Friday, 8 November 2013

Remembering Mela

What a hot, smokey day it has been today.  There are obviously bush fires burning somewhere so I really hope the forecast rain makes an appearance tonight.  It's not even officially summer yet and we're experiencing the worst fires in years - already so many people have lost their homes in the Blue Mountains and further north on the coast.   All very sad, not a good start to summer at all.

Over at Stampotique this week, the theme is Using Gesso, so I hopped over to Sarinda's blog for a quick tutorial on how to use it - it is as easy as it looks - FUN, FUN, FUN !!!

So, how did I do it?  Firstly, start with a blank tag, swirl gesso all over it, then pop another tag on top, smoosh it together and peel the two tags apart, which leave veins.

Playing with Dylusion inks came next, using Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange & Cherry Pie.  Using Archival 'Watering Can' I lightly stamped words and splodges from SU "French Foliage".

I stamped Mela onto a piece of ivory cardstock and coloured her using watercolour pencils, blending the green and blue together.  Her shoes are coloured using blue and the heart is purple, as are her arms and legs.  I then clear embossed her before cutting her out and popping her onto dimensionals.

The letter stickers are from Kaisercraft and for some reason the song "those were the days my friend, we thought they'd never end ......." popped into my head, so there you have it!  To finish off, I've gone around the edges with Distress Ink 'black soot' and tied a spotty piece of washi tape to the top instead of ribbon.

Come back again soon and see what I did with the next gessoed tag.  This is definitely a fun technique to play with, it could even turn into one of my favourites!!!

I've entered this tag in Stampotique Designers Challenge - Using Gesso
and Tagalong Challenge - A Time to Remember

Thanks for looking and always enjoy reading your comments so long as they are nice ones!!!

Happy crafting!


  1. great gesso and dylusion ink technique, Helen! Mela looks cool on your tag! :)

  2. Stunning work I Love the veins that you achived. Thanks for sharing your talents with Stampotique this week.

  3. This is a gorgeous tag!! Love the colors! Thanks for joining us at Stampotique DC. XOXO

  4. I really like this, and your background is wonderful!

  5. Lovely textures and colours and a song title

    Chrissie xx

  6. Gorgeous tag Helen. Thanks for joining in with us at Stampotique this week :)

  7. Gorgeous tag Helen, love those colours together. Thanks for joining us again at Stampotique this week.

  8. Beautiful background, much texture! Perfect for showcasing your image and sentiment on a tag. A lot of art in a small space, and I love it!

  9. What a fun and colourful tag :)


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