Friday, August 13, 2010

Tag Tuesday Crowns

The challenge this week at Kard Krazy's Tag Tuesday was to create a tag using crowns. Now you may look at this tag and think "well that's pretty plain". Trust me. It was NOT plain to make. LOL I haven't worked this hard on a project in a while.
The image is a snippet of one I downloaded at Karens Whimsey. I printed it out on watercolor paper. I then used Prismacolor colored pencils to color the image. Odorless mineral spirits and a blending stump were used to blend the pencil color.
The next part took quite a bit of time and could have been done better I'm sure. I used a ruler and pencil to draw a faux stained glass pattern onto the image. Using an Exacto knife and the ruler I cut the image apart. I then began to slowly reconstruct the image with grout line spacing on a piece of white cardstock. Lesson learned here. I should have used black cardstock. I'll explain later.
After the image was glued onto the cardstock I used a Versamark stamp pad over the whole image. Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel was sprinkled over this and then heated with a heat gun. It makes a perfect stained glass look.
My next step was to add black paint into the grout lines. This is why I should have used the black cardstock. The UTEE got into the grout lines and wouldn't let the paint soak in so I had to use a Sharpie to try and fill in some of the gaps. That's why my grout is splotchy.
Even though that was a big mistake, the distressed look really grew on me. I got halfway through completely redoing the whole project and decided I really liked the first one.
I glued the image onto a piece of black cardstock and added a crown image from The Graphics Fairy colored with the pencils, blended with the OMS, and covered in Ranger Glossy Accents. I was going to add some words to the tag but everything seemed to take away from the image and I thought it best to just let the subject matter speak for itself. :) Thanks for visiting and have a blessed day!

20 comments:

  1. Wow! That was a JOB! It's just beautiful though...well worth all the effort! I do have one question for you please. Do odorless mineral spirits have ANY odor at all?...Nancy :o)

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  2. Oh Tracy, it's Gorgeous! So pretty!
    Great work!

    Regan

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  3. I think the "splotchy" grout looks very realistic! Although I agree that I'd go for the easy way next time - that's a lot of work! Fabulous tag!

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  4. Oh, that's such a fantastic take on this theme. Wonderful tag.

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  5. Tracy, this is wonderful. It was a lot of work, but it sure was worth it. It is so gorgeous and certainly a most appropriate interpretation.

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  6. Stunning, I thought it looked like a lot of work. Its marvelous. Please come by my blog, I am participating and I am new to blogging and papercrafting.
    Smiles.
    Kim
    http://agypsyangel.blogspot.com

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  7. Hi Tracy,
    This is truly beautiful and I love who is wearing your crown!! How special and moving...and I love how you created it too...God bless you with amazing talent that continues to brighten the lives of others.
    Hugs,
    Cindy
    xox

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  8. Wow! Tracy this is exquisite... a totally frame-worthy work of art.

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  9. What exqusite work. It does look like stained glass. Thank you for coming by my blog--I love this weekly challenge-keeps the creativity stirred. Ann

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  10. Amazing work Tracy, this just has to be your very best work yet. I hope it will go to someone who will deeply treasure it.

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  11. very very beautiful, tracy! what love you have put into this piece! thank you for sharing this with us! have a wonderful weekend! *hugs* steph :)

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  12. Wonderful work Tracy! Great explanation too!

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  13. So much work on this tag! It is so beautiful...

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  14. Beautiful work. Are you going to use it as a bookmark? Debbie

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  15. Tracy, that is just stunning. The coloring is fabulous and I love the stained glass look! I can't think of a better "crown" you could have chosen to work with!

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  16. That is just amazing Tracy! It somehow looks like a stone tile to me, very realistic! It's both loving and beautiful at the same time! ~Ira

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  17. Tracy, This is Wonderful.. I clicked on it and blew it up. And it looks fabulous. I just love how you explained what you did.. You have out done your self... Hugs, Linda

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  18. Tracy, thanks for taking the time to explain how you created this. YOu are right, one can look quickly without seeing all that went into
    creating it. It's amazing piece....and I just think of the song, "Crown him with many crowns....."

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