Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Dragon Tag @ Visible Image

Terrific Tuesdays to you all! 

I am quickly sailing through to share with you a Dragon tag I made this morning.
Yesterday Mr Postman was ever so kind to me and delivered my goodies from my latest shopping spree from Visible Image!   (I know, I am naughty) And Mark threw in a surprise Dragon stamp for me to have a play with! 

This stamp had me stumped when I first looked at it ... 
Oriental is generally not a 'theme' I would craft with so ....
With the challenge set just at that *to use this stamp!*... 
I had to ink him up, get out of my comfort zone & do something with him!






I'll be honest, I had no clue where this was going to go when I sat down to play.  All I could fathom in my head was a 'Dragon swimming in a gold river' kinda like thing!  I started with covering my tag with many layers of metallic gold embossing powder, I continually built up the layers, focusing more on where I wanted my stamped dragon image to be to get a heavier layer for the impression of the stamp.  With the embossing powder still 'wet', I then inked the Dragon up with Sepia Archival Ink & then stamped, leaving the dragon impression in the embossing powder. 

 This was trial & error for me as I have never done this technique before! & was afraid my stamp would 'get stuck' without some lubrication.  For the record it won't!  I had several attempts at stamping the dragon, if you don't like the result, you just remelt the embossing powder & stamp again!  I tried stamping the dragon several other ways too, with no ink, black ink & the sepia, but I really liked the marbled effect the sepia ink left behind in the impression so I stuck with it.

I raided my horded stash and found a Chinese coin that I placed around the eyelet of the tag with some burgundy seam binding & added some black embossed flourishes embellished with red pearls.  Along the bottom I added some rich burgundy ruffled ribbon, the gold & red ribbon & bow & some sparkly red rhinestones. And to finish it all off, a tied three fancy silver buttons together and placed them in the middle of the bow.
  
I do love how this finished up!  
So much so, next shopping spree some oriental themed embellishments 
will be on the list so I can ink the dragon up for a card! 

While I am here! 
Don't forget there is a new monthly challenge started at
Visible Image
We wanna see you Sparkle challenge!
You can get your Visible Image stamps from {here}
Check out some of the amazing creations the DT have made on the blog {here}
Or come along and chat with us on Facebook {here}

And if I wasn't on the DT I would be playing along for the fabulous prize!
of a £10 gift voucher to spend at Visible Image
You do not have to use a Visible Image stamp to play along (though we do love when you share them with us & you will get an extra entry into the draw if you do!) And ... You can enter as many times as you like! (The more you enter, the better your chances!)

Lots has been happening at Visible Image this week!
Saturday we had the new release of THREE amazing new sets!
These are just gorgeous hey! 
You can pop right over to the store {here} for a closer look!

We would love you to play along with us so please share & link up your entries! 
Thanks for dropping in to me :) 
Catch you all laters!
Recipe -
Image / Sentiment - Unknown
Paper(s) -  Tag
Embellishment(s) -  Metalic Finish Gold Embossing Powder, Sepia Archival ink, Stash - Flourishes, pearls, bling, ribbons, Chinese coin

Challenges this creation is entering with the help of the Feline Playful Girls:
Make It Monday - Always Anything Goes Mon JFF
Anything But A Card - Incorporate Black Sun
Joanna Sheen Challenge - Silhouettes Sun  E2/-
Pile It On - Make it Sparkle Sun
Alphabet Challenge Blog - T is for Tags Fri
Southern Girls - Animal Crackers Thurs E1/1 AUS
Crazy 4 Challenges - C4C161 -Anything But a Card Sat
The Stamp Man - Emboss It  Monthly E1/1
Cards Galore - Silhouette Monthly E1/1
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24 Treasured comments:

Rachael said...

This is incredible. I haven't ever seen or heard of this technique before and I'm very impressed with the results. What an awesome little piece of art!!

Taniaj said...

Wonderful, really like what you have done with the dragon stamp and the ribbon is lovely. I was ultra embossing last night too :) txx

downrightcrafty said...

oh my how fabulous what a great creation stunning technique and gorgeous colours, thank you for joining us at the Joanna Sheen challenge
Hugs Kate xx

Desire Fourie said...

Leesa this is gorgeous and very creative. Love everything about it. Wishing you a fab Tuesday.
Hugs
Desíre
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Avril Ann said...

Utterly stunning, just seen something else to add to my wishlist....xxxx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

It is a gorgeous tag but can't quite see that it is a dragon myself. Great to try a new technique though, love the effect

Sonia said...

Fantastic creation,stunning effect^_^
Have a beautiful day dearest super creative^_^
Sonia

rachel said...

fabulous work Leesa and thanks for all the details - great fun! Hugs rachel x

Pat said...

Beautiful tag, gorgeous colours and elements. Thanks for sharing at Alphabet Challenge this week.

Pat xx

Billie A said...

What a great idea. I love the tag and the embossing powder embedded dragon. I saw it on Make it Monday and so glad I got a closer look.

belldoubleyou said...

That must be one happy dragon, swimming in your beautiful river of gold!

Chrissy said...

Such a fabulous tag Leesa, I love the gold and fabulous technique..love the beautiful bow too. gorgeous work..

Thanks for sharing with us at Make it Monday..

Luv CHRISSYxx

Lavender Rose said...

This is AMAZING! It really does look like a dragon, I love it. Your tag is great, well worth all the effort.

Tami G said...

WOW... This is VERY creative...so unique.. Love it..

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is awesome sweetie. I spotted you over on MIM and had to take a closer look. I am glad I did.

Hugs
Cathy
xxxxxx

Shelly Schmidt said...

Wow- beautiful tag- and I love the technique- love the flourishes and the coin too! And, that button in the middle of your bow- love it- awesome! Love MIM- have not been to your blog in a while- just love your style!!!

Zoe Sanderson said...

Wonderful result your Dragon really is swimming in gold. Love triple embossing thank you for the technique reminder. Thank you for joining us at The Stamp Man with this fab tag XOXO Zoe

Robin said...

Very impressive! I love the effect you achieved. You should do a tutorial on it. Hugs, Robin

Asha said...

You found a chinese coin in your stash?! How cool is that! Awesome project, Leesa! Caught my eye on MIM...and thanks for stopping by my blog!

Diana Fernandez said...

Beautiful tag! I love the dragon swimming in a sea of gold! Thank you for joining us at anything but a card!

Julia S-W said...

A beautifully crafted piece Leesa. Amazing dragon impression.
Thanks so much for joining us again at Anything But A Card and I do hope we see you again soon.
Juliax

Kasey ~ in Oz said...

Gorgeous technique Leesa, the whole project is fabulous. thanks for your visit to my blog.

Saw your card at MIM.

Cheers,
Kasey ~ in Oz

Isobel said...

Lovely card thanks for joining in at Cards Galore and good luck x

Tammy said...

Gorgeous Tag! I love all of your beautiful details!! Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenge Blog!
Tammy x

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