April 30, 2013

Tag, you're it!

A chance to get a closer look at another one of my tag trio today.  This one uses the pair of men from the Generation Redux set.
To me, they seem very clearly to be brothers... the older one, stern and forbidding, bearing the full responsibility of the inherited family business (coffee merchants, clearly, given the other stamps in the set); the younger brother, with more of a twinkle in his eye, more reckless in his business decisions, adding to his older brother's cares... but I'm aware that's just a story in my head!
These two found their home on the strongest background of the three - from the first sweep through the Distress Paints on the craft mat.  It was then dabbed back in several times to create extra layers of painty texture.
I used the texture stamp from the same set, stamping with the Weathered Wood Distress Paint for additional interest.
And I added the ledger page (more concerns for big brother) from the Ephemera Backgrounds plate, stamped in Coffee Archival, and rolled on and off for a random look.
Final touch for the background was to use the Flourish embossing folder by Tim Holtz, highlighting it with some more of the Weathered Wood DP as well as some Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
The postmark stamp is also from the Ephemera Backgrounds, and is layered with a 3D postmark by Wendy Vecchi, which has had touch of Distress Paint too.
I've a strong suspicion that the geography of the postmarks doesn't make any sense, but let's just take the long way round, eh?!
It's pretty close to the deadline for the April Referral Program here at AO, but you've still just got time to get your Artistic Outpost projects linked up to be in with a chance at the prize draw. Thanks so much for stopping by today...  See you in May!!

Designer: Alison Bomber
Words and Pictures




16 comments:

Brenda Brown said...

The layers you have used create the most wonderful background Alison and its lovely reading your story about the two brothers too.
Hugs Brenda xox

Redanne said...

Hi Alison, no, definitely no Ocean Grove in Calgary (to my knowledge) but they are obviously well travelled as Coffee Merchants! Love the fabulous background you created (Weathered Wood is my current favourite) and the image is all the better for your story telling. Hugs, Anne x

Astrid Maclean said...

Great background and lovely stamping!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

if the geography of the postmarks make sense or not- the tag is AMAZING!!!!
wonderful!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Yummy colours and background, so eye catching. The AO sits beautifully too. Tracy x

Annie said...

Fabulous background...I just love the way these distress paints merge together. The embossing adds further dimension to this very creative piece and I enjoyed your short story....imagination is a wonderful thing !!!

Have a great day/week

Annie x

Sarah said...

Nicely done, Alison. You are quite the background builder!

Julia S-W said...

The background is wonderful - if anything could make me invest in distress paints it's this tag Alison. Gorgeous tag.
Juliax

toni said...

Fabulous use of the Distress paints and I love that set of stamps,!

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is wonderful, love the work you did on the background, and the love the story to go with the pictures!

Lucy x

Dorthe said...

Your tag is amazing -love the background you created, with the inks, stamps and the beautiful embossing- wonderful.
xo,Dorthe

Terry said...

A totally luscious background and so fitting for the AO men! Love the added postscripts! Hugs!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Fabulous! Love that background- just right for those two handsome guys! Chrisx

Kate said...

Such a gorgeous background!! Love it!

Dianne said...

The background is gorgeous Alison, even if its not a place in Canada, I still love it:):). wonderful tag thanks for sharing going to find you somewhere else LOL...

Kezzy said...

Wow gorgeous tag the background is stunning and I'm so happy you didn't cover it all up as it is really awesome visually. Happy Crafting :-) hugs Kezzy xxx