Hello everyone! As you know, Gauche Alchemy is now a challenge blog. This month, we were challenged with the theme Country Rustic (this month’s challenge) and I set about creating a couple of tags. All the colors and pictures on this month’s board reminded me so much of home and growing up in the country (how about the middle of nowhere?) that I was inspired to create the following two tags:
For “Kick It”, I started off with a background created using Barn Door and Broken China Distress Stain (I iron my tags to get them to go flat after applications of wet medium). I then stamped VLVS’s sunflower stamp in sepia ink at the top and bottom of the tag. Next, I stamped randomly over the entire tag using sepia ink and my Stampotique Design Cube (gotta love a stamp with four sides).
The rusty looking hinges were created with VLVS’s fancy hinge stamp, sepia ink, and Vintage Photo Distress embossing powder. I found the boot image online and the twine is from a roll I had laying around. Last but not least, I stamped “Kick It” onto a piece of paper using my Stampotique Random Acts alphas and Barn Door Distress Ink. I then swiped some Broken China Distress Ink over the saying to help better incorporate it into the tag. The white paper was just too glaring.
For Home Sweet Home, I started our with a fabric sample that was in my Gauche stash. I then stamped a border using VLVS’s barbed wire stamp. I found the white lace in an envelope of goodies a friend sent and promptly ran a piece of it down the middle of the tag. The button at the top is actually a brad I’ve had for a while; the house and the hearts were in a box of scrap goodies that Retro Cafe offers from time to time.
I painted the house with Art Anthology Kona and Desire Velvet, the house with Red Velvet Sorbet, and then glued them down securely over the lace. Last, I stamped out Home Sweet Home onto my trusty white copy paper, embossed it with some red embossing powder, gave it a swipe of color to take care of the glaring white, and then arranged it around my tag.
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