Life can be Tough

Hi Stamping Friends,

It is time to play along with Happy Little Stamper Mixed Media Challenge again! April Challenge Theme is SPRAYS which I’m sure everyone addicted to Mixed Media Art is quite familiar with.

For more details and other DTs’ inspirational artworks, please check out the Challenge Blog. Anything mixed media could be linked up to our challenge as long as it follows our theme. Be sure to join for a chance to win $15.

The following are how I made my tag.

1. Sprayed Distress Spray Stains – Ripe Persimmon & Dried Marigold on flower stencil, then flipped the wet side over cardstock.
2. Sprayed Distress Spray Stains – Crushed Olive & Mowed Lawn on flower stencil. Rolled paper towel to absorb inks.
The two-tone stenciling background is as shown.

3. Stamped envelope background and bird collage background as shown.

4. Applied translucent embossing paste over stencil.
After dry, sponged white ink over the indentation to create a mosaic look.

5. Print texts and cut out to affix to the tag as shown on top.

I must confess that March has been a tough month for me. I was facing some challenges in my work while my father has been in hospital due to hip fracture. “Life can be tough. You are tougher.”  Somehow this sentence flashed into my mind many times and has brought me some strength. Yes, Life can be tough and I’m tougher! Spring is coming. Things will get better.

Hope my tag is inspirational to you. If you like my tag, please drop me a note. Thanks for stopping by. Cheers.

Edited on 12/31/2017
The tag was chosen as one of the Top 5 by More Mixed Media Challenge. Thanks, DTs, you made my day.

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  1. Wow, Helen! This is simply gorgeous. Beautiful results and thanks for sharing all of your techniques.

    1. Thanks for playing along at STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge for April. :)

  2. I love the way you used the stamp and the colors are great.
    Michelle (DT sister)

  3. Oh my you did an amazing job with this stunning Tag. Your work is just fantastic here and thank you for your illustrated pics on your blog too. Great work. Love it. Thank you for sharing with us over here at Classic Design Team Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    [Annette Registered Owner/Admin for Classic Design Team Challenge]

  4. Back again, and again just stunning work. Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT for http://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com.au/

  5. I really love this tag love the technique you have used Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Michelle DT for http://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com.au/...

  6. A fab tag and great sentiment! Thank you for joining us at Creative Artiste this month, Jane (DT) :) x http://creativeartistemixedmedia.blogspot.co.uk/

  7. Super cute project!
    Thanks for playing with us at TTCRD.

  8. your project is beautiful. Good luck with everything you are battling with. Hugs.
    Barb Housner (DT)

  9. A beautiful tag..love the colours..Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Chrissy DT   http://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com.au/...

  10. Gorgeous tag ....I love the mosaic look with the stencil. Thanks for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge too xx

  11. Beautiful tag! I love the mix of colors and the idea of using embossing paste and ink it after drying- the end effect is really gorgeous! Thanks for playing at More Mixed Media Challenge! Hugs, Asia

  12. Gorgeous tag! Thank you for all the production details...
    Fabulous make for the Happy Little Stampers!
    Calling All Crafters! – My personal Blog!

  13. Awesome tag. beautiful tutorial and love the sentiment.

    Meena Herale

  14. Cool tag with a very creative background. Thanks for playing along with us at http://creativeartistemixedmedia.blogspot.com.au/

  15. Very cute, I love the background colours. Thank you for joining in with this months Artistic Stamper challenge.

  16. Your tag is gorgeous, Helen, so creative! I love the background and the stamping.

  17. Helen this is fabulous! Just love the background with that stamp. Thank you for joining us at STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge this month and good luck. We sure hope you join us again.

    Amy- DT
    {Lil Cutie Creations}

  18. Gorgeous result! Thank you for joining us over at STAMPlorations. xx Susanne.


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