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Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Grammar & Gold Alphatag

The third of my Alphatags (the letter "G") for March's Baroque Guild swap is a long way from the greens, grasses & gratitude I started out with.

Having exhausted all my ideas with the above - none of which I was happy with - I kept coming back to the word grammar. It's not suprising for my husband has a passion for ancient greek & also architecture both of which involve grammar of one kind or another, plus I have several books by Owen Jones concerning the grammar of ornament.......... One thing led to another & my tag became an expression of various aspects of grammar, including plainchant musical notation, using a number of Chocolate Baroque stamps.

front of tag 
close-up of upper section 
close-up of lower section
close-up showing texture of hammered gold cardstock
used for mounting dictionary definition 
back of tag 
close-up showing paper piercing of theme panel
& inking of the various cardstock edges
The various images were stamped in Vintage Sepia, Rich Cocoa & Vintage Photo using the masking technique & inserting portions of the musical stamp to create edges for the various elements. The different sections were sponged with an assortment of Distress Inks & the bottom left gated arch dabbed with water to create the appearance of aged papers. Encore Gold was used for edging cardstock & the dictionary definition was cut out of an old dictionary which had been destined for a skip.

Stamps Chocolate Baroque UA4SP0365 Echoes of Italy (gated arch), UA6GW0350 Mini Scripts (texts), UA5SP0363 Musical Fanfare (music) & UA4SP0371 Texture Fragments (ornamental stonework).
Inks Encore Gold; Memento Rich Cocoa; VersaFine Vintage Sepia; Antique Linen, Old Paper, Pumice Stone, Scattered Straw & Vintage Photo Distress Inks.
Marker Staedtler Triplus Fineliner.
Cardstock White, cream & hammered gold from stash.
Die Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die - Tag & Bookplates.
Punch Woodware (scalloped squares).
The brads are from stash & the distressed seam binding was a gift.

22/3 ETA
The seam binding was distressed by Bev Rochester as in her tutorial HERE.


brenda said...

Hello Paula

There is something about text and script in crafting that is always appealing to me, I think because you can create such dimension and interest as you have done here.

And the gold panel bottom left carries the colour so well from the sentiment plaque.

B x

Sandra said...

Another gorgeous tag Paula. I have to admit that I found "G" very difficult! Love how you have used the bookplate - I seem to have quite a collection of these now! Sandra

jackiescrafts said...

Your tag is gorgeous Paula and I especially love how you have used the book plate

Jackie x

GinaA said...

Gosh Paula, you have done it again, this is a truly super tag, looks very opulant, even the colouring on the ribbon is FAB. The overlapping layers of parchment are great and the way you have highlighted the definition is so cool.
I am sure that years ago I had a 'grammar of ornament' book and ended up having to give loads to charity (that one included) when we moved house.
Thanks for all your comments on my blog.
Hugs , G x xx

Miranda said...

Wow Paula, what a clever and beautiful tag you've made! Like this masking style and all fits perfectly together. The golden frame with that grammar text is eye-catching! great job, greet Miranda

Lorraine said...

hi huni wow i think this is a great idea i would have probably thought of green or grass too but grammar is far better i mean its unique not many would have thought about this would they,i love the different stamps you have used too it looks beautiful and with the different shades of inks too its nice to see another tag from you i look forward to seeing and reading your posts they inspire me every time xx

Jean Straw said...

Paula your tag is fabulous. I love the collage style and the way you have brought every thing together so well.The touches of gold are brilliant, I love that gold card. Jean x

Sally H said...

Hi Paula
Brenda said I should come and check out your tags, and she was right. I Love them. This one and the butterfly one are particularly stunning. I will look forward to seeing more. Sally x

veronica said...

love the way your mind works Paula, this is a fantastic idea!

Aquarius said...

What a great idea for the G tag - I love using text and music in craft work and you've done a grand job here with the gold as well.

Clare Curcio said...

Hi Paula! Your tag is fabby! I love the colors! The hammered gold cs is beautiful! Well done!

xxxtglxxx said...

The more you look at this, the more you see! :)

Brilliant layering and layout, I love the see text/script on things too, and the way you have highlighted the 'grammar' is so cool! :)



Elizabeth Allan said...

Exquisite translation of your love of words into this grammatical tag! The layers of text are enhanced by the jaunty angles!

Kathryn said...

wow i love this tag :) xx

Annie said...

trying again Paula, fingers crossed Mr Blogger likes me this time! love your delicious gold tag, but it reminds me of chocolate wrappers and I'm trying to diet! hope you are enjoying the sunshine - catch up soon.
hugs, annie x

Debbi Glennie said...

loving the layering here - I think you've obviously put a lot of thought into these tags beforehand

Sarah said...

Paula, all your tags have been stunning. Just hope that I get one soon! Sarah x

Pink Dandelion said...

Ooh what a smashing tag Paula, you can tell you have put such a lot of time and effort into this. Love how you have highlighted the grammar definition with the book plate. Debs xx

saturated canary said...

how clever! love what you did there with the definition! the background papers are beautiful, too!!

You excel at these tags, friend! xx