Catherine. I really enjoyed it.

As you know, I'm trying to make my tags with what I've got in my scrap box. The challenge is to follow the prompt AND use one real stamp. My starting point with this challenge was actually that I've recently had a birthday and top of my wish list were some beautiful Tim Holtz butterfly stamps, so I was itching to use them. When I found a half piece of gorgeous purple card nestling among my scraps I knew where I wanted to go with it, so it was out with the Purple Concord Distress Ink and I set to work...

Here's what I made


I pondered for a very long time about whether to make the tag in a different colour, wash it with gesso or go for broke and use the same shade of purple throughout. In the end I decided to challenge myself and go for the same colour throughout which would mean I had to make the butterflies stand out on the purple card purely by making the texture and shading work for me. With this in mind, I used a very old Sizzix embossing plate for the tag itself and coloured it with Distress Ink to bring out the texture. Then I stamped the butterflies in black archival ink and clear embossed to accentuate the detail. I used my Prismacolour Pencils to colour the butterflies. I was thinking Purple Emperor butterfly but they're probably not so accurate as I just coloured from (dim) memory. Keen Lepidopterists, please forgive me :oD


Just as the sentiment says, I decided to keep the tag simple. I stuck to a palette of three colours: dark grey, white and, of course, purple. I cut some foliage in dark grey and punched a few simple flowers in plain white card, adding pale green pearls in the centre.


I loved making it; I'm pleased with how it turned out and I hope Catherine will like it too. It would be great if you would visit us and join in the challenge too.


Lx

I would like to enter this tag into the challenges at:

Colouring Crazy Challenge - Pearls and Bling
Polkadoodles Challenge - Girly but no Pink
Simply Create Too - Keep it simple

17 comments:

  1. Your tag would be GORGEOUS even if it WASN'T in my favourite colour, Lauren!! Love your butterfly image too.

    Kathyk

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  2. Those butterflies work brilliantly! You met the challenge of keeping to the one shade so well. Really lovely work, Lauren - fabulous tag xxx

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  3. this is yummy! fabulous colour scheme amd the butterflies are gorgeous x

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  4. Well what more can I say Lauren - absolutely stunning and thank you so much for joining us as a guest this week at the challenge. I just love the whole composition of it and those stunning butterflies. Fabulous!!! Can you tell I really like it(lol)
    x catherine

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  5. Wowzer, Lauren, this tag is gorgeous. For a girl that does not do purple well, I am envious of your talent! Love the deep purple and those butterflies are magnificent.

    Hugs
    Sue

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  6. A breathtaking tag with wonderful elements. Thanks for dreaming with us at Dragons Dream Tag It On as GD this fortnight.

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  7. This is stunning Lauren, the butterflies really stand out - a beautiful tag.
    Pauline
    x

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  8. WOW! Your tag is a real beauty! What a self challenge to use only the same tone color. You nailed it! Those butterflies are "simply" gorgeous. Awesome tag!

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  9. What a beautiful tag! Fabulous purple colours and butterflies are so gorgeous. xx

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  10. Fab make. Thanks for joining us in our Girly but no Pink challenge at Polkadoodles
    Anjie (Senior DT)

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  11. Fabulous make. Thanks for joining us in our Pearls & Bling or Cream & White challenge at Graph’It Markers Colouring Challenge
    Anjie (DT)

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  12. Fabulous creation, love it and perfect for our challenge. Thanks for joining us at Polkadoodles Wendy (DT).xx

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  13. So cute tag with lovely butterflies, which fits at Polka Doodle Challenges. Hugs Agnieszka DT

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  14. This tag is stunning and I just love how real the butterfly looks with the texture you managed to convey!
    Thank you for sharing with us at Simply Create Too this week and I hope you will join us again soon.
    Hugs
    Carol

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  15. Fabulous Thanks for joining us at Polkadoodles good luck and we hope to see you again soon xxx (DT)

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  16. What an amazing tag, Lauren. Your doggies are such a distraction! LOVE those cuties. <3. Thanks for playing along with Polka Doodles Girly But No Pink challenge.
    x Asha (DT)

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  17. This is beautiful - love the purple and those butterflies are so real looking and you have them poised for flight!! Awesomely done!! Thanks for joining us at “Simply Create Too” - hope to see you next time!!

    DT-Member SCT
    Taunya Butler
    http://daisiesgirl.com

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