Friday, 13 February 2009


Here is my tag - inspired by Jo's.

As usual, click on the photo to enlarge

The backing paper was a freebie, downloaded from the internet.

I distressed it with blue ink - I wanted to give it a feel of being cold.

I added colour to the blue tit - to make it more pronounced and then embossed it with clear embossing powder to make it stand out.

I put my own slant on the background - it was pale and didn't stand out, and I didn't really know what to do to it.

Then I had a brain wave. I used a white pen to turn it into a winter snow city scene. It completely transformed the look. By highlighting all the surfaces that snow would have settled, it has given it depth. Took me ages to do - but I was pleased with the end result. The bird is now perched on a snowy ledge, roofs, railings, window-sills, steps ground and foliage have all had a dusting of snow.

I finished off with a stamp in the corner - same as Jo's, and just for the photo shoot, I borrowed the ribbon, which is now returned to her or MY tag as it is now.

I didn't have any thick cardboard so had to mount mine on white card - this is the reverse.

You probably wouldn't have noticed - but a glaring mistake is that I have not drawn in any feelers on the butterfly - that will be rectified asap.

This is summer in the city - so I softly highlighted some bits. The butterfly was collaged on, but first I gave it a bit more colour and clear embossed again.

On the skyline and across the city I used some cosmic glimmer powder in a pale yellow/gold. Just to add the suggestion of warmth glimpse now and again in certain light, and at an angle

It's not 'in your face' as you can see in the photo above, it is very subtle

The Art stamp is from a Graphicus plate I bought recently in their sale.

Next week I want to try and find somewhere to buy lovely ribbons - like the organza one that Jo used.


Moira said...

It's lovely.

Angelnorth said...

This is beautiful - love the intensity of colour on the bird and the butterfly and your work on the backgrounds has paid off, they look lovely!

Jo Capper-Sandon said...

The contrast works really well Lottie. Great work. :0) Easy eh? :0)

Cath Wilson said...

Love this, Lottie - one of my favourite birds and you're right - the white pen does add dimension to an otherwise flat image.

Momiji said...

really great work ..lovely tag

Anonymous said...

lovely tag....dont think you have to worry about putting any feelers onto the butterfly though,I never do plus it looks good as it is!

LazyKay said...

Stunning - you've certainly made a beautiful job of this - you must be chuffed with it!


cmoh said...

Lovely...and the ones in the post below...I love how you build/combine everything...they go together so well!

Oh, I found the instructions on the beads after I scrolled further down...I am going to try to make some of those...

sam21ski said...

Wonderful tags Lottie xxxx