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Saturday, 8 September 2012

Sponged Starling Silhouette at Sunrise Alphatag

The Baroque Guild Alphatag swap has brought home to me how often I think in alphabetical terms when sorting or arranging things; it tends to be almost automatic for me to arrange books or CDs A-Z by author or composer.

The bird image was wet embossed first in order to act as a resist so that I could sponge the sunrise background over it. I added both stencilled & gem stars to create an illusion of the night sky giving way to the dawn as the starling sings lustily. I also have some swirls decorating the back of my tag.

front of tag
close-up showing sponging & stencilled stars
plus star gems
close-up showing shine & dimension
of wet embossed image
back of tag
close-up showing shine of wet embossed letter "S"
plus pearlescence of cardstock
close-up showing paper pierced scallops of
theme  panel plus tone on tone stamping

Stamps Chocolate Baroque UDLSP0219 Let Your Heart Sing (bird image & swirls); Elusive Images Sketchy Alphabet (lettter "S").
Inks VersaFine Onyx Black with Stampendous Detail Black Embossing Powder (bird image), ColorBox Pigment Pinwheel (sponging & stencilling), VersaMark watermark stamp pad with Stewart Gill Ultrafine Embossing Powder (letter "S"), Memento Grape Jelly (tone on tone stamping).
Markers Memento Tuxedo Black Dual Marker, Staedtler Triplus Fineliner.
Cardstock White & mauves in various finishes from stash.
Die Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die - Tag & Bookplates.
Punch Woodware (scalloped oval).
Template Crafter's Workshop Mini Punchinella.
The tiny star gems are Papermania & the ribbon is from stash.

It's a very long time since I used this bird image (2008 I think) so I shall join in Judith's Forgotten Friday 64 with this tag.


Jean Straw said...

Paula what fantastic colours you have used, no wonder the bird is singing so joyfully. A beautiful tag. Jean x

Gill said...

Absolutely stunning Paula. You really are a fan of alliteration! Love the colours they are so beautiful.
Gill x

GinaA said...

Another absolutely super tag Paula, Your resist with the sunset is superb. Just to say I am now the proud keeper of your CB August 'Q' tag, it is so elegantly crafted a beautiful work of art.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful tag Paula. I love the vibrant background. The stars created with the template are perfect ! Have a great weekend, Shirley

Elizabeth Allan said...

Paula the colors fading from blue down into the sunrise of yellow capture the break of dawn with colorful magic. The position of the shadow stamp is perfectly placed allowing the desity of the bushes to fill the bottom of the tag and draws the eye up to the top of the tree where the bird is perched and in mid-song. Smiles and hugs!

Elaine said...

Beautiful ink shading, perfect creation of a stunning sunset. I love silhoutette images and the embossing adds great dimension. Elaine x

jackiescrafts said...

This is lovely Paula the colors are stunning, I love it

Jackie x

vinny said...

this is really beautiful Paula, have yet to receive one of your tags in the swap yet. Fingers crossed x Lavinia

Aquarius said...

Yet again you've come up with an awe inspiring (hate the word 'awesome') list of 'S' words for your tag - colours are beautiful as is the whole finished effect.

Sally H said...

Wow, Paula! That is just gorgeous! Love the colours, and your embossing is so crisp

Miranda said...

Lovely tag with warm vibrant colours and the stars are shining towards me, warm greet Miranda

Donalda said...

Hello dear. Sorry I have been MIA but I just am working so many hours. This is just beautiful dear and I so love all the detail you have in this. Whom ever gets this is going to be one lucky person. Hope you are feeling well dear. many hugs

Cathy A said...

Such a delightful tag, the subtle stars in the sky are a perfect addition.

Lorraine said...

hi huni wow another fab tag i love the vibrant colours and the beautiful bird stamp and the star background just pops out i really love it someone is going to be extremely happy when they recieve this beauty xx

judith@poppy cottage said...

This is a lovely tag Paula, the colour graduation is perfect for a new day dawning. I love that that stamp set and am guilty of not using it very much either. Thanks so much for linking this post to my Forgotten Friday piece.

Fingers crossed that I receive one of your tags before the end of the year! Judith xx

Rica said...

Stunning Paula,

Stars rising and sunset falling on what has been on a beautiful day, a little bird sat high in a tree and having a final sing before settling for the night.

What else could I say other than so beautifully executed!!!

Heather xx

xxxtglxxx said...

Another really stunning stamp and eye-catching creation Paula! :)

Love the shading and colour transformation its seamless! :)



Anonymous said...

Another stunner. Beautiful background & the little star gems were a perfect addition.

~ Ali ~ said...

Simply stunning Paula

Ali x