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Friday, 6 April 2012

Honour & History in Heraldry Alphatag

My "H" Alphatag for the Baroque Guild swap incorporates the idea of honour in the form of a knight being both an honourable person & being honoured by a monument after death, for example in the form  of a stone, marble or brass effigy. Although I've not been able to identify the particular knight in my stamped image he is most likely a monumental effigy, probably brass, in some cathedral or church, though I have coloured him to represent stonework (rather fittingly sponging with Pumice Stone Distress Ink).

front of tag
close-up of upper section showing gold script
overstamping of patterned paper
close-up of central section
close-up of lower section showing heat
embossed shield
back of tag
close-up showing paper piercing of theme panel

close-up of knight
Stamps Chocolate Baroque UDLGW0010 Medieval Heraldry.
Inks Memories Dye Black (knight & inking edge of tag); Black Soot (for inking various cardstock edges) & Pumice Stone (sponging knight) Distress Inks; Encore Gold (script & inking some cardstock edges); Emboss Tinted Embossing Stamp Pad with Stampendous Detail Gold Embossing Powder (shield).
Pens etc... Signo uni-ball gold gel pen.
Cardstock White & black from stash.
Paper Graphicus Guild Membership Pack.
Die Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die - Tag & Bookplates.
Punches EK Success (fleur-de-lis), Woodware (scalloped oval).
Pearls Papermania.
The gold mesh & black ribbons are from stash.

Pergamano Embossing Pad, a
selection of ball tools & Perga Soft
Challenge Entered
Simon Says - use your FAVOURITE tool!
I have quite a few favourite tools but in the end I decided to pick the tools I use for shaping cardstock & neatening cut edges. Bev Rochester was the first person I came across using a ball tool for shaping flowers & neatening any roughly cut edges of cardstock. More recently I discovered Debby who rarely makes a card without shaping layers. Over time I have gathered a little bundle of tools (pictured) which are in constant use. Initially I used candle wax to "lubricate" the ball tool but being greasy it makes any edges a little difficult to ink.
close-up showing shaping of stamped image


Kathryn said...

Just fabulous as always, thank you for my F tag :)

Pink Dandelion said...

Ooh how spooky I've just been to check your blog and there was nothing new there and then up you pop lol!! Super tag Paula, love the colours and the heraldic die cuts. Debs xx

jackiescrafts said...

This is brilliant Paula and a unique take on H
Jackie x

Sally H said...

fabulous tag, Paula! I love your 3d knight and the chain mail.

Elaine said...

Fabulous Paula!!
I love the knight stamp, not something I've ever seen before.
It reminds me of a holiday to London when I was a child and I did brass rubbings in a church, which I remember being great fun.

Thank you for the tip, with regard to the blue smiley faces!
I had tried scrubbing, all to no avail, but nail varnish remover (acetone) helped to remove most of the offending marks.

Happy Easter Paula

Love Elaine xxx

saturated canary said...

i love how you incorporated the chain mail with the little gold fabric. That is perfect...very lovely tag-- i like how it has lots of details to inspect, but still simple and beautiful!

Have a lovely holiday, friend. xx

brenda said...

I really love how you give so much consideration to the basis of your tag and give them such meaning and purpose.

This one is of course superb right down to the chain mesh.

Have a good Easter weekend.

B x

Aquarius said...

Well those were three H words which hadn't even come into my mind at all - well done and this is so effective. Have a good weekend

GinaA said...

Very neat take on the H tag Paula, your work is always detailed and beautifully crafted . This is a super tag. Have finished the front of mine but not the back. Must get on with the reverse of 'i' as well.

Lorraine said...

oh huni this is such a wonderful post I love love love this one the knight is fab and the different elements all work perfectly with the theme too xx

cats whiskers said...

How different this is and so stunning, thanks for joinings us at Simon Says Stamp Challenge this week
Jacs xx

Cathy A said...

Wow these look fabulous Paula

xxxtglxxx said...

Hi Paula :)

Love the style of this tag! Thats a super image and all your matching details work great, the fleur de-lys and the gold embossing are perfect embellishments.

I was just in the mood for seeing this. We spent the day today at Kilchurn Castle:

and it was fabulous. Now we have lived down the road from this place for the best part of 12 years, and never been! (tut) but it was sooooo worth it. Very atmospheric with storm clouds, wind and rain today, and Dave took some cracking photographs.

Hope you had a smashing Easter Sunday :)



Debbi Glennie said...

fab tag Paula, the gold mesh really ties everything together

Elizabeth Allan said...

Paula I am admiring how you mixed all these textures. Terrific combination of cool stone images with warm metal tones. Your tags have so many layers of thought!

craftimamma said...

Ever since I became a fan of CB (back in the days of Elusive Images) I've always wanted that stamp set but it never quite made it to the top of my wish list. Am I regretting that now seeing your wonderful tag Paula.

Love the Pumice Stone colouring and the mesh for chain mail is inspired. The splash of colour on the shield lifts the whole tag too. You put such a lot of thought into your Alphatags and they are all brilliant.

Lesley Xx

Elaine said...

I have to echo the comments of others Paula, you put such a lot of thought and details into your work. This theme is inspired and I am the lucky person ro receive this brilliant tag. I am so happy to get one of your creations. Hopefully looking forward to meeting up in a couple of weeks too. Elaine x